NO PROBLEMS, NO SOLUTIONS
Opening Reception: June 17th, 7-10PM
Exhibition Dates: June 17 - July 2
Slow Culture is proud to present “No Problems, No Solutions” an international group exhibition showcasing emerging Netherlands artists Kim David Bots, Father Futureback, Louis Reith, Paul de Jong, and Floor van het Nederend.
Inspired by underground comics, graphic design and a mixture of high/low brow culture, this exhibit is a window into a community of artists working abroad. On hand will be a diverse offering of work ranging from soil paintings to collage to illustrations. Absurd, yet completely reasonable, “No Problems, No Solutions” represents the physical manifestation of absolute ambition colliding with extreme anxiety.
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS
KIM DAVID BOTS (Amsterdam, 1988) graduated from the Utrecht Academy of the Arts in 2012. In his work he combines a variety of fascinations, from the direct and naïve language of folk-art and vernacular illustration, to the alternative and obscure comics and cartoonists from the 18th century onward. A line running through this all is his interest in storytelling and narrative, approaching both in the widest sense of the word. With this Kim uses a diverse array of media, from collage, painting and drawing, to the making of books and writing. This all combined forms a practice, which is hard to define by way of working or usage of medium, but finds its commonality in a specific and personal way of looking at the world.
FATHER FUTUREBACK (Den Haag, 1982) is the nom de plume of Boris de Vries, who graduated from the Royal Academy Of Art, The Hague, in 2010. Papa makes drawings of things he wants to see and draws his inspiration from anything from the Der Blaue Reiter art-movement to literature, from underground music to nature and from architecture to life itself. He draws to stay sane and hopefully it brings joy and entertainment to other people too.
LOUIS REITH graduated from the Academy of Art & Design, Enschede, in 2010. Recurring themes in his work are nature and the handmade, which are contrasted with abstraction and a meticulous and precise way of working. A personal abstract and monumental language forms a constant presence within Louis work, in which he combines collages, with drawings, large “soil” paintings and installations.
PAUL DE JONG (Haarlem, 1985) graduated from the Royal Academy Of Art, The Hague, in 2013. In his work he uses his surroundings to construct and search for a personal visual vocabulary. His paintings have a dry and direct sensibility, with which he creates subtle narratives. The objects and situations Paul paints become symbols for human characteristics.
FLOOR VAN HET NEDEREND Born in Haarlem, 1987. Currently living in Amsterdam. As far as he can remember, he was always obsessed with comics. After achieving a degree at the University of Amsterdam, Floor started fully focusing on art and illustration. Floor creates raw images inspired by underground-comics which are bold and direct, while simultaneously drawn with a concentrated precision.