Automatische concepten

(blauwe lijn)/(blue line) 1988

Edition: 4 (approximately 60x300mm)

A cylindrical wooden cover contains a square paper spiral which can be unrolled and in which a clear blue undulating line has been carved. It curves in an unbroken line to the back and rejoins the starting point. The cylinder is closed with leather strings.

(dubbelboek)/(double book) 1988

Edition: 14 (120x150x30mm)

This a singularly erotic book. The book is small, has a double spine, and by turning the pages alternately the male and female parts are made to slide into each other, thus illustrating both their individual identities and their togetherness. The pictures are colour copies of pigment drawings.

(steen)/(stone) 1986

Edition: 1 (180x250x50mm)

This is a book of split stone, closed with a leather string. Inside, largely hidden, are flying shapes resembling fossils, drawn with charcoal and Siberian chalk onto the layers of stone.

ALUSSA/IN THE BEGINNING 1990

Alussa

Edition: 4 (scroll 350x7000mm, cylinder: 110x400mm)

The Alussa book was made in the Kultela brickworks in Finland. The scroll shows a series of rubbings of tracks made by sun (drying cracks) and culture (imprints of hands) on the work Aurinko Ja Maa (see Installations). The scroll is contained in a ceramic cylinder, similar to the old Greek and Roman Voluminae. These cylinders are products of the Kultela Ceramic factory. Wax pencil on Japanese paper.

AURINKO JA MAA 1990

Somero, Espoo, Kouvola, Amsterdam

In the woods of Somero, a tiny village in southern Finland, is a family owned factory where hand- made bricks are still produced. Midsummer: An artist builds a ‘line’ through a dent in an open space. Mornings he works toward sunrise, afternoons towards sunset. The central part of the ‘line’ is fired at location: clay becomes brick. Midwinter: In a gallery in Espoo (Helsinki) the fired part is exhibited together with two photos of the line. The fragment is exhibited upside down, east becoming west and vice versa., thus showing an imprint of the plants originating from Someros open spaces.

BREIZH 1985

Edition: 5 (310x310x20mm)

A series of black and white photographs, in a grey linen box, arranged in chapters like a leporello. Water, land and vision are the themes of the book.

BUCHEBUCH (Schwarzwaldreihe)/ BEECH BOOK (Blackforest series) 1988

Edition: 26 (55x25x110mm)

A small beech book is placed in the cavity of a piece of beech wood (‘Buchstabe’). The leaves are ‘painted’ by light, air and acid rain.

DE DANS/THE DANCE 1985

Edition: 7 (310x310x20mm)

A round dance in an endless book which can be put down in the shape of a starfish, thus making the space into a sea. The prints are cardboard prints.

DE EEUWIGHEID VRAAGT NAAR DE VRUCHT VAN DE TIJD? 1986

(Eternity asks for times fruits)
(De Genestet)
i.c.w. Henk Hilvering

Walking along a shopping street in Doetinchem, on a square near the church, people involuntarily form a circle. On the square is a 10 meter high pole, on top of which a man plays a jojo, for every cardinal point one. Every 15 minutes the man plays the jojo till his arms and legs are tired. On the hour he is replaced by a second man; the first climbs down along a rope, the other up.

DE GANG VAN DE TIJD/THE PASSAGE OF TIME 1987-1989

Edition: 14 (70x70x190mm)

From within a box one can pull up a tower on which one can read, both vertically and horizontally, a story about the evolution.
The prints are cardboard prints.

DE TOCHT VAN HET BOOS ROOD KONIJN/ THE VOYAGE OF THE ANGRY RED RABBIT 1984

Tocht-van-het-boos-rood

Edition: 1000 (210x300x19mm)

A book, edited by Van Spijk, Venlo, which unites a series of 90 diptychs (panoramic photographs and prints). As a whole it forms a history of the Dutch landscape.

DEN ANDEL 1980

Edition: 2 (120x120mm)

Three volumes with turnover pages containing cardboard prints of the North-Groninger landscape.

DUEL OF DUET/DUEL OR DUET 1986

* Edition: 300 (103x145x3mm)
* Edition: 6 copies (300x225x10mm)

In its first appearance this book was edited by Plaatsmaken foundation, Arnhem, in their 250 cents series.

In its second form it is a book, bound in blue leather and red cardboard in which the prints are cardboard prints.

Both editions have pages that can be folded out and the prints can thus be combined and changed in innumerable ways, thus visualising a duel or duet between a man and a bird.

EILANDEN 1989

(Islands)
i.c.w. Emile Desmedt (B)
Boom (Belgium)

Four islands float together on the misty waters of an abandoned clay-pit. Each island is a clay kiln on a raft, thus form and kiln are one (a principle developed by Anne Ausloos). They are fired throughout one night for a period of 8 hours. Clay from a pit is transformed into stone on water.

FLORA DER NIEUWE BEBOSSING/FLORA OF THE NEW AFFORESTATION 1980

Edition: 35 (185x240x40mm)

A bound book with 35 etches and texts, enabling one to identify ‘new trees’ (pylons).

HOREN, ZIEN, SPREKEN/to HEAR, to SEE, to SPEAK 1986-1988

Edition: 3 (200x200x1000mm)

This column-like book can be opened by three people. The base is an equilateral triangle whose sides measure one meter. From the outside only one third of the total print is visible at any one time, meaning that communication and memory are required to form a whole. On the inside are many flying shapes.
The prints are cardboard prints.

IL CAVONE 1988

Photo’s on watercolor paper, bound in leather (pig)
Edition: 3 (420x580x20mm)

Long ago the Etruscans dug a road through a mountain. The reader travels along this road towards the light by means of photographic images for which the emulsion was painted directly onto the 270 gram Velin Arches.

J@LLEEN & J@LLEEN/AGAIN & AGAIN 1990

Edition: 2 (110x420x810mm)

Like the Alussa book, this book was made in 1990 during the Ceramic Symposium in Kultela, Finland. it is about the handicraft which bestows individual character and quality to mass production: “From father to son ..”. The book contains prints of handmade bricks, still wet, stored in drying racks. It is printed on BFK Rives paper, 270 grams, and was bound only by making incisions in the sheets and subsequently pushing them together. The book is protected and stored in a wooden cassette, similar to the moulds used in the brickwork. Clay on paper.

LABYRINT/LABYRINTH 1988

Edition: 14 (102x102x102mm)

The dark cube can be opened in many ways. Behind each opening is a leporello book with lino cuts, its two ends joined to the cube. The size of this book is such that it can easily be opened and closed whilst holding it in ones hand.

LANDSCHAP/LANDSCAPE 1980

Edition: 2 (120x300mm)

A series of cardboard prints featuring two-dimensional forms, shapes on which to base the representation of a landscape.

LICHT/LIGHT 1990

Edition: 14 (155x18x200mm)

Entering a cave in search of signs of the distant past, fossils indicate the way and light fades away.
Book presented in a cassette, acryl and pigment, painted on paper.

LITTEKENS/SCARS 1987

Edition: 7 (80x 295x30mm)

A so called lontar book; eight aluminium plates, bearing black and white photographs, between two thick glass plates.

NOGUERO 1987

Edition: 5 (200x200x50mm)

Between stone and transparency is a series of photographs of a stream. The camera’s viewpoint was determined by the slope of the mountain: level at the point where the stream enters a river, on all other points the grade of the mountain determines the angle of the horizon. Whilst mounting the photographs an attempt was made to level them, thus restoring a birds eye view of the stream.

NOMADISCHE BOUWWERKEN 1981-1988

(Transitional constructions)
Nederland
i.c.w. Thijs Veraart

The work in a deserted factory hangar in Dikkers (Hengelo) proved to be the last in a period of 6-7 years of transitory constructions, made together with Thijs Veraart. These constructions were erected during trips taken together, most of them in the Netherlands. An object was made with materials found at the spot or collected during the day. It was built (anonymously), based on something seen or experienced on that particular day. These works were meant to express uneasiness with our culture; with the way people act, live, build. The constructions are a kind of counter model of our culture. The works were then left behind, abandoned to the elements of time, nature, wayfarers. An end to these nomadic constructions came when the works were drawn more and more into the realm of art.

nu/now 1987

Edition: 7 (120x80x20mm each)

An edition for two people in two volumes (leporello), which forms, when put together, a third NU. Each volume is packaged in a black velvet valise.

OP DE LUCHT/AT THE AIR 1990

Edition: 7 (25x170x170mm)

This tiny book has been bound like a Chinese prayer sheaf. It is an idea captured in seven leaves made of natural silk and feathers. Presented in a balsa box.

OP DE VLUCHT GERED/SAVED IN THE FLIGHT 1985

Edition: 7 (340x710x65mm)

Lying on a slab of granite, beneath a layer of feathers, 12 multicoloured cardboard prints tell the story of a mans flight from the real world.

TANDEM 1981

various printing techniques on highly transparant Japanese paper, in a wooden + glass showcase
Edition: 12 (185x350x20mm)

This is a set of interchangeable prints, this series depicting a walk on an estate, built by an ex-colonial in English landscape style. The walk is designed to introduce one to animals who once lived there, but which have since become extinct.

TOREN 1988

(tower)
i.c.w. Henk Hilvering en Thijs Veraart

Lights out, spotlight on a blue circle. Four clumps of red bricks placed around the circle indicate the four compass points – N, E, S, W. Two men walk around the circle, take two bricks from a clump, then pile them on the circumference of the circle. The sounds of the bricks being deposited echoes loudly in the chapel. The sound diminishes as the wall grows higher and the screeching of the crows becomes more audible. The wall grows steadily higher till the top is out of reach and the men have to help each other, one kneeling on hands and knees, the other standing on his back. Finally the light is captured in the tower and the sound of the crows becomes deafening. Forty minutes effects a great change; people who initially stood inside a chapel now stand outside a tower.

TOREN I/TOWER I 1989

Edition: 7 (57x105x220mm)

Between two parts of red brick is a kind of leporello shaped piece of paper. The book can be opened in various ways so as to resemble either an ordinary book or a tower. Either way it can be opened from the inside as well as from the outside. On one side are pen and ink drawings, on the other pigment drawings.

Torenfundamenten 1988-1990

Edition 3 (520x520x1375cm) – Card board prints and ink drawings

In this book with the silhouet of a tower the bottoms of the pages show human figures as if foundations. Black birds circle around the top.

VAL DOOR DE TIJD 1989

(Fall through time)
Enschede, Hengelo
publication: catalog

Twilight: people gather around an old drill tower (salt mining) in a meadow. White forms in the grass. A man steps forward and narrates a myth of creation. Crows screech but remain invisible are they maybe in the tower? One of the white forms moves slowly closer to the tower. The storyteller opens the lower part of the high door, the white turtle enters and disappears behind a ladder enveloped in thin Japanese paper. Light shines through and images become visible as the story is told. The images illustrate the story. People draw closer, come into the tower. The light rises higher, till a male/female figure falls through the layers. The crows remain silent.

VOGELTREK / BIRD MIGRATION 1987

Edition 3 (app. 250x250x300mm)

This book is a mountain of which one can lift the top. An about five meter long ribbon unfolds: day and night full of flying shapes become visible. Each copy is a unique specimen since all are handpainted and drawn on paper and wood.