New work by Heringa/Van Kalsbeek, Bart Hess, Nan Groot Antink, Tanja Smeets and Karin van Dam
3 December 2016 t/m 7 May 2017

Soft pink silicon sacks, linked together with hairy cords, squirm subtly. The movement intensifies, when one comes closer. Awkward feelings arise when you see this work by Bart Hess. It is an intense physical experience, that comes with a little discomfort, but at the same time fascinates immensely. Bart Hess is one of the artists that got commissioned by the TextielMuseum to develop new work. All works are balancing between attraction and repulsion. They seduce you to watch, but also evoke some mixed feelings. The commission policy of the TextielMuseum offers artists and designers the chance to do research and experiment. The results are shown in the exhibition ‘Fringes of Beauty’. This exhibition contains textile installations and interactive sculptures by Heringa/Van Kalsbeek, Bart Hess, Nan Groot Antink, Tanja Smeets and Karin van Dam. The works are all made in the TextielLab, the innovative in-house workplace of the TextielMuseum.

Heringa/Van Kalsbeek
Heringa/Van Kalsbeek (1966/1962) are known for their expressive, colourful sculptures, that have a strong physical presence. For their work at the TextielLab, the artists were inspired by their ethnographic collection and natural phenomena. Their monumental, playful sculpture ‘Armor’ consists of a metal construction, decorated with laser-cutted, resin coated wings of canvas, bright red pompons and multi-coloured tins. The image is derived from the largely decorated head ornaments of traditional Chinese brides. ‘Armor’ is appealing at first sight, but its back appears ‘raw and imperfect’. This tension, between front and back, between attraction and repulsion, is a main theme in the work of Heringa/Van Kalsbeek. (text by: Textielmuseum, Tilburg, 2016)

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