Shoot Amsterdam is a yearly photographic event held in Amsterdam @ Pakhuis de Zwijger. I will be one of the speakers during the “How do they do it” sessions in the Studio at the 5th floor.
I will be talking about the wet plate collodion process, its place in time, so a little history and a little nowadays, accompanied by some visuals on a screen. Needless to say I’m very excited to be participating in this great event and hope to see you there!
Oh…and Sign up; it’s for free and it’s gonna be fun 🙂
It has been awhile, and again, a lot has happened.
In short we got a call on the 26th of January that in four weeks we had to leave our beautiful place in Margraten. 4 weeks to move two large working spaces and a full blown living space… And not only did we have to move in these few weeks, but also to find a place in an even shorter amount of time…
One week later we signed the papers for a new place, lovely place, smaller but very beautiful and still place for a darkroom etc.
And now we have moved 🙂
I was asked by Jorgen Polman to do an interview for Forum Beeldtaal which he runs, and this was recorded the same day I took down the working space. Enjoy the video and I will post more soon!
Dutch Alternative Photography Meeting & Artist Talk: Jeroen de Wijs over Collodiumprocedés
Zondag 19 april 2015
13.00 tot 16.30 uur (de lezing begint rond 14 uur)
‘t Oude Pothuys
3511 PA Utrecht
030 231 8970
10 minuten loopafstand van het CS en van een gratis parkeer omgeving (Heling). Zie: http://tinyurl.com/o32qodq
‘Toeval, traagheid, ambachtelijkheid’. Jeroen de Wijs (Boerdonk, 1975) weet precies wat hem aanspreekt in collodium-procedés. Tijdens de eerste bijeenkomst van Dutch Alternative Photography zal hij enthousiast vertellen over de liefde voor zijn vak. Hij heeft genoeg te melden. Niet voor niets experimenteert hij al jaren met 19e eeuwse collodium-technieken. Toch is Jeroen geen stoffige laborant. Als kunstenaar wil hij vroege fotografische processen graag zelf in de vingers krijgen zodat hij ze kan aanwenden voor zijn eigen werk: ‘Het is niet zo dat ik het oude wil reproduceren. Ik zoek juist naar moderne beeld- en presentatievormen’.
Dutch Alternative Photography is een platform voor alternatieve fotografie technieken in Nederland en Vlaanderen geïnitieerd in 2012 door An Zuriel. Het doel van dit platform is het overdragen van alternatieve fotografie kennis aan geïnteresseerden en het voor iedereen toegankelijk maken van het fenomeen alternatieve fotografie. Naast het online platform, wil Dutch Alternative Photography een podium geven voor netwerken en uitwisseling van kennis. Aan dit initiatief werken: Indra Moonen, Jeroen de Wijs, Herman Maes en An Zuriel.
A while back I got invited by Pauline Penning from Art.Room Roermond to join her in her radio show “Kunstkamer” which is broadcasted every Sunday morning starting at 9. The show lasts an hour and the most coolness about it was that I got to pick the music being played that hour in between our interview! As you may or may not know… I LOVE music! If I had to pick between making photos or listen to music for the rest of my life I’d pick listen to music. Without music art would be meaningless. Anyway…not the point; on to the interview (Dutch only..sorry) and the selection of music (specifically NOT Dutch) 😉
~ The End ~
I haven’t had the balls to re-listen the interview haha! I do find it funny to think about the bit where I mention ‘I don’t like themes’ and I’ve been working on a theme called “Anti-Matter” as in, sometimes beautiful is enough and I don’t want to always need a depressing theme all the time for something to be good, anyway, my struggle which you could tell from two posts back, which still is a struggle, but no life without struggle. I’m actually working on a few themes / subjects, I hope to be able to clarify a bit more soon.
You are hereby cordially invited to the opening of a group exhibition in Roermond of which I’ll be a part. The works displayed have never been shown before ‘in the real world’ and are all from 2013. And that’s it! I’m not gonna say anything further 😉 Oh, worth mentioning is that I will be giving a wet plate collodion demonstration on Sunday the 22nd of September, 14u, same place!
September 1st, from 13u -16u30
Exhibition runs from:
September 1st until October 2nd
Tuesdays & Sundays from 13-16:30u
Wet Plate Collodion Demo:
September 22nd, from around 14u
Place to be:
I’m currently painting the frames and prepping the images for mounting. There will be some lith prints and some original-one-of-a-kind wet plate collodion glass plates on display. Should all be finished this week.
I would also like to apologise for being so absent the past few weeks. I’m working on a lot of things, the disposable project for example. Currently working on the design of the book with the help of a graphical designer, Miguel Essers from IO_COMMUNICATIE. The past few weeks have also been busy at work, holidays and the like. Making collodion images turned out to be really difficult with having so little time on my hands. And I’ve also found a new sort of passion which has very little to do with art: racing on my newly acquired Jan Janssen bike! I’ve been an avid spinner for the past one and a half year which got me so hooked on cycling I just had to get on the road. So with the help of my birthday I was able to get a really pretty racing bike which took up a bit of my attention lately as well. Photography, no worries, but I can have this really obsessive attention span where I only want to focus on one thing and one thing only (a friend of mine called me a mono-maniac the other day 😉 ) so it will all have to settle again I guess.
Yeah, come on…you also can’t deny its prettiness right ?! Haha! Well, that was it for today! I’ll be off working on the exhibition and riding my bike today and I hope to see you all at the opening of my exhibition or at the collodion demo September 22nd! -X-
It has come to pass, Kunsttour 2013. It has been a fun three days. Also the opening was a lot of fun! As always a short compilation of the place where I exhibited, this year Avenue Céramique 191, one of the main buildings of the Kunsttour. I met a lot of nice people, new ones, and those that already follow my work for quite some time now. They made for interesting stories and inspiration to keep doing what I love most; photography. Thank you!
Some crazy bunnies and a Mickey Mouse / Dart Vader from Johan Bruninx (he belongs to a group called Vonk VZW and exhibited as part of this group).
Veronique Alberghs had some nice paintings on the wall. I liked them. Also part of the group Vonk VZW.
Also part of the Vonk group was Jan de Lauré with a nice drawing (and painting?).
MAAK had a lovely table and lamp to show. Too bad they weren’t around during those three days (as weren’t most of the Vonk group though).
Imke van den Berg stood next to me with different techniques among which were collography and etching. Interesting work, one I liked very much!
On the opposite side of me hung the work of Lily Scheffer, a combination of photography and manipulation afterwards, which resulted in some colourful new worlds.
Next to Lily were a couple of works by Alexandra Knie who works with a combination of painting, graphics and textile.
On the other side of the space were large paintings by Marcel Willems. That work is what I like!
John Bijnens, also part of Vonk, presented his work (one piece?) at the other side of Alexandra Knie. I liked this piece although I would have liked it better in another presentation style.
In the middle of the room there were a couple of blocks laying flat on the ground, providing space to Wilma Schipholt and Herma van den Heuvel.
Wilma makes small statues of ceramique, really funny and imaginative. Herma makes lovely pieces of glass.
Niels Savelkouls was there again with his sort of maquette with all sorts of stuff going on.
And of course, I was there too 😉 I exhibited my “Devolution” series based on Mondrian’s “Evolution” as that was chosen by the Kunsttour Committee. Received some good comments on this work which hasn’t gotten out much before, just once. Not a humorous piece but nonetheless 😉 Two days before the opening I received an email if I had some more work to put on the other side as one person cancelled. No problemo! I was quite happy to be able to show more work, some genuine plates.
The three days flew by like mad. It went really fast. Had some good conversations at the table where we could sit during the day and drank some nice wine. Nothing bad there 😉 Didn’t sell any work unfortunately but I did get invited to join the art route Roerdalen organised by Kunststroom next year (2014) so that’s awesome! They house their exhibitions in monumental buildings so that makes for a great setting to present ones work. Looking forward!
Hopefully see you next year (sooner would be nice too)!
This Saturday, 05 May 19:30, the exhibition ART EXTRAORDINAIRE will be opening at the Hoaf van Heden, Havenstraat 22, Stein.
This particular exhibition is an interesting coalition of multiple artists from different disciplines:
Helmut Jöcken – Paintings | Sculptures
Daniella Claessens – Paintings
Eefje Schenk – 3D | Graphic Design
Ed Schaap – Paintings | Airbrush
Vincent Pepels – Leather Art
Marcel Cohnen – Airbrush
Indra Moonen – Photography
The music during the opening will be brought to you LIVE by Syndicate, run by Bruno Bours and Lucas Kramer.
Everyone is welcome during the opening, and of course the rest of the days, so get your butt over to Stein and have some fun!