Monthly Archives: October 2009

Untitled (Five-Way Conversation Piece)

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What do you get when you put Vito Acconci’s, Joseph Beuys’, Dan Graham’s, Richard Serra’s, and Lawrence Weiner’s words together, to create a conversation about public art?

This.

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Home Viewing

When you grow up (professionally) in a city with some of the best museums in the world, you become spoiled.

This I know.

When you live in a city that has some world class museums, you manage to make due.

This I have done.

When said museums have been closed for renovations for 5 years, what do you do?

These days, this is what I do.

(Untitled Curiosity)

As I was sipping my morning coffee, and reading the NY Times online, I came across a review for a new movie that piqued my interest. The film, titled (Untitled), is a satire about the art world.

Being a fan, as well as a participant of previous portrayals of the art world, I can only hope that the Times review is (more or less) in the ball park. Granted, it obviously had a much bigger budget, but that’s another thing to write about on another day.

Must see (what is seen and what is not seen)

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“It’s fascinating to think that all around us there’s an invisible world we can’t even see.”
Jack Handey

Otto Berchem’s work explores how we live and how we communicate our lives with one another. This interest in our social codes, and how we negotiate them, has lead to work that is often created in the public space or in the non-art context. Often these works draw attention to overlooked, unnoticed, and unarticulated systems and social behaviors.

For his third solo exhibition with Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Berchem will present several projects, all connected by subtle interventions used to expose what is seen and what is not seen.

These projects include Temporary Person Passing Through, a project that employed a now defunct hieroglyphic symbols used to map the city; You Am I Am You, a project commissioned by ArtAids, where Berchem produced a special collar for Thai street dogs; and Sanctuary, an ongoing project about a young kidnapping victim.


Opening: 17/10/09 17 – 19 hrs

Exhibition: 17/10/09 – 21/11/09
Gallery hours: Tue – Fri 11 – 18 hrs | Sat 13 – 18 hrs |
1st Sun of the month 14 – 17 hrs

Ellen de Bruijne Projects
Rozengracht 207A,
Amsterdam 1016LZ
NL