Curious to know how artists look at houses, Korrie Besems made an exhibition featuring works of art that give a different or a deeper meaning to the concept of house, apart from a place to live in. (T)HUIS explores the relation between home and house in various ways; sometimes picturing it in a theatrical manner as a frightening shell, petrified greed, a symbol, an investment, a metaphor, a playground or a memento.
Korrie Besems lived in Tilburg for 29 years, and until 2008 she had her studio in the building were PARK is housed now.
Opening on Saturday 29 November 4 pm by Marcelle Hendrickx, alderman for culture city of Tilburg.
Finissage of this exhibition on Sunday 11 January 2015, also PARK's New Year's Reception, including a dance performance. For more information go to 'New Year's Reception' in 'archive 2015'.
Participating artists are Desiree de Baar, Korrie Besems, Maurice Bogaert, Herman van den Boom, Maurice van Es, Wouter Osterholt/Elke Uitentuis and Frank van der Salm.
Installation in progress
Introduction by Korrie Besems, curator of the exhibition
Opening speech by Marcelle Hendrickx, alderman for culture city of Tilburg
In the media:
Desiree de Baar, Borduren Wonen Denken (2014), 5 tables and 5 tablecloths (linen), embroidered text and maps, bookcase with books (ownership artist), quotations & bibliography
The tables are based on plans of two houses; Vreewijk, LangeGeer, Rotterdam. M.J. Granpré Moliere & Kiefhoek, Rotterdam, J.J.P. Oud. De Baar says: "Through the use of texts in the space I hope that there is interaction between thinking about and experiencing the space."
Korrie Besems, Ard Ban, Muff, Ireland (2013), color photos
A boarded up new home that is completely ready. The house, however, has never been inhabited and is awaiting better economic times. The urbanizing landscape particularly in the Netherlands was the main subject in the work of Korrie Besems for many years. She usually shoots in a non fictional photographic style. She is always looking for the balance between exact display and scrutiny.
Herman van den Boom, Missing Neighbours (2013), color photo on wallpaper
It is a Belgian Semi-detached house from which one is missing. Herman van den Boom has been photographing semi-detached houses on the borders of the Netherlands for years. The houses that are attached to each other are often extremely different in terms of style. Thus they are objects in which the taste and individuality of homeowners come into conflict with each other.
Frank van der Salm, The English House (2010), color photo on wallpaper
This house, in an amusement park for children in Dubai, is ± 50% smaller than a normal house. The urban landscape, in the broadest sense of word, that is where Frank van der Salm focuses on. Over the years he has developed a diverse body of work on the monitoring of the landscape, the lack of space, infrastructural problems and pressure on space and time in contemporary society.
Maurice Bogaert, The Apartment (2011), wood, flooring, windows, doors, sandbags
This is a reconstruction of the main location in Polanski's classic film Repulsion (1965). In this psychological thriller young Carole and her sister share an apartment in London. When Carole's sister goes on vacation, the labile Carole loses touch with reality. She locks herself up in the apartment and starts getting hallucinations. The apartment plays a central role and is seen as one of the main characters in the film. Bogaert has recreated the apartment as a film set where you could make a remake of the film, and then a way that the film could be shot in one single shot.
Maurice van Es, Room of Now Riouwstraat 35 C (2014), book, offset, edition of 2 (+ 1 AP)
Commissioned by Korrie Besems Maurice van Es made a new book in his series of books Rooms of Now. The book details the interior of the apartment of Korrie Besems in Amsterdam East. The book can be 'read' as a reminder document of the interior and, indirectly, of the life of the inhabitant. Each object or detail tells something about her and can bring a flood of memories going. Van Es has an eye for even the smallest trivial details like tiny damages, ceiling lamps, rust spots, bedroom curtains, small photos, power cables or a shower sponge. Characteristic of his style is the use of hard flash light and surprising cropping of the image.
Wouter Osterholt /Elke Uitentuis, YOUR HOME IS IN OUR HANDS (2009), video, duration 63:39
Osterholt and Uitentuis were interested in how the financial downturn affects the lives of the people in Victorville (Victorville is a suburban town, 100 miles away from Los Angeles). What impact have empty houses in the neighborhood and how do people think about the concept of homeownership in these difficult times? Is the bursting of the housing bubble the end of 'The American Dream'? Through interviews with inhabitants they try to find answers to these questions. They pushed a small 'MacMansion' on wheels through the neighborhood for about 10 miles and did 35 interviews. The 'MacMansion' functioned as a set where the interviews were conducted.
Korrie Besems, GREY GHOSTS (2014), newspaper, rotary printing, edition 1000
The explosive economical growth of the last decades in Ireland came to an abrupt end by the crisis in 2008. Rampant homebuilding in Ireland is therefore at once stalled with the result that spread across the country more than 600 (!) unfinished housing estates in the form of ghost towns are languishing. There are estimated about 300.000 unfinished, empty or abandoned houses in new neighborhoods or villages with an infrastructure usually already complete. The newspaper GREY GHOSTS shows bare interiors of never finished houses in Ireland. Homes that have been left at construction sites after the crisis in 2008 and since then have been handed down to the weather.