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The title of the work is identical to a series of photographs by Huseyin shot in Odessa, showing curtains blowing in the wind. These images inspired an installation of hardened lace curtains, frozen in time and space. The work refers to the gesture of opening the windows to set free the soul of the deceased, as well as the idea of a spirit present in a room, mysteriously lifting the curtains to reveal its presence.

Gabriel Lester, Melancholia in Arcadia (2011)

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Rezi van Lankveld whips up flurries of pigment in her eerie, mysterious paintings. She favours pallid shades such as lilac, blue or grey, which she swirls with eddies of black to create dense abstractions. They recall the marbled endpapers of 18th-century books. Yet amidst these trippy paint-fests, figures can be glimpsed: rippling, shadowy forms wearing tricorne hats, pinafores or capes. They rise up from the churning colours like the ghosts of painting past.

Rezie van Lankveld, no title (2005)

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Sculptures with a painting-like quality, or paintings occupying space like a sculpture. David Jablonowski sculpts with the eyes of a painter. He approaches the art of contemporary sculpting with the understanding that while it is primarily two-dimensional, fleeting images that dominate today’s world, in fact very little has changed. He draws deep connections between billboards and advertising displays and the primal function of sculpture: ritual, faith, recollection. The collective memories of artworks, and the cultural heritage they communicate, are an inexhaustible source of inspiration.

David Jablonowski, Grabskulptur (2008)

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Guido van der Werve looks in his work for a direct form of communication with its audience, which is similar to music. He makes video work based on performance, in which he usually composes its own soundtrack. His most famous movie is ’ number eight’, in which he walks on a frozen ocean in front of an icebreaker. Van der Werve usually stars in himself in his short films.  

Guido van der Werve, Nummer acht - Everything is going to be allright (2007) 

18mm to HD, 10’10”, Golf of Bothnia Kerni, FIN

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Painting in an innovative way when people want traditional. Declaring the art of painting dead just when it’s coming back into fashion. Exhibiting profound social engagement with innumerable models, manifestos and drawings. Only to then return to painting. This was the artistic path of Constant A. Nieuwenhuys (Constant). Against the grain, playful, but with conviction.

Constant, Crowd (1993)

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After studying Photography and Audio/Visual Design at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (1992), his main focus has been the Urban Landscape in it’s broadest sense. Over the years early influences of the New Topographics have evolved into a diverse oeuvre about the control of landscape, lack of space, infrastructural issues and the pressure on time and space in contemporary metropolises, reflecting our ways of communication and it’s speed.

Frank van der Salm, Intermezzo (2003) 

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There comes a moment when everyday objects lose their sense of familiarity, acquire another meaning and seem to become almost abstract. Such moments are used by Elspeth Diederix as a starting point for her images. Showing the beauty of everyday life, that is what it is all about. 

Elspeth Diederix, Fruit Still Life, 2008

 

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David Maljković has emerged in recent years as one of the most significant artists on the international arena, thanks to a body of works with which he investigates the cultural, social and political heritage of his country through an ongoing comparison of past, present and future, interpreted as hypothetical and interconnected dimensions of reality.

David Maljković, poster of Secession (2011)

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Karel Appel is one of the most prominent figures of his generation in international and Dutch painting. Over nearly sixty years, he built up a strikingly expressive, larger-than-life oeuvre of paintings and sculptures. With such a large oeuvre it should come as no surprise that themes and shapes from earlier phases recur in his body of work. Appel painted innumerable landscapes, nudes and animals.

Karel Appel, Horizon of Tuscany (1995)

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Henk Visch’s love of language underlies the artist’s ever-expanding oeuvre. Since 1980, he has been creating expressions of the world around him in sculptures, drawings and language. ‘As an artist, you are working in a transient domain,’ says Visch. 'You understand that everything exists for only an impossibly brief instant. Everything is a dream that’s gone before you know it, a bird that sings and flies off. But it is at the heart of this transience that you find the moments that something is created. Those are the moments you want to capture. That’s what art is.’

Henk Visch, We ran out of sweets (2010)

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The multidisciplinary work of the Belgian visual artist Hans op de Beeck consists of sculptures, installations, video work, photography, animated films, drawings, paintings and writing (short stories). Thematically, the work concentrates on our laborious and problematic relationship with time, space and each other.

Hans op de Beeck, Extensions (2009)

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An important recurring theme in Ulay’s work is the search for identity. ‘Photography freezes a moment in less than 1/10th of a second,’ he says, 'so it shows us things we can’t observe. I see photography as a wonderful supplemental tool for our visual perception.’

Uwe Laysiepen, Self-Portrait (1990)

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Ösz made his name with The Prora Project (2001-2002), a series of photographs taken in a Nazi-built ‘wall’ of rooms with a view to the sea, on the northern German island of Rügen (1936-1939), intended to be a future vacation resort for the new Germany but never completed. The five-storey complex was to be five kilometres long, with space for 20,000 holidaymakers. Ösz photographed the identical view from the rooms.

Gábor Ösz, No. 13 Pora project, 18 rooms (dubbel windows), (2002)

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