15/05/2017

Chinese European Art Center Group Exhibition

THE NINE GUARDS WAITING & WATCHING by Ton Zwerver (NL).

THE NINE GUARDS  WAITING & WATCHING

Ton Zwerver (The Netherlands)

Opening: Saturday May 21 at 5 PM

Duration: May 21 till June 10, 2017
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 13.00 – 17.30
Chinese European Art Center, 3rd Floor, Siming South Road 400, Xiamen
Tel/Fax: +86(0) 592 2180850 / Mobile: +86(0) 13695046247

info@ceac99.com / www.ceac99.org / www.tonzwervre.nl

Chinese European Art Center is pleased to announce Ton Zwerver’s  solo exhibition.

Artist Statement: 

Four months ago , I came in Xiamen with some luggage and a sewing machine I brought with me.

My idea was to make some works out of textile. The last period of time I had made some works with masks that I used in performances. During my stay in Xiamen i worked on two projects.

Wugao is a deserted village. I worked there together with Kong Delin an artist based in Xiamen. Together with the Axis art group he invited me to make works in the village. I made temporary sculptures, based on the objects and spaces and stories i found on the spot. Temporary sculptures that I photographed and printed.

Together with the Axis Art group I also worked inHoutian where i made some works in an abandoned house that was in renovation, I made a “sculptural intervention” with the material i found in and around the space. In 2016 during my exhibition at C&H Art Space in Amsterdam with photoworks and objects , I made an intervention in the exhibtion space titled: ”a guided tour”. 5 performers who were wearing masks used all the objects that were exhibited in the gallery in a ritual way and replaced them. They made new combinations and  used them as instruments. After 20 minutes performance the character of the exhibiton space was transformed as well context of the objects in the space.

My intention is to create a  work with an open character.The work does not give clear answers, but shows recognisable elements that generate questions. 

For my exhibition in CEAC, I made 9 masks based on different cultures and designs. The nine masks are in balance with the stucture that is floating in the space.

Ton Zwerver (b. 1951, NL) lives and works in Amsterdam. He graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld academie and the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten. His work has been in a number of exhibitions, both in the Netherlands and abroad. He have had solo exhibitions in PS1 Contemporary Art Center-New York, the biennal in Sao Paulo, Brasil, Galerie Carlos Poy, Barcelona or Gemeente Museum, Arnhem to name a few. He is currently teaching at Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Basisjaar, Beeldhouwen, activity that he combines with his art practice.

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