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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First Thursday-Night-Feature of 2016: ‘Nude beginnings’

January 7, 2016 at 3:32 pm (Coming up) (, , , , , , )

What: First Thursday-Night-Feature of 2016: ‘Nude beginnings’ (Facebook)


When: January 7, 2015, 18:00-21:00 hrs


Where: Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo, Suriname


The theme on this night will be centered around nudes. Not from one single artist, but from four different artists who are all, some more than others, known to paint nudes from time to time. Each of course in his own way, in his own style. On the second floor you will find paintings of whole and half naked figures by Reinier Asmoredjo, Kenneth Flijders and Rinaldo Klas and on the third floor the nudes of Wilgo Vijfhoven.

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Moengo Festival of Visual Arts 2015 Tembe fu libi

August 13, 2015 at 6:39 pm (Coming up) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Photo collage Moengo Festival of Visual Arts 2015 Tembe fu libi, by Ravi Rajcoomar

Photo collage Moengo Festival of Visual Arts 2015 Tembe fu libi, by Ravi Rajcoomar

Program Moengo Festival of Visual Arts 2015 Tembe fu libi (on Facebook)

Friday, August 14, 10:00 hrs Opening

Saturday, August 15, 10:00-13:00 hrs Seminar
Marcel Pinas – Introduction
Rob Perrée – The power of an artist-in-residence-programme in an environment like Moengo
– Tresna Pinas – About working in a collective (Moengo)
– Alex van Stipriaan – Marroon people and the art of survival

Saturday, August 15, 16:00-18:00 hrs Artist presentations
– Visthois Mwilambwe Bondo
– Artist (U.S.A.)

Sunday, August 16, 10:00-13:00 hrs Seminar
Remy Jungerman (on Facebook) – Own position in the art world
– Mama Bobi (on Facebook) – Applied art in French Guiana
– Sharda Ganga – Art and politics

Sunday, August 16, 16:00-18:00 hrs Artist presentations
– Lode
Ken Doorson

Monday, August 17, 10:00-13:00 hrs Seminar
– Tolin Alexander – The role of art and art education in the forming of identity
– Alida Neslo – Art and the community
– Thomas Polimé – Communication by textile in the Marroon community

Monday, August 17, 16:00-18:00 hrs Artist presentations
Razia Barsatie
Miguel EdKe Keerveld

The seminar will be held at the AMC Congress Centre in Moengo and is open to everyone.

Opening hours exhibition Tembe fu libi August 14-September 20, 10:00-18:00 hrs .

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Foundation Kibii warmly invites you to Tembe fu libi (Art for Life), the Visual Arts Festival in Moengo, Suriname. (On Facebook.) Tembe fu libi is the third festival in a series that annually emphasize on a specific discipline. This year, Foundation Kibii will focus on the visual arts and continues with the realization of her philosophy and goals. The festival is aimed at contributing to the development of the local youth and community, economic and touristic growth, and multicultural and interdisciplinary cross-­fertilization.

With 40 artists from home and abroad, including Suriname, Barbados, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United States and Congo, and 750 students who have worked in recent weeks on several works of art, MFVA 2015 is the largest art project carried out in Marowijne.

On Friday the 14th of August, the festival will be festively opened with the presentation of a 600 metres long collaborative street painting made by the children of Moengo and the art collective Switi Rauw, that connects the different exhibition spaces: the Tembe Art Studio, a part of the former Suralco hospital, the Contemporary Art Museum of Moengo (CAMM), the Art Park and the Fred Murray School and St. Theresia School. Work of local, national and international artists will be on display. Pangi embroideries will interact with video work and traditional woodcarving with contemporary art installations. The aim of the exhibition is to create space for dialogue between the various artworks made by artists of different cultural, educational and artistic backgrounds.

However, the Moengo Festival of Visual Arts (on Facebook) is more than just a festival. Workshops have become an integral part of the festival and in the sustainable development of Moengo. This year, twelve Surinamese artists have been connected to the children of twelve primary schools to create an artwork that will be presented in the exhibition. When traveling east, the artists were encouraged to share artistic knowledge and skills with local artisans. In addition, there is a comprehensive program of artist talks, screenings, drawing competitions, seminars and performances. The final weekend, from the 18th until the 20th of September will celebrate a three-day closing ceremony that will include musical performances and a pooloboto show.

Tembe fu libi is curated by Rob Perrée and Remy Jungerman.

Amongst the exhibited artists André Sontosoemarto, Augusta Pinas, Awini Dimpay, Burospelen (Bart Stuart en Klaar van der Lippe), Charl Landvreugd, Dakaya Lenz, Danasion Akobe, David Linga, Evert Hunswijk, Florens Voorburg, Hercules Pinas, Hesdy Metowirijo, Iris Kensmil, Jakup Ferri, Jasmin Werner, Ken Doorson, Kenneth Flijders, Kevin Headley (Switi Rauw (on Facebook)), Klaas Burger, Koen Van Mechelen, Kurt Nahar, Lolita Bron, Lode Demey, Mama Bobi (on Facebook), Mario Lewanie, Mavis Pinas, Miguel EdKe Keerveld, Purcy Tjin, Ras2, Ravi Rajcoomar, Razia Barsatie, Remond Mangoensemito, Remy Jungerman (on Facebook), René Tosari, Robbert Enfield, Roddney Tjon Poen Gie, Ruben La Cruz & Karolien Helweg, Rudi Pinas aka Pontel, Shaundell Horton, Sheena Rose, Steve Banks, Steven Jouwersma, Sunil Puljun, Terry Rathje, Tirzo Martha, Tresna Pinas, Van Brummelen & de Haan, Visthois Mwilambwe Bondo, Wouter Klein Velderman and Yubi Kirindongo.

For more information please contact Foundation Kibii on ++ 597 520 311 or by e-mailing moengofestival@kibiifoundation.org.

Banner Moengo Festival by Ravi Rajcoomar

Banner Moengo Festival by Ravi Rajcoomar

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An Eye for Art Kenneth Flijders – ‘Just a melon’

August 13, 2015 at 12:05 pm (An Eye for Art) (, , , , , )

In collaboration with art critic Rob PerréeReadytex Art Gallery has developed an informative initiative: An Eye for Art. Once every two weeks Rob Perrée discusses a work of art from the collection of Readytex Art Gallery. This week he talks about the work ‘Just a melon’, mixed media/wood, 104 cm wide x 50 cm high x 10 cm deep, 2011, from Kenneth Flijders.

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Just a melon’, mixed media/wood, 104 cm wide x 50 cm high x 10 cm deep, 2011 - USD 750 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Just a melon’, mixed media/wood, 104 cm wide x 50 cm high x 10 cm deep, 2011 – USD 750 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

I really only know Kenneth Flijders (Paramaribo, 1956) as a painter. Paintings in which nature or people, either surrounded by nature or not, take center stage. Expressionistically painted, predominantly realistic, but seeking, especially with regards to color, the boundaries of reality. Because of this they lean more towards interpretations rather than true representations.

This work seems to be the total opposite of that. You have to look closely to see whether the melon segments are real or not. I was immediately reminded of the Pop Art-works by Andy Warhol – his famous Campbell-soup cans and Brillo-boxes – or van Claes Oldenburg – his no less famous plastic sandwich and ditto hamburger. Those artists wanted to portray everyday, popular ‘objects’ or utensils in order to question the distance between ‘high art’ and ‘low art’. They wanted to show the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Because this work seems to be an exception in the oeuvre of Flijders, it is difficult to determine what motivated him to make such a work. The title, ‘Just a melon’, does indicate that he wanted to ‘play around’ with the ordinariness of things. It is a fact that he often tries out different things. I remember an abstract work that comes across as a cutout of a painting by an American abstract expressionist. In a previous edition of this series I discussed a red-brown work that was intended to be a composition, rather than a portrayal of a scene based on reality. It is not for nothing that those two works were called ‘Untitled’. Perhaps this work is yet another result of his urge to experiment.

It is typical that he chooses a red melon for his experiment. With it he distinguishes himself from city people like Warhol and Oldenburg. And with it, he symbolizes his own ‘tropical’ origins.

Incidentally, it is quite clever to make a piece of wood look edible …

TEXT Rob Perrée, July 2015

TRANSLATION Cassandra Gummels-Relyveld, 2015

Want to see this and other work of Kenneth Flijders ‘up close and personal’? That’s possible at Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo. www.readytexartgallery.comFor more information about Kenneth Flijders please visit the website http://readytexartgallery.com/kennethflijders.

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More work by Kenneth Flijders available in Readytex Art Gallery:

Kenneth Flijders, 'Untitled 2'. acrylics on paper, 35x50cm, 2012 - USD 275 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Untitled 2’. acrylics on paper, 35x50cm, 2012 – USD 275 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, 'Terug naar Buku' [BAck to Buku. acrylics on canvas, 145x104cm, 2009 - USD 950 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Terug naar Buku’ [BAck to Buku. acrylics on canvas, 145x104cm, 2009 – USD 950 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, 'Koop en verkoop' [Purchase and Sale]. acrylics on canvas, 80.6x146.4cm, 2009 - USD 1000 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Koop en verkoop’ [Purchase and Sale]. acrylics on canvas, 80.6×146.4cm, 2009 – USD 1000 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, 'Don't Cry'. acrylics on wood, 44.5x144cm, 2009 - USD 900 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Don’t Cry’. acrylics on wood, 44.5x144cm, 2009 – USD 900 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, 'Rijwiel' [Bicycle]. mixed media on paper, 35x28cm, 2009 - USD 200 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Rijwiel’ [Bicycle]. mixed media on paper, 35x28cm, 2009 – USD 200 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, 'Mamio I', acryl on canvas, 143 cm wide x 140 cm high, 2013 - USD 1200 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Mamio I’, acryl on canvas, 143 cm wide x 140 cm high, 2013 – USD 1200 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

From a series of three: Kenneth Flijders, 'Every day a drop creates us 3', mixed media on paper, 100 cm wide x 80 cm high, 2013 - USD 350 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

From a series of three: Kenneth Flijders, ‘Every day a drop creates us 3’, mixed media on paper, 100 cm wide x 80 cm high, 2013 – USD 350 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, 'Untitled V', screenprint, 63 cm wide x 46 cm high, 2010 - USD 225 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Untitled V’, screenprint, 63 cm wide x 46 cm high, 2010 – USD 225 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, 'I shall call you Adam', mixed media on hardboard, 55 cm wide x 125 cm high x 2.5 cm deep, 2011 - USD 750 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘I shall call you Adam’, mixed media on hardboard, 55 cm wide x 125 cm high x 2.5 cm deep, 2011 – USD 750 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, 'Untitled 5', mixed media on paper, 27.5 cm wide x 34.5 cm high, 2012 - USD 200 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Untitled 5’, mixed media on paper, 27.5 cm wide x 34.5 cm high, 2012 – USD 200 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

A previous edition of An Eye for Art discussed this work by Kenneth Flijders:

Kenneth Flijders, 'Untitled 2', mixed media on paper, 50 cm wide x 42 cm high, 2013 - USD 300 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Untitled 2’, mixed media on paper, 50 cm wide x 42 cm high, 2013 – USD 300 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

A previous edition of An Eye for Art discussed this work by Kenneth Flijders:

Kenneth Flijders, 'Untitled I', mixed media on paper, 57 cm wide x 38 cm high, 2013 - USD 300 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Untitled I’, mixed media on paper, 57 cm wide x 38 cm high, 2013 – USD 300 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders 'brokopondo' work was chosen as a design for one of the art wraps, a unique product from the Readytex Art Gallery, 180x100cm, 100% cotton / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders ‘brokopondo’ work was chosen as a design for one of the art wraps, a unique product from the Readytex Art Gallery, 180x100cm, 100% cotton / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

LOGO eye for art

This edition of An Eye for Art has been sent as a RAG-mailing on August 13, 2015 and was published in Kunst en Cultuur in de Ware Tijd on August 13, 2015.

Because really looking at art and understanding art are not always obvious and easy to do, we hope that these regular reviews will at least offer you some insight into the process.  You will get to see how a connoisseur looks at art, discusses it, and then links the work to others within the international art world.

Of course you can only truly judge a work of art when you are actually standing in front of it yourself. We therefore hope to see you soon in Readytex Art Gallery  and are eager to hear what you think of this artwork, and which other works of art you find yourself drawn to. Please note that the artworks discussed are still available for purchase at the time that the review is published.

Rob Perrée is art historian and works as freelance writer, art critic and curator, specialized in contemporary (Afro-) American art, African art, Surinamese art and art using new media. His work has appeared in countless catalogues, books, magazines and newspapers. He is editor of Sranan Art Xposed, editor in chief of Africanah.org and a member of the editing team of Pf Photo Magazine. His website: http://robperree.com.

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An Eye for Art: Kenneth Flijders – ‘Untitled 2′

May 20, 2015 at 5:43 pm (An Eye for Art) (, , , , )

In collaboration with art critic Rob PerréeReadytex Art Gallery has developed an informative initiative: An Eye for Art. Once every two weeks Rob Perrée discusses a work of art from the collection of Readytex Art Gallery. This week he talks about ‘Untitled 2’, mixed media on paper, 56 cm wide x 42 cm high, 2013, from Kenneth Flijders.

Kenneth Flijders, 'Untitled 2', mixed media on paper, 50 cm wide x 42 cm high, 2013 - USD 300 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Untitled 2’, mixed media on paper, 50 cm wide x 42 cm high, 2013 – USD 300 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

The first association that comes to mind is an ancient petroglyph. Somewhere in a deep cave in France. This is most likely due to the earthy colors.

The striking thing is that Kenneth Flijders (Paramaribo, 1956) usually paints from reality, figuratively, with colors that are inspired by that reality, but which are inclined to add some extra sparkle, and to exaggerate a little. These often comprise of everyday scenery, scenes from a story, anecdotes.

This work is far removed from reality. It looks like a combination of shapes, or rather a jumble of shapes and lines. They overlap, they connect with each other, and they seek each other out. I consciously use words suggestive of activity, because the whole makes a moving and active impression. This is enhanced by the layers, the suggestion of depth in foreground as well as in background, by the whimsicality of the lines and the various gradations of brown.

It is also possible to look at this work as a top view. Then something remarkable happens. Then those two dark shapes to the left of the surface could be people who contact each other in one way or another. A greeting? A conflict? Shapes become bodies, lines become arms and legs. Your own imagination then takes hold of the work and a story might yet emerge. The suspected abstraction must then perhaps backtrack after all.

Kenneth Flijders says that he likes to experiment, with the material, with the style and with the content.

This work shows how valuable the result of such an experiment can be. The canvas holds an undeniable attraction and it intrigues because it is open to interpretation.

TEXT Rob Perrée, Florence, May 2015

TRANSLATION Cassandra Gummels-Relyveld, 2015

Want to see this and other work of Kenneth Flijders ‘up close and personal’? That’s possible at Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo. www.readytexartgallery.comFor more information about Kenneth Flijders please visit the website http://readytexartgallery.com/kennethflijders.

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More work by Kenneth Flijders available in Readytex Art Gallery:

Kenneth Flijders, 'Untitled I', mixed media on paper, 57 cm wide x 38 cm high, 2013 - USD 300 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Untitled I’, mixed media on paper, 57 cm wide x 38 cm high, 2013 – USD 300 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, 'Mamio I', acryl on canvas, 143 cm wide x 140 cm high, 2013 - USD 1200 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Mamio I’, acryl on canvas, 143 cm wide x 140 cm high, 2013 – USD 1200 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

From a series of three: Kenneth Flijders, 'Every day a drop creates us 3', mixed media on paper, 100 cm wide x 80 cm high, 2013 - USD 350 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

From a series of three: Kenneth Flijders, ‘Every day a drop creates us 3’, mixed media on paper, 100 cm wide x 80 cm high, 2013 – USD 350 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, 'Untitled V', screenprint, 63 cm wide x 46 cm high, 2010 - USD 225 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Untitled V’, screenprint, 63 cm wide x 46 cm high, 2010 – USD 225 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, 'I shall call you Adam', mixed media on hardboard, 55 cm wide x 125 cm high x 2.5 cm deep, 2011 - USD 750 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘I shall call you Adam’, mixed media on hardboard, 55 cm wide x 125 cm high x 2.5 cm deep, 2011 – USD 750 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, 'Untitled 5', mixed media on paper, 27.5 cm wide x 34.5 cm high, 2012 - USD 200 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Untitled 5’, mixed media on paper, 27.5 cm wide x 34.5 cm high, 2012 – USD 200 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders 'brokopondo' work was chosen as a design for one of the art wraps, a unique product from the Readytex Art Gallery, 180x100cm, 100% cotton / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders ‘brokopondo’ work was chosen as a design for one of the art wraps, a unique product from the Readytex Art Gallery, 180x100cm, 100% cotton / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

LOGO eye for art

This edition of An Eye for Art has been sent as a RAG-mailing on May 20, 2015 and was published in Kunst en Cultuur in de Ware Tijd on May 20, 2015.

Because really looking at art and understanding art are not always obvious and easy to do, we hope that these regular reviews will at least offer you some insight into the process.  You will get to see how a connoisseur looks at art, discusses it, and then links the work to others within the international art world.

Of course you can only truly judge a work of art when you are actually standing in front of it yourself. We therefore hope to see you soon in Readytex Art Gallery  and are eager to hear what you think of this artwork, and which other works of art you find yourself drawn to. Please note that the artworks discussed are still available for purchase at the time that the review is published.

Rob Perrée is art historian and works as freelance writer, art critic and curator, specialized in contemporary (Afro-) American art, African art, Surinamese art and art using new media. His work has appeared in countless catalogues, books, magazines and newspapers. He is editor of Sranan Art Xposed, editor in chief of Africanah.org and a member of the editing team of Pf Photo Magazine. His website: http://robperree.com.

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Elsewhere … in La Guyane Française: ‘Made in Surinam’

October 15, 2014 at 9:35 am (Elsewhere) (, , , , , , , , , , )

What: L.A.V.A.G. at L’Encadrier: Made in Surinam. Discover the works of Surinamese artists in an atmosphere of colors: Rinaldo Klas,  Kenneth Flijders, George Struikelblok, Wilgo VijfhovenSri Irodikromo, Reinier Asmoredjo and Dhiradj Ramsamoedj. All artists are core artists affiliated with Readytex Art Gallery.

When: October 17-November 22, 2014. Vernissage: October 17, 2014, 19:00 hrs. Opening hours: Wednesday and Thursday from 18:00-20:00 hrs, Friday and Saturday from 18:00-21:00 hrs. Saturday October 18, the day after the opening: from 10:00-13:00 hrs

Where: L.A.V.A.G. (L’Encadrier), 70, rue Léopold Heder, Cayenne, La Guyane Française

Poster

Poster

In 2010 Readytex Art Gallery and Galerie L’Encadrier in Cayenne, La Guyane Française, started a pleasant cooperation which would create wonderful opportunities for artists working with Readytex Art Gallery. Since then several partner artists of Readytex Art Gallery in Paramaribo have been invited yearly, to exhibit their work at Galerie L’Encadrier. Here a report from 2011, from DevSur.

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An Eye for Art: Kenneth Flijders – ‘Untitled I’

October 8, 2014 at 9:58 am (An Eye for Art) (, , , , )

In collaboration with art critic Rob PerréeReadytex Art Gallery has developed an informative initiative: An Eye for Art. Once every two weeks Rob Perrée discusses a work of art from the collection of Readytex Art Gallery. This week he talks about ‘Untitled I’, mixed media on paper, 57 cm wide x 38 cm high, 2013, from Kenneth Flijders.

Kenneth Flijders, 'Untitled I', mixed media on paper, 57 cm wide x 38 cm high, 2013 - USD 300 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Untitled I’, mixed media on paper, 57 cm wide x 38 cm high, 2013 – USD 300 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Many artists hesitate to give their work titles. I can well imagine so. A title can easily come across as an explanation or an illustration of the work. That takes all the fun out of it for the viewer. His curiosity is undermined and his creativity is lulled into sleep. The artist has already told him that which he wanted to find out by himself. That is indeed also the reason why many artists choose to give their work a very mysterious title. A title that offers endles possibilities. If that title then also has a beautiful or poetic sound to it, it even seems to improve the quality of the work.

For this work Kenneth Flijders (Paramaribo, 1956) chooses not to give a title. To emphasize that neutrality he has attached a number to it. He could hardly be any more businesslike. Still I think that this was a conscious and well thought out choice.

This work does not give much away. What am I actually looking at? What do I see? Nothing, and yet so much. Is it a creature? If that is so, then it must be an animal. A flat fish for example. That seems unlikely. It is a collection of lively shapes. Shapes that appear to be moving and are concentrated in the center into a strong core.  A crater. Not just the color red seems to confirm that strength, but certainly also the material that has been adhered to the left side. That gives the powerful center something seemingly against the grain. It contrasts with the transparently applied paint, yet at the same time, through its shape, it searches for a connection with the red surface.

Especially because of that adhered material – is it jute or perhaps palmtree fibre? – it is impossible to call this work a painting, a watercolor or a drawing. For the sake of convenience and to hide our ineptitude we describe these works as ‘mixed media’. A vague term which you can never be overly criticized for.

Important in a work of art is that it unsettles me, that it puts me on the wrong track. Flijders has done so by taking from me the possibility to ascribe it to any particular genre. He has done so by forcing me to think about the content, about what I see. That as a whole ‘Untitled I’ delivers a powerful image, is a not an insignificant detail.

 

TEXT Rob Perrée, Amsterdam, September, 2014

TRANSLATION Cassandra Gummels-Relyveld, 2014

Want to see this and other work of Kenneth Flijders ‘up close and personal’? That’s possible at Readytex Art Gallery, Maagdenstraat 44-upstairs, Paramaribo. www.readytexartgallery.comFor more information about Kenneth Flijders please visit the website http://readytexartgallery.com/kennethflijders.

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More work by Kenneth Flijders available in Readytex Art Gallery:

Kenneth Flijders, 'Untitled 2', mixed media on paper, 50 cm wide x 42 cm high, 2013 - USD 300 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Untitled 2’, mixed media on paper, 50 cm wide x 42 cm high, 2013 – USD 300 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

From a series of three: Kenneth Flijders, 'Every day a drop creates us 3', mixed media on paper, 100 cm wide x 80 cm high, 2013 - USD 350 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

From a series of three: Kenneth Flijders, ‘Every day a drop creates us 3’, mixed media on paper, 100 cm wide x 80 cm high, 2013 – USD 350 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, 'Untitled V', screenprint, 63 cm wide x 46 cm high, 2010 - USD 225 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Untitled V’, screenprint, 63 cm wide x 46 cm high, 2010 – USD 225 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, 'Untitled 5', mixed media on paper, 27.5 cm wide x 34.5 cm high, 2012 - USD 200 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Untitled 5’, mixed media on paper, 27.5 cm wide x 34.5 cm high, 2012 – USD 200 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, 'Mamio I', acryl on canvas, 143 cm wide x 140 cm high, 2013 - USD 1200 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Mamio I’, acryl on canvas, 143 cm wide x 140 cm high, 2013 – USD 1200 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, 'I shall call you Adam', mixed media on hardboard, 55 cm wide x 125 cm high x 2.5 cm deep, 2011 - USD 750 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘I shall call you Adam’, mixed media on hardboard, 55 cm wide x 125 cm high x 2.5 cm deep, 2011 – USD 750 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders 'brokopondo' work was chosen as a design for one of the art wraps, a unique product from the Readytex Art Gallery, 180x100cm, 100% cotton / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders ‘Brokopondo’ work was chosen as a design for one of the art wraps, a unique product from the Readytex Art Gallery, 180x100cm, 100% cotton / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

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This edition of An Eye for Art has been sent as a RAG-mailing on October 8, 2014 and was published in Kunst en Cultuur in de Ware Tijd on October 8, 2014.

Because really looking at art and understanding art are not always obvious and easy to do, we hope that these regular reviews will at least offer you some insight into the process.  You will get to see how a connoisseur looks at art, discusses it, and then links the work to others within the international art world.

Of course you can only truly judge a work of art when you are actually standing in front of it yourself. We therefore hope to see you soon in Readytex Art Gallery  and are eager to hear what you think of this artwork, and which other works of art you find yourself drawn to. Please note that the artworks discussed are still available for purchase at the time that the review is published.

Rob Perrée is art historian and works as freelance writer, art critic and curator, specialized in contemporary (Afro-) American art, African art, Surinamese art and art using new media. His work has appeared in countless catalogues, books, magazines and newspapers. He is editor of Sranan Art Xposed, editor in chief of Africanah.org and a member of the editing team of Pf Photo Magazine. His website: http://robperree.com.

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Group exhibition ‘WAT – Working Apart Together’, at De Hal

March 28, 2014 at 1:31 pm (Exposed) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The first vernissage of Readytex Art Gallery in 2014 just opened its doors. Starting from March the 26th, the public could enjoy the group exhibition WAT – Working Apart Together. In De Hal at de Grote Combéweg 45, where 14 artists present their most recent works of art. Though the artists each work independently, their works still contain a surprising amount of elements, turning this into a cohesive presentation. For visitors the exhibition WAT offers the exiting challenge to discover that cohesiveness and perhaps even identify it.

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After the positive reactions of the public to the group exhibitions of the past two years, Readytex Art Gallery decided to work according to that same concept  for 2014. This year, instead of two large exhibitions with each time new artworks of just one artist, the gallery will organize two large exhibitions with new works of art by multiple artists. It is a concept that works quite well for the artists, the gallery and for the public as well.

Kurt Nahar and two RAG Team members in front of his installation / PHOTO Ada Korbee, 2014

Kurt Nahar and two RAG Team members in front of his installation / PHOTO Ada Korbee, 2014

Visitors admiring Sri's work / PHOTO Ada Korbee, 2014

Visitors admiring Sri’s work / PHOTO Ada Korbee, 2014

Opening Night / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang, 2014

Opening Night / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang, 2014

The exhibition WAT offers new work by the following artists affiliated to the gallery: Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, George Struikelblok, Hanka Wolterstorff, Kenneth Flijders, Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi, Kurt Nahar, Reinier Asmoredjo, René Tosari, Rinaldo Klas, Roddney Tjon Poen Gie, Soeki Irodikromo, Sri Irodikromo, Sunil Puljhun and Wilgo Vijfhoven.

The exhibition provides the public with impulses other than those of a solo exhibition. In WAT Readytex Art Gallery presents a variety of art works: paintings, batik, and sculptures from wood and ceramics. Viewers can also enjoy a diversity of styles. Kurt Nahar for example, presents a selection that was inspired by his recent participation in the ‘Bienal de Pintura Mural Internos‘ in Cuba. In his new art Sunil Puljhun returns  to abstraction and color, contrary to the black and white works he’d been previously immersed in. Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi works from a renewed focus: she researches the Surinamese biodiversity, concentrating especially on bird species. Wilgo Vijfhoven shows transitions in his work and uses a somewhat different visual imagery. Dhiradj Ramsamoedj presents research on canvas, which provides insights into a project that he will soon develop into a series of outdoor, public sculptures.  George Struikelblok gives an exciting new twist to his work and with that offers a glimpse into what is to come at a larger presentation next year.

Readytex Art Gallery and her partner artists invite the public to visit the exhibition WAT – Working Apart Together.  Everyone is welcome in De Hal from Wednesday the 26th until Sunday the 30th of March from 19:00 – 21:00 hrs.

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TEXT / TRANSLATION Cassandra Gummels-Relyveld, 2014

 

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An Eye for Art: Kenneth Flijders, untitled

January 15, 2014 at 9:08 am (An Eye for Art) (, , , )

In collaboration with art critic Rob PerréeReadytex Art Gallery has developed a new, informative initiative: An Eye for Art. Once every two weeks Rob Perrée discusses a work of art from the collection of Readytex Art Gallery. This week: Kenneth Flijders, untitled.

Kenneth Flijders, untitled, extract of mahogany on  handmade paper made of banana plants, 30cmx30cm, 2013

Kenneth Flijders, untitled, extract of mahogany on handmade paper made of banana plants, 30cmx30cm, 2013

Kenneth Flijders (1956) is an artist who is inspired by his everyday surroundings. By the landscapes that surround him, by people gathering for whatever reason, at the market or near their homes. Those ordinary, everyday events evoke memories, which in turn serve as inspiration. In those memories women seem to hold a prominent position. Women confident in the protection offered by their traditional Creole clothing, but also naked women.

Many scenes are depicted realistically, but Flijders often limits himself to a suggestion of reality. He leaves out the details and reduces the human figures to a shadowy collection of shapes.

This untitled work from 2013 is a great example thereof.

It is actually no more than two shadows on a rough background.  It could be a couple in love. Young? Who knows. A distant memory? Could be. Their stance adds color to the pair and provokes fantasies about possible circumstances. With minimal means Flijders maximizes the possibilities for interpretation.

This painting is typical of this artist in yet another way. Throughout his entire career he has been experimenting with paint and other materials. This work becomes special because it has been done on unusual material: a coarse, unusual kind of paper made from banana fibers. The elemental image is enhanced by the unpolished surface.

Other works become increasingly significant because Flijders uses wood that has already served another purpose in its lifetime: doors or other panels which were once part of a home. He thus increases the credibility of the historical content.

Talking about history: I first associated this work with prehistoric petroglyphs. It is an association that will not let go of me.

TEXT Rob Perrée, 2014

TRANSLATION Cassandra Gummels-Relyveld, 2014

Want to take a closer, personal look at this work? That’s possible at Readytex Art Gallery, Maagdenstraat 44-upstairs, Paramaribo. www.readytexartgallery.comFor more information about Kenneth Flijders please visit the website www.readytexartgallery.com/kennethflijders.

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LOGO eye for art

This edition of An Eye for Art has been sent as a RAG-mailing on January 14, 2014 and was published in Cultuur Enzo in de Ware Tijd on January 15, 2014.

Because really looking at art and understanding art are not always obvious and easy to do, we hope that these regular reviews will at least offer you some insight into the process.  You will get to see how a connoisseur looks at art, discusses it, and then links the work to others within the international art world.

Of course you can only truly judge a work of art when you are actually standing in front of it yourself. We therefore hope to see you soon in Readytex Art Gallery  and are eager to hear what you think of this artwork, and which other works of art you find yourself drawn to. Please note that the artworks discussed are still available for purchase at the time that the review is published.

Rob Perrée is art historian and works as freelance writer, art critic and curator, specialized in contemporary (Afro-) American art, African art, Surinamese art and art using new media. His work has appeared in countless catalogues, books, magazines and newspapers. He is editor of Sranan Art Xposed, editor in chief of Africanah.org and a member of the editing team of Pf Photo Magazine. His website: http://robperree.com.

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