Experiments in Artistic Making
Kaleb de Groot, Claudia Doms & Eva Pel and Debra Solomon.
Four artists, who had a Mondriaan funded Artist in Residency at AGA LAB and Waag Society, will show their work at Broedplaats LELY (opposite Lelylaan train station) from 6-13 May 2017:
Opening: Saturday, May 6th, 18:00
Finissage: May 13th, 16:00
Guided tours: May 13th, 14:00 & 16:00
Opening times: Wed to Sun 12:00–18:00
About the artists
Kaleb de Groot
‘The Rendition Journal’
During his residency at AGA LAB and Waag Society, Kaleb de Groot worked on the first edition of the Rendition Journal. He used the travelog as a basis for this artist publication. Compiling notes, drawings and a wide variety of found footage and quotes from his travels during former residencies in Xiamen (China), Lusaka (Zambia), Dire Dawa (Ethiopia), Willemstad (Curacao) and Kutacane (Indonesia). An array of iconographical and semantic differences passed through de Groots’ artistic practice. Making him wonder how theory, social engagement and form can be brought together. This first edition of the journal can be seen as an extension of de Groot’s experience with organising artistic platforms (Toko, Motel Nooitgedacht, Fatform and the Counter-Memory project). The Rendition Journal starts here.
Claudia Doms and Eva Pel
‘New Nature’ started with the discovery of the 17th century manuscript of Jan Velten’s ‘Wonderen der Natuur’ in Amsterdam’s Artis library. Doms and Pel examined the 300-year-old manuscript of drawings and gouaches which the artist Jan Velten made during a period of approximately 15 years in and around the menagerie Blauw Jan in Amsterdam.
A range of 2D and 3D prints and objects are brought into existence that are derived from the 17th-century drawings of Jan Velten. Doms and Pel are zooming into details of the amateurish drawings of animals, plants and circus artists that have been ignored when the book was restored and annotated. They are focusing on what historians might overlook and through experimentation with various production techniques – the new and the old – bring to life fantastic artefacts. All artefacts are available as open source files for reproduction.
As an artist, Solomon regularly works with soil scientists researching and producing topsoil in her public space locations as well as in the Urbaniahoeve demonstration forest garden DemoTuinNoord. During the 2016 residency supported by the Mondriaan Fund at AGA LAB and Waag Society, Solomon innovated an existing technique to produce large format chromatographs (16x magnification) using a method yielding pure visual data of soil life activity. The soil organism as a whole features prominently in Solomon’s work as a utopian tool, one technically capable of changing the effects and course of Climate Crisis in urban environments. These soil chromatographs were made using Solomon’s self-produced topsoil, on the one hand, contrasted with urban soil materials on the other, the chromatography communicates different levels of human intervention just as they do the presence of soil microbial life, not more or less important. From a non-anthropocentric perspective, this is the ‘real’ Big Data.