Karin van Pinxteren contributed ‘The Caretaker’. She simplified the work of the six previous artists into a condensed composition that contained several works that had been made and objects used by the other participants during the previous months. In juxtaposition of the densed installation, she posed a dead pigeon as a mirror image onward the empty billboard. Van Pinxteren used the physical perfection and presence of a bird which had flown above and around Prague and the MeetFactory, found on the Jan Palach square in front of the Design Academy and in opposite of the Galerie Rudolfinum (contemporary art & music). Just a pigeon on the pavement, but a perfect design and beautiful in itself, as valuable as the art in the Rudolfinum. As ‘Caretaker’ she brought a strong moment of silence by combining the temporary art studio with public space as environments where the meaning of presence and inclination quickly vanish.
Artist in Residence & installation
Part of the project Wednesday, Meatloaf Day
A project by Benjamin Frankel & Wouter Huis.
Participating artists: Laurent Malherbe, Ina Smits, Benjamin Frankel, Walter van Broekhuizen, Rob van de Werdt, Wouter Huis, Karin van Pinxteren, Jeroen Evertz.
The project is supported by The Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands, Prague [Cz]
MeetFactory Studio No. 22 / February – December 2009
Eight Dutch artists worked consecutively at the MeetFactory studio on a project based on the principle of action-reaction. Each artist spent 4-6 weeks in residence working individually on an installation that was an extension of the work made by his or her predecessor. This process of growth resulted in a collection of individual works, and one collective work.
The project provides the viewer with an insight into the process of creating a collective artwork, and its end result, as well as into the individual characteristics of each separate artwork. It raises questions about originality and the origin of an artist’s work.
‘Wednesday, Meatloaf Day’ is a Dutch expression which refers to a common household custom in Holland. There is double meaning in this saying. On the one hand it refers to the cosiness of family life, and on the other to the binding and forceful aspect of repetition.