Unruly solutions to urgent problems. The exhibition presents works that is characterized by the ability to turn the ordinary into something extraordinary. The artists succeed in doing this through their unique use of materials, a different view on what is useful and a great feeling for improvisation, self-sufficiency and temporality. With works by: R. Buckminster Fuller, Krijn Giezen, Rene' Heyvaert, Mark Manders and Roger Willems, Reto Pulfer, Josue' Rauscher.
'There, I Fixed It' stands for an attitude, a way of looking at materials and problems that is at the same time bold and unexpected. These problems can be small and trivial, but also large and global. The exhibition presents work that is characterized by the ability to turn the ordinary into something extraordinary. The artists succeed in doing this through their unique use of materials, a different view on what is useful and a great feeling for improvisation, self-sufficiency and temporality. Directly or indirectly, in a concrete or poetic way, they avoid dominant economic strategies and production models, thereby showing us unruly solutions to urgent problems. The work of the late Krijn Giezen (who passed away last January) is an important point of reference for this way of working. In the words of author Alex de Vries: “Krijn Giezen is a beachcomber of the human condition. He collects the stuff another person throws away, in order to give it new meaning.”
"It was never my intention to design a geodesic dome. I wanted to discover the principles at work in our universe. I could have ended up with a pair of flying slippers."
Richard Buckminster 'Bucky' Fuller (1895-1983)
R. Buckminster Fuller (USA), Krijn Giezen (NL), René Heyvaert (BE), Mark Manders with Roger Willems (NL), Reto Pulfer (CH), Josué Rauscher (FR).
'There, I Fixed It' is part of 'Upcycling', a program which takes place over the course of several years and investigates new perspectives in the creation of value in architecture, visual arts, everyday use and economy. Whereas last year ‘Up to You' focused on an open system to create value and meaning, ‘There, I Fixed It' presents creative solutions in order to manipulate reality.
On May 12, 2011, within the framework of ‘There, I Fixed It', the Dutch branch of the e-flux Time/Bank of Julieta Aranda and Anton Vidokle will be opened. Under the title Stroom School an enriching side program of lectures, workshops and a dumpster-diving travel will take place. Every Sunday at 3 pm there are guided tours of the exhibition.
The exhibition is made possible in part by:
Mondriaan Foundation, The Netherlands Architecture Fund, Stichting DOEN, Cera Maatschappelijke Projecten, Pro Helvetia, Buckminster Fuller Institute, Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie, Audax Textielmuseum.
Image: David Hammons, performing 'Bliz-aard Ball Sale’ (1983), Cooper Square, New York City. Courtesy Tilton Gallery, New York. Photo: Dawoud Bey
On view at Stroom Den Haag
'There, I Fixed It'
March 13 thru May 15, 2011
'Ondertussen: Channa Boon'
thru March 27, 2011
For more information please contact Hildegard Beijersbergen-Blom +31-70-3658985 or email@example.com
Opening reception on Saturday March 12, 2011
4 pm: conversation Reto Pulfer and Pieternel Vermoortel (curator and critic at FormContent, London).
5 pm: opening by Simon Delobel (curator Retrospective exhibition Krijn Giezen at the Verbeke Foundation (Kemzeke, Belgium).
Stroom Den Haag
Hogewal 1-9 2514 HA The Hague The Netherlands
Hours: Wed thru Sun, 12 noon-5pm