Opening by Guido de Werd, director Museum Kurhaus, in Kleef
When Jan Andriesse was invited to make an exhibition at De Ketelfactory, he discovered in an initial exploratory conversation with its director Winnie Teschmacher a shared fascination with tranquillity and light. This led to the exhibition ‘Perception | Perception’, in which Jan Andriesse meets the glass artist Winnie Teschmacher. She has been working as a visual artist since 1983. In 2009 she set up De Ketelfactory.
Gijsbert van der Wal, NRC Handelsblad, on the exhibition:
“Roughly two years ago De Ketelfactory was transformed into a project space, and Winnie Teschmacher has been holding sway there ever since. Artists whom she invites can sometimes choose the person with whom they wish to exhibit. Much to Teschmacher’s surprise, painter Jan Andriesse chose her as a co-exhibitor. He was right, though: their work does appear to be related.
Hanging at De Ketelfactory is a nearly white painting of his, in which every color ends and another begins.
Winnie Teschmacher works in glass, a material hard as rock, but she polishes it so meticulously that, at least optically, it too becomes gentle and elusive. Your eyes barely know what they see. Actually, you shouldn’t talk or write about these objects—they need to be seen from every angle.” (source: Gijsbert van der Wal. Water in waterverf. In: NRC Handelsblad, April 2011)
The work of Jan Andriesse is about silence, light and gravity. As a painter he relates to phenomena that can scarcely be depicted. Time and again, he examines the effects of daylight, the liveliness of reflecting water and the way in which we perceive such phenomena. He takes inspiration from scientific insights as well as poetic and philosophical ideas. The art of Jan Andriesse strives for an ideal of clarity and simplicity.
Winnie Teschmacher began to experiment with the possibilities of glass. She blew it, bended it and ground it. While doing so she discovered that she wasn’t working with matter, but with light and space. “Thanks to distortions and reflections, we are able to see the glass. A lens or a piece of glass makes us aware that we’re seeing not the things around us, but light. Our eyes are sensitive to light, not to objects. Seeing matter is an illusion; seeing light is a reality.” In her new work, which is on view in the exhibition, she displays her fascination with silence and light.
distillation ‘About time’
Date: 22 May 2011
In collaboration with: Dorothea Franck and K. Michel
Dorothea Franck. ‘Klepsidra’
“Does time pass or does it stand still, and are we the ones moving?” Dorothea Franck wonders. What happens when we look and look again at the phenomenons of nature, the environment, art and ourselves? Looking again means finding new things, resulting in movement. Time and motion are interrelated. Human kind has found all sorts of ways to indicate time and time connects us to the earth and our daily existence. But does time actually exist?
Language philosopher Dorothea Franck speaks on the ‘irreplaceable’ concept of time.
K. Michel on time and light
“Water is plural, as is light / All I know of heaven / I have seen in the streets at night / seen in the puddles of rain”
Poet K. Michel recites some of his poems, from which his fascination for time and light flow.
Excerpt by Dorothea Franck:
“People say that poets eventually always write about love and death. But one can also claim that they always write of time, for love, death and things that pass all move within a stream of time and transience. Time in terms of time experienced.”