In 2008 and 2009 respectively, artists Gerwin Luijendijk and Kathrin Maria Wolkowicz graduated from WdKA's master Fine Art. During a residency at Kunsthuis SYB on the Friesian countryside they will dissect traditional sing along songs (Dutch: ‘smartlab'): what is the relationship between image, sound and content?
The ‘smartlap' (sing along song) is a message of hope, desire, unrequited love and loss, packaged in a universal language that everyone understands. The meaningless emptiness, as a result of this universal language, is often accompanied by beautiful landscapes, folklore, flapping flags, a person in front of a backdrop facing the camera, a theatrical performance and cheap production.
Artists Gerwin Luijendijk and Kathrin Maria Wolkowicz will spend their residency at Kunsthuis SYB in pursuit of the answers to their questions: What happens when sound is separated from image? In how far does music play a role in generating meaning? What does it mean to perform in front of the camera? And how do backgrounds influence performance? Lyrics, video clips, photo shoots and the image of the ‘'smartlap', will be unraveled. The separated characteristics will make way for new productions. Kunsthuis SYB will play the temporary role of music and film studio alongside the idyllic countryside backdrop of the village of Beetsterzwaag. In the last weeks of December, the results of their research will be presented in a window presentation at Kunsthuis SYB.
Video artist, performer and sculptor Gerwin Luijendijk (Zaandam, 1980) graduated from WdKA's master Fine Art in 2008. In his installation the spectator and the video monitor become objects in one installation or his body becomes a thing in between things in a sculptural composition. In the installation Rai Uno '83, presented during It Hits My Hair in Wolfsart Project space in Rotterdam, he reconstructed, although with a twist, the background of the 80's video clip of the Italian disco king, Grand Miller. In another work he reenacted Grand Millers performance, but, reduced in this case, the background details to a minimum. Kathrin Maria Wolkowicz (Berlijn, 1981) graduated from WdKA's master Fine Art in 2009. Wolkowicz usually works with film and text in installations and books. In her books and installations she investigates how man reads and spends time with text. She is particularly interested in how the physical relationship between the spectator and the art work contributes to the interpretation of the work.
‘VOORBIJ DIE WARME ZOMER – Gerwin Luijendijk & Kathrin Maria Wolkowicz'. Working period: November 11 through December 13, 2009; presentation period: December 14, 2009 through January 3, 2010. Kunsthuis SYB, Hoofdstraat 70, 9244 CP Beetsterzwaag/NL. Open: Sat-Sun, 13-17 hrs, and by appointment. Festive presentation: Sunday December 13 2009, starting at 16 hrs.