XANDRA VAN DER EIJK

Momentum

Xandra van der Eijk

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Work: Momentum shows the rhythm and registers the passage of time. The installation, accompanied by the actions of the artist, describe the bittersweet feelings of transience. In a four meter long iron construction pigments drip slowly, drawing circles on a water surface. Slowly each drop pushes up the next one, causing the serene surface to change continuously. It is a process that seems to go on endlessly, however over the course of four to five days, the natural material has turned and the pigments start to sink directly to the bottom. The artist is always present, taking care of the installation. Every two hours she changes the position of the glass pipes, thereby creating a linear timeline. After seven positions in total (fourteen hours), the surface is saturated with pigments and needs to be cleaned in order to be able to continue the process. This results in a powerful visual residue on heavy cotton paper, a registration of the full-length process and a reminder of what once was. Sensitive to environment in which the installation is located, a unique image is created. The patterns and rhythms, in combination with the disciplinary work of the artist, play with the surface and determine the outcome. It is a silent symphony, a dance between artist and installation, with the liquid (like time itself) flowing at its own pace.
Statement: Xandra van der Eijk (MMus, Netherlands, 1985) graduated from the Interfaculty ArtScience at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, after graduating from Graphic Design (BA) at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. Van der Eijk investigates natural processes and elements, where the concept of time is a recurring theme. Through many experiments and thorough theoretical research these processes develop in spatial works with a strong visual component. She documents and describes, but never fails to allow space for poetry. Van der Eijk received the Paul Schuitema-prize in 2008 and was nominated for both STRP Talent Pit Award and the BLOOOM Award by Warsteiner in 2011. She was selected for many exhibitions, lectures and articles. Earlier work was featured in the Hong Kong Business of Design- week and covered by several magazines. Momentum, her debut, was amongst others featured in V2_ Test Lab Graduation Edition 2011, in the Marrakech Biennial exhibition ‘On geometry and speculation’, Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2012 and Meta.Morf 2012, Norways most extential biennial for art and technology.
Photographer: Xandra van der Eijk
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source: xandravandereijk

Momentum shows the rhythm and registers the passage of time. The installation, accompanied by the actions of the artist, describe the bittersweet feelings of transience. In a four meter long iron construction pigments drip slowly, drawing circles on a water surface. Slowly each drop is pushed up by the next one, causing the serene surface to change continuously. It is a process that seems to go on endlessly, however it stops when the natural material has turned after about five days and the effect no longer holds. The artist is always present, taking care of the installation.Every two hours she changes the position of the glass pipes, with seven positions in total. After fourteen hours the surface is saturated and cleaned with paper. This results in a powerful visual residue, a registration of the full-length process and a reminder of what once was. Sensitive to environment in which the installation is located, it creates a unique image. The patterns and rhythms, in combination with the disciplinary work of the artist, play with the surface and determine the outcome. It is a silent symphony, a dance between artist and installation, with the liquid (like time itself) flowing at its own pace.

Graduating graphic design in 2008 with a graphic score and interactive performance, I decided to continue my research in image and sound at the ArtScience Interfaculty, Royal Conservatory The Hague. For my work I received the Paul Schuitema-prize and participated in many festivals and collaborations. Hosts include: Hong Kong Business of Designweek, Theater Zeebelt, Theater de Brakke Grond, Scheltema and Theater Frascati.

Since starting the MA program (www.interfaculty.nl / stichting.interfaculty.nl), I have developed a fascination for analog, tactile work. Constantly driven by the idea of structure, every work contains contradiction between emotion/aesthetics and (generated) data- cycles or strict systems.

My most recent work is a final work for my Masters degree, showing the process of decay and the human incapability to overcome it. It is a spacious, analog installation with a 4-day cycle, guided by a very slow, continuous performance of assisting the installation in order for it to work, resulting in strong graphic, 4m long prints.
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source: muziekweek

Xandra van der Eijk (Zevenaar, 1985) heeft na haar studie Grafisch Ontwerpen aan de Koninklijke Academie voor Beeldende Kunst in Den Haag een Master of Music behaald aan de Interfaculteit ArtScience, Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag. In haar werk staan natuurlijke processen en elementen centraal, waarbij het waarnemen, registreren en zichtbaar maken van tijd een terugkerend thema is. Van der Eijk ontving in 2008 de Paul Schuitema-prijs, en in 2012 werd zij genomineerd voor de STRP Talent Pit Award en de BLOOOM Award by Warsteiner. Daarnaast werd zij voor vele aanstormend talent-exposities geselecteerd en was haar eerdere werk onder andere te zien op de Hong Kong Business of Designweek en in Theater de Brakke Grond. Momentum, haar debuut, was onder andere te zien bij V2_ en Scheltema, gaf zij een lezing over het werk op de Marrakech Biënnale en werd er over geschreven in het NRC Handelsblad. Tijdens de Gaudeamus Muziekweek zal Momentum doorlopend te zien zijn in Vredenburg Leeuwenbergh.

Momentum toont het ritme en registreert het verstrijken van de tijd. De installatie met de daarbij horende handelingen van de kunstenaar beschrijven de bitterzoete gevoelens van vergankelijkheid. In een vier meter lange ijzeren constructie tekenen pigment-druppels traag kringen op een wateroppervlak. Ze stuwen elkaar langzaam op en zorgen ervoor dat het verstilde oppervlak (bijna onzichtbaar) continue verandert. Het is een proces dat eindeloos door lijkt te gaan, totdat het natuurlijke materiaal na ongeveer vijf dagen is bedorven en het effect niet langer stand houdt. De kunstenaar draagt zorg voor de installatie, elke twee uur worden de druppelaars verhangen en als na 14 uur de oppervlakte is verzadigd, wordt hij schoongemaakt met papier. Dit resulteert in een krachtig visueel residu; een registratie van een langdurig proces en een herinnering aan dat wat ooit was. Gevoelig voor omgeving waarin de installatie zich bevindt, ontstaat er een uniek beeld. De patronen en het ritme van de installatie, in combinatie met de disciplinaire handelingen van de kunstenaar, bespelen en bepalen de oppervlakte. Het is een geluidloze symfonie, een dans tussen kunstenaar en installatie, waarbij de vloeistof (net als de tijd) zijn eigen weg zoekt.
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source: metamorf

Momentum (2011) Momentum is a silent symphony, a dance between artist and installation, with the liquid (like time itself) flowing at its own pace. Xandra Van Der Eijk Momentum shows the process of decay and the human incapability to overcome it. It is a spacious, analog installation with a 4 to 6 -day cycle, guided by a very slow, continuous performance of assisting the installation in order for it to work, resulting in strong graphic, 4m long prints. Because of certain ingredients in the mixture,…