The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) presents: Fall Open Studios, a three-day exhibition of international contemporary art, including Dutch artists Melanie Bonajo, Allard van Hoorn, Anouk Kruithof and Lilian Kreutzberger. The 34 artists and curators from 22 countries currently in residence present work in their studios (Friday, November 7th from 6-9 pm, Saturday through Sunday, November 8th and 9th, from 1 until 6 pm).
The studio is a generative space – part production site, office, laboratory and situation – and it can be argued that it is more significant today for artistic process than ever before. Open Studios invites the public to 34 “studio visits” to experience art in its place of origin and to share conversations with artists from all over the world. Visitors will have access over the three days to international contemporary art practices in a studio setting as well as through ISCP’s 20th anniversary alumni exhibition.
Melanie Bonajo examines the paradoxes inherent in ideas of comfort. Through her videos, performances, photographs and installations, Bonajo examines subjects related to progress that remove from the individual a sense of belonging and looks at how technological advances and commodity-based pleasures increase feelings of alienation within the individual. Captivated by concepts of the divine, she explores the spiritual emptiness of her generation, examines peoples’ shifting relationship with nature and tries to understand existential questions by looking at our domestic situation, ideas around classification, concepts of home, gender and attitudes towards value.
Melanie Bonajo’s work has been exhibited and performed in international art institutions, such as De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam; Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw; The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; The Moscow Bienniale; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul and PPOW Gallery, New York and her films have played in festivals such as International Documentary Filmfestival (IDFA), Amsterdam and Berlinale. In 2012 she initiated the collective Genital International which tackles subjects around feminism, participation, equality, our Earth, ‘Politics beyond Polarity’ and ‘Revolution through Relaxation.’ She wrote for several art magazines, was creative editor of Capricious magazine and curated shows such like the QQC performance festival about pop music in visual arts at the Paradiso, Amsterdam. She published several books including: Modern Life of the Soul, I Have a Room with Everything, Spheres and Furniture Bondage. In 2013 she released an album with her band Z▲Z▲Z◎Z◎ called Inua. Her work as alter ego MatrixxBotanica has been spotted in urban and rural spaces.
Allard van Hoorn investigates relationships to our environment incorporating the disciplines of architecture, design, music and dance. He visually, acoustically and spatially transcodes our usage and perception of cities and nature in order to question preconceptions and experiences of the spaces we live and work in. Through mapping and the subsequent re-ordering of embedded rituals, rules and routines in buildings and public spaces, he allows for reinterpretation of form and function taking into account the inherent impossibility of complete description of our world by manmade systems.
Allard van Hoorn (Leiden, The Netherlands, 1968) has been shown at biennials in cities including Istanbul, Shenzen and Gwangju. His work has also been shown at the de Appel Arts Centre and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York City; Pinakothek der Moderne, Zurich; the Moore Space, Miami; MoCA and Zendai MoMA, Shanghai; Art Rotterdam; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Gasworks, London; CCCB, Barcelona; Museu de Arte Moderna, Salvador; Museo de la Ciudad de México, the German Architectural Centre, Berlin and Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati. He currently collaborates as Outpost with OfficeUS, the official participation of the United States at the Venice Architectural Biennial. He tutors at the Architectural Association in London.
Artist’s Statement: “Moments in which the reality does or doesn’t match the previously imagined, are both source and the condition of the work itself. As painter and sculptor, I deal with expressions of longing. With melancholic meditations on the futility of private and collective utopias, I research idealized abstract models and how they are materialized. I consider architecture as one of the most important themes in my work as it is the most physical and influential object with which we interact in the everyday. I investigated the seductive quality of the model in urban planning, the limits of the model as tool, the actual neighborhoods that became a physical version of its original abstract point of reference and the sublime physical trace the materialization of a model leaves the moment it meets reality.”
Lilian Kreutzberger, the Netherlands 1984, received a BFA at the Royal Academy of Art, the Hague (2007) and she received a Fulbright for her Master of Fine Arts programme at Parsons New School, New York (May 2013. She currently lives and works in New York and is an Artist in Residence at the ESKFF. Kreutzberger won the Buning Brongers prize for painting in 2008; and has received a grant twice from the Mondriaan Fund. Her work has been shown at, among other places, the Gemeentemuseum in the Netherlands (2007); the Royal Palace, Amsterdam (2009); and the Dutch pavilion at the World Expo, Shanghai, China (2010). Her work is held in the Gemeentemuseum collection, the Eileen Kaminsky Family Foundation and in the Caldic Collection. Kreutzberger was twice nominated for the Royal Prize for Painting. Recently, she was selected by Rietveld Architects in New York to make a permanent work for a residential building in Rijswijk, the Netherlands.
Anouk Kruithof considers photography as a starting point of infinite possibilities. Her method is interdisciplinary and mostly idea based. Through social interactions such as encounters with strangers, she analyzes, shapes and imagines her work practice. Research in the form of interviews, temporary installations and performative interactions with unknown people and space form the basis of her photographs. She then uses these photographs as material, which she transfers across different surfaces and spaces into minimal installations and tactile artist books.
Anouk Kruithof is a Dutch artist born in 1981 in Dordrecht, the Netherlands. In 2011, she moved from Berlin to New York City. She has presented solo exhibitions at Boetzelaer I Nispen, London; Galerie Adler, Frankfurt; Museum het Domein, Sittard and FOAM, Amsterdam. Her work also includes the group exhibitions The Feverish Library, Capitain-Petzel Gallery, Berlin; Super Positions / The New Wight Biennal, University of California – Los Angeles;The Daegu Photo Biennal, Daegu; Crossroads, Kunst Im Tunnel, Düsseldorf; Quickscan #01 at Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam and has shown at Australian Center for Photography, Sydney; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Liege; Temporare Kunsthalle, Berlin; The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Dutch Culture Center, Shanghai and Kunstraum Niederosterreich, Vienna. In 2011 she won the Grand Prix Jury as well as the Photoglobal Prize at THE Festival International de Mode et de Photographie, Hyères, and In 2012 she was honored with an ICP Infinity Award from the International Center for Photography, New York. Kruithof writes for 1000 Words magazine, Wanderingbears, PhotoEye and Photoq and has lectured at TATE Modern, London; Leeds College of Art; Hartford Art School; Officine Fotografische, Rome; Deichtorhallen Hamburg and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.