November 13 & 14, the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) presents its Fall Open Studios, a two-day exhibition of international contemporary art by the thirty-four artists and curators from fifteen countries currently in residence at ISCP. ISCP invites the public to studio visits to experience art in its place of origin and to share conversations with artists and curators from all over the world. Two Dutch artists participate: Saskia Janssen and Lilian Kreutzberger.
Visual artist Saskia Janssen works on the border between documentary and performances. Her projects are often on-site collaborations with groups of non-artists, such as builders, drug users, sailors, and night club singers. The works are often created with a certain social goal in mind and try to engage the society around them. Janssen works and lives in Amsterdam and teaches at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. With her project ‘the other’ is a central component. She is always trying to find what is normally hidden, because according to Janssen nothing is what it seems.
As painter and sculptor, Lilian Kreutzberger aims to synthesize her research into the futility, dilemmas and challenges of modern utopias and the role that urban spaces play within them. Moments in which the reality does or does not match the previously imagined are both source and the condition of the work itself. Abstractions such as models and systems are explored in Kreutzberger’s work, both as a desire or objective of imposing a structure onto the world, while simultaneously exploring the limits of these forms to serve as point of reference in urban planning and so forth. Thematics such as location, site, dislocation, absence and reflection, both physical and psychological recur in her sculptures, paintings, drawings and installations.
November 17, 6:30 PM.
Saskia Janssen and George Korsmit in a panel discussion about their projects “Welcome Stranger” and about artist and community as co-creators.