Art house Messen, Ålvik, Norway
Kunstnarhuset Messen, Ålvik, Norge

Artists 2022

January 2020

Koen Kievits (the Netherlands)
Koen is a visual artist who uses the photo camera as his main tool. His work consists of temporary installations in public space by which he reacts on the banal structures he finds during his stay. The documentation of these interventions are mixed with imagery he collects while wandering through the various landscapes looking for inspiration.

Within my work I’m exploring a recurring physical layering. Most of the installations I place outside are either buried or excavated and uncovered. These motifs are also present within my photographic practice. I’m actively erasing parts of photographs or I’m adding layers to them. In that sense, I’m approaching and treating my photographic works as landscapes, which in the same way my installations do, are able to manifest themselves in time and space.

I’m mainly focusing on subjects that let us reflect on timelessness, the sublime and transience, such as megalithic constructions. This fascination originates from a place in France, of which I have fond and magical childhood memories. As an explorer I’m delving in spaces where past and present collide and where boundaries between certain eras seem to dissolve.

As a concatenation of worlds, bodies and magic, personal mysteries will perform in the light which shapes them, in my attempt to re-enchant the world.

Up near the roof all my thoughts are clear’ Tegelen NL 2021
Concealment’ This Art Fair NL 2021
‘I remember, mountains’