NOW at Gallery Getekend in Heerenveen The Netherlands, the solo exhibition of SANDRA KRUISBRINK with recent drawings from Ålvik Norway !
Exhibition period: 20-9-2020 t|m 15-11-2020
SANDRA KRUISBRINK stayed in artist residency KHMessen in Ålvik, in the winter of 2019. The nature (fjord, mountains, forests) and the silence had a great attraction and were a source of inspiration. Sandra could roam around to photograph and draw. The exhibition includes a number of these drawings and a series that later emerged in her own studio.
She herself says about her work: “While drawing I filter the photographed images, edit the photo and dissect the image in such a way that it sometimes almost disappears. In this way I look for the limit of what I can leave out. I work almost meditatively in drawing an endless amount of lines, dots and minimal traces back to my memory. The silence and inaccessibility thus become subjects ”.
SANDRA KRUISBRINK participated in various exhibitions in the field of contemporary drawing. Her work was previously shown in the opening exhibition GETEKEND. She lives and works in Amsterdam.
At KHMessen I started my new interest to develop my work process in natural surroundings. I investigated the challenge of spaces where there already exists elements. The rocks at Hardangerfjorden became my starting point, where I moved from there and up towards Roaldsdalen and back again in the garden of KHMessen. While I was in these surroundings, I created a different awareness of my body, my perceptual capabilities, and my mental and physical constraints together with the paper and textile material I used. It was a reconnection for me.
(Johanne Teigen, Norway, was staying at KHMessen for a one-month-residency in August 2020)
The selection committee at Kunstnarhuset Messen has now made the selection for 2021! That has been a very difficult decision this time all because of COVID19.
Because of the lockdown we have postponed the awarded working periods of all the artists from April, May, June, July, August and September this year to the next residency year 2021. Meaning, that we only had a few places left to offer to new artists, only for the months that were left over in 2021. That was a difficult decision to made with over 100 applications all of them from highly qualified artists.
We are pleased to announce the selection of 2021:
New selected artists: Koen Kievits (the Netherlands) Georgina Louise Campbell (Australia) Danielle Klebes (USA) Chih Hua Huang (Taiwan) Andrew Neumann (USA) Heidrun Rathgeb (Germany) Jan Kromke (Germany) Ina Loitzl (Austria) Maja Spasova (UK) Molly Joyce (USA) Lynn Cazabon (USA) Olia Fedorova (Ukraine) Son Seon Kyung (South Korea) Kuenlin Tsai (Taiwan) Tero Juuti (Finland) Ninet Kaijser (the Netherlands) Efrat Merin (Israel) Lucia Veronesi (Italy) Paul Burn (USA/Germany) Franzisca Siegrist (Swiss/Spain) Christopher Eidtang (Norway)
Postponed artists from 2020 to 2021: Julie Rafalski (Poland/USA) Vardi Bobrow (Israel) Kate Finegan (USA) Marie Bink van Vollenhoven (the Netherlands) Beth Frey (Canada) Noor van der Brugge (the Netherlands) Doris Marten (Germany) Sky Kim (USA) Kerstin Mörsch (Germany) Hellen Abma (the Netherlands) Christopher Squier (USA) Anna Pangalou (Greece) Ben Giles (UK) Romane Armand (Belgium) Scardoni Eléonore (France) Bettina Henkel (Germany) Marloes Staal (the Netherlands) Timo Hofacker (the Netherlands) Narumi Hori / Yuhi Kazama (Japan)
(illustration is made by Gregory Gan, during his stay at KHMessen)
During the whole Corona lockdown time KHMessen has had the pleasure to enjoy the stay of three guests that had to expand their stay to three months. All three artists have enjoyed their time at Messen during the lockdown. It felt like a safe place to be and within the restriction they still had the freedom to cycle, swim and take walks in the surrounding, next to their intensive studio work.
One of the three, Marion Blume left Messen a week ago and now Olivia and Greg are at the end of their stay. So yesterday we held our monthly open studio with a selective group of visitors.
Olivia Brelsford-Massey (UK) showed her process by presenting a short video with animation inspired by foundings in and around the house and the magic of the fjords. And by showing small drawings of thoughts and playful assets for her video and objects in her studio.
Gregory Gan (Russia nd Canada) read an short story to us in his studio about the existence of his watercolors and how they are tangled with his life. We listened to his story surrounded by his beautiful watercolors and video works.
I came to KHMessen to investigate dwelling places as social entities. I was born in Moscow, in the former Soviet Union, and when I was still a child, my family migrated to France, and then Canada. From my earliest memories, well into my adult life, and across several countries, I lived in high-rise apartments. In my artwork, I wanted to capture the ambiguity of feeling at once intimately connected, and anonymous amongst one’s neighbours.
I decided to recreate every house in which I lived using watercolour paintings. I would create a collection culminating in a painting of my latest “residence”: KHMessen. Besides the watercolours, I wanted to make a multimedia collage based on the outlines of these homes—a kind of Frankenhome—which would then be laid onto a large canvas to create a cyanotype, an architectural blueprint. This blueprint would be combined with video projections, soundscapes, watercolour sketches, and relief prints. The theoretical concept for which I sought a visual metaphor was an image schema, a visual, linguistic, embodied, and historical pattern the mind conjures to give us an understanding of the world, and arguably, forms the basis for our identity. My proposal aimed to visualize how each person’s unique history is intimately connected to their experience of lived places, and to other human beings.
Shortly after I arrived to KHMessen, the first cases of COVID-19 virus began to emerge in Norway. As the situation intensified over the next several weeks, the Norwegian government enacted ever-stricter measures to control the pandemic. The situation brought into stark contrast my privilege of living in a remote village—I was able self-distance by going on hikes in the mountains, or bike rides along the fjord—and the lockdowns my friends and relatives faced across urban centres around the world. Around this time, I was painting my former home in Toronto—a twenty-two storey apartment block where I briefly lived with my mother and grandmother some years ago. As my paintbrush gave shape to the neat rows of apartment cubicles, I began to fret about how my mother and grandmother would need to negotiate interactions with their neighbours: every door handle, every pressed elevator button now represented a possible vector of transmission. I began making frantic phone calls organizing food deliveries, checking up on elderly relatives, and trying to convince them to stay home.
The state of emergency catalyzed my thoughts about what I found truly important: paradoxically, as ever-stricter social distancing measures came into effect, I felt ever-closer to people across ever-widening physical distances. As we experienced isolation, fear, anxiety, or boredom each in our particular ways, friends, colleagues, and family began finding new ways of connecting on social media. At that moment, having painted thirteen out of a planned thirty former domiciles, and having drafted video projections onto a blank canvas, I placed the project I tentatively titled Closer to Home on hold. Besides, I reasoned that watercolours would make an ideal pastime for the two-week self-quarantine I would have to undergo at my next destination, wherever that may be. As booked flights, festivals, conferences, and teaching engagements were predictably cancelled, or rerouted online, I found myself much more amenable to small changes, finding that I needed to muster my resources to prepare for the big ones.
I am now working to establish connections with other artists who find themselves in similarly precarious situations. Amongst colleagues working in art, film, and anthropology, we launched an Artist Support Network (fragilematters.wordpress.com), which aims to provide support to artists adapting their modes of creative production to changing circumstances. We began hosting online gatherings, where we discuss how to respond to the crisis most effectively as artists, and as community members. Using an online platform, we are also pooling together resource for artists, filmmakers, and educators, who are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
My work has also taken on a much more personal quality. I started recording video letters, largely unedited and improvised, which I began sending out to relatives and friends. I bring my friends along on hikes, bike rides, or on daily routines. The rawness and immediacy of these tele-messages feels authentic. It is, perhaps, a way that I intimately connect the experience of a lived place to other human beings.
Applications are now open for a working period in 2021 at KHMessen in Norway!
The Residency Program provides space and time for artists. We welcome visual artists, writers, composer/musicians, performance artists at any stage of their careers who are interested in exploring and expanding their work in a unique and supportive environment. KHMessen consists of artistically crafted and unique living and studio spaces. Time spans are individually based – 1 to 3 months, accommodating 4 to 6 artists at a time.
KHMessen is situated in the small town Ålvik surrounded by mountains and very close to the fjord.
KHMessen AiR program is particularly beneficial to those who find it restorative to live in a community environment surrounded by the natural beauty of the mountains and fjords.
The spaces are versatile, providing residents with opportunities to connect and interact with other artists in the house and with the Ålvik community. Also to create and participate with the monthly Open studio and artist talks or house concerts.
Please note: Residency periods are for full calendar month(s) and we ask a fee of 1000 Norwegian Krone per month.
Application period is from 1th March until 31 May 2021
You can find our online application form on our website under: How to apply
We have the following guest artist doing a working period at KHMessen in February:
Mikiko Fujita is a visual artist and illustrator from Japan based in Germany. She is receiver of the prestigious “Bologna Illustrators Exhibition Award” in 2014. Her drawing and paintings are made with her favourite materials; pastel, pencil and oil and tell about her nocturnal worlds.
Jaya Stenquist is a writer based in Minneapolis. Her poetry has appeared in Hobart, West Branch, and Mid American among others. Stenquist was a 2018-2019 poetry fellow in the Loft Mentor Series and honorable mention in fiction. She will read from her new work at the Open studio evening.
Jasper Llewellyn is an artist, researcher and facilitator, based in UK and working primarily in Performance Art and time-based media. His work stems from a basic interest in the border between art and everyday life, alongside other recurring themes of speed, invisibility and ‘ways of looking’.
Annette Cook from Australia is an award winning printmaker who has work in major state collections around Australia including the National Gallery in Canberra. Her subject matter explores the natural world, in particular the cross species communication possibilities of the marks and patterns of Australian native animals.
We hope to see you at the 26th !
KHMessen Team !