KARIN, Visual artist
Visual artists couple • based in Amsterdam
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ABOUT MY SPACE
Together with my husband Erik Wuthrich, who is a sculptor, I live very near the Museum Square in Amsterdam which is a superb location. I have my artist studio at home.
On the same floor as my artist studio (I'm a painter) we run a guest room : http://artbedbreakfast.blogspot.nl/
It is a large living / bed room with a large double sleeper, with a private toilet and access to the bathroom and the fully equipped kitchen of the artist studio. (We live on the floor above the guest room.).
The idea behind it was to generate some extra income and attract (international) guests who might also buy our art works. In practice our guests are mainly common tourists who come to visit the Van Gogh museum etc.
It would be great to take it to the next level and increase the possibility of a real match, so my/our work will benefit from foreign networks. (in terms of sales, network, exhibition possibilities abroad, etc.).
Besides the location I can offer my insights being an Amsterdam based artist for 30 years. I also work as an editor at an arts magazine and I'm a curator. For instance, next year I will have a major solo show at CODA Museum in the Netherlands and as their guest curator I will compose a group show at the museum as well. Our artists websites are: www.karinbos.info and www.erikwuthrich.nl We are especially interested to host art collectors, art critics, curators, gallerists and fellow visual artists.
✓ Clothes washer
✓ Complete kitchen
✓ No smoking allowed
✓ No pets allowed
ABOUT MY WORK
My husband makes abstract, organic shaped sculptures. (His artist studio is not at home, unlike mine.) My main media are painting and work on paper.
People are the focus point of my work. Main characters are usually girls or women. Especially mutual relative power and relations have my interest. Frictions and inequality in these relationships is a recurrent theme.
In my recent work there is a shift towards the landscape. I asked herself if I could tell something about people without having them literally in sight. It resulted in fairytale-like landscapes with an ominous undertone, where always something odd is present. These 'Slightly Creepy Camping Sites' are paintings of barns, sheds and abandoned caravans in harsh landscapes which get their suspense no longer by the act or look of the main character, but by the use of color, light and the way it is painted. Important in my work is the suggestion. It evokes a cinematic world, a world of stories, where nothing is what it seems, and where a merry holiday scene could as well be the site of a terrible crime. This tension, this ambiguity is what interests me as an artist.
In 2009 I published the catalogue 'A Trip to the Countryside'. Outdoor life and nature play a large part in my recent work. In search for interesting source material, I have done several artist-in-residencies abroad. I focus on landscapes that provoke mixed feelings. What attracts me is 'ugly' rough scenery, and the ruthlessness of nature. It is not there to please. It has a dark side, which fits my work very well.
Currently I'm working towards a retrospective which will be on view at the Contemporary Art Museum CODA in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, from November 5 2017 until March 4 2018. This solo exhibition will contain work of the past 10 years with an emphasis on the landscape, and man in relationship to nature.
The CODA Museum has the scoop to present my most recent series 'Fuente' and 'Back to Basecamp', which are the result of my travels to Spain and Iceland.
In addition, CODA Museum appointed me as guest curator, and asked me to compose an accompanying group show at the museum. The show titled 'Switch User – Expedition Common Ground' will contain works of approximately 20 artists who work in the fields of painting, sculpting, video and photography.