Thursday-Night-Feature: Presentation Kenneth Flijders

June 1, 2017 at 12:33 pm (Coming up, Thursday Night Feature, What's Up Suriname?) (, , , , , , )

What: Thursday-Night-Feature, Presentation Kenneth Flijders (Facebook Event)

When: Thursday June 01, 2017, 19:00-21:00 hrs, presentation starts at 19:30 hrs

Where: Readytex Art Gallery (RAG) (also on Facebook), Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo, Suriname

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Kenneth Flijders: His fondness for the Mahogany tree and the surprising artistic possibilities it offers him 

Readytex Art Gallery and visual artist Kenneth Flijders are getting ready for the upcoming Thursday-Night-Feature (TNF) of June 1st. On this evening this seasoned yet humble artist will surprise the public with a special presentation. For a very long time now, and for several reasons, Kenneth Flijders has been fascinated with the Mahogany tree. The important role that this tree plays in his life has a lot to do with his great love for plants and his genuine interest in everything of special historical value to Suriname, but it is especially important because of his career as an artist. 

Kenneth Flijders is an artist who, throughout his career, is known to sculpt, to paint, make various types of prints, but who above all likes to experiment with different materials and surfaces. In his work he has used palm fibers, the natural handmade paper from his students at ‘Stichting Matoekoe’, he has painted on old discarded doors and windows that would normally have ended up as garbage, and at one point he discovers that he can paint beautifully with an extract obtained from left over pieces of Mahogany wood. In his workplace, wood from old fallen over or removed Mahogany trees is transformed into unique sculptures such as his famous and quite realistic watermelon and pumpkin pieces, but also into a new experimental pigment, which he successfully paints with on canvas and paper.

On this upcoming TNF Kenneth Flijders will talk about, and demonstrate, how he uses Mahogany tree remnants to make the rich reddish-brown extract that he uses to paint with. He will also talk about his particular affinity for the Mahogany tree and he will exhibit several of the works of art in which he has used the extract. In his own garden Kenneth Flijders plants and grows several of these trees and he will also incorporate a number of small Mahogany trees in his presentation.   Everybody is welcome to join us in Readytex Art Gallery for this special presentation of Kenneth Flijders at the TNF of Thursday June 1st. Doors are open from 7:00pm-9:00pm and the presentation starts at 7:30pm.

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Kenneth Flijders / PHOTO Courtesy Readytex Art Gallery

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Thursday-Night-Feature: Open House Readytex Art Gallery

May 3, 2017 at 2:29 pm (Coming up, Thursday Night Feature, What's Up Suriname?) (, , , , , )

What: Thursday-Night-Feature, Open House Readytex Art Gallery (Facebook Event)
When: Thursday May 04, 2017, 19:00-21:00 hrs

Where: Readytex Art Gallery (RAG) (also on Facebook), Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo, Suriname

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At the upcoming Thursday-Night-Feature on May 4th, Readytex Art Gallery welcomes guests for yet another relaxing ‘Open House’ presentation in which we celebrate good company and great art. As we do for every new TNF, the art presentation in the entire gallery is switched up with different works from our substantial stock of fine art. Noteworthy this month is that the exhibition on the first floor has been put together by one of our own most experienced artists, in this case fulfilling the role of guest curator, Kenneth Flijders. Don’t miss this special presentation in which Kenneth Flijders displays works from artists whose imagery deals with social themes in Suriname and abroad. Doors open from 19:00-21:00 hrs.

Kenneth Flijders & Cassandra Gummels-Relyveld

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‘Kumbat’tey’ by John Lie A Fo

April 5, 2017 at 10:05 pm (Coming up, Exposed, What's Up Suriname?) (, , , , )

What: Kumbat’tey by John Lie A Fo

When: Friday April 7-Saturday April 15, 2017. Opening hours are Monday thru Friday from 08:00am-04:30pm and on Saturday from 08:30am-01:30pm. Extra opening nights on Friday April 7 and Saturday April 8 from 07:00pm-09:00pm. The gallery is closed on Friday April 14.

Where: Readytex Art Gallery (RAG) (also on Facebook), Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo, Suriname

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John Lie A Fo, Legacy, mixed media on canvas, 124 x 110 cm, 2017 / PHOTO Courtesy Readytex Art Gallery, 2017

Readytex Art Gallery (RAG) is about to present her first large solo exhibition of this year. In the spotlight this time around, is an interesting Surinamese artist who hasn’t had a solo exhibition in Suriname for a long time, 35 years to be exact. A bit surprising, because although he hasn’t lived here for quite some time, the artist as well as his work are undoubtedly proud representatives of Surinamese culture and Surinamese identity. High time therefore, for a special presentation of the engaging work of artist John Lie A Fo here in the country where he was born and where his ‘kumbat’tey’ (umbilical cord) was buried.

With the exhibition Kumbat’tey, Readytex Art Gallery has quite a surprise in store for visitors, especially those that are not yet familiar with the work of Lie A Fo. The explosions of color, the bold imagery and the uncurtailed expressiveness in the work of this artist will hold the attention and fuel the imagination of viewers for quite some time. Visual artist Lie A Fo is driven entirely by his feelings and by his passion for the culture, the traditions and the rituals of his country. He does not restrict himself to one culture, but he proudly considers every culture present in Suriname his own, and that is the essence conveyed throughout his work. Rituals and symbols of the Maroons, the Indigenous, the Javanese and the Chinese are all represented in his current collection. And although the cultural elements are undoubtedly recognizable for the true Surinamese, his work does not contain a literal portrayal of those cultures. His imagery, just like his own personality, is characterized by exuberant, free and unrestrained expression. He is in no way constrained by reality, but gives free reign to his creativity and his imagination, which often results in compositions that incorporate elements that are somewhat playful, surprising and even a bit unexpected. And in addition to culture, the collection also deals with other subjects that Lie A Fo is interested in or concerned with. Birds, free in nature, the disabled children that he works with in French Guyana, the painful subject of the child-slaves in Haiti, in short everything that makes an impression on this warm and passionate artist, will at some time or another find its way into the imagery on his canvas.

The undeniable and universal appeal of the art of Lie A Fo makes a strong impression not only in French Guyana where the artist currently lives and works, but also on visitors at his earlier exhibitions in Europe and the Caribbean.  And starting from Friday the 7th of April it will be the Surinamese public that gets to enjoy the new collection of art works that John Lie A Fo presents in his solo exhibition Kumbat’tey at Readytex Art Gallery. The exhibition is on display in the gallery until Saturday the 15th of April. Opening hours are Monday thru Friday from 08:00am-04:30pm and on Saturday from 08:30am-01:30pm. Extra opening nights on Friday April 7 and Saturday April 8 from 07:00pm-09:00pm. The gallery is closed on Friday April 14.

A sneak preview …

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Thursday-Night-Feature: Open House Readytex Art Gallery

February 27, 2017 at 5:58 pm (Coming up, Thursday Night Feature, What's Up Suriname?) (, , , )

What: Thursday-Night-Feature, Open House Readytex Art Gallery (Facebook Event)
When: Thursday March 02, 2017, 19:00-21:00 hrs

Where: Readytex Art Gallery (RAG) (also on Facebook), Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo, Suriname

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The Thursday-Night-Feature (TNF) of Readytex Art Gallery for the month March is right around the corner. This upcoming TNF is planned according to a slightly different concept. This Thursday night will simply be a pleasant ‘Open House’ intended to give visitors the opportunity to stroll through the gallery at their leisure, thus allowing them to fully enjoy the new selection of works that the gallery team has put on display especially for this occasion. In order to enhance the visitor’s experience, most artists will also be present and available on this evening to speak with anybody who wishes to do so. 

As is customary, the ground floor of the gallery will display a mixed collection of artworks from all of the artists represented by Readytex Art Gallery. Therefore, those guests who find it difficult to navigate the stairs do not need to do so in order to enjoy a beautiful exhibition of artworks. All artists do however have work on display in a separate spot on one of the gallery’s other three floors. Readytex Art Gallery currently represents a group of 19 ambitious core and guest artists, whom collectively ensure that there is always a beautiful, stimulating and varied collection of art on view for the visitors.

At Readytex Art Gallery you will thus always find works of art from (in alphabetical order): Reinier Asmoredjo, Paul Chang, Leonnie van Eert, Kenneth Flijders, Shaundell Horton, Soeki Irodikromo, Sri Irodikromo, Rinaldo Klas, John Lie A Fo, Kurt Nahar, Sunil Puljhun, Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, Xavier Robles de Medina, Roddney Tjon Poen Gie, Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi, René Tosari, Steven Towirjo, Wilgo Vijfhoven and Hanka Wolterstorff. 

Readytex Art Gallery gladly invites everyone to visit the ‘Open House’ on the TNF of Thursday March 2nd. It is sure to become a leisurely evening filled with art and stimulating conservations for artists and art lovers alike. And who knows what else the night has in store; some interesting art discussions perhaps? We would like to encourage our guests to use this opportunity to speak with the artists whose work they are interested in. Barring a few, most of the artists living in Suriname will be present. And of course the team of Readytex Art Gallery will also be available for any questions or comments you may have.

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A recent picture with most of the Readytex Art Gallery core artists and team members

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Thursday-Night-Feature: presentation by René Tosari about syuru, also known as sorrel

January 3, 2017 at 12:30 pm (Coming up, Inspired, Thursday Night Feature) (, , , , , , , , , , )

What: Thursday-Night-Feature, presentation by René Tosari about his fascination with syuru, also known as sorrel
When: Thursday January 05, 2017, 19:00 hrs (doors open 19:00 hrs, start presentation 19:30 hrs)
Where: Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo, Suriname

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René Tosari, ‘The Beauty’, mixed media on canvas, 120x100cm, 2016

At Readytex Art Gallery the new year brings with it new possibilities and new challenges, and of course also a new series of Thursday-Night-Features to look forward to! Eager to kick things off for us in 2017 is Surinamese visual artist René Tosari. On January 5th, the first Thursday of the year, Tosari presents a new collection of artworks inspired by an interesting, somewhat unexpected theme. His new artwork has everything to do with a specific plant that the artist is currently fascinated with: sjoeroe or sorrel as the plant is called in the Caribbean.

Over a year ago René Tosari became interested in the fruit of the sorrel plant through a friend who is originally from Trinidad, David Michael. When the artist discovers that it is a very sturdy plant that multiplies easily and rapidly, and from which delicious and healthy tea or juice can be made, ideas start brewing in his artistic brain. David’s stories about the use of sorrel in traditional Caribbean culture as well as Tosari’s own childhood memories about the use of sorrel in Suriname strengthen his interest. The engagement shown in the earlier work of Tosari, especially in the 80’s with regards to socio-political and also agricultural subjects, seems to resurface as a result of his interest in sorrel.

The artist currently has plenty of sorrel plants growing in his garden and his home is always well stocked with sorrel tea. He eagerly hands out plants and fruit and his fascination with the plant has inevitably grown into a new art project. He has entered into a new phase in his art. In some of his new works the inspiration can be read from the canvas literally, but there are also a number of interesting abstract pieces in which the link with sorrel is not so obviously present.

Why and how Tosari became so interested in sorrel and how it has influenced his art, will be explained by the artist at the TNF on Thursday January 5th. He will be assisted in his presentation by David Michael who will briefly talk about the history and the use of sorrel in the Caribbean.

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René Tosari has a new website. Please click here.

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Eline Visser is in her first year of DIY Textile School, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. For her modules Contrast & Form, she does research and experiments collage techniques with paper and textile, during her stay in Boxel, Wanica, Suriname in December 2016-January 2017. Here is a Sranan Art Xposed Flickr album with the Project Syuru Sorrel Sjoeroe.

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From Wikipedia: “In the Caribbean, sorrel drink is made from sepals of the roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa). In Mexico, ‘agua de Flor de Jamaica’ (water flavored with roselle) frequently called ‘agua de Jamaica’ is most often homemade. It is prepared by boiling dried sepals and calyces of the sorrel/flower of Jamaica plant in water for 8 to 10 minutes (or until the water turns red), then adding sugar. It is often served chilled. This is also done in Saint Kitts and Nevis, Guyana, Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago where it is called ‘sorrel’. (In Jamaica, it was introduced by Akan slaves in the late 1600s.) The drink is one of several inexpensive beverages (aguas frescas) commonly consumed in Mexico and Central America; they are typically made from fresh fruits, juices or extracts. Something similar is done in Jamaica but flavor is added by brewing the tea with ginger and adding rum, making a popular drink at Christmas time. It is also very popular in Trinidad and Tobago where cinnamon, cloves and bay leaves are preferred to ginger.”

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Making sorrel drink in the happy kitchen / PHOTO Marieke Visser, 2016

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‘Zwart glas’ [Black Glass], Glasmuseum, Leerdam

November 8, 2016 at 11:30 am (Coming up, Elsewhere, What's up?) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

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What:Zwart Glas, Glasmuseum (Facebook)

When: November 11, 2016-March 12, 2017. Opening November 11, 2016, 15:00-17:00 hrs

Where: Glasmuseum (Facebook), Leerdam, the Netherlands

The world of Dutch and Leerdam glass has primarily been a ‘white’ part of history for almost 250 years. With the exhibition Black Glass this statement is made:’Black Art Matters’.
For the exhibition Black Glass guest curator Melvin Anderson selected four artists with a Surinamese background. Each of these ‘black achievers’ has earned his/her spurs in his own field. Brian Coutinho works with ceramics, jewelry designs by Chequita Nahar, Marcel Pinas is a visual artist and Harvey Bouterse makes fashion and ceramics.

Especially for Black Glass these artists have transformed their unique art style to glass; a new material to most of them. This has yielded extraordinary and diverse artworks which together form a powerful exhibition.

“We all share the same roots. Caribbean artists have their own approach to the arts, so I am confident that we can offer something completely new”, said Melvin Anderson.

The exhibition Black Glass will travel to the Academic Medical Center (AMC) and CBK Zuidoost, both venues in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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More exhibitions by Marcel Pinas:

San Mi Abi [What do I have left], an exhibition by Marcel PinasGalerie Patries van Dorst (Facebook), Landgoed de Wittenburg 3, Wassenaar, the Netherlands, November 13-December 6, 2016 / Vernissage: November 13, 2016, 14:00-18:00 hrs

San Mi Abi 2, Beddington Art Gallery, Bargemon, France, November 16-December 31, 2016

Miami Art Fair, Smith Davidson Gallery, Miami, USA, December 1-4, 2016

“Ondes imprévues” & “Turning tide”, Memorial ACTe, Guadeloupe, November 19, 2016-April 30, 2017

La Bienal De CUENCA, Equador, February 5-April 30, 2017

The Jamaica Bienal, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica,  February 27-May 30, 2017

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‘San Mi Abi’, Marcel Pinas, Galerie Patries van Dorst

November 8, 2016 at 10:28 am (Coming up, Elsewhere, What's up?) (, , , , , )

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What: San Mi Abi [What do I have left], an exhibition by Marcel Pinas

When: November 13-December 6, 2016 / Vernissage: November 13, 2016, 14:00-18:00 hrs

Where: Galerie Patries van Dorst (Facebook), Landgoed de Wittenburg 3, Wassenaar, the Netherlands

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More exhibitions by Marcel Pinas:

Zwart Glas, Glasmuseum, Leerdam, the Netherlands, November 11, 2016-March 12, 2017

San Mi Abi 2, Beddington Art Gallery, Bargemon, France, November 16-December 31, 2016

Miami Art Fair, Smith Davidson Gallery, Miami, USA, December 1-4, 2016

“Ondes imprévues” & “Turning tide”, Memorial ACTe, Guadeloupe, November 19, 2016-April 30, 2017

La Bienal De CUENCA, Equador, February 5-April 30, 2017

The Jamaica Bienal, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica,  February 27-May 30, 2017

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Thursday-Night-Feature: Dhiradj Ramsamoedj talks about AiR in Paris, France

October 4, 2016 at 1:21 pm (Coming up, Meanwhile ..., Thursday Night Feature) (, , , , , , , )

tnf-d-1What: Thursday-Night-Feature, presentation by Dhiradj Ramsamoedj about his artist’s residency in Paris, France (Facebook Event)
When: Thursday October 06, 2016, 19:00 hrs (doors open 19:00 hrs, start presentation 19:30 hrs)
Where: Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo, Suriname

 

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The October Thursday-Night-Feature (TNF) at Readytex Art Gallery is right around the corner. Just like the previous editions of the TNF, the public has yet another interesting presentation to look forward to this time around. On this Thursday October 6th, visual artist Dhiradj Ramsamoedj will share with guests present at the gallery, all that he has done and experienced during his recent artist-in-residence (AiR) period at Cité internationale des arts (also on Facebook) in Paris, France. This extraordinary opportunity that was awarded to Ramsamoedj was made possible by the Cité internationale des arts residency, the Embassy of France and L’Alliance française in Suriname, ‘DAC de Guyane’ in French Guyana and the local support of Readytex Art Gallery. On this AiR period Ramsamoedj was able to spend three eventful and artistic months in Paris, France. In his studio he created, as specified in his project proposal, a large Anansi spider based on the textile-technique of his well-known ‘flexible man’ figures. In Paris he presented his version of the mythical eight-legged figure from Suriname’s and French Guyana’s shared African heritage, as a symbolic ambassador for cultural unity. What was also immensely gratifying to notice from his frequent messages and photo reports was how intensely the artist was enjoying and experiencing the city of Paris. The experience turned out to be much more than just a residency. It became an adventure. It also became a meaningful introduction to a city and a culture. For all the details of his Cité internationale des arts (also on Facebook) residency and his Paris-experience you simply must be present at the TNF on this Thursday October 6th to hear it all from the artist himself. With the help of photographs, videos and the Anansi spider that he created in his Paris studio, Ramsamoedj will take you back to the countless special moments he experienced in Paris. In order to give a bit of a Parisian flair to this evening, we would like to suggest that all visitors add something to their outfits that is representative of Paris or France. Please note however, this is not a requirement, just a fun suggestion. So please join us for this upcoming TNF with Dhiradj Ramsamoedj on Thursday October 6th. Readytex Art Gallery will be open on this evening from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm, and the presentation of Dhiradj Ramsamoedj will start at 7:30 pm.

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Photo Album on Facebook.

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‘A Reflex’, exhibition by Roosje Verschoor & Isidoor Wens

September 27, 2016 at 8:38 pm (Coming up, What's Up Suriname?) (, , , , , , , , )

What: A Reflex (Facebook), art from Botopasi by Roosje Verschoor and Isidoor Wens. An exhibition about the beauty of plastic and the charm of clay
When: September 28 thru 30, 2016
Where: Stichting Surinaams Museum, Fort Zeelandia, Paramaribo
Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/1701634583486028/

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Both artists have spent seven weeks at Art Center Botopasi (ARTCEB), in the interior of Suriname. They were two completely opposite ideas in progress, which followed each other like a response. The result can be seen in Botopasi, Paramaribo, Den Bosch and Amsterdam.

Roosje was inspired by what she saw in the community and explored the aesthetics of it. Her work comments on the large number of brightly colored plastic that she saw every day on the river, in the kitchens and on the heads of the women of Botopasi. She became fascinated by the amount of color and variety. She has tried to research the status and beauty of the plastic stuff. By examining the different possibilities of plastic she got the opportunity to show similarities between the two very different worlds of Amsterdam Botopasi.

Isidoor, who is immensely annoyed by all that plastic, tries to think back, to the time that his grandmother made clay plates. In protest he does not eat or drink from plastic plates or cups. He collected different kinds of clay and made sculptures. His images are inspired by the female torso, a form that has played a major role in his work throughout his career. This form, as well as the medium itself: clay, emphasizes the naturalness. The female form represents Mother Earth, but is also a symbol of fertility.

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‘Manumission and more’: paintings by Ken Doorson

August 14, 2016 at 10:37 am (Coming up, Elsewhere) (, , , )

What:’Manumission and more’: paintings by Ken Doorson (on Facebook)

When: August 25-31, 2016. Opening hours: Tue-Fri 10:00-18.00 uur / zat & zon 11.00 – 18.00 uur

Where: Galerie 23 on Facebook), KNSM-laan 307-309, 1019 LE Amsterdam, the Netherlands, tel. +31 (0)20 620 13 21

 

The paintings by Ken Doorson (Moengo, 1978) are special, particularly because of their historical value. During archival research Doorson stumbled upon manumission letters: the official documents of the release or redemption of slaves. Doorson used these letters by attaching them to a portrait of an imaginary person.

You are welcome to join the flash presentation of the work of Ken Doorson. On Thursday, August 25th at Galerie 23 from 17:30 to 19:30 hrs an informal meeting with the artist takes place.

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Previously on the Sranan Art-blog: Colored emotions, new work by Ken Doorson.

A Dutch article about the exhibition in Afro Magazine, ‘Ken Doorson brengt zijn kleurspektakel naar Amsterdam’ by Marion Poll can be found here.

A YouTube-vdeo about Ken Doorson can be found here.

 

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