Bas van den Hurk

Once Upon a Time You Dressed so Fine

Bas van den Hurk Once Upon a Time You Dressed so Fine

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Work: Bas van den Hurk combines and manipulates multiple spatial co-ordinates through different mediums in a given context, most often an exhibition room. In an era where the potential to make new remarkable gestures seems exhausted, he instead productively researches discursive networks, modes and models of painting and manual (re)production. Bas van den Hurk’s practice circles around questions of the possibilities of what David Joselit calls ‘Painting Beside Itself’. For him painting functions in a permanent tension that on the one hand strives for radical autonomy and on the other is aware of the fact that it is part of a heteronomous network of texts, modes of production and commodifications. Van den Hurk works often look fragile and vulnerable. In his latest works he explores fabric dye and (collaborative) silk screenings on diverse materials such as linen, paintings and self designed posters made into interstices between painting, fashion and printing. Works are displayed not only on walls but also on sculptural hanging devices.
Bas van den Hurk studied Fine Art at Academy St. Joost in Breda and Philosophy of Aesthetics at the University of Amsterdam. His work has been show extensively worldwide at, amongst others, Liste, Basel; Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam; Galeria Pancho Fiera, Lima; Wendy Cooper Gallery, Chicago; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Hopstreet Gallery, Brussels; ZINGERpresents, Amsterdam and Autocenter, Berlin. Recent exhibitions include ‘Comrades of Time’ at Cell Project Space, London, ‘The Autumn of Modernism’ at De Vleeshal, Middelburg and Temporary Gallery, Cologne, ‘Picasso Grid’ at Autocenter, Berlin and ‘Is There Life on Mars?’ at Martin van Zomeren Gallery, Amsterdam. 2014 exhibitions include solo exhibitons at Rod Barton, London and Ginerva Gambino, Cologne and groupshows at Art Brussel, Human Resourses, Los Angeles and Alpineum, Luzern. Van Den Hurk sometimes curates and he teaches contemporary theory at MFA AKV/St. Joost. He currently lives and works in Tilburg, The Netherlands. www.basvandenhurk.com Bas van den Hurk is also the co-founder and co-director of Whatspace. Whatspace is a roaming independent platform for contemporary art and cultural debate founded in 2008. Whatspace tries to find inherent inducements presented in ideas and works in order to create and give guidance to an engaged discourse that reaches further then the art world alone.
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Vibrerend tussen schilderkunst, mode, sculpturen, installaties en perfomances, richt van den Hurk’s werk zich op de handeling van het maken in zijn vele vormen. Hoewel de expositie bestaat uit statische objecten, is er een constante energie aanwezig. De afzonderlijke werken bevatten referenties en sporen van elkaar, zoals flessen gevuld met textielverf die gebruikt zijn bij het maken van de schilderijen.