SWAP(s) noun#3: SCHRUBBERY
Mike Feijen, Mike Moonen, Sebastián González de Gortari
03.07–24.07 2022 / za & zo 13:00–17:00u
SWAP(s) noun#2: Placeholder
.Placeholder is the second exhibition in the series SWAP(s) noun#. For this exhibition, Karin Peulen invited graphic designer Simon Davies.."Being a graphic designer means that I help deliver random messages from one group of people to the other. I hardly ever know who these people are, what they think or how they understand the things I have designed (especially the people on the receiving end). Every now and again, like an overzealous postman, I furtively manage to embed my own images and messages in these communications.This exhibition brings together a selection of such images and messages all of which attempt to, in some way, lay bare the unstable relationship between form, content and meaning.Placeholder is a precarious experiment the starting point of which was the question: what remains of applied art when liberated from the responsibility of application; what happens to the products of graphic design (products which pervade almost every aspect of our daily existence) when they escape the instrumentalisation of conventional commercial communication?".Simon Davies (Mexborough, United Kingdom, 1969) is a graphic designer most notably associated with the following organisations and individuals: 010 Publishers, Ronald Cornelissen, Crimson Historians and Urbanists, Wendela van Dijk, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Krijn de Koning, Jan Konings, Helga Lasschuijt, Lauran Schijvens, Jan van Toorn, VenhoevenCS Architects and Urbanists, and Camiel van Winkel. He moved to the Netherlands in 1991 and eventually set up his own design practice in 1995. Since then he has designed books, exhibitions, publicity materials, printed matter and websites for many individuals and organisations, nationally and internationally.Simon has taught part-time in art and design academies since his own graduation from the Jan van Eyck Academy in 1995 and is currently lecturer in the department of Information Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven. He was a member of the design advisory committee of the Creative Industries Fund (Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industie), of the Rotterdam council for art and culture (RRKC), of the selection committee of the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture (Fonds BKVB) and the Rotterdam Art foundation (RKS).
SWAP(s) noun#1: RIZLA+
Rachel Daniëls, Goya van der Heijden & Zoë Vlijm
RIZLA+ is an exhibition resulting from a shared creation process, non-definition and open-endedness. Artists Rachel Daniëls, Goya van der Heyden and Zoë Vlijm come together in a shared interest in different aspects of underground culture, a ‘rough around the edges’ aesthetic and the use of sound in their work.
The open-endedness of the word RIZLA+, its original meaning as a tobacco rolling paper brand having left our collective memory, finds its counterpart in the open-endedness of the exhibition. The artists choose to not be too concrete and to leave things open to coincidence and interpretation, both during the process and in the final product. This approach during the collaboration has led to an exhibition in which the artists form a sum larger than their individual parts. By relying on the process and letting things happen, RIZLA+ took shape over the course of the week that they were working at B32.
Spatial interventions to the semi-sunken room of B32, that the artists endearingly call ‘the aquarium’, change the atmosphere and the experience of the room. By placing red foil on the window, the last relation to the outside world is literally being filtered out, leaving nothing to be experienced but the exhibition before us. Acoustic works sound through the room and connect the visual works. Pre-used materials from B32 are being made into installations that break up the rectangular echo chamber and change the experience in and of the room.
Portrait of the Host
Pieter van der Schaaf
19.03.22 – 17.04.22
De afgelopen twee jaar werkte Pieter van der Schaaf aan een serie sculpturen in keramiek, waarbij vooral de anti-bacteriële kwaliteiten van dit materiaal hem interesseerde. De tentoonstellingsruimte van B32 is binnen deze presentatie de host voor een serie sculpturen, die als organen met elkaar zijn verbonden via het verwarmingssysteem – dat voeding geeft als een soort navelstreng.
Pieter van der Schaaf (1984, Joure NL) woont en werkt in Parijs. In 2016/2017 was hij als deelnemer verbonden aan de Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht.