8 April t/m 27 August De Utrecht Leeuwarden
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Onderwatervermoeden (Underwater presumption)

'As human beings we have to make sacrifices for the survival of the planet' - Maartje Korstanje

Where

Tweebaksmarkt 48
8911KX Leeuwarden
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When

  • Weekly on Friday and Saturday 8 April until 27 August
    13:00 - 17:00

'As human beings we have to make sacrifices for the survival of the planet' Maartje Korstanje

Underwater world and land, processes in nature, growth and decay. From April 8 to August 27, De Utrecht is the bearer of abstract, recognizable, large and small, raw and at the same time vulnerable sculptures by Maartje Korstanje.

The works are often constructed from circular materials such as the biobased concrete Xiriton, which originated in Fryslân. Cardboard masses, which were worn to the bone, sometimes with whimsical projections, were surprisingly provided with frayed embroidery.
The images of Maartje Korstanje (1982) do not spread fair-weather talk. They offer room for musings and at the same time expose something urgent.

The work of artist Maartje Korstanje sways on the wave between rising and disappearing, between blooming and perishing. A bit gruesome, but always fascinating. Something tells the viewer that it is now better to avert one's face, but that does not work, one has to look at the stumps, the rags, the pebbles, the knots, at something viscous, something with threads, something slippery, something that drips gently.

The artist is impressed by the mosaic by Joseph Mendes da Costa in the entrance hall of De Utrecht of a pelican feeding her young with her own blood. That self-sacrifice inspires her. “As humans, we must make sacrifices for the survival of the planet and step back to give space to those without a voice.” The pelican is willing to do that, offering space to what is young and fearless, to what needs to live and space to take, to what wants to usurp freely.
(From: Underwater Suspicion)

De Utrecht is presenting a luxuriously designed book of the same name and an in-depth film portrait about Maartje Korstanje to accompany the exhibition.

During Arcadia, Underwater Suspect will move out gently. While writers, singers, dreamers and doers seep into De Utrecht.

Maartje Korstanje lives and works in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen. After her art training at St. Joost and the Sandberg Institute, she followed residencies at, among others, the European Ceramic Work Center. In 2007 she received the Prix de Rome basic prize. She immersed herself in world cities for several working periods. At home base, in the Zeeland countryside, the sculptor builds sculptures like a monk. Between the trees, surrounded by expanses, the site has the character of a vast and inviting lab for art, experiment and for everything that grows.

Voorproefje

Onderwatervermoeden - Maartje Korstanje
Onderwatervermoeden - Maartje Korstanje
Onderwatervermoeden - Maartje Korstanje
Onderwatervermoeden - Maartje Korstanje
Onderwatervermoeden - Maartje Korstanje
Onderwatervermoeden - Maartje Korstanje