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Revolver Reviews

A summary of the reviews of Revolver, at Ellen de Bruijne Projects.

Eelphant Magazine.

Mister Motley.

Full Circle, weheartart.co.uk.

Every Letter has its own color, Kees Keijer, Het Parool.

Otto Berchem – Revolver

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All revolutions go down in history, yet history does not fill up; the rivers of revolution return from whence they came, only to flow again.
Guy Debord

For his solo exhibition at Ellen de Bruijne projects, Otto Berchem’s REVOLVER focuses on the relations between language, architecture, history and poetry. Consisting of paintings, drawings, sculpture and video, and interacting with past experiences, as well as specific sites within his current context of living in Colombia, Berchem produces a series of work revealing the aesthetic connotations of past revolutionary moments.

Through the use of a personal chromatic alphabet developed originally for the project Blue Monday (2011) Berchem proposes a review of iconic images. Creating a parallel history by strategically deleting the pre-existing slogans, he replacing them with his own.

Berchem creates these gaps in time, occupying the image with his chromatic phrases, generating a new tension between history and his version of it. This allows the artist to explore the human necessity for rebellion and protest, and reach for his own place within the power structures that they challenge.

The title REVOLVER spins in different directions. On one hand it alludes to the guns used to aid revolutions, on other it makes reference to the cyclical nature of revolt, and ultimately its failure.

Otto Berchem lives and works in Amsterdam and Bogota. His recent work has been shown in Stem Terug, De Apple, Amsterdam 2012; Etat de Veille, Jousse Entreprise, Paris 2012; You Are Not Alone, Fundacio Miro, Barcelona, 2011; (solo) Blue Monday, La Central, Bogota; Out of Storage, Timmerfabriek, Maastricht 2011.

Blue Monday (exhibition images)

Images from Blue Monday, at La Central.

Blue Monday

Blue Monday

La Central, Bogotá
November 25, 2011 – February 24,2012

Opening: Thursday, November 24 at 7.00 PM

El proyecto que presenta Otto Berchem consiste en un programa cromático en el que el artista asigna un color a las letras del alfabeto basándose, en primera instancia, en el código metafísico creado por el poeta uruguayo Jorge Adoum y la condición médica de la sinestesia en las que algunas personas ven colores en vez de letras o ven colores cuando oyen música. Partiendo de estos código Otto crea su propio alfabeto y dibuja piezas textos en los cuales pide perdón explorando el concepto de la culpa y el fracaso y las poéticas que giran a su alrededor.


Blue Monday

For his exhibition Blue Monday, Otto Berchem presents a project that is inspired by the metaphysical code created by the Uruguayan poet Jorge Adoum and medical condition of Synesthesia, a condition where people see colors when they hear music, or see letters. Based on these codes, Berchem created his own alphabet of designated colors, which are presented through a series of drawings, photos, and paintings of texts, where the artist explores the concept of guilt, failure and the poetic.

Some, Not All Of…

The works that I liked at the 29th São Paulo Bienal.

Yael Bartana.

David Claerbout

Tatiana Trouvé.

Sue Tompkins.

Claudia Joskowicz

Pixação SP.

Kendell Geers.

Douglas Gordon

Francis Alys.

Cildo Meireles.

Amongst others.



I never thought I’d pay the price of subway fare to see ‘subway art.’ When it comes to Sol Lewitt’s Whirls Twirls (MTA), I’m willing to make the exception.

Never say never.

Neo Retro

Last month, out of curiosity, I bought the much touted brushes application for my iPod Touch (if only it was an iPhone). I must admit that I had buyers remorse almost as soon as I paid the $5 to download it from the iTunes store.

I could say that I changed my mind once I started playing around with it, but that would be a lie. Call me a luddite, but I prefer the immediacy of hold a pen or pencil to finger painting on a 3.5″ screen. Regardless, I found myself toying around with it on a flight last week. I won’t say that I finally saw the light, but I can see part of the appeal.

Due to the limitations of the interface, as well as my rusty drawing skills, I treated the ‘drawings’ as monoprints. A medium that I loved when I was in high school. Perhaps that’s the reason why the images that I’ve created so far, could easily be mistaken with the ones I made back then.


Probably the most interesting thing about the application is the video feature, which can be seen for the drawings above here and here.