‘De Dragers van het Beeld’ / ‘The Carriers of the Image’ – 1 – Introduction

June 8, 2017 at 11:01 pm (Been there, Exposed) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

De Dragers van het Beeld, in English: The Carriers of the Image, is an art exhibition that was held in the foyer of Theatre Thalia, from April 28 until May 7, 2017. It was part of the celebration of 180 years Theatre Thalia. Eight visual artists worked with the theme of death, and more: resurrection from death, new life …

Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi wrote a series of columns that we will be sharing on the SAX-blog. Today part 1. Please find the Dutch text under the English text. 

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A Sparkling New Life

Alakondre [literally meaning: of all countries] is the word that we should use to brand Suriname’, said Alida Neslo. With that statement she found an immediate ally within me. This alliance would be continued, as I became the coordinator for visual arts of a team dedicated to celebrate the 180th anniversary of Theatre Thalia in a fitting way. The celebration of 180 years Thalia should breathe new and sparkling life into the theatre.

The Theme

In many cultures death is seen as the end of one life and the beginning of another new life. As a team dedicated to the celebration of 180 years Thalia, we initially spoke more about death and the way in which different cultures process death. But almost simultaneously, the discussion started to revolve around what happens after death: reincarnation, the afterlife, rebirth, etc. The most dominant question that came up was: How is this interpreted by different people and by different cultures? The theme for the celebration of Thalia 180 years, started to develop from here. Eros, Thanatos and Phoenix were brought forward as points of departure for the theme of the celebration. Eros as life energy, Thanatos as the non-violent peaceful death and the Phoenix as the symbol of eternal life; a cyclical life of passing and rebirth.

Visual Art

The theme was presented to the eight participating visual artists: Razia Barsatie, Anand Binda, Winston van der Bok, Soeki Irodikromo, Sri Irodikromo, Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, George Struikelblok and Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi. Each artist was inspired by an entirely different aspect of the theme.

The diverse interpretations of the theme are elaborated upon in various short columns, which will help the public to better understand what the works of art displayed in the celebratory exhibition of Theatre Thalia 180 years are actually about. This visual art exhibition was on display from April 28 until May 7, 2017. In addition to the visual art exhibition there also was a Living Art Show, which was presented within the dance program in the weekend of May 5-7, 2017. It was a collaboration between visual artists and performance artists. The artistic concepts, created by the visual artists, were interpreted and performed by the performance artists. The coordination of the Living Art Show was in the hands of Dweight Warsodikromo.

TEXT Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi, 2017

Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi is a female visual artist from Suriname. She works and lives in Paramaribo, Suriname, South America. Kit-Ling studied visual art in Suriname and in the Netherlands. In 2005 Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi added the short video-film as a medium to her artwork. Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi makes paintings and drawings, inspired by the tropical rainforest, and the richness of the diverse cultures in Suriname.

Kit-Ling was the featured visual artist at the 13th International Conference of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars. This conference, The Caribbean, the Land and the People; Women’s Efforts, Women’s Lives, was held in Suriname, in May 2012. Kit-Ling was the recipient of the Bridget Jones Award for 2013.

TRANSLATION Cassandra Gummels-Relyveld, 2017

PHOTOGRAPHY Ada Korbee & Marieke Visser, 2017

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‘De Dragers van het Beeld’ / ‘The Carriers of the Image’ – 1 – Introduction

‘De Dragers van het Beeld’ / The Carriers of the Image – 2 –  Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi

‘De Dragers van het Beeld’ / The Carriers of the Image – 3 –  Winston van der Bok

‘De Dragers van het Beeld’ / The Carriers of the Image – 4 –  Razia Barsatie

‘De Dragers van het Beeld’ / The Carriers of the Image – 5 –  Soeki Irodikromo

‘De Dragers van het Beeld’ / The Carriers of the Image – 6 –  Dhiradj Ramsamoedj

‘De Dragers van het Beeld’ / The Carriers of the Image – 7 –  Sri Irodikromo

‘De Dragers van het Beeld’ / The Carriers of the Image – 8 – Anand Binda 

‘De Dragers van het Beeld’ / The Carriers of the Image – 9 –  George Struikelblok

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Een sprankelend nieuw leven

Alakondre is het woord waarmee we Suriname moeten branden’, zei Alida Neslo en daarmee had ze in mij een bondgenoot gevonden. Dit bondgenootschap zette zich voort door als coördinator van beeldende kunst plaats te nemen in een team dat zich zou inzetten om 180 jaar Theater Thalia op gepaste wijze te vieren. De viering van 180 jaar Thalia moet Thalia weer nieuw en sprankelend leven inblazen.

Het thema

In veel culturen wordt de dood gezien als het einde van een bepaald leven en het begin van een ander nieuw leven. Als team dat zich wilde inzetten voor de viering van 180 jaar Thalia, spraken we eerst meer over de dood en het verwerken van de dood binnen verschillende culturen. Maar bijna simultaan werd er ook gesproken over wat er na de dood gebeurt: de reïncarnatie, het hiernamaals, de wedergeboorte etc. Daarbij werd vooral de vraag gesteld: Hoe wordt dit gezien door verschillende mensen, verschillende culturen? Van daaruit is het thema rond de viering van Thalia 180 jaar zich verder gaan ontwikkelen. Eros, Thanatos en Phoenix (Feniks) werden als uitgangspunten voor het thema binnen de viering van 180 jaar Thalia naar voren geschoven. Eros als levensenergie, Thanatos als de geweldloze zachte dood en de Phoenix als symbool van een eeuwig leven; een cyclisch leven van heengaan en wedergeboorte.

Beeldende kunst

Het thema werd voorgelegd aan de acht (8) deelnemende beeldende kunstenaars, te weten Razia Barsatie, Anand Binda, Winston van der Bok, Soeki Irodikromo, Sri Irodikromo, Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, George Struikelblok en Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi. Elke kunstenaar werd geïnspireerd door een geheel andere aspect van het thema.

De diverse interpretaties van het thema zijn in verschillende korte columns uiteen gezet en op deze manier kwam het kunstminnend publiek meer te weten over de inhoud van de kunstwerken die in de feestexpositie van Theater Thalia 180 jaar te zien waren. Deze beeldende kunstexpositie was te zien vanaf 28 april tot en met 7 mei 2017. Naast de beeldende kunstexpositie is er ook een Living Art Show gepresenteerd binnen het dansprogramma in het weekend van 5 tot en met 7 mei 2017. Het betrof een samenwerking tussen beeldende kunstenaars en performance artiesten. De kunstconcepten kwamen van de beeldende kunstenaars, maar werden geïnterpreteerd en uitgevoerd door de performance kunstenaars. De coördinatie van de Living Art Show was in handen van Dweight Warsodikromo.

 

 

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An Eye for Art: Sri Irodikromo – ‘Corn Rows I’

June 4, 2015 at 12:05 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

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 ‘Corn Rows I’, mixed media on canvas, 66 cm wide x 70 cm high, 2014, by Sri Irodikromo.

Sri Irodikromo, ‘Corn Rows II′, mixed media on canvas, 66x70cm, 2014 – USD 700 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, ‘Corn Rows II′, mixed media on canvas, 66x70cm, 2014 – USD 700 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

A regal portrait. This is how you portray dignity, this is what style looks like, this is what you call class. On the one hand this is due to the classic profile of the woman, corresponding to the classical ideals of beauty, much like the profiles of women in Egyptian tombs, but on the other hand the headdress has much to do with it.

At the same time the decorations on her head cause an enigma. It looks as though only her head is adorned, but the decorative elements continue throughout the work. Around the head they are just more accentuated, the colors are sharper, flaming almost. Towards the edges of the work they gradually disappear into nothingness.

Where they originate from remains unclear to me. It looks like a fusion of classical ornaments and Caribbean motifs. Maybe they are just made up and they are only intended to suggest those references. Do their origins really matter? What stands out is that a large part of the ornaments are rimmed with an extra lick of orange paint. It seems put on top of it. By doing so Sri Irodikromo strengthens the layers, the depth that the portrait already has. Moreover, these accents literally give luster to the whole. They play a major role in the color play that is so artfully played out in this work. From large contrasts to smooth transitions. From disappearing to appearing.

Titles are not meant to explain, but to give hints. ‘Corn Rows I’ doesn’t really seem like a title that likes to hint. Rows of corn? What should I think of that? Does the woman have something to do with planting corn? She is much too stately for that. Does the title then have something to do with hair that has been braided onto the head after all?

I have to make do with the certainty of a beautiful work with an uncertain meaning that partially derives its beauty from the mystery that surrounds it. A present-day sibling of the Mona Lisa?

 

TEXT Rob Perrée, Florence, May 2015

TRANSLATION Cassandra Gummels-Relyveld

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

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More work by Sri Irodikromo available in Readytex Art Gallery:

Sri Irodikromo, ‘Corn Rows II′, mixed media on canvas, 70x70cm, 2015 – USD 700 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, ‘Corn Rows II′, mixed media on canvas, 70x70cm, 2015 – USD 700 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, 'Adjuba (vlijtige)' [Adjuba (industrious)], ceramics, 18x33x15cm, 2008 - USD 400 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, ‘Adjuba (vlijtige)’ [Adjuba (industrious)], ceramics, 18x33x15cm, 2008 – USD 400 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, 'Baka sei', mixed media on canvas, 68x114cm, 2011  - USD 900 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, ‘Baka sei’, mixed media on canvas, 68x114cm, 2011 – USD 900 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, 'Pangi', mixed media on canvas, 53x77cm, 2012  - USD 700 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, ‘Pangi’, mixed media on canvas, 53x77cm, 2012 – USD 700 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, 'Blauw Misi', mixed media on canvas, 70x100cm, 2013  - USD 800 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, ‘Blauw Misi’, mixed media on canvas, 70x100cm, 2013 – USD 800 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, bloc note cover, 23/50 - USD 120 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, bloc note cover, 23/50 – USD 120 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, bloc note cover, 23/50 - USD 120 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, bloc note cover, 23/50 – USD 120 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, bloc note cover, 23/50 - USD 120 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, bloc note cover, 23/50 – USD 120 / 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 June 3, 2015 and was published in Kunst en Cultuur in de Ware Tijd on June 3, 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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Surinamese participation in Plein Air Curacao 2015 (clippings & videos)

April 7, 2015 at 3:16 pm (A Close Look) (, , , , , , , )

Every other year, the tropical island of Curaçao hosts a successful Plein Air Festival. During this festival, local and international plein air artists paint outdoors at various locations on Curaçao. With oils, watercolors, pastels and other media these artists bring to life the beauty of Curaçao, its people and its culture to be permanently exposed abroad through paintings in homes, galleries and musea.

The third edition of the Plein Air Curaçao festival, February 26-March 7, 2015, successfully hosted both Plein Air and Plein Eau painting. Artists came from all corners of the world for the 10-day Caribbean art extravaganza. Artist George Struikelblok (Suriname) lent his expertise and enthusiasm to the Curaçao version of “Big Power of Small Blocks” whereby kids from orphanages and other youth group homes created their art by painting on small wooden blocks. Together with blocks painted by local artists, these “Curaçao Cubes” were exhibited and sold. Proceeds went towards the art programs at these institutions. The festival ended with an exciting 3-hour quick-draw competition and bustling street fair in the historic downtown area of Willemstad.

AD, March 2, 2015

AD, March 2, 2015  

Amigoe, February 27, 2015 1

Amigoe, February 27, 2015 1

Amigoe, February 27, 2015 2

Amigoe, February 27, 2015 2

Clipping, February 28, 2015

Clipping, February 28, 2015

Express, MArch 5, 2015

Express, MArch 5, 2015

Explore Curacao, March 2015

Explore Curacao, March 2015

AD, March 3, 2015

AD, March 3, 2015

 

There was a large delegation from Suriname who participated. Peter Thielen made videos, a series of 11. We show the first one here, the rest can be seen in our Vimeo-collection or on the FVAS Facebook page.

From March 9 through March 18, 2017 Art Foundation Curaçao will host the 4th Plein Air Festival on the tropical island of Curaçao. Local and international artists will paint on land as well as underwater. A variety of media will be used with emphasis on oils, watercolors and pastels. Workshops are given for adults, teens and kids. Paintings made on the last day of the festival are entered in a contest. Paintings made during the festival will be put up for sale.

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SURIFESTA FVAS Giant Painting, December 13 & 14, 2014

December 11, 2014 at 4:39 pm (Coming up) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

What: SURIFESTA FVAS (also to be found on Facebook) Giant Painting 2014. With: George Struikelblok, Dorette Kuster, Patrick Tjon Jaw Chong, Dakaya Lenz, Erwin de VriesRon FluGlenn Fung LoyRinaldo KlasSoeki IrodikromoAnand Binda, Leo Wong Loi Sing, Jules Brand-Flu, Reinier AsmoredjoAugust Bohé, Ray Daal, Stanny Handigman, Cliff Rasidin, Ardie Setropawiro, Sri Irodikromo, Manuela Tjin A Soe, André Sontosoemarto, Kim Sontosoemarto, Daniel Djojoatmo, Dhiradj RamsamoedjKurt NaharRanjan AkloeLeonnie van EertArti AbhelakhJohan Doelradjak

When: December 13 & 14, 2014, 10:00 hrs till late

Where: Sidewalk Café ‘t Vat, Kleine Waterstraat 1, Paramaribo 

Flyer

Flyer

The previous giant painting, made by FVAS members in 1997. Participants: Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi, Ron Flu, Glenn Fung Loy, Rinaldo Klas, Soeki Irodikromo, Anand Binda, Reinier Asmoredjo, August Bohé, Ray Daal, Stanny Handigman, Sharda Harkhoe, Cliff Rasidin, Ardie Setropawiro, Micheal Wong Loi Sing, Anita Hartmann — at Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport

The previous giant painting, made by FVAS members in 1997. Participants: Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi, Ron Flu, Glenn Fung Loy, Rinaldo Klas, Soeki Irodikromo, Anand Binda, Reinier Asmoredjo, August Bohé, Ray Daal, Stanny Handigman, Sharda Harkhoe, Cliff Rasidin, Ardie Setropawiro, Micheal Wong Loi Sing, Anita Hartmann — at Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport

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An Eye for Art: Sri Irodikromo ‘Blauw Misi’

November 19, 2014 at 7:22 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 ‘Blauw Misi’, mixed media on canvas, 70 cm wide x 100 cm high, 2013, by Sri Irodikromo.

Sri Irodikromo, 'Blauw Misi', mixed media on canvas, 70x100cm, 2013  - USD 800 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, ‘Blauw Misi’, mixed media on canvas, 70x100cm, 2013 – USD 800 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

A striking canvas by Sri Irodikromo (Schiedam, 1972). For several reasons.

When it comes to her work I automatically think of warm colors: yellow, orange, red, going towards brown. This painting is unmistakably blue, in many shades of that color. The title ‘Blauw Misi’ (blue lady) once again emphasizes this choice. Blue is not considered a warm color, rather the opposite.

The choice for this color is clarified when I see how Sri portrays her ‘Misi’. While many of her works are figurative, in this case it seems as though Irodikromo has reduced the woman to a collection of abstract shapes held together by the vague contours of a woman. They are forms that literally seem to not want to give anything away, that only just want to be a form. The woman is no longer human, but a blue mechanism. I use this last word deliberately because there is, due to her loose, expressionistic way of painting, indeed some movement, some liveliness in the woman. That sounds contradictory, but perhaps she is indeed looking for that contradiction. The tear underneath the middle of the work seems to reinforce this. The artist has sewn two parts together in an elementary fashion. It is obviously done by hand. Everything but technical or mechanical.

It seems obvious to look at the blue figure as a symbol of the coldness caused by the rapid developments in social media and the subsequent acceleration of society, as a result of which human contact is likely to become undermined. Another work, ‘Techno Misi’, seems to reinforce that interpretation. The contradictions mentioned though, are indicative of doubt.

Blue also symbolizes ‘turned inwards’. Irodikromo could just as easily have portrayed that variation. The work could then possibly refer to the consequences of all those developments. Mankind shielding itself.

Sri Irodikromo has no clear answer. She raises questions, but relevant questions. Questions that many people have about a society that increasingly allows itself less and less rest.

Aside from all interpretations: ‘Blauw Misi’ is a surprising and powerful work. An image that imbeds itself in your memory.

 

TEXT Rob PerréeNew York, November 2014

TRANSLATION Cassandra Gummels-Relyveld

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

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More work by Sri Irodikromo available in Readytex Art Gallery:

Sri Irodikromo, 'Techno misi 11', mixed media on canvas, 40x40cm, 2013  - USD 375 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, ‘Techno misi 11’, mixed media on canvas, 40x40cm, 2013 – USD 375 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, 'Baka sei', mixed media on canvas, 68x114cm, 2011  - USD 900 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, ‘Baka sei’, mixed media on canvas, 68x114cm, 2011 – USD 900 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, 'Pangi', mixed media on canvas, 53x77cm, 2012  - USD 700 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, ‘Pangi’, mixed media on canvas, 53x77cm, 2012 – USD 700 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, 'Adjuba (vlijtige)' [Adjuba (industrious)], ceramics, 18x33x15cm, 2008 - USD 400 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, ‘Adjuba (vlijtige)’ [Adjuba (industrious)], ceramics, 18x33x15cm, 2008 – USD 400 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, bloc note cover, 23/50 - USD 120 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, bloc note cover, 23/50 – USD 120 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, bloc note cover, 23/50 - USD 120 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, bloc note cover, 23/50 – USD 120 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, bloc note cover, 23/50 - USD 120 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, bloc note cover, 23/50 – USD 120 / 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 November 19, 2014 and was published in Kunst en Cultuur in de Ware Tijd on November 19, 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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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: Sri Irodikromo

April 23, 2014 at 9:42 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 time the art work ‘Hebi’, mixed media on canvas, 157 cm wide x 152 cm high, 2013, by Sri Irodikromo.

Sei Irodikromo, ‘Hebi’, mixed media on canvas, 157 cm wide x 152 cm high, 2013 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sei Irodikromo, ‘Hebi’, mixed media on canvas, 157 cm wide x 152 cm high, 2013 – USD 1750 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

The head of a woman. In profile. From very close up. Of indefinable age. It is impossible to tell what is going on in her head.  She does not appear to be looking at anything. Her look seems to be somewhere in between despondent and sad.  She has been painted in loose strokes. Detailed, but the paint seems to hardly touch the canvas. That ‘careful’ way of painting lends a high degree vulnerability to the portrait.

White, yellow, orange and red are the main colors. The woman is traditionally clothed.  Surrounding her head, underneath the paint, several symbols are visible. Decorations that refer to the maroon culture. They seem to swirl. The red paint stains on her face have a dramatizing effect. Right above her lips is a line of stitching. Does the work really consist of two sewn together pieces, or is it a matter of suggestion?  In either case it serves to underline the vulnerability of the whole.

Sri Irodikromo is born in Schiedam in 1972. Her artistic education however, begins at the  Nola Hatterman Institute in Suriname. She now lives and works in Suriname as well, following  a period of several years when she studied at the ‘Vrije Kunst Academie’ in The Hague. Her work can be viewed as symbolic for the country. She repeatedly incorporates signs and symbols from every ethnic group in the country. As though she wants to prove that a multi-cultural population can also form a unity. Even though the backgrounds and the cultures are different, in day to day life they do come together.

That unifying factor is also translated by Sri in the way she works. She combines (sometimes in one work) various techniques: she does batik, she paints, she draws, she sews, she stencils. She is equally generous in her choice of size. This work – ‘Hebi’ from 2013 – measures 157 x 152 cm. The batik work ‘Ingiwinti’ that Sri contributed to Paramaribo SPAN in 2010, was monumental in size. It hung many meters down.

Women are usually the subject of her work.  Though multi-cultural Suriname may live together harmoniously, it is often women who determine how that cohabitation is actually arranged in practice. They are the dominant factor. The same applies to the work of Sri Irodikromo.

TEXT Rob Perrée, New York, April 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 Sri Irodikromo please visit the website http://readytexartgallery.com/sri/.

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Sri Irodikromo in her studio during 'Paramaribo SPAN' / PHOTO Roy Tjin, 2010

Sri Irodikromo in her studio during ‘Paramaribo SPAN’ / PHOTO Roy Tjin, 2010

Sri Irodikromo's first Ingiwinti work, in her home / PHOTO Marieke Visser, 2010

Sri Irodikromo’s first Ingiwinti work, in her home / PHOTO Marieke Visser, 2010

Sri Irodikromo, 'Ingiwinti', 2010 / PHOTO Nicholas Laughlin

Sri Irodikromo, ‘Ingiwinti’, 2010 / PHOTO Nicholas Laughlin

A blog post was written about this work of art by Sri, for the Paramaribo SPAN-blog.

More work by Sri Irodikromo:

Sri Irodikromo, 'Denki', mixed media on canvas, 65x100cm, 2010 - USD 850 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, ‘Denki’, mixed media on canvas, 65x100cm, 2010 – USD 850 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, 'Pari', mixed media on canvas, 38x158cm, 2012 - USD 900 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Sri Irodikromo, ‘Pari’, mixed media on canvas, 38x158cm, 2012 – USD 900 / 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 April 23, 2014 and was published in Kunst en Cultuur in de Ware Tijd on April 23, 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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30 years ABKS – Association of Visual Artists in Suriname with exhibition ‘Unleashed’

February 20, 2014 at 8:42 pm (Exposed) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

More than thirty years ago a group of visual artists in Suriname met to exchange thoughts and ideas about the situation of the local visual arts scene. This meeting would signify the birth of the ABKS: Associatie Beeldende Kunstenaars Suriname [Association of Visual Artists in Suriname]. This 30th anniversary of the ABKS in 2014, is the perfect occasion for a festive exhibition: ‘Unleashed’.

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The original membership criteria for the association were clear: one had to have been “continuously and seriously, engaged in the visual arts for many years”.  The number of members was never to exceed ten. And there would be a group exhibition once every two years.

The first exhibition, ‘Identiteit’ [Identity], was held in 1984. Several days before the exhibition, Nola Hatterman, a key figure in the history of art education in Suriname, also an ABKS member and scheduled participant of the exhibition, passed away in an accident. Despite this tragic turn of events this first ABKS exhibition still turned out to be a success. The other participants at that exhibition in 1984 were Ron Flu, Rudi Getrouw (YouTube), Soeki Irodikromo, Ruben Karsters (Sranan Art blog post), Cliff San A Jong (YouTube)and Paul Woei.

The most recent exhibition was Crossroads of Life in De Hal,  from April 14th-16th of 2011. Participating artists at that time: Anand Binda, Pierre Bong A Jan, Dani Djojoatmo, Ron FluSoeki Irodikromo, Sri Irodikromo, Ardie Setropawiro, Kim Sontosoemarto, Jhunry Udenhout and Leo Wong Loi Sing.

PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Planned for the upcoming anniversary, is the exhibition Unleashed, also in De Hal,  which will be open to the public from February the 22nd until the 27th, from 10:00-13:00 hrs and from 18:00-21:00 hrs. All ABKS-members will participate including the original members Ron Flu and Soeki Irodikromo.

Even after thirty years, the right of existence of the Association remains undisputed. The membership criteria have however, been somewhat expanded. Younger artists now also have the opportunity to join, such as in 2009 Pierre Bong A Jan, Dani Djojoatmo, Sri Irodikromo and Kim Sontosoemarto.

In 1988 Rudi Getrouw writes in the preface to the brochure published to accompany the ABKS exhibition ‘Prospects’ : “In our view – and history gives us in the right to see it that way – the artists do have a role, even a very important one. Due to their sensitivity, mysteriously connected through countless invisible threads with the spiritual life of their time, artists also give direction, by their visual activity. An artist is extremely receptive to the expressive character of the visual reality . In combination with the artist’s abilities as a designer, he helps determine the ‘face’ of his people; he opens our eyes to the visual, he teaches us. A nation without art has no face.”

26 years later, Rudi Getrouw’s words are still true and once again underline the importance of artists and artists’ initiatives , such as the ABKS , for a country to help shape the spiritual life and to give the nation a face and to give it’s people a direction which way to go.

This jubilee year has yet another silver lining, namely the 80th birthday of one of its early members, Ron Flu.

Download the pdf of the exhibition brochure for free here: Brochure ‘Unleashed’.

TEXT Marieke Visser, 2014

TRANSLATION Cassandra Gummels-Relyveld

Ron Flu / PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Ron Flu / PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Soeki Irodikromo / PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Soeki Irodikromo / PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Anand Binda | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Anand Binda | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Pierre Bong A Jan | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Pierre Bong A Jan | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS
Dani Djojoatmo | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Dani Djojoatmo | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Sri Irodikromo | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Sri Irodikromo | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Ardie Setropawiro  | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Ardie Setropawiro | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Kim Sontosoemarto | PHOTO Courtesy ABKSKim Sontosoemarto | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Jhunry Udenhout | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Jhunry Udenhout | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Leo Wong Loi Sing | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Leo Wong Loi Sing | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

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‘Functional Art’ by FVAS-members, De Hal, December 11, 12 & 13, 2013

December 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm (Exposed) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

What: Surifesta exhibition Functional Art by FVAS-members: George StruikelblokKim SontosoemartoKit-Ling Tjon Pian GiSri IrodikromoDorette Kuster, Patrick Tjon, Stanny Handigman, Arti AbelakhRahied Abdoel, Shaundell Horton en Ron Flu.

When: December 11-13, 2013, 10:00-12:30 hrs and 18:00-21:00 hrs

Where: De Hal (Facebook), Grote Combéweg 45, Paramaribo

Introducing the movable garbage bins!

Movable garbage bins

Movable garbage bins

Some pictures of the first day of the exhibition, by FVAS-member photographer Peter Thielen.

PHOTO Peter Thielen BNO, 2013

PHOTO Peter Thielen BNO, 2013

PHOTO Peter Thielen BNO, 2013

PHOTO Peter Thielen BNO, 2013

PHOTO Peter Thielen BNO, 2013

PHOTO Peter Thielen BNO, 2013

PHOTO Peter Thielen BNO, 2013

PHOTO Peter Thielen BNO, 2013

PHOTO Peter Thielen BNO, 2013

PHOTO Peter Thielen BNO, 2013

PHOTO Peter Thielen BNO, 2013

PHOTO Peter Thielen BNO, 2013

PHOTO Peter Thielen BNO, 2013

PHOTO Peter Thielen BNO, 2013

PHOTO Peter Thielen BNO, 2013

PHOTO Peter Thielen BNO, 2013

PHOTO Peter Thielen BNO, 2013

PHOTO Peter Thielen BNO, 2013

PHOTO Peter Thielen BNO, 2013

PHOTO Peter Thielen BNO, 2013

PHOTO Peter Thielen BNO, 2013

PHOTO Peter Thielen BNO, 2013

PHOTO Peter Thielen BNO, 2013

PHOTO Peter Thielen BNO, 2013

PHOTO Peter Thielen BNO, 2013

PHOTO Peter Thielen BNO, 2013

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