maandag 12 november 2012

Guided tours by Paul and Peter

Guided Tour by Paul van der Eerden

a Boli sculpture used by the Bamana tribe

Suchan Kinoshita, Isofollie

Last Saturday, November 10 the guides for the tours both come from the Netherlands. Paul van der Eerden, he is the vice-president of our initiative INSTITUT DE CARTON, made a beautiful comparison between the Isofollies of Suchan Kinoshita and a ritual Boli object from the Bamana tribe in Mali. 
The exhibition is going on now for 8 weeks and therefore prepared guides are making associative relations with the works in the LOCUS SOLUS DOMESTICUS exhibition. The exhibition is very rich, it is possible to discover some strong themes in it, like the circles, spheres, discs, dots and spots in several works. Or the theme of the simple geometrically volume in quite a lot of the sculptures based on the rectangle and circle
Peter Nijenhuis was the second guide, and he posed a question when he began his tour. Is Hans Esmeijer right when he argues that complexity in contemporary art is a big problem and therefore art is superfluous and is loosing its audience. Peter Nijenhuis showed us that complexity isn't a problem at all while he totally got lost in the complexity of the LOCUS SOLUS DOMESTICUS exhibition. The submarine sculpture from Michel Gouéry reminded him of the Cargo Cult in Papua New Guinea. "Cargo cult activity in the Pacific region increased significantly during and immediately after World War II, when the residents of these regions observed the Japanese and American combatants bringing in large amounts of material. When the war ended, the military bases closed and the flow of goods and materials ceased. In an attempt to attract further deliveries of goods, followers of the cults engaged in ritualistic practices such as building crude imitation landing strips, aircraft and radio equipment, and mimicking the behaviour that they had observed of the military personnel operating them." (Wikipedia). And the simple sculpture of a cube by Joëlle Tuerlinckx, illuminated by three spotlights, remembered him to the novel "Morel's Invention" of Adolfo Bioy Casares.
It is so very nice that artists with a work in the exhibition are there when the guided tour is going on. So last Saturday Theo Cowley and Koenraad Dedobbeleer told about their works, no better way to get first hand information and to talk about objects, materials, ideas, making and creating.
Thanks a lot to the guides Peter and Paul, and thanks to the artists Theo and Koenraad for their contribution.
Next Guided Tour on Saturday November 24. It isn't sure yet who is going to guide, but if we know it will be announced here on this blog.

Guided Tour by Peter Nijenhuis

Peter Nijenhuis and sculpture of Michel Gouéry

Guided Tour by Peter Nijenhuis

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