Spring Blossom 2017

You are welcome to join these artist talks at De Ateliers. All lectures start at 5pm sharp. Entrance € 5. RSVP office@de-ateliers.nl

Tuesday March 14th – Mike Bouchet
Tuesday March 21st – Janis Rafa
Tuesday March 28th – Marine Hugonnier
Tuesday April 4th – Alexandra Bircken
Tuesday April 11th – Tiril Hasselknippe
Tuesday April 18th – Mandla Reuter

Tuesday March 14th
Mike Bouchet (b.1970, Castro Valley, California, USA), lives in Frankfurt
Since the early 1990s, American artist Mike Bouchet has been questioning social-political issues in a variety of media, including large scale sculptures, paintings and installations. His artistic practice focuses on the effects of images and the desires they produce, dealing with topics such as ownership, consumer trends, outsourcing, yet also with his own role as an artist. “You cannot alter your place in the world without first altering your image of the world,” the artist says. Bouchet had major solo shows in Carl Kostyal (Stockholm, 2015), The Box (Los Angeles, 2013), Cobra Museum (Amstelveen, 2010) and Schirn Kunsthalle (Frankfurt, 2010). With his former teacher Paul McCarthy, he collaborated on a show in Portikus (Frankfurt, 2014). He participated in Manifesta 11 (Zurich, 2016) and biennales in Montréal (2016), Sao Paulo (2012), Venice (2009), Moscow (2007) and Berlin (2006). He is represented by Marlborough Chelsea (New York), Parisa Kind (Frankfurt) and Peres Projects (Berlin/Los Angeles).

Tuesday March 21st
Janis Rafa (b.1984, Athens, Greece), lives in Athens
The short films of Janis Rafa are situated on the margins of civilization, haunted by catastrophic events such as a ship wrecking, a road accident or a fatal epidemic. The dead and the living seem to co-inhabit these dreamlike, timeless worlds. Films of Janis Rafa were included in exhibitions such as ‘Close-Up. A new generation of film- and video artists in the Netherlands’ (Film museum Eye, Amsterdam, 2016) and ‘VISIO’ (Palazzo Strossi, Firenze, 2015). Recent screenings in film festivals include Moscow (2016), Utrecht (2015), Vienna (2015), Rotterdam (2015), Los Angeles (2013), Dubai (2013) and London (2012). The artist is represented by Galerie Martin van Zomeren (Amsterdam).

Tuesday March 28th
Marine Hugonnier (b.1969, Paris, France), lives in London
Marine Hugonnier’s work is greatly influenced by her studies and long-standing interest in philosophy and anthropology. Working across film, photography, installation and collage, Hugonnier’s art explores how historical or social conditions affect our experience of the present moment. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Schirn Kunsthalle (Frankfurt, 2015), Beursschouwburg (Brussels, 2015), Baltic (Gateshead, 2014), MOCA (Seoul, 2014), Sainsbury Centre (Norwich, 2013), FRAC Champagne-Ardenne (Reims, 2009), Malmö Konsthall (2009), Villa Romana (Florence, 2008), Kunstverein (Braunschweig, 2008), MAMCO (Geneva, 2008), S.M.A.K. (Ghent, 2007), Philadelphia Museum of Art (2007), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin, 2007) and Kunsthalle Bern (2007). She is represented by Galeria Fortes Vilaça (São Paulo) and Nogueras Blanchard (Barcelona).

Tuesday April 4th
Alexandra Bircken (b. 1967, Cologne, Germany), lives in Cologne
German artist Alexandra Bircken has developed a sculptural practice in which natural and synthetic materials merge. Her earlier works are at once organic and ritualistic, bordering on the spiritual. Recently, the artist works with metal, glass and mortar. Bircken had major solo exhibitions at Museum Abteiberg (Mönchengladbach, 2017), Kunstverein Hannover (2016), K21 Ständehaus (Düsseldorf, 2016), Hepworth Museum (Wakefield, 2014), Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam, 2014), Kunstverein Hamburg (2012), Studio Voltaire (London, 2011), Kölnischer Kunstverein (2010) and Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, 2008). The artist is represented by BQ (Berlin) and Herald St (London).

Tuesday April 11th
Tiril Hasselknippe (b.1984, Arendal, Norway), lives in Oslo
Incorporating stairs, surfboards, cars, and anchors, the playful sculptures of Tiril Hasselknippe are rooted in a material world that is personal as well as reflective on our digital environment. Inspired by American West Coast Minimalism, where the synthetic and the sublime unite in perfectly abstract aesthetics, the artist creates a kind of science fiction formalism. Recent solo exhibitions of Hasselknippe were held at Kunstverein Braunschweig (2016), Tranen CCA (Gentofte, 2016), Bianca d’Alessandro (Copenhagen, 2015), OSL Contemporary (Oslo, 2015), Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium (2014) and Inter Arts Centre (Malmö, 2013). Tiril Hasselknippe is represented by Galerie Drei (Cologne).

Tuesday April 18th
Mandla Reuter (b.1975, Nqutu, South Africa), lives in Berlin
Through both subtle and radical interventions of the gallery space, diverting the flow of information and the movement of audiences, Mandla Reuter examines issues like art production, presentation context and exhibition display. Blockades and new passages, time zones and light conditions, compel visitors to experience the typically neutral exhibition space as a result of inclusions and exclusions. Mandla Reuter had solo shows at Schindler House (Los Angeles, 2017), Neue Alte Brücke (Frankfurt, 2017), Kunstverein (Braunschweig, 2015), Kunstmuseum Bonn (2014), Kunsthalle Basel (2013), De Vleeshal (Middelburg, 2012) and Kunsthalle Lingen (2009). The artist is represented by Croy Nielsen (Vienna) and Francesca Minini (Milan).