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PROJECTS (a selection)
18 september 2022
Wool Publishing is pleased to presents the exhibition [Trace] New works and a little workshop by Yoko Enoki. The exhibition takes place at Morpho, the organisation caring for artist in residencies and studio's for local artists in Antwerp. Many thanks to Morpho for their support. The book To-no is on view in the exhibition. This book was made during our collaboration with Koyuki Kazahaya and Yoko Enoki in the Frans Masereel centre. The text written by Yoko Enoki A personal View on 'Kawaii' is also available.
2 October 2021
Apples & Oranges artist's book presentation in CIAP, Genk. Together with Koyuki Kazahaya we presented To-no and the monotypes No Woman is an Island and This is Not a Question as well as the screening of Koyuki Kazahaya's animation film Lotus in Mud.
28 Augustus 2021
Learning About Plants, a guided tour in the Gesamthof, a lesbian garden. The printed booklet gives references to bridge the gap between the visitors and the garden. Printed with the support of Morpho vzw and communicated via Kunsthal Extra City.
To-no is a self-published book about words. The book contains the collected texts by the artists Yoko Enoki, Koyuki Kazahaya and Eline De Clercq. These short texts borrow words from Dutch, English and Japanese that can’t be exactly translated in order to explain what can’t be said in our own words. The texts are both in English and in the first language of the artists. This first publication is an unedited limited edition of 25 handmade books riso printed at the Frans Masereel centre, none of the books are for sale. Instead the book functions as an artwork and can be added to exhibitions and when someone wants to read it they can find the entire text online:
Founding of the Art Club Borgerhout with the support of vzw 't Werkhuys and the Antwerp city.
The Art Club Borgerhout started in the middle of the first lockdown in Borgerhout. It was a combination of workshops by artists and a weekly meeting in the club room to draw and paint and get to know each other and talk about our shared interest in visual arts. The Art Club Borgerhout is run by local youth to realise their own interest in art.
|Making our own tote bags.|
The Art Club Borgerhout was founded as a part of the Downtown series: Downtown Hoboken, Downtown Borgerhout and Downtown Kiel. The artists who participated in exhibitions and workshops are: Chiara Monteverde, Oona Vanderleenen, Kato Six, Tramaine de Senna, Koyuki Kazahaya, Faryda Moumouh, Yoko Enoki, Nyira Hens, Zahra Eljadid, Katrin Kamrau, Samyra Moumouh, Sesa and Soukaïna Bennani.
The gesamthof is a communal garden project at Ploegstraat 25, it started as a garden activity in 2019 in the old monastery garden.
The ATLAS is a series of drawings mapping the geography, ecology and wildlife in the old monatsery garden.
Artist in Residency, Artist Run Spaces, Contemporary Art Galleries & Art Centers in Tokyo.
In 2019 I was in Tokyo to visit many art galeries, art spaces, residencies and small initiatives to find out what was happening in art. As part of setting up Wool Publishing - sharing space and looking for diversity - this is a list of places I visited and recommend.
Artist In Residency
3331 Arts Chioda
Art space, artist in residence, cultural centre
Tokyo Arts and Space (Tokas)
Artist Run Spaces & Exceptional Exhibition Spaces
Artist run space
Commercial gallery for rent
Artist run space
Galleries Promoting Artists
Next to the Museum of Contemporary Art and Kiba park you can find this gallery looking deceitfully small, but that's just the entrance. As it usually goes 'what you see is not what you get'. There's a long corridor and a huge backspace, covered in virginia's creeper, where cutting edge art is shown and art, design and architecture books are published.
For International Woman's Day I want to question the interpretation of this painting by Bruegel from 'mad Meg'. Without authority or any notes from Bruegel, the title was given to this painying 40 years after it was finished. The man who named her 'a mad, plundering thief' wrote his understanding from merely looking at the painting and projecting hiw own story onto the artwork. His name is Karel van Mander and in 1604 he wrote the Schilder-Boeck. Pieter Bruegel the Elder died in 1569. It's a bit of a stretch to take Karel's interpretation for true especially since new technology found the 'dulle' inscription to be a mistake, but Karel based his interpretation on this word (meaning fury) and started an interpretation that still is teached today. Unless someone finds an original text from Bruegel or someone who commissioned the painting describing what it is actually is about, we will never know what Bruegel meant. From a painter's point of view the reading of this painting doesn't stroke with a mad and thieving old woman. Some items in the painting don't make sense in this story. It is interesting to see what Bruegel actually painted instead of seeing the painting trough the interpretation given much later.
When you have an objective look at some of the details, you can 'read' the painting for what is shown in it.
is old, with grey hair her eyes wide open andmouth open. There is a metal helmet or something functioning as a helmet.
- The haphazardly harness has a sleeve inside out.
- The other sleeve is not attached.
- She's wearing a veil, very faintly visible.
- She seems out of breath, running up a hill, carrying her most precious or much needed belongings.
- If you're looting, would you bring a plain heavy iron pan and clay jar?
- What is the meaning of the pan? Normally it should fall because of it's weight balancing out of the basket, now it sticks in a weird position.
- She's not in
hell, hell came to her by monsters crawling in from the dock, where do the boats come from?
- That's the alarm bell warning the villagers for the looting monster soldiers.
- Not a single normal man is depicted, there are giants and monsters, but the woman are all right.
- The women have to fight off the monsters that try to steal their belongings.
- The house is on fire so they have to take everything out. This results in a chaos of directions.
- Some people see her as a giant standing amidst small women, but when you compare the composition of this painting to other paintings by Bruegel and his contemporaries, it seems the other possibillity is more likely. There is a composition of different planes, at the fore is a hill from which we look down to the town and into the distance with the harbour.
- She's running up a hill and we can see what she is fleeing from. This makes her a normal woman, an older woman out of breath carrying heavy belongings while fleeing from the horrors of war.
ANTWERP ART ACADEMY BOOK FAIR
Wool Publishing with Japanese cotton and silk target prints, to be used as patches and signs of vulnerability.
First table lay out in the Antwerp Academy Art Book Fair, or the start of Wool Publishing.