All We Can Do Is What We Are Actually Doing Already was the encompassing title for a series of three solo exhibitions by Scott Joseph, duo Miks Mitrevics & Kristine Kursiša and Chaim van Luit. Its aim was to focus on the actual starting point of the artistic process; the instant or moment when something catches one’s attention while walking, travelling or scavenging, not looking for anything specific. These artists show that the ordinary has a capacity to reveal itself as something extraordinary and articulate something that also has the capacity to be processed and transformed into a new visual narrative. Further contributions were made by artist Frank Koolen and writer Marianna Maruyama, who were invited to reflect on the series. Koolen, in his function as moderator, undertook a simultaneous one hour walk together with the artists, taking place in Amsterdam, London, Riga and Brussels, resulting in four posters. Maruyama wrote an accompanying text to each exhibition for this publication.
Chaim van Luit
ALGEMENE STUDIES/ETUDES GENERALES
All We Can Do Is What We Are Actually Doing Already III
13.12.2014 – 25.01.2015
Opening 13 December, 20 – 24 hrs
Open: Thursday – Sunday, 14 – 18 hrs
Closed: 25.12.14 – 07.01.15
Chaim van Luit (1985, NL) is interested in getting a handle on time mechanisms and a universal order. Although he considers himself a painter primarily, Van Luit works with different media in an intuitive artistic practice which displays performative qualities, transformations of loose elements and a focus on perception and exploration. Van Luit often uses non-traditional materials from his immediate surroundings, which play an important role in the work: most of it is conceived outside of the studio.
Miks Mitrevics & Kristine Kursiša
All We Can Do Is What We Are Actually Doing Already II
01.11 – 30.11.2014
Miks Mitrevics & Kristine Kursiša (Riga, Latvia) have been working together for several years. Their mutual practice is based on compiling everyday observations, photos, notes and remarks made in many places and in different times, under various circumstances. For most of the time they reflect certain personal investigations, the accumulation of which has become the main creative act of not only their personal space, but also the whole of creative space.
Under The Sign
All We Can Do Is What We Are Actually Doing Already I
13.9 – 12.10.2014
A shadow tells me there is something there – conditions bad — stop — like the air in which we breathe — expansible over all space — hidden like an ant — awaiting improvement — on a black rock — incapable of confinement — on a pitch black night — I can see if you are in front of me — our physical being —advanced — if you go away — we move — base abandoned yesterday — like fire — or exclusive appropriation.
NF presents: Vrom Ee toe Bie toe Zie toe Die
An exhibition with: Evita Vasiljeva, Nicholas Riis, Adriel van Drimmelen and Frederique Pisuisse
Hosted by P/////AKT and presented by NF
19/7/2014 – 27/7/2014
Opening: Saturday July 19, 20 – 24 hrs
What has four sides and is decorative? Continue reading
Perpetual Precedents is a series of four solo exhibitions: Rear Views by Daniel Vom Keller, Detourist by Ingmar König, Æon Flux by Paul Geelen and Unfixed Exchange by Astrid Mingels. It unfolded over the span of six months, starting in January 2014 and ending in July 2014. Although each exhibition stood on its own, the four artists shared an investigatory approach towards the use, re-use and appropriation of materials, textures and structures, leading to a new understanding of the object as signifier, as a catalyst of meaning in a certain context. P/////AKT invited Kunstlicht, a journal for art, visual culture and architecture, to moderate the exhibition series Perpetual Precedents. On that account, three artists and writers, Artun Alaska Arasli, Marianna Maruyama and Bart Verbunt, were asked to write a text on all four exhibitions in the series. Varying from literary and experimental pieces to art critical essays, Kunstlicht aims to offer an independent and critical reflection, and articulate a productive framework for P/////AKT’s exhibition series.
Perpetual Precedents IV
14.6 – 13.7.2014
opening Saturday June 14, 20 – 24 hrs
Astrid Mingels starts working from the objects and utensils surrounding her. Her practice consists of an investigation of these objects and their value. Like the title of the show – Unfixed Exchange – the works in the show function within the system of speculative currency. With the transition from the gold standard to the dematerialized monetary system of ascribed value we have made room for an economy based on speculative growth Continue reading
Kunstvlaai – Riet Wijnen
May 21 – May 25, 2014
Opening Wednesday May 21, 18 – 22 hrs.
For Kunstvlaai 2014, a multi-day celebration of art(ist-run) initiatives in the Amstelpark, Riet Wijnen made a billboard with an advertisement for The Registry of Pseudonyms, an ongoing accumulation of pseudonyms on the website registryofpseudonyms.com. In addition to being a listing of aliases and the ‘real’ names behind them, this registry also unveils some of the reasons behind the concealment of a name; telling the stories of who is who and why who is who. Continue reading
Paul Geelen – Æon Flux
Perpetual Precedents III
Paul Geelen has a curious mind, not unlike that of a scientist or even an alchemist. The difference is that he never seems to be looking for a certain result but rather looks in wonder at how things react to each other; for instance when you put a snail on a copper plate, poor molten led in cold water or simply place some objects together and see how they respond. As a result his work never seems to be quite finished, but only to have come to a temporary stand still when presented in public. The themes he addresses however are timeless and universal: how things affect each other and change, how one single act or thought gives birth to another.
Perpetual Precedents II
8.3 – 6.4.2014
opening Saturday March 8, 20 – 24 hrs
Ingmar König´s work often consists of tracks, or constellations of works, through which he engages the viewer to explore the various stages of interrelatedness. With his constellations König work brings together various ingredients in new ways, disrupting established correlations between medium and message. Many of them are based in earlier works, which are partially deconstructed and then reassembled into new structures, revealing details and characteristics that were previously hidden.