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It could be the goldfish is mistaking the bowtie for a football / BoetzelaerNispen

Bonno van Doorn
Daan Gielis
Katherina Heil


BoetzelaerNispen
De Clercqstraat 64
1052NJ Amsterdam
www.boetzelaernispen.com


6 March - 18 April 2015








The exhibition “It could be the goldfish is mistaking the bowtie for a football” brings together 3 young artists from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. The following quotes are taken from a conversation between the artists that took place. They form the framework for the exhibition.
Bonno van Doorn:
“Matisse and Brancusi both show me the joy of making art and let me see without thinking.
Something I really miss nowadays when I look at art. Everything is so chewed out and explained”
Katherina Heil
“If we believe the words of Oscar Wilde, then art is the only genuine in the world, while the artist is the one that never is. Sure I agree, although it is a bit too absolute for me. What I like about a thing, especially if it doesn’t look like anything specific, is that I can think anything or everything about it, and that I can actually take the freedom to do so.”
Daan Gielis
“It is a question to ourselves as artists in what way we want to guide an audience and how much we want to tell them. Maybe we should think of an artwork as a manmade construction instead of a formal and a conceptual side. Someone once told me that an artwork is like a glass. Your glass can be as pretty as you want but if there is no room for a liquid there is no use for it. With this way of thinking it is well possible that your work doesn’t show a certain preoccupation with problematics but it still is a construction that hides a method, a way of thinking and an inevitable engagement with a possible audience.”
Bonno van Doorn
“Recently I read something funny it was like: When a child is born it’s being taught to walk, and when a child knows how to walk it’s being taught to sit still. I can’t help it that people start to think this or that when they look at (my) art, but I want them to look further then what they have learned or know, or maybe they know it actually without knowing, but they are just made stupid when growing up.”
Katherina Heil
“Within my practice I refer to an analytic mindset on the one hand and my intuition on the other, bringing forth the reflection on its springs and its possible merit. I like this contradiction or friction between these two sides and it helps to define my objectives. But yes, I need this intuitive part to claim and obtain more freedom… in order to be free.”
Daan Gielis
“For me personally it’s often a problem that people don’t want to look past that quick story and forget about the oeuvre that’s being built. Especially with young artists like us. It’s not a gimmick that we’re trying to sell here, but a long term relationship with an audience. An attitude is a nice way of putting it as this is exactly describing a way of thinking about work and not a classifiable and explainable gimmick.”