Tractieweg expo 26/6

Sanne van Kampen Eindexamen HKU 26 juni 2010 01

Visited the bachelors expo at Tractieweg last saturday. All my classmates from HKU were there.  I was really proud of ‘ us evening students’ , the ones that, like me, combined work with art school. Which was a hard graft.   Chris, Remy, Gerlise, Lisa and Martine – I will miss bumping into you guys at irregular moments, bitching about school and discussing our work.

The expo itself was a bit disappointing.  Very inward-looking lot, hardly anyone that broke out of the convention of working in one’s atelier.  Painters all vaguely figurative, and almost inter-changable in their approach, even in their brush strokes. What happened to diversity up there at the third floor?

I bought one of Chris van Wassenhove’s’ works, he does interesting things on  ’emptyness’  and  ‘silence’. He started on this path when he used his  – considerable – painting skills to paint images that were chosen at random from tv, his problem at the time being ‘what do I paint’?. This question then led him to randomly arrange  images in books by cutting in one page to join its imagery  to the images on the next page. I bought one of the works resulting from this process.  His essay was constructed along the same lines – texts about silence and emptyness, edited, cut, white-washed until only the words ’empty’ and ‘silence’ remained. Will be interesting to see where this path leads him – it has a lot of potential.

Another  interesting artist I signalled  is from the ‘art and education’ department. The work of the art & ed  students was badly presented, unfortunately. They haven’t much space, and choose to cram what little they have  full of works, which doesn’t work.  Artist I noticed is Sanne van Kampen, who asks questions about  ‘home’ and ‘private space’. She does  intelligent things with texture without her work having texture;  with colour and black and white;  also she made room.  The photo  shown in this blog is a  work  of hers (reproduced courtesy of the artist).

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