Space is my mold
Space is my mold
The work of Nynke Koster balances on the border between design and autonomous work. 'The space around me is my mould'.
She finds these molds in unique spaces and structures of buildings and bodies. She takes parts of these embracing places with her. 'They are my 3D memories'. Because of here love for craftmenship each work is an unique and personal object.
'Something that exists to give new life. It is to connect to a place, take it with me and giving it back to others'. The wonder of the history of places takes things literally closer. The traces of men live on for years. Nynke wants to pass these tangible and immaterial relics from the past on to future generations. The best way to do this is in the world of visual art and design
LMAKgallery is pleased to present Nynke Koster’s first solo exhibition in the gallery, A Part of New York History. Since her first visit to New York in 2014, Koster has been curious about Dutch History in the city, prompting her to delve into a multi-year discovery and investigation of historical sights and artifacts. While researching Dutch roots in the history of New York City, Koster found many striking links and proud moments in its shared history. However, she also uncovered many shadows and undertones, which are frequently dismissed, not addressed, or simply ignored. For example, the Dutch settlement of ‘New Amsterdam’ was built on trade. One of the largest trades at the time was the enslavement of African people. This discovery led her to search for remnants of this history and brought her to such places as the recently discovered (1993) African American Burial grounds near City Hall amongst seven additional plots around the city. Over time most of these cemeteries were forgotten, some of which still are, which motivated Koster to raise awareness for this often lost past and bring honor to the deceased through recognition. Molded from the fingers of the descendants of African American slaves, Koster creates a work in remembrance of their ancestors. Stretching the full length of the gallery, the rug like panel consists of cast rubber fingers reaching out, giving the appearance of coming out of the ground and thereby calling attention to their burial plots. In this way, Koster aims to recognize our mutual past and remember those who have gone before us.
November 3 – December 24, 2017
Opening; Friday November 3 from 6-8 pm
Location: LMAKgallery – 298 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002
Between Allen and Eldridge Street
Decoration has always existed together in hand with mankind. Beginning with rituals mourning the deceased and tattoos associated with sorcery, although on occasion rendered a mere formality, it is that which has continued to persist while repeatedly undergoing changes and harboring new meanings in correspondence to the times. Decoration could indeed be described as being constantly in flux, in an endless cycle of transmigration. This exhibition features seven artists whom are all different in age, nationality, and genre. The means of expression they employ are diverse, including a trailer adorned with Gothic decoration, carpets that mix together patterns derived from various cultural spheres, and paintings that through the façade of windows imagines the life and personalities of the people who live there. In their works the artists juxtapose entirely differ-ent epochs and values, imagine worlds that do not actually exist, and attempt to interpret the concept of “decoration” as it exists in the context of daily life. In observing their endeavors, we as viewers recognize that the act of decoration is indeed the essential key to perceiving the vivid and complex reality that inextricably surrounds us. After all, “Decoration never dies, anyway.”
After visiting my studio in the Netherlands last May, the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum has bought 5 pieces of the Elements of time collection for their permanent collection in the museum. I am very honored and proud by their purchase. The Elements will be presented at the new group exhibition 'Decoration Never Dies, Anyway. Opening on November 18th. Together with the Elements I will fly to Tokyo to be present at this amazing new exhibition. Even better news to share is that I was invited to create a site specific work for the museum.
Saturnusstraat 91 5D
2516AG Den Haag
1016 RN Amsterdam
New York, NY 10002
United States of America
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