Roger Cremers en Charlotte Schleiffert
Roger Cremers: Gold is the metal for quiet thoughts (installatie).
Charlotte Schleiffert: Red de wereld (installatie).
'Gold is the metal for quiet thoughts' is the title of the first solo exhibition at AKINCI by Roger Cremers (b. 1972 in Susteren, the Netherlands). Using his modern ‘magic lantern’ of glass, crystal and lasers, and paintings that include satellites and scientists, Cremers creates the atmosphere of a ‘Wunderkammer’: a collection of associative knowledge without formulas or rules, expressed in a visual form.
In our new attachment space we present Charlotte Schleiffert's drawing installation 'Red de Wereld' / 'Save the World'.
Roger Cremers makes lavish use of familiar historical images, such as photos and pictures from old books, which emphasise our striving towards progress. As a romantic, however, Cremers finds that reality presents itself in myths and apparitions, and he adds new ones. The act of thinking creates the forms. The questions that Cremers asks himself and seeks to formulate answers to in his sculptures and paintings are as follows: What shapes our perception? What are the connections between thinking and thought? To what extent does our knowledge match up with reality? Is it not true that we personally construct everything that we believe we know?
None of Roger Cremers’ drawings, sculptures or paintings stands in isolation. His images seize upon, undermine and supplement each other. In the artist’s own words, they are ‘an illustration of visual imagery within science and knowledge formation’. His oeuvre is an expansive exposé concerning the scope of our knowledge; a visual exchange about machinery, scientists, philosophers and the animal kingdom. Cremers arranges exhibition areas like a research centre, with objects that remind one of scientific instruments in aesthetic as well as functional terms.
Roger Cremers (born 1972 in Susteren, the Netherlands) studied at the Academie voor Beeldende Kunst in Maastricht (NL) and at the Rijksacademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (NL). Among other places, he has exhibited his work at GEM in The Hague (NL, 2005), the Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah (UAE, 2003), the Institut Néerlandais, Paris (FR, 2001) and the Tate Modern, London (UK, 2001). His work is to be found in various collections in the Netherlands and other countries, including AKZO Nobel, ABN Amro, the former Peter Stuyvesant collection and a variety of private collections.
In our Attachment we display Charlotte Schleiffert’s installation ‘Red de wereld’ /'Save the World'. The installations in her oeuvre reflect her involvement in the political situations of Third World countries as well as power relationships that play a role between men and women in (for example) Pakistan, China and African countries. These large installations are newspaper reports drawn by Schleiffert and written in her own handwriting. The drawings in the ‘Red de Wereld’ (Save the world) installation, for example, are based on local newspaper reports about the situation in Darfur, the Palestinian exodus from Gaza and local news from Afghanistan. Schleiffert connects this series of drawings with a detailed painting of a woman that looks like something out of a glossy magazine. In general, women are endowed with monumental status as provocative pin-ups, aggressive heroines and overwhelming idols.
Charlotte Schleiffert (born 1967 in Tilburg, the Netherlands) studied at the Koninklijke Academie voor Kunst en Vormgeving in ’s-Hertogenbosch(NL) , Ateliers 63’ in Haarlem (NL) and the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam (NL). Among other places, her work has been exhibited in the Centraal Museum Utrecht (NL), ’Op Papier Gezet’ (2010), W139 Amsterdam (NL) ‘Dr. Faustus’ (2010), Stedelijk Museum Arnhem (NL), ‘Rebelle’ (2009), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL), ‘Drawing Typologies’ (2007) and in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam, ‘Project Rotterdam’ (solo show 2007). Her work is in various museum collections and private collections, a.o. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Stedelijk Museum Arnhem and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rabobank Netherlands, AKZO Nobel Netherlands etc.