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BIC Inkwell – 2020, oil on canvas, 50 x 60 cm
Extended Studio Micha Patiniott

During the months of July and August puntWG is offering short working periods for several artists in an extended studio program.

6 till 30 Jul 2020
During the months of July and August puntWG is offering short working periods for several artists in an extended studio program.

Since last week Micha Patiniott has been using puntWG as a temporary extension of his studio. 

He will be working in the space till the 30th of July.

More information to follow soon, keep in touch with our Instagram and website for updates.

Micha Patiniott (Amsterdam, 1972) is a figurative painter known for his slightly absurdist and surreal paintings
 
“My paintings are based on a playful and associative way of looking at everyday events. Rooted in personal experience and imagination, objects, body parts, people, and animals are made to act in ways that do not occur in reality. Trivial situations easily get out of hand and lead to poetic, bizarre or humorous images.
 
I like to tilt the image by adding what is for just a second an association to the subject. Through simple manipulations, the subjects are given a charge that makes them into something else; they suggest multiple meanings, or even a way of looking at reality, like a visual koan.“
 
Recurring visual motifs are inanimate objects or materials, flora and fauna that has been anthropomorphized and displayed in a social construct or human context. These objects are often related to the act of making art itself: pencils and brushes, ink and paint, an empty canvas or paper, musical instruments. The result is a scene that might resonate with the viewer in multiple psychological ways. The paintings are not fixed stories: they do not confirm images, they create images together with the viewer.”
 
Micha Patiniott’s solo exhibitions include the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Anna Zorina Gallery in New York, Galerie Sturm in Nuremberg and Cinnnamon gallery in Rotterdam. He has received multiple grants and fellowships, including the Louise Bourgeois Fellowship and the Mondriaan Foundation Stipendium for Established Artist. In 2010 the artist monography 'Curiously Human’ was published. He is a Rijksakademie alumni, receiving a two year residency in 2006 & 2007 (Amsterdam).
 
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Photo credit:  Vincent Verhoef for Under the Influence (2020)
Open Call 2021

Announcement

12 Jul 2020

With the advent of Covid-19, puntWG's scheduled exhibitions for 2020 has been spread over into next year. With these changes, the team of puntWG has decided to postpone the annual open 2021 call to October 2020. Keep checking our website and FB page for updates. We thank you for your understanding and patience and look forward to future activities at puntWG.

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Girls Got Golds
Miku Sato
20 till 28 Jun 2020

Open Daily 1pm – 5pm

This is the final presentation of recent airWG resident Miku Sato.

Girls Got Golds  is a video about the medalists of Amsterdam Olympics in 1928. In response to Tokyo Olympics 2020, the past Olympic games, especially the Netherlands' women's national gymnastics team, was researched by the artist. The video retells the stories and memories of the girls and also features a survivor of WWII. 

This practice tries to revive incidents and people that are concealed by history; the ones that are not properly recorded or heard by society in different circumstances, and finds the artist drawing her own suggestive line between the past and present.

About the Artist

Miku Satoʼs practice is based on her fieldwork of specific places, where she starts up a project delegating her intention to the local people she selects. Through video, installation and peopleʼs participatory action, she explores new perspectives and alternative possibility of relationship between individuals and the world as well as passivity and proactivity in society. Her quest is to compose her own new narratives to retell the past and present together under a different light.

Photos by Ilya Rabinovich

Visitor Guidelines - Keeping You Safe!

In adherence to the protocol for cultural spaces due to COVID19 we kindly request you to consider the following before and during your visit;

  • Refrain from visiting when you are experiencing (minor) health issues such as a head cold, a runny nose, a cough, a sore throat, a raised temperature or fever and/or shortness of breath
  • We will allow a maximum of 5 visitors inside the space at the same time. Individuals, couples, roommates and small families of two or three people.
  • You are required to always keep a minimum distance of 1,5 meters from other visitors and staff

Please announce your visit through sending an email to airwg@atelierwg.nl.

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Supported by the Mondriaan Fond and the Stipendium for Emerging Artists/Werkbijdrage Jong Talent 2019-2020.
Window was Opened

Last year Zhixin Liao initiated an art project about the invisible risks involved in being confined. The requirements set by his residence permit forbid him to leave the country, so he traveled the entire length of the  Netherlands mainland border by car, bus, bike and foot.

20 till 28 Jun 2020

Only open from 1pm-5pm each day.

Note from the artist:

Last year I initiated an art project about the invisible risks involved in being confined. The requirements set by my residence permit forbid me to leave the country, so I traveled the entire length of the  Netherlands mainland border by car, bus, bike and foot.

This open studio will feature a series of images and a video about the material I collected along the way. During the self-quarantine period I used the materials I had access to; the fabric works are made from my former roommate's bed sheets, extending from the room where I have been living, out the window, to the edge of the property. The small objects in the containers were found when I was roaming the border, and I tried to restore them as they should be. As a foreigner, I seek to share the care and effort I take in restraining my actions so that they comply with social norms and regulations.

The audience may climb into my residency space through the window if they wish, with a maximum of two people at one time, and no more than a total of ten people per day. I also welcome people to use stories on Instagram to share how they  ‘break’ in.

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In the pause of a gesture there might be an echo

The main objective of the platform is to explore how artistic practices coalesce and affiliate with cultural heritage. The main feature of the platform is interconnection and cooperation. 

Curator: Anastasija Pandilovska and Marjoca de Greef
22 till 31 May 2020

Official launch: Friday, May 22, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM
At: inthepauseofagesturetheremightbeanecho.eu

The three-day symposium In the pause of a gesture there might be an echo, which was due to take place at puntWG from May 1 to May 3, 2020, would have examined artistic affiliations with heritage in a European context through a lively exchange of all kinds of understandings, perceptions, and experiences.

Now that the symposium has become an online platform, there is a more fluid time frame. Without a clear trajectory, living up to the event's title, the exhibition's organizers entered a pause in time.

Participating artists: Alena Alexandrova, Nataša Bodrožić, Jeroen Boomgaard, Yane Calovski, Doplgenger, Marjoca de Greef, Rumiko Hagiwara, Hristina Ivanoska, Sarah van Lamsweerde, Aram Lee, Luiza Margan, Anastasija Pandilovska, Antonis Pittas, Richtje Reinsma and Ivana Vaseva
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A note from the organisers: 
The main objective of the platform is to explore how artistic practices coalesce and affiliate with cultural heritage. The main feature of the platform is interconnection and cooperation.

Parallel to the individual presentations and performances, participants started one-on-one conversations and artistic collaborations by means of online and distanced communication. At this moment in time, we can dawdle and dedicate time and effort to see if these relationships between participants and between their presentations can be developed.

The transformed symposium developed into a collection of multi-formed presentations by artists, writers, curators and researchers whose practices address topics such as “heritage activism”, “objects in the dark”, “collective memory”, “photographic ruins”,  “forgotten histories”, “critical nostalgia”, and the “dimensions of time and space”. 
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The symposium In the pause of a gesture there might be an echo is organized by Suns and Stars and curated by Anastasija Pandilovska and Marjoca de Greef.

For more info please contact: info@sunsandstars.nl


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*Cancelled* atelierWG Series: Het is net een hond
Anna Rudolf en Bernadette Beunk
11 till 15 Mar 2020

In line with other event and gallery spaces, due attempts to halt the spread of Covid-19, puntWG will be closed until the beginning of April 2020. 

Bernadette Beunk & Anna Rudolf present their most recent work in a joint exhbition. About the  exhbition, Bernadette says: "I invited Anna for this dual show because her work is consistent in every respect. It is both forceful and sensitive. Her approach is bold and her images are not meant to be merely pleasing."

Bernadette’s musical, colourful drawings are in contrast to Anna Rudolf’s expressive black and white charcoal gestures. Together the works raise meaningful questions. On a closer look, is the world depicted in Beunk’s abstract drawings as abstract as it seems? And vice versa: are Rudolf’s figurative images as figurative as they seem?

What connects the work of these two artists is that they consider "the line" an autonomous starting point. In Rudolf’s drawings, the line is pulled outward into all directions by seemingly unexpected forces, releasing image and gesture from what might restrain them. In her (liberating?) search for expansion, human and animal shapes emerge (do they?). In Beunk’s drawings, the dancing line reflects how our temporal existence is notated by her creator. The score, though consistent, allows for any variation necessary. For both artists the resulting images are the surprising but logical outcome of the drawing process. For Anna Rudolf, the lines in her drawings are words. Bernadette Beunk on the other hand, considers her lines as an extension of herself. For both artists, lines reflect an inner life that interacts with life and the world "out there."

Photo documentation by Ilya Rabinovich

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Breadcrumbs

You could call the resulting camera trajectory a portrait. It is an abstraction, a portrait based on the movements of my wrist.

15 Feb till 8 Mar 2020

Additional Opening Times:
Friday 21 Feb, 14:00 -18:00
Friday 28 Feb, 14:00 - 18:00
Friday 06 Mar, 14:00 - 18:00

     So when you turn your wrist to grab your cup of coffee, the camera rotates to the same angle? Well, from the point of view of your smartwatch, that is?

      It is in fact a gimbal camera stabiliser that is interpreting a script of motion coordinates of the smartwatch, setting the camera in motion rather than reducing camera shake. In a way, the logic of the system is reversed and used against itself.

     [the artist rubs the back of his neck]

As we go about our daily lives, we leave behind virtual breadcrumbs—digital records of the people we call, the places we go, the things we eat and the products we buy. These breadcrumbs tell a more accurate story of our lives than anything we choose to reveal about ourselves.…Digital breadcrumbs…record our behavior as it actually happened. – Alex Pentland

     The data doesn’t say much about who you really are, nor shows anything essential about your family?

     By recording my own raw sensor values and filtering these for recurring patterns, I realised that I often repeat certain movements, a sort of tics. From a vast amount of data, I managed to isolate the values corresponding to these subconscious movements, generating a kind of model. You could call the resulting camera trajectory a portrait. It is an abstraction, a portrait based on the movements of my wrist.

     [the artist rubs the back of his neck]

They claim the data from our private experience and take the profit. Illegitimate profit. Because they took it at the beginning without our knowledge. Bypassing our awareness. Shoshana Zuboff

Vincent Vulsma (1982) investigates the embodiment of power structures, such as extraction, appropriation, and distribution, within all kinds of commodities. A common thread in his work is the retracing of ongoing colonial structures within contemporary production processes, which runs from in-depth research, to the artistic appropriation of cultural heritage, like an African mask or a 19th century Kuba textile, to the production and trade of natural indigo pigment. In the exhibition ‘Breadcrumbs’ the main point of departure is the appropriation of our private domain by means of (wearable) sensor-technology.

This project is supported by the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts and the Mondriaan Fund.

  

 

Photo documentation by Ilya Rabinovich

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Under the Influence

puntWG will be transformed into a casino salon. A blackjack table will be accompanied by a series of paintings. During the opening visitors are invited to join games of blackjack.

1 till 2 Feb 2020

With Diego Diez as dealer.

For the performative installation Under the Influence, puntWG is transformed into a casino salon. A blackjack table is accompanied by a series of Verhoef’s recent paintings. 
During the opening visitors are invited to join games of blackjack. The game starts at 7pm. A prize is awarded at the end of the evening. 


This project is supported by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst.

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The cards that make up a deck are A, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q and K.  

A. When things are not quite going your way at the gaming table, the table itself is sometimes blamed. As in, no, I’m not feeling this table. From time to time the dealers are also held responsible for bad results. It doesn’t really matter that they’re just following a fixed protocol.

2. You, you are my lucky charm.

3. Is it because I failed to even open my mail that I can’t fall asleep or is it the moon?

4. What does it even mean, being born under the sign of Saturn? Anyway this is what the French call un triste.

5. On my way to do groceries, I realized my keys were still in the house.

6. In The Myth of the Eternal Return Mircea Eliade writes about the archaic world. In those days it seems that not a single activity appears to have been profane. Could life still be practiced as such? 

7. Back in the South gas used to be cheap. God I miss my car.

8. Socks wear out. Words wear out. Strings of words wear out.

9. At a certain point, even the little light in the fridge will break.

10. In The House of Cards, a painting by Chardin, I see a young boy sitting at a playing table building a house of cards. Epistemological shift: Chardin inhales the last bits of air pushed away by an outpouring of data.

J. At first whisper. Whisper random speech. Then making sense. Then getting intoxicated. Then the city in silence.

Q. I wonder if there ever was such a thing as the beginning. In the Hour of the Star Clarice Lispector writes that everything in the world began with a yes. One molecule said yes to another molecule and life was born. 

K. I bought a plant.