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  • Hedendaagse keramiek in Museum Princessehof Nu te Zien! NPO2

    Nu te Zien! / NPO2 / 13 nov 2020

    Museum Princessehof in Leeuwarden laat zien dat keramiek meer is dan bordjes en schoteltjes; het museum toont omvangrijke keramieke sculpturen, films en installaties van hedendaagse kunstenaars. Artistiek directeur van het Amsterdam Museum Margriet Schavemaker bezoekt de tentoonstelling Human After All: Ceramic Reflections in Contemporary Art. Te zien tot en met 5 september 2021!

    In Nu te Zien! verlaten museumdirecteuren hun eigen museum om bijzondere, tijdelijke tentoonstellingen te bezoeken door het hele land. Kijk deze aflevering van Nu te Zien! vrijdag 13 november 2020 om 21.15 uur op NPO 2. Daarna is de uitzending hier terug te kijken.

    Het menselijk tekort

    Eilanden van mos bewaakt door levensgrote figuren, sculpturen over de schoonheid van zwaarlijvigheid en videowerken over macht. Het is een diverse verzameling bij Human After All. Toch hebben de werken één ding met elkaar gemeen: ze gaan allemaal de tragiek van het menselijk tekort. Met deze maatschappelijke ingang verwerpt de tentoonstelling meteen het idee dat keramiek slechts toebehoort tot het toegepaste design. De kunstenaars laten zien hoe ontroerend, krachtig en veelbetekenend keramiek kan zijn.

    Human After All is onderdeel van Ceramic Reflections in Contemporary Art, een serie grootschalige internationale hedendaagse kunsttentoonstellingen in het Princessehof, waarbij alles draait om de rol van keramiek in de hedendaagse kunstwereld. Drie jaar geleden trapte het museum af met In Motion. Welk thema Human After All zal opvolgen is nog niet bekend.

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  • Episode 43: Mariken Wessels podcast Nearest Truth

    Nearest Truth / Brad Feuerhelm / 1 juni 2020

    Episode 43: Mariken Wessels is an artists whose work crosses between the photographic, the sculptural and the archival. She is known for her deep investigations into photographic myth and she often re-purposes the vernacular image of photography to create new and bold works which subsequently challenge the first readings we have of such material.

    Her new book Miss Cox explores the work of Edweard Muybridge and his use of models for his book “Animal Locomotion” that was produced by Muybridge with the financial encouragement of Leland Stanford. “Model 20” or “Miss Cox” is an enigma. Muybridge did not record the personal information of his female models, yet made copious notes of his male subjects. Miss Cox represents the enigma of form and mythical identity that piqued Mariken’s imagination when she purchased plate 268 from “Animal Locomotion” from a auction house. When you view the image, which is entitled “Arising from the ground” (plate 268), you are left with a sense of the surreal embodiment of the intersection of text (title) and image (grid of Miss Cox) that encourages further questions between the relationship between the model and author, Muybridge. Her size is the first thing you notice, but then other questions pervade the reading, such as the reasons for Muybridge’s choice of model and also perhaps the possible reasons as to why he wanted to expose the vulnerability of her form from a prostrate condition. Muybridge, no matter your take on his efforts was no stranger to sadism. He had murdered his wife’s lover in 1874.

    Mariken’s work is more than a simple story about a murdering photographer and an unknown and therefore unacknowledged model in Miss Cox. There is a sincerity involved drumming up those enigmatic pursuits, but what interests Mariken apart from the obvious is an interest in form and how to make the form found in a historic photograph physical, “real” and material. Her pursuit of this has led her to composite the form of an idea of Miss Cox through contemporary models to physical sculpture. She made studies of these models and then the sculptures made from their form in the manner of George Segal or perhaps Berlinde de Bruyckere are part of the result as well as her photographic studies. The results are curious and ultimately display a concern for history, femininity and form.

    The book Miss Cox, published by Fw: Books and designed by the eminent designer Hans Gremmen is a phenomenal artefact. I employ the word artefact as I am reminded of Francis Bacon’s studio (for obvious Muybridge connection reasons) and the pieces found within. Mariken gives us insight into her process through the images of her studio. Instead of simply showing the final product, you are led on a journey through her concerns both photographic and sculptural. She shows you in effect the mechanics of her ideas and production throughout. This is brave and honest and something sadly lacking in contemporary practice. The book is fresh, beautifully designed and will be on my end of year list.

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  • Radio interview Nooit Meer Slapen met Mariken Wessels vpro

    Nooit Meer Slapen / 09-03-2017

    Aflevering van Nooit Meer Slapen met o.a. een radio interview van beeldend kunstenaar Mariken Wessels. Mariken maakt kunst die zich bevindt in het gebied tussen feit en fictie. Het Fotomuseum in Den Haag presenteert de eerste solotentoonstelling van Wessels in Nederland, waar zij nieuw met ouder werk combineert. 

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  • De Canvasconnectie met Mariken Wessels Canvasconnectie

    Canvasconnectie met Mariken Wessels 'Taking Off. Henry My Neighbor' werd één van de beste fotoboeken van 2015 genoemd. Blader zelf even mee en ontdek er vanavond om 20u55 alles over in de canvasconnectie met Mariken Wessels. Canvasconnectie on Saturday, April 9, 2016

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  • Special guest on opium radio Interview

    Special guest on Opium radio, discussing Mariken Wessels' latest artist book Taking Off. Henry my neighbor.

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  • Kunstuur AVRO

    The flowerCASTLE 2013 exhibition, the second edition of the annual exhibition at Kasteel Keukenhof, was featured in the TV show Kunstuur. See an overview of the exhibition including the work Keepsake and many more at uitzendinggemist.nl.

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