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Galerie van Gelder

Galerie van Gelder

Private Gallery
How not to become an artist
  The exhibition ‘How not to become an artist’ is a group show curated by Iris van Gelder /Galerie van Gelder, who recently made a change in her career. She says: ‘In the first place the cause of this show is a change of identity after I finished my final exam at the Rietveld Academy in 2010. Among other institutions in Holland I was invited by Sudsudvestur to come up with a plan as an artist. After half a year I changed my mind and instead I proposed to make a show about ‘disappearing and appearing’ while turning over from a jodeling artist to a curator, since I felt I had to disappear as an artist and to appear as someone else.’
The artists Karin Sander, Stefan Alber, Falke Pisano, Karin Hasselberg and John M Armleder are invited for their works that have a dynamic or even physically moving and almost ambulant character.

Karin Sander had several exhibitions in Iceland and is known for her shiny walls and eggs in which their changing surroundings are reflected. Painting Nr. 60 has travelled as an unwrapped art piece to different towns and the widely-travelled canvas was sent by the artist from Berlin via Amsterdam to Reykjanesbaer, eventually arrived with added traces and dirt. The once white canvas has disappeared and a filthy one came instead.
Stefan Alber was invited by Karin Sander. His work is about a horse making movements in a meadow while he was passing by in a moving train. This photo sculpture is mainly about moving and passing by while travelling in a landscape.
Falke Pisano is an artist who has become well-known for her linguistic transformations of sculptures. The act of making an object is gradually changed into a spoken-word piece. A typical example of disappearance and appearance of a brand new disembodied work of art.
Karin Hasselberg was invited by Falke Pisano. She started in 2004 to dig holes as a way of finding out her relation to existing structures in society and in the art world. She has the opinion that understanding concepts of socially and economically structured dominions is in the first place a matter of being conscious of that fact. Secondly her appearance as an artist has to relate to these existing structures.
John M Armleder has been invited for his attitude to integrate anything or any person to participate in his artistic ideas. There is quite often a distinct disappearing as the artist, yet at the same time art in some appears.

A catalogue is published in a small edition and is available at Sudsudvestur.

During the opening on Friday the 29th of July at 17.00 hours Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir and Iris van Gelder will perform a jodel song called ‘Battle’, composed by the curator.
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