Bad habit

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Last week some of my artworks were part of the ‘Dump Trump’ group exhibition at WG Kunst Amsterdam. Amongst others the assemblage ‘Bad habit’ in which I present nationalism as a form of compulsive behaviour. Populism as a recurring phenomenon which some of us just can’t do without…The local tv station AT5 reported on this urgent topic as well and documented my protest piece ‘Bad habit’ also.

Dump Trump – WG Kunst, Amsterdam 25.-26.02.2017

bad-habit-roberto-voorbij-02Bad habit, assemblage; cigarettes, paper – Roberto Voorbij (2017).

usa-roberto-voorbijUSA, silkscreen – Roberto Voorbij (2017).

bad-habit-roberto-voorbij-03AT5 report on the ‘Dump Trump’ exhibition.

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GIF Weekender Festival

The first Dutch festival entirely dedicated to the animated GIF took place last weekend at the Amsterdam Volkshotel. In a sense a kind of film festival in which the entries have been reduced to just a few frames, endlessly repeating, evoking a trance state for the visitors. And so appealing to the desire for rhythmic ritual, repetitive hypnosis, to ephemeral ecstasy. Showing great works by Zack Dougherty, Julien Douvier, DarkAngelØne, Zolloc, Erdal Inci and many more… Curated by Daniel Samama and Vincent Seeber the GIF Weekender Festival offered – in addition to a sleek exhibition of splendid GIFS – presentations by The Hmm, an Emoji workshop by TEARS OF JOY and more.

Represented with the below two gifs at ‘The GIF That Keeps On Giffing’ exhibit, the GIF Weekender festival @ the Amsterdam Volkshotel ran from April 29 – May 1, 2016.

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Roberto Voorbij – 21 Artist Portraits in 3 seconds (2016).

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Roberto Voorbij – Girls and Boys (2014).

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Street Art Sao Paulo

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Following Mahatma Gandhi our world can still use a lot more nonviolent disobedience. More dreams, more engaged art. It’s not without reason this street art has been applied precisely at this spot in Sao Paulo. Pasted by Eric Marechal of The ArtFabric, who also took the photographs of the two homeless. A few weeks later one of them told Eric there was a big fight with knives, after which the other left the place behind…

RNST Voorbij 31N60 Artista Urbano NiceArt Sao Paulo 6 March 16 22(1)NiceArt, The ArtFabric, 31n60, Roberto Voorbij, RNST, Artista Urbano.

Spina Pedro RNST 31N60 Voorbij Artista Urbano NiceArt Paddy Sao Paulo 6 March 16 23(1)Spina Pedro, NiceArt, The ArtFabric, 31n60, Roberto Voorbij, RNST, Artista Urbano.

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Visual Street Poetry in Chile

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Street art pasted by Eric Marechal initiator of Street Art Without Borders and co-founder, along with Fabi Futata, of The ArtFabric. For both initiatives goes that Marechal takes the art of street artists to places where the artists themselves wouldn’t easily go and to locations where the people who live there wouldn’t get in touch with art often. ‘Art should be accessible to everyone’ is the adagium. Besides the different blogs and websites on which this is being presented and documented there now is a book in the making; The ArtFabric – Le street art aux frontières de la société. A photobook for which still some Maecenases are needed, a nice way to obtain your very own version.

Below pasting in Valparaíso, Chile featuring: Catherine Cisinski, Kemin, Bumble, Alias, Raia, Sykonurse and Roberto Voorbij

Catherine Cisinski Roberto Voorbij Kemin01Roberto Voorbij, Catherine Cisinski, Kemin (2016)

Cisinski_Voorbij_Kemin_Bumble_Alias_Raia_SykonurseRoberto Voorbij, Catherine Cisinski, Kemin, Bumble, Alias, Raia, Sykonurse (2016).

Catherine CisinskiCatherine Cisinski (2016).

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Big Amsterdam Art Calendar 2016

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Last week was the official presentation of the ‘Big Amsterdam Art Calendar’.  This coming edition coincides with a leap year, therefore offering room for 366 artists, designers, photographers and architects. A collection of established names and young talent of the Amsterdam art scene, all in a high print quality. This three kilogram, must have art calendar can be ordered here. My own contribution to the ‘Big Amsterdam Art Calendar’ is the work ‘Portrait 14: Scholte.’ A photo collage from the series ‘Artist Portraits’ that all follow the same concept; an artist portrait in which the face is replaced by a work of this artist. These limited edition photographs can be ordered via Saatchi Art.

Grote-Amsterdamse-Kunstkalender---Roberto-VoorbijRoberto Voorbij – Artist Portrait 14: Scholte (2013).

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The Garden Which is the Nearest to God

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This week is the last chance to visit the installation The Garden Which is the Nearest to God at the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam. This spectacular work by Japanese artist Taturo Atzu aka Tatzu Nishi aka Tazu Rous aka Tatzu Oozu aka Tatsurou Bashi aka Tazro Nishino… gives you apart from a breathtaking view of the Dutch capital, the surreal experience of a living room build around the weather vane / gilded angel of the Old Church. And so questioning our relationship to these kind of power symbols…

‘The Garden Which is the Nearest to God’ runs until September 6, 2015.

Taturo_Atzu03Taturo Atzu – The Garden Which is the Nearest to God (2015).

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Taturo_Atzu08Taturo Atzu – The Garden Which is the Nearest to God (2015).

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Taturo Atzu – The Garden Which is the Nearest to God (2015).

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SHOW WHAT YOU WANT SHOW

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An “open call” art magazine may perhaps be ushered in best with an “open source” art exhibition. That is, the SHOW WHAT YOU WANT SHOW to celebrate the inaugural issue of Platform Platvorm. A magazine with a crystal clear concept that makes you wonder why it wasn’t there already. Each artist could design its own spread without letting form or content be edited. And all creatives of this firstling could bring in work for the SHOW WHAT YOU WANT SHOW. No intervention of star curator, or over ambitious art director.

The exhibit runs until Sunday, June 28th at BART INVITES – Bloemgracht 2, Amsterdam.
Opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday 11:00 to 17:00

Platform Platvorm is an initiative of Bas van Wieringen and Ana Zwartjes. The Platform Platvorm magazine can be ordered here.

Daniel MullenDaniel Mullen.

Roos van DijkRoos_van_Dijk.

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Jans Muskee_Mattijs van den BoschJans_Muskee, Mattijs van den Bosch.

Bas FonteinBas Fontein.

Anna ZwartjesAnna_Zwartjes.

Pascal SmelikPascal Smelik.

Bas van WieringenBas van Wieringen.

Konstantin GuzKonstantin Guz.

Roberto VoorbijRoberto Voorbij.

Tamara Dees
Tamara Dees.

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