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Under the resting clouds

Galerie BART

08-09-2023 – 28-10-2023

From September 8th my latest work is shown at gallery Bart in Amsterdam. The show consists of ceramic work and drawings, made during a working period at the EKWC in Oisterwijk.
Here I worked with ceramics for the first time and made objects in various techniques that are in line with the themes I have been working on for a long time. Working with ceramics enabled me to find new manifestations for my artistic voice. The objects have a mystical quality that, in combination with the figurative naivety of my work, enter into a sensitive symbiosis.

Courtecy of: Europees Keramisch Werkcentrum, Stichting Stokroos, Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds, Stichting Hanzefonds, Werktuig PPO.


Galerie Bart

Elandsgracht 16
1016 TW Amsterdam
+31 20 320 62 08

Thursdays till Sundays, 13:00-18:00. Or by appointment through the gallery.

Galerie BART about the exhibition:

‘The unique visual language of this multidisciplinary artist makes his work distinctive. Bas creates a world that explores both personal and societal themes through drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, installation, jewellery, graphic design, photography, music, performance and costume. He takes an inner journey through his colourfully striking and naive figures, some of which pop up again from time to time in his work. By visualising themes such as joy and emotional self-awareness, Bas evokes a certain recognition from the viewer without being pedantic. There is no specific aim, just informality.

It was the first time that Bas had made ceramic work, and the transition from textile to clay did not happen automatically during the period he worked at the EKWC. That is why Bas started with something he already knew. During his research project on joy, a textile bear was born called JOBE, short for Joy Bear. Bas made a mould of this bear so he could create several ceramic bears. The first six bears in this series are now on display in the exhibition.

Bas has a passion for drawing, and a new series also emerged during his time working at the EKWC: Sincerely yours, a series of personal and loving drawings on emotional awareness. Bas considers it a luxury that he is able to reflect on the question every day: ‘How do I feel today?’ There is more talk about feelings nowadays than ever before. Could this be a hallmark of the current generation or an outcome of our hyper complicated lives? As such, Bas ponders: while there is so much thought and dialogue about emotions, are they actually being felt?

Under The Resting Clouds is an ode to joy and tranquillity that invites you to observe the world that closely surrounds you.’