August 24th, 2010 by A.A.
Sketch in acrylics for 'the dividing arch' (50 x 40 cm)

Sketch in acrylics for 'the dividing arch' (50 x 40 cm)

Some people in the western world spend more than 90% of their awake-time staring at glowing screens (computer, tv, phone). Would it not be a good antidote if we started to spend 1% of our awake-time looking at a painting or sculpture? It’s time to start the campaign:
One percent screentime for ART!

If you spend 8 hours working at the computer, this would add up to about 5 minutes devoted to art. A great way to slow down, focus and be inspired for the rest of the day.

The Soup Kitchen

April 28th, 2010 by A.A.

RETORT ART SPACE – ‘The Soup Kitchen’

March 13 – 27, 2010

Antoine Adamowicz | Elena Beelaerts | Maurice Braspenning | Lisa Couwenbergh | Serge Game | Michiel Hogenboom | Adrie Huisman | Jantien Jongsma | Stefan Kasper | Peter Vos

This March I organised a group show entitled ‘The Soup Kitchen’. The title refers to the crisis years, when the hungry were fed in Soup Kitchens. Since it is said we are in a crisis again, I thought it would be good to open a Soup Kitchen. This time to feed those hungry for meaning and contemplation. And yes, soup was also being served. On the opening and closing day we even had special soup/juice performances by Adrie Huisman.

A review of the show can be found here.

The ‘chosen ones’

April 28th, 2010 by A.A.

Fall after spring, 90 x 120 cm, tempera on linen, 2008

From January to June 2010, the civil servants of the ‘Dienst Maatschappelijke Ontwikkeling’ in Amsterdam are very fortunate to have some great art in their workplace. Every half year CBK Zuidoost organizes a group show in their offices and this time the theme is inspired by the upcoming elections. The title of the show is ‘Uitverkoren’, which may best be translated as ‘chosen ones’. All the artists in this show have won prizes for their art and therefore were ‘chosen ones’. The other artists are: Nardo Brudet, Wouter Kalis and Peter Vos. The show runs from January till July 2010 and is not open to the public.