The Art fair was unlike the usual Dutch mood, it was vibrant with colour, post-modern fun forms, bling sometime bordering on Kitsch, and who am I kidding there was Kitsch around too. The Artist’s themselves were warm, inviting and shared their experiences, even though some dint speak English well, and my Dutch is not worth mentioning.
28th September 2014, Hoofddorp central shopping centre space saw a vibrant display of colour and form. The Gallery Art Choices and the Shopping centre put together a range of Professional painters such as Corrie Lugtenaar, Serge de Vries, and armature artists to display their work. This was a first venture of its kind, and hopefully we will have many more.
The Gallery Art Choices is owned by Brigitta Meijer, with whom I had the pleasure to spend some time with, her gallery has an eclectic collection of paintings and contemporary sculpture, along with designer gift items such as Britto, Mondrian inspired table ware, Jeff Koons balloon dogs and more. The Gallery in its collection celebrates life, through its colours, its pop objects, making fun at our life styles and preconceptions.
The Mother and daughter team presented some very interesting etching work. It was wonderful to see this tedious medium surviving. The artist Eline Gumbert works with the pen, etching and writing, and the combinations is insightful, emotive, and lyrical.
This bright detailed delightful mosaic is inescapable, Its colours mysterious are harmonious and draw you to it, once close to it, you see the tiny details embedded in it, that somehow make it nostalgic, like finding your childhood toys, or bit of broken jewellery you once use to wear. Ineke the artist says its still not complete, and I must say I am waiting to see and experience the completed piece. I am sure on most grey Dutch days it will lift my spirits.
Is this pop, or post-modern ? what is it subversive about ?
There were surprisingly many art teachers and hobby classes who had put up stalls, and were displaying their work. Also crafts such as ceramics, metal and silver smiths, were popular. It was a rare sunny September day and we were all enjoying the colours around us, colours that bring us warmth. The artist community around Hoofddorp introduced itself in this Art fair, it is an interesting mix of mediums and people, and I hope to meet them more often.