Intervention #1 includes:
-Four voluminous sculptures by artist akmar. They are reminiscent of tombs or austere minimalist works, but when you realize that they are entirely wool, minimalism mingles with a sense of mystery and compassion. Then the sharp lines of the images are diametrically opposed to their soft and unstable character, and the industrial dimensions to the countless unbridled tufts of raw wool that once kept an entire flock of sheep warm.
With the title Surplus/postcode 8382AE + postcode 1464NE, akmar refers to whereabouts of the raw wool that she tracked down by combining the postcodes on Marktplaats with 'free collection' - sheep's wool has apparently lost its value. The process that follows is one of orchestrated chance typical of akmar's working method. From an uninhibited curiosity and with a great sensitivity to materials, she intuitively and playfully searches for transformations. She steers and watches, experiments and forces with a gentle hand, until the materials have established themselves in new guises. “Energy keeps flowing,” says akmar, “it just takes on a different, temporary shape.”
-Works by Arnulf Rainer. After an intensive study of abstract expressionism and tachism Arnulf Rainer creates paintings that show virtually no shape or separation between colour areas.
Later he develops his ‘overpainting’, the process of layering paint over photographs, transforming existing artworks by himself or other artists, where these become unrecognizable or even disappear. For these overpaintings he usually uses emotionally expressive colours, often leaving some corners and and edges of the original work uncovered so that the underlying image remains present behind the barrier of overpaint.
-A selection of sumptuous throws by KVADRAT/RAF SIMONS, woven from the finest materials like cashmere, baby alpaca and merinowool will keep you warm and comfortable and will add a sense of wellbeing during the dark days of winter.
-And three great books:
Great Temptations, The seduction of painting, by Dominic van den Boogerd
In this collection of essays, Dominic van den Boogerd writes with passion about the exhibitions he has seen, the painters he has spoken with and the talks he has organised as the director of De Ateliers in Amsterdam.
The Age / L'Età, Emma Talbot
The beautifully detailed publication accompanying Talbot’s commission at Whitechapel Gallery earlier this year and Collezione Maramotti through February 19. 2023, includes her paintings, drawings, three-dimensional work and animation as well as various essays plus an interview with the artist.
Bouillon, Jean Beddington
This indispensible book for the foodies reveals the secrets behind the perfect broth, whether it is one based on vegetables, meat, poultry or fish, this book contains them all. Because if the broth is good, then the success of the dish is within reach.