Local Heart, Global Soul

April 4, 2020

Art And Your Emotions…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The Art at the  “Raad voor de rechtspraak” (Council for the Judiciary), doesn’t stop at the window decoration shown in my most recent posts.

In the seating area to the right of the main hallway (the one surrounded by pillars) is a spiral.

Not just a tiny decorative piece in the corner either; this is the biggest spiral I have ever seen, and even better, it’s hanging from the ceiling!

This, at least for me, is a visual wonder.

The design, the warm yellow-y colour of the light-strip inside it, smoothness of the texture, all of this goes against the grain and yet it evokes a feeling that makes me happy.

I can’t touch it but I feel like I want to.

I’m a detail fanatic and there is no detail here, and yet it somehow ticks all of the boxes I equate with stunning Art.

It just goes to show that Art is not just tactile or visual, it also connects with your emotions at some point too.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 16, 2019

The Sculptor’s Workshop…

Following on from yesterdays post, I am lucky enough to have been given a glimpse into what a sculptor’s workshop looks like. This shed-converted-to-studio is perfect solution for someone who needs a specialist environment for their hobby. After all I can’t see any of this going down well on the kitchen table or in a corner of anyone’s living room!

I love tools, metal with wood handles rather than plastic, chisels here of the size, shape and feel that any medieval stone mason would recognise if he stepped into the future several hundred years and landed in the twenty-first century. Some things never change because the “improved” version has already been found, and no further improvements have been needed. The shelves sit lined with stone from which the final image has yet to be extracted. This is the perfect space to make this possible. Tools with wooden handles are just bonus.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 15, 2019

A Treat In Store Or at Least …In The Shed.

I get inspired when I see the workspaces where other artists work. After visiting a sculptor during one of the “Parels” (Pearls) events, I got not just a look at their art, but also the workshop where it was made. The Parels events are held at different times of the year in many neighbourhoods around The Hague. Artists, collectors and people involved in many other activities (yoga, aroma therapy, musicians, choirs, furniture restoration, churches, libraries, to name but a few) open their doors and homes to the public and share their hobbies/art/activities with the wider world of their neighbourhood or city.

Here the treat is that I also get to see the spot where an artist makes their creative choices, how they want to shape a piece, how to in this case, handle the stone and produce the item they had imagined within it at the very beginning. This studio is in a shed at the bottom of their garden, a perfect spot apart from the world to sit and craft stone. Magic!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 13, 2019

Bronze And Stone…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below) Ken of “Geest in Ontwikkeling”, Frans calksteen, Euville (French chalkstone from Euville) 2007. (Translation: “Developing Mind”, French Limestone from Euville, 2007.)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below) (Bust) “Kees”. Brons, 2002. (translation: Bust / portrait of Kees ( Note: Kees is a mans name in Dutch). Bronze, 2002)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below) “Veilig”, bruin albast 2011. (translation: “Safe”, brown alabaster, 2011)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below) Verbinding in vrijheid, bruine albast, 2006. (translation: “Connection in freedom”, brown alabaster, 2006

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 12, 2019

Rocking That Stone…

These are some of the “Parels” (Pearls) weekend sculptures I discovered on my visits…  Enjoy!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 11, 2019

Record Keeping In Of Stone…

It is excellent to find another artist who is keeping a record of their work. This time the art concerns sculptural pieces, they may be commissions or items made purely for the enjoyment of the artist. Regardless if the works are kept by the artist or not, a record of the pieces can inspire and show progress in skill. Here are a few records in of stone!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 10, 2019

New Lease Of Life … As Art!

Following on from yesterday’s post, I am visiting a sculptor’s work during one of the 2019 “Parels” (Pearls) weekends. This is the piece that was in the “advertisement / guide” booklet that shows off all of the Parels exhibitors, and I suspect that, like me, many visitors were curious to see this up close. There are two, very similar pieces in style here and I know that one of them is called “Möbius serpentijn”, I am now just not sure which of the two it is. (my bad, apologies to the artist). I’ve zoomed in on some parts so that you can see how every day objects have been given a new lease of life… as art!

(Below) Möbius serpentijn, 2019  (Sorry. I have no translation for this title).

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

September 22, 2019

Open …Or Closed?

Driving along the “dune” road of the Maasvlakte on a warm, sunny Saturday morning in August, Himself, Little Mr and I spot an unusual piece of wooden sculptural art. It’s cleverly structured so that it appears to change as you progress along the beach road, even looking like it has several solid panels at one point. It’s something that stands out  if viewed from one location, but at other times it almost melts into the dunes. The natural wooden timbers  and curved top lines blending in so well that despite it’s size it can be difficult to spot at a distance. It’s certainly a landmark (when it can be seen) and I’m delighted to see the use of natural materials.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

September 10, 2019

A Cuppa With Long John Silver!

I’ve been sitting in the car, sharing my DSLR camera with Little Mr as he and I took photographs of our early Saturday morning tour of the fire stations dotted around the massive port of Rotterdam. Now it’s time to get out and stretch our legs for a little bit, and enjoy a cuppa at the beach cafe at the end of the public road in the Maasvlakte. Called “Smickel Inn” it’s an informal take-a-way/cafe place in what looks like a large shed.

The people running it are very friendly indeed, and the fries and drink that we ordered were delicious too. We sat in one of the booths facing the water and I saw afterwards that all of the booths on that side make up the shape of along ship, with the ‘bow” to our right. Standing next to this “bow” we even had our very own pirate! He’s not real of course but I bet he enchants kids when they come here. Not every day that I have a cup of tea with Long John Silver!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 12, 2019

Creepy Or Charming? You Decide…

My next find at the Garderen Sand Sculpture Exhibition in 2017 were these (I think they were cast concrete) faces. They remind me a little bit of Shrek, but somehow, for me at least, there is not quite enough charm and whimsy in the expression to avoid them just being creepy. They were too big to use as doorstops (unless you had a barn door that needed propping open, and as a garden ornament I am not sure what you would do with it.  I live in a big city and don’t have a garden but if I did I’m not sure if knowing that Shrek’s cousin was grinning in the moonlight near the potting shed would fill me with confidence or unease.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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