An exhibition by Esther Kokmeijer and Hans Vijgen.
Two hundred years ago, our view on the world was changed radically by scientists like Gauß and Humboldt: they were convinced that by measuring the world they would gain greater knowledge. This exhibition brings together two artists who, each in their own way, visualize the world through the imagination of measurement processes.
The show will be opened on Saturday, 14 March at 5 pm by Marijke Goeting, art historian.
Esther Kokmeijer is funded by the Mondriaanfonds and O&O Rotterdam.
First measurements by Esther and Hans in PARK.
Opening speech by Marijke Goeting, art historian
Paul Cornelissen, director CC Jan van Besouw in Goirle, explains the collaborative project PARKinG (see 'activities')
For the text of the opening speech by Marijke Goeting, click here (only in Dutch)
In the media:
'Packed with a fine overflow of the opening in De Pont; double exhibition MEET by Esther Kokmeijer and Hans Vijgen in that wonderful high Park space. Beautifully minimal strong work by Esther Kokmeijer: a grid of tape measures. Hans Vijgen shows among others a big number of models: a meticulously designed and neatly drawn encyclopedic project.'
Esther Kokmeijer (1977)
Travel is for Kokmeijer an integrated part of her artistic work. In these travels she examines not only limits determined topographically and politically, but also natural phenomena and absolutely defined conventions as defined in geographical measurement systems. Kokmeijer traveled to more than 80 countries for various projects. Recently, she was nominated for her work with the Dolf Henkes price in Rotterdam.
In Park she shows the beginning of the long-term research project Because We Meet, which deals with the urge of man to control nature. As the basis of the project, she has taken the original international treaties that are negotiated over the three forms of water (vapor, liquid and solid). She made copies of porcelain of these treaties. In the coming years she will continue to work on this project. In the big space she shows an installation of tape-measures as grid over the world.
Esther Kokmeijer, Untitled, sketch from the series ‘Definition World', tape-measures, dimensions variable
Esther Kokmeijer, Our Agreements, part of the research project 'Because we Meet’, porcelain copies of international treaties, dimensions variable
Esther Kokmeijer, Our Agreements, part of the research project 'Because we Meet’, porcelain copies of international treaties, dimensions variable (detail)
Esther Kokmeijer, Untitled, sketch from the series ‘Definition World’, globe and wall
Esther Kokmeijer, Untitled, sketch from the series ‘Definition World’, mixed media, 119 x 195 cm
Esther Kokmeijer, Journey from centre to centre (continents), mixed media, 73 x 103 cm / Journey from centre to centre (EU countries), mixed media, 98 x 73 cm
Esther Kokmeijer, Journey from centre to centre (EU countries), mixed media, 98 x 73 cm (detail)
Hans Vijgen (1952)
Vijgen shows works from his ongoing project Latitude 51. His studio in Tilburg, near Park, is located on the 51th latitude. Using a GPS system he makes a virtual trip around the world along that latitude, each time one degree eastward. For each of the 360 intersections with a line of longitude, he makes a scale model and a drawing with great accuracy, projecting these on that spot. Geographical reality and personal experience meet.
The large shelving unit that can be seen in Park now forms the heart and the archives of the Latitude 51 project. Herein, the 360 models and drawings are included, of which 90 are realized to date. Because the project is not yet complete, the cabinet will be constantly expanded in the years to come. In the cabinet can also a movie be seen of the first exact nulmeridiaanlijn in the Paris Observatory. In this exhibition forty models and drawings are taken from the cabinet and exhibited on trestle tables.
But Vijgen follows the 51th latitude not only in mind. He also travels actually to the exact places where the latitude line leaves the land and enters the sea. This is the case in 10 places on earth and Vijgen visited 7 of these until now. The material that documents the Latitude Landings is archived in the cabinet. Some archival boxes with Latitude Landing material is open and exposed. A series of photos on the wall shows the seven already visited Latitude Landing sites. Beside it are two drawings: Mercator Projection Correction # 1 and # 2. The rug in the back of the exhibition space shows the highly magnified satellite image of Vijgens house/working space in Tilburg. The red line is latitude 51. On the video screen on the back wall the latitude is followed circling around the world.
Hans Vijgen, Latitude 51, shelving unit, 40 models and drawings on trestle tables, mixed media
Hans Vijgen, Latitude 51 (detail)
Hans Vijgen, Latitude Landing, photo's
Hans Vijgen, Mercator Projectie Correctie #1, Mercator Projectie Correctie #2, drawings
Hans Vijgen, Vloerkleed, carpet with latitude 51, coffee table with compass