Final event: Sunday February 12th, 17-19 hrs
17.00: bar open
17.30: presentation by moderator Wessel Stoker, in conversation with Derk Thijs&Chris Brans Christian Friedrich and Femmy Otten
The publication, containg an "aesthetic reflection" on the exhibitions by moderator Wessel Stoker will be available.
Wessel Stoker is Emeritus Professor of Aesthetics at the faculties of Philosophy, Theology and Arts of the VU-university in Amsterdam. He recently published Where Heaven and Earth Meet: The Spiritual in the Art of Kandinsky, Rothko, Warhol and Kiefer, which will be available in an English translation coming Fall.
Preceded by Space is a Word (on the construction of visual language and its architectural implications) and Will it really take place (on the ever shifting relations between artwork and art space) Where time has lost its relevance is focusing on big themes such as religion, sexuality and violence and the possibility to create a transcendental environment through images. Three artists, each with a very outspoken visual language, have been invited to assemble and merge subjects, representations and art history into the here and now and the physical space of P/////AKT.
Derk Thijs & Chris Brans (opening October 8th – November 6th)
Derk Thijs often derives his subject matter from ancient history en is thereby striving towards harmony and universal unity. Over the past few years he has realized large scale installations; environments inspired by for instance Egyptian and Roman notions on humane and sacral spaces. For his project at P/////AKT he will collaborate with Chris Brans.
Christian Friedrich (opening November 26th – December 24th)
Christian Friedrich’s films and sculptures (often in combination) relate to heavy themes such as sexuality and violence, through which he quotes and assembles existing footage and staged situations. Underlying this method is an investigation into the workings of perception, as a fiction that is created out of “incoming” images and the mental process of making associative connections.
Femmy Otten (opening January 14th – Februari 12th)
Femmy Otten creates a highly personal world through which she seems to bypass contemporary visual strategies. Instead she uses an imagery that seems to belong to a different age and culture. mythological creatures and early Christian icons appear next to fighter jets and abstract elements in her strangely dreamlike drawings and reliefs.
Moderator: Wessel Stoker
Wessel Stoker is a Professor of Aesthetics and Associate Professor of Philosophy of Religion , teaching at the faculties of Philosophy, Theology and Arts of the VU-university in Amsterdam. His current research involves spirituality and transcendence in (post)modern painting and theology.