Exhibition FOMA

Former Broese building, Stadhuisbrug, Utrecht

The exhibition is open on:

Friday 14/8 - Sunday 16/8 

Extended opening hours:

Thursday 20/8 17:00 - 22:00

Friday 21/8 12:00 - 22:00

Saturday 22/8 12:00 - 22:00

Sunday 23/8 12:00 - 17:00

Former Broese building

Art Utrecht invited us to realize an exhibition at this beautiful location, in the center of Utrecht: the old Broese building.

Within this project, we collaborated with Edmond Landwehr (AK24) with the goal to stimulate the art scene in challenging times like these. Many artists didn't have the possibility to exhibit their work and had to graduate digitally. 

FOMA is an interdisciplinary exhibition curated by Dina Ziad and Edmond Landwehr, which provides a platform for 29 artists to showcase their work and give a boost to the art industry. 

Meet the Artists

1. Alisa Osinga 
'The End' 

€1950 

The colorful and detailed ceramic sculptures of Alisa Osinga are constantly raising questions.

As a viewer, you are drawn into a world full of rich colors, shiny shapes, and textures. You look at the fragile animals in the eyes. 

But then there’s a twist, not everything is what it seems. 

Is this hare alive or dead? 
Captured or free? 
What situation did this animal end up in? 
Is that his heart, between his legs? 
Are those flowers growing from his back? 
​Aaargh!

2, 28, 29 Jukka 
 

2. 'Raining Money' €400 p.s 

28. ‘Heaven mirror’  €2340,-

29. ‘Earth Mirror’  €2340,-

With my work, I tell stories. I don't make flat products, but surprising objects with current stories that matter. Thought-provoking stories that need to be told. The subjects I depict often have a strong social message.

The stories arise from a feeling or emotion, both of myself and the outside world. I translate these emotions into contemporary visual language.


My work contributes to discussing the current and complicated topics that my generation is struggling with. All this brought together in an attractive airy design, in which craftsmanship is clearly visible.

3. Ruben Creemers 
'Falling Leaves' 

 

€1950

Artist & visual strategist (‘79). Art & visual communication. Based in Utrecht

4, 11, 12  Thomas Sadee 
'Mostly Clear'  Flag 1 of 5

 

Price upon request

 In my work, I like to challenge the rules and boundaries of painting. For example, by removing the canvas from its frame, showing you how the work is presented, cutting the canvas, and repositioning it.
 

I got the idea to research the canvas used for flags. Flags are always able to let the wind through the canvas, maybe also paint? I used images from my random database. The process was interesting and worked out really well. The paint went through the canvas really easily. It even worked out so well that if you fold the canvas, you can push the paint through the different layers of fabric. In this way, your one brush stroke becomes four.

 

I found it so interesting that I wanted to investigate more in this way of painting with flags. Making a reproduction of the one brushstroke and thereby breaking the uniqueness of the single brush stroke. The dialogue between the flag and painting is interesting. Where the flag refers to something totally different than the colors and shapes on the fabric, the painting often refers just to itself with its shapes and colors. This dialogue between representing the other or representing itself I find exciting. 

5, 6, 34 Noah Arends 
Wall Series and Sculptures

 

Wall series €150 p.s

In my work, I bring together fashion, design, and visual art. I make sculptures and collages that originate from fashion but are abstracted in such a way that only the shape, texture, and color remains.

 

In this way, autonomous images are created whose play between the real - and the artificial world, the two-dimensional and three-dimensional, surprises the viewer.

7,8,9,10. Britte Koolen 
'Untitled'

 

wandsculptuur 1 €575,-

wandsculptuur 2 €620,-

wandsculptuur 3 €595,-

sculptuur 4 - price upon request

The work of Britte Koolen consists of minimalist, sculptural installations, and wall sculptures. 

Inspired by the minimalistic principles including reuse, organization, and reduction, the work of Britte Koolen embraces our universal desire to create order out of chaos.

Precision is key, precision can sometimes be arrived at intuitively. Imperfections that show up while working can be deleted, but likewise exaggerated to become formal elements in their own right.

 

The installations seem to be difficult or intellectual, however are best discovered not by analytical contemplation, but by walking around them, seeing them from all angles and experiencing them as they are and as you are in space. The installations allow the audience new possibilities to interpret the space. 

13, 22, 23, 24, 26  Jeroen Bronckers

Collage

13. ‘Afterwards we’ll all go to McDonald’s’ €165 
22. ‘Nobody knew, except for Peter’ €200

23. ‘Personal space boulevard’ €200

24. "TAXIKAT has entered the building’ €200

26. ‘The stranger’ €165

 

The 21 century is characterized by the excessive presence of images. We become inundated with photos and videos; from a waterfall of selfies to apathetic advertisements any unused place in the public space.

As a documentary photographer, I have the urge to capture the world around me from a unique perspective. But what is unique in a world where everyone has access to a camera, and everyone is a photographer? 

 

Sometimes I get discouraged and question my values. But perhaps the power of photography lies in what already exists. The collages are made up of old glass negatives, slides, and photos, which I have found over the years and collected. It's special how personal photos of random strangers end up on flea markets and antique shops. Some photos are from a time when photos only existed for the elite and others are pictures of family gatherings.

 

To me they are priceless. I can disassemble them completely and then use them to create my own worlds to build with. I don't think about it too much and let myself be guided by the topics in the photos but always seem to become dystopian worlds where lost men literally and fall figuratively.

14, 20, 53 Lennard Blokker

 Sublimation on blackout fabric

14. Distorted memories 2' €245

20. 'Faded memories 5' €375

53. 'Faded memories 1' prince on request

 

Over time, certain memories will fade and become distorted. You start to forget little details: what day was it? What time did it take place?

This fading continues until it's all that remains of the memory. I reinforce the process of forgetting in my translation to textile works. Within the design I strive for an ethereal appearance: what if the memory is no more than an abstract play of colors? Will there be room to project new memories and feelings onto it?

15, 16  Shimon Kamada

15.  ‘The Clop of Hooves’ €770 

16.  ‘Life on the Line’  €1400 

 

My painting concentrates on intertwining truth and fiction, figuration, and abstraction. When my works tell a story that belongs to my melancholic, lonely, or embarrassing experience, they provide viewers a sense of nostalgia and sympathy in their narrative space.

Looking at my painted sceneries relate to the experience of Deja vu, where things appear so familiar, but the context of time and memory are shaken up.

 

The surrealistic approach leaves mystery, stimulates the viewer's curiosity to make their imagery narratives from their previous experiences. From their various interpretations, viewers give me helping hands to spread a series of fake stories.

17. Podcast ‘De Mislukte Kunstenaar’

 

 

 

Lisa Eksteen en Lisanne Ruim slaan de handen in een voor deze expositie. Als aftrap van hun podcast
“De mislukte kunstenaar” bouwen ze een installatie. Als een soort filmset wordt hun atelier-
opstelling van de opname sessies nagebouwd.


Deze podcast is door en voor kunstenaars over wat kunst is, wanneer je een kunstenaar bent en hoe
dat eigenlijk allemaal werkt met kunst. In gesprek onderzoeken ze het kunstenaarschap met vragen
als; heeft kunst een publiek of een andere vorm van erkenning nodig of kun je kunst maken zonder
doel? Maar ook wat het betekent als je autonoom werk maakt, en misschien nog wel de
belangrijkste..: hoe betaald een kunstenaar de huur van het huis en atelier.
Wat is het belang van kunst überhaupt en hoe ga je daar echt voor staan.

Door het stellen van deze vragen hopen we achter het nut van ons eigen kunstenaarschap te komen.

18. Reinier van Duijn

Schilderij op pallets

 

 

 

The most important aspect of Reiniers' artwork is experiment. A continuous search for freedom in materials and methods, but also in oneself. Looking for innova, and always trying to innovate in it, without a fixed formula but with his unmistakable handwriting. He therefore uses a variety of different (unconventional) mediums, techniques and methods. Overarching you could perceive his work as mostly large, sculptural, raw and full of energy. At first sight, his work often contains humor and absurd elements, but there is also a more dark layer to be found. His goal is to reflect on fixed conventions and systems, also within the individual, and to question / change them. Because it is important for everyone to keep gaining new insights, which can only arise from genuine freedom, amazement and openness.

19, 21 Sam Werkhoven

19. ‘Rooster 4’ €600,-

21. ‘Rooster 3’  €750

 

In my work I am looking for the visual language of power. It is research for the essence of strength in form and content.

I am fascinated by fears, the act of painting, and the materiality of paint. Fear is a fundamental emotion, it is primal and functional.

In this research, I am painting roosters. For me, they symbolize primal strength, brutality, and violence. The act of painting, the form, and use of color is determined by the nature of the subject. 

25. Adinda de Kousenmaeker

'Biophilia'

Price upon request

 

We are becoming more and more alienated from nature, having no idea how our food grows, we epilate our body and take our water access for granted.

Adinda de Kousemaeker researches our relationship with nature through various media. How can we feel more empathy for our earth and for things that are emotionally distant from us? Adinda strives to convey her admiration and wonder for the mechanisms and organization of nature that we take for granted.

With her work, she wants to try to encourage empathy and respect for nature and encourages us to rethink our relationship with nature.

27. William Knies 

 ‘HIKIKOMORI’

Hikikomori is a syndrome that is diagnosed when someone completely withdraws socially for more than six months. This increasing problem is caused by performance pressure in today’s society.


The three-panel work is a fictional look into the future. Each panel shows a different reality of the main character. 

30, 50. Edmond Landwehr

30. 'Nieuw Leven'  €220

50. 'Trump Island' €250

Edmond Landwehr, artist and initiator of AK24, created 4 small sculptures during his time in quarantine. 


The playful and ironic compositions are inspired by current events in politics and the fear culture.

31. Zina Pusep

Installation

As a native to the Internet generation, I give shape to a critical approach to contemporary image culture, its seductions, underlying power structures, and current tendencies in society.

I approach popular media as a common language and compass of our time, which communicates particular ideas and ideals. By
doing so I create and unveil a world of glitter, glamour, plastic, fakeness, money, sadness, and joy, where tales of fraudsters, the rich and famous, world leaders, spiritual moguls, and actors come together. This has led me to explore to what extend our life is malleable by staging and why is the fascination of the

fake so intense in current kayfabe times?

Creating an environment in which physical and digital co-exist and interact is at the core of crossovers between the media used in my work. This symbiotic relationship between physical and digital represents something we could
consider being an evolution, definitive microcosm of the world we live in, offering supplementary set of standards.

32. Geertje Brandenburg​

Collage 'Forest'

Price upon request

Throughout photography-based collages and installations, Geertje Brandenburg investigates the narrative power of images. Drawn from her extensive visual archive, Brandenburg presents photographs devoid of their original context, confronting us with the notion of photography as the result of an outward gaze. As the camera can see us in ways we can never see ourselves, Brandenburg utilizes her work to raise the question of what it means to be seen. 

While almost everyone today is armed with a camera, and with the urge towards self-representation at an all-time high, Brandenburg’s works function as clear reminders that the gaze is not without expectations. By incorporating spatial objects into her work, Brandenburg’s installations are set to redirect the gaze and cause dialogue about the difference between photography and reality. 

33. Thomas Klein Horsman

'Drift'

€1750

Over the years I have developed an artistic vision that is intertwined with the skateboarding mentality.

 

I see the architecture around me for more than the original function. It inspires me to express myself artistically, translating its functionality into autonomous shapes.

35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41  Zwaantje Kurpershoek

Installation

35. ‘Boeffie’ €510

36. 'Transformatie via aanzicht nr 3’ €450

37. videowerk €350,-

38. Facial gear ‘Stay dry’ (zwemwezen) € 630
39. ‘Vlinderjongen’  €850
40. ‘Vogel ven ver Strik’ €1400
41.  ‘Gompert’ €235

The works of Zwaantje Kurpershoek always escape our grasp. Even though they are drawn from many divergent sources such as the animal kingdom, everyday machinery, worlds of anime, gaming, and sports, they are clearly connected.

Her diverse works, both flat and spatial, read like words from the same language, with all elements undoubtedly leading back to the same focal point. In their hybrid nature, Kurpershoek’s works present the spectator with the challenge of deciphering objects that are rather in-between, than one or the other, constantly shifting roles and positions, and questioning what are the conditions to call something real.

Why again does our conventional reality dominate the realms of fiction and fantasy?

 

Text by Menno Vuister

42, 43, 44. Kira Fröse

42. Keukengerei zwart ‘Untitled’ €580

43. Zeef met ei €450

44. Spatel €450

„I have to touch this.“

My work is emotive and focused on one’s desire for haptic experiences. Glossy surfaces,  structured fluid forms, and dynamic matter - the confrontation of stagnation and movement fascinates and inspires me.

Through the use of color, organic, playful, and dynamic shapes, my work wants to seduce and invite the viewers to experience what is in front of them with their own senses and imagination. Subconsciously influenced by the aesthetics of nature and objects of everyday life, I create static forms that depict motion and appear to be smooth and light despite the heaviness of their substance. Observing more closely one can perceive that aesthetics can only endure through the presence of unaesthetic detail.

The materials I prefer using are ceramics, plastic, plaster, glass, and textile because they have the most haptic and satisfying effect on me. All these materials have their own will and come along with a certain stubbornness by their very nature – just like me.

During the process of creating work I knead, I stroke, I strike, I construct and touch everything with my hands - „I have to touch this.“

45, 54, 55, 56, 57 Annebel Vernooij​

‘De Qawas’

45. Green €1600,-

54. Yellow €2700,-

55. Blue €3600,-

56. Red €3400,-

57. Video

Imagination gives you the freedom to create a story yourself or even to turn and manipulate reality. It is considered to be something not serious, but it opens doors to unknown worlds.

What if you take this "not serious" seriously, where is the dividing line between absurdism and credibility?

As a maker, I find a balance on this boundary and examine the narrative skills of mankind.

46. Anne Schillings​

Stoff & Stein

Price upon request

When I make art, I have a lot of different loose ideas. They are usually based on ordiniary
things from my daily life, that I try to distort or combine in an original way. To clean up my
thoughts, all these ideas have to be made, so don't have to choose one or the other.
I work with all kinds of materials, both two- and three-dimensional and sometimes more
abstract or figurative. I find the combination of these kind of contradictions very interesting.
Rather than an underlying subject, my work is about perceiving the work itself.

47, 48 , 49  Bas Oussoren

Installation

47. ‘Hate to bust a bubble’ €90
48. ‘Snake Eyes’ €550

49. ‘Say hi to the missus’ €210

“Geluk is als een koud bad op een warme zomerdag.”

Deze zin zou de beschrijving van een scène uit één van mijn installaties kunnen zijn. In de eerste plaats lijkt zo’n tafereel kinderlijk eenvoudig. Maar als we iets langer stil staan verrijst er een fantasierijk decor, compleet met haar spelers en een eigen symboliek.

Als een archeoloog benader ik mijn kunstenaarschap. Ik meander tussen archeoloog met de behoefte om te ontdekken en op te graven en beoefen tegelijkertijd mijn talent als visueel alchemist.

 

Het alledaagse, religie en humor, aan alles kleeft een verhaal.

51, 52 Jur de Vries

51. ‘Last call’

52. ‘Infanterie’

Price upon request

Jur’s paintings are influenced by animations and comics but instead of evoking happy childhood memories they contain much darker symbolism. Jur dissects iconic characters and then reconnects them again up to a point where they become hardly recognizable. The scenes are disturbing and bizarre and the once so innocent characters become addicts, schizo’s and perverts in Jur’s composed paintings.
The public is nowadays manipulated with images of happiness and beauty. It’s not only fake but is also hijacking our heads and making us unhappy. Jur’s work is a personal note to the viewer in which he makes his own statements about society; for instance the pretentious art scene or the lack of tolerance for the downtrodden.
His highly skilled paintings lure us in and when he has caught our attention we are being confronted with the darker side of society which is much closer to the truth.

58. Roel Weerdenburg

Media installation

Roel Weerdenburg is a composer, sonic designer, and visual artist.

The recurring theme’s in his works are complex feedback systems, explorations of sonic and visual artifacts, combining hard- and software, and the spatial use of sound and video.
His musical works and performances are focussed on rhythm and timbral developments of sound. While being strongly drawn towards sound synthesis, he also composes acoustic and electro-acoustic works.

Currently, he is a student in Sonic Design and Electronic Music Composition at the University of the Arts Utrecht. Here he is mainly focussing on spatialization techniques like Wave Field Synthesis, sound diffusion and other multispeaker systems, and how to apply sound and spatialization to different spaces.

Roel is part of the live video act Correlate, where he is specialized in combining the analog world with newer and digital technologies.

His compositions, installations, and performances were presented at places like Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Uncloud Festival, Bring Your Own Beamer, FAQ Festival in Den Bosch, Pitch Festival, and Amsterdam Dance Event.

Starting in 2014, he mastered an increasing collection of releases and DJ-mixes from artists and labels out of different genres and styles of electronic music. There is more info about this to find here, together with some demo’s and references.

Window side

1. Guido de Boer
Image & Letters

€4000

Guido’s tools are letters, which he almost always makes by hand.

So, themes as spontaneity, directness, and imperfection always appear in his work. With his collective High on Type he organized several Type- and Calligraphy events and traveled through a number of non-Latin-writing-countries to teach and learn about other letterforms.

Text KABK

2, 4  Ruben Creemers

‘Fuck your Fears’ Sweet pink €985

‘Fuck your Fears’  Black Metallic €985

‘Fuck your Fears’  White €1550

‘Spat Blauw’ €4750

 Artist & visual strategist, Based in Utrecht

3. Jukka

'Crying kid'

€7800,-

With my work, I tell stories. I don't make flat products, but surprising objects with current stories that matter. Thought-provoking stories that need to be told. The subjects I depict often have a strong social message.

The stories arise from a feeling or emotion, both of myself and the outside world. I translate these emotions into contemporary visual language.


My work contributes to discussing the current and complicated topics that my generation is struggling with. All this brought together in an attractive airy design, in which craftsmanship is clearly visible.

5. Shimon Kamada

‘The Springtime of Life’

€2500

My painting concentrates on intertwining truth and fiction, figuration, and abstraction. When my works tell a story that belongs to my melancholic, lonely, or embarrassing experience, they provide viewers a sense of nostalgia and sympathy in their narrative space.

Looking at my painted sceneries relate to the experience of Deja vu, where things appear so familiar, but the context of time and memory are shaken up.

 

The surrealistic approach leaves mystery, stimulates the viewer's curiosity to make their imagery narratives from their previous experiences. From their various interpretations, viewers give me helping hands to spread a series of fake stories.

6, 7  Jeroen Bronckers

6. First thing I’m gonna do, is take a nice long bath’ €950

7. ‘Take shelter, the sun is down’ €750

The 21 century is characterized by the excessive presence of images. We become inundated with photos and videos; from a waterfall of selfies to apathetic advertisements any unused place in the public space.

As a documentary photographer, I have the urge to capture the world around me from a unique perspective. But what is unique in a world where everyone has access to a camera, and everyone is a photographer? 

 

Sometimes I get discouraged and question my values. But perhaps the power of photography lies in what already exists. The collages are made up of old glass negatives, slides, and photos, which I have found over the years and collected. It's special how personal photos of random strangers end up on flea markets and antique shops. Some photos are from a time when photos only existed for the elite and others are pictures of family gatherings.

 

To me they are priceless. I can disassemble them completely and then use them to create my own worlds to build with. I don't think about it too much and let myself be guided by the topics in the photos but always seem to become dystopian worlds where lost men literally and fall figuratively.

8, 9 Edmond Landwehr

9. ‘Leaving Ultrajectum’  €220
10. ‘Het laatste ei van Duckstad’  €250

Edmond Landwehr, artist and initiator of AK24, created 4 small sculptures during his time in quarantine. 


The playful and ironic compositions are inspired by current events in politics and the fear culture.

10. Thomas Klein Horsman​

'Drift'

Over the years I have developed an artistic vision that is intertwined with the skateboarding mentality.

 

I see the architecture around me for more than the original function. It inspires me to express myself artistically, translating its functionality into autonomous shapes.

11, 12  Tim Wunderink 

11. ‘Sports’ €2020
12.  'We don't need to play for anyone'  €650

An inflatable mattress, a rubber boat, building materials - Things we're used to seeing in a construction or camping setting are re-examined by

 

Tim for their hidden painterly qualities; their gloss or matte surfaces, abstract adornments, or translucency for example become highlighted in-wall objects, which at first glance could pass for abstract modernist painting. Tim lets the viewer rediscover the material through the shape of the object. Every work is a small discovery, but should not be seen as a separate incident, rather: Tim Aims to direct the whole chain of the material, idea, the shape of the object, the installation of objects and the presence of the viewer in the space.

13. Kira Fröse​

‘Slippery when wet’ (v.l.n.r)
 

13.1 €480 

13.2 €480
13.3 €590
13.4 €480
13.5 €420
13.6 €480
13.7 €620

14, 15 Tom van Veen

 

14. ‘Hedefi’

15. ‘Europa & Zeus’