The idea behind the farm Amara Hoeve Bergen during “10 days of Art”

Jeroen van Paassen curated last year an exhibit in Peter and Paulus Church in Bergen, Holland during kunst10daagse (10 Days of Art). Then he met the owner of Amara Farm and the idea was born of converting his farm into an alternative space with art, music and poetry in cooperation with Fred Michiels from Belgium, the man behind Bozar de l’Abattoir, each one bringing their own artists. The difference? van Paassen says: “I have a preference for colorful and tight work with clear lines, say pop art. For Michiels it’s about expression, you can say: “Pop Art meets cobra ”’.  Van Paassen says they never work with a theme because it’s more important to have an element of surprise. They travel every two years in Europe so they had an exhbition in a wine castle in France, this year they will travel to Belgium (Bozar de l’Abattoir) and next year they will go to Copenhagen and Southern Germany.

Although I show my work in international galleries and ocasionally in museums I value and enjoy working with alternative spaces. It was in the 1970s in America and in 1980’s in Europe when an explosion of alternative galleries, art spaces, and collectives took place. Populating store fronts, lofts, and warehouses, these spaces confronted the supposed neutrality of the commercial gallery’s “white cube” by promoting work that was politically engaged, experimental, and more concerned with artistic discourse than commercial viability. For more photos of our exhibit at Amara Hoeve Farm please visit my Facebook page.

My Installation at Amara Farm: TAKE ME OUT OF THE BOX, woodcut print in Ecuadorian balsa wood., 2015

                     My woodcut at Amara Farm: TAKE ME OUT OF THE BOX, 2015

My woodcut prints at Amara Hoeve in Bergen

                                                  Display at Amara Hoeve Farm 

THE ARTIST IN THE BOX, woodcut, 2015 on display at Amara Hoeve Farm

THE ARTIST IN THE BOX, woodcut, 2015 on display at Amara Hoeve Farm

At “10 Days of Art” in Bergen

The Kunst10daagse (10 Days of Art) has become an extensive arts and crafts manifestation in the grand manner. Artists exhibit indoor and outdoor in their studios, gardens, restaurants and galleries. My pieces will be at Amara Hoeve Farm which will host poetry, music and art from international and local artists under the Curatorial and conceptual genius of Jeroen van Paassen and Fred Michiels. Visitors are guided through the city with a brochure at this time of the year when Bergen has a special aureole. In 2015 the show runs Oct.16th-25th in Bergen, Holland and from Dec.11th in Sambreville, Belgium. For more info. visit their website. Also I will post photos of the exhibition in my Facebook page.

My woodcut prints framed in Ecuadorian balsa wood, 2015.

My woodcut prints framed in Ecuadorian balsa wood, 2015.

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from High Arts Fridays

My work at Koehnline Museum of Art, Illinois

Yesterday opened FEMINISM ACROSS THE GENERATIONS, running through Oct.23rd with an enthusiastic crowd present at the party. I was selected to participate in this year’s collaboration between Women’s and Gender Studies and the Koehnline Museum featuring work that explores ways feminists can reach across divisions of time and place to learn from one another in order to grow the movement. What can feminists of today learn from the triumphs, sacrifices, and mistakes of our foremothers? What are fresh perspectives and methods that a new generation of feminist activists can bring to the table? This provocative exhibit examines—and celebrates—feminism’s past, present, and future.

Click to watch video of the opening ceremony and Click to read The Daily Herald’s article

My piece at the museum: THE HANDS THAT TELL YOU STORIES, woodcut and collage, 2015

My piece at the museum: THE HANDS THAT TELL YOU STORIES, woodcut and collage, 2015

invitation to Koehnline Museum exhibition