AFSLAG BLV


UPCOMING

 

Kamilė Česnavičiūtė - Convention

 

December 4, 2022 to February 19, 2023

 

Soon the solo exhibition 'Convention' by Kamilė Česnavičiūtė (1996, LT) with paintings and drawings will be on display in AFSLAG BLV, annex of Museum Belvédère, in the center of Heerenveen. Admission is free.


INFORMATION

Dependance
van Museum Belvédère 


AFSLAG BLV, annex of Museum Belvédère in the center of Heerenveen, focused on contemporary art, offers a stage to (northern) young talented artists.

AFSLAG BLV is an initiative of Museum Belvédère in collaboration with the municipality of Heerenveen, the De Heerenveense School foundation and Museum Heerenveen, the Klaas Dijkstra Fund Foundation and the province of Fryslân.



De Heerenveense School

Adress

 

AFSLAG BLV
Minckelersstraat 11
8442 CE, Heerenveen

Located in the Heerenveense School, the same building where Museum Heerenveen can be found.

Opening hours

 

Tuesday to Friday 11am – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 1pm – 5pm
closed on Mondays

Free entrance!

Parking
 

You can park in front of the building or in the Geerts Willigen Heerenveen parking garage

Pay times are Tues – Fri 9am – 8pm
Thurs 9am – 9pm and Sat 9am – 8pm
You can park for free on Sundays!


PAST EXHIBITIONS

AFSLAG BLV
has started again

 

AFSLAG BLV, annex of Museum Belvédère in the Heerenveense School in the center of Heerenveen, has started again with the new exhibition program and a new programmer: Albert Oost, artist, initiator of melklokaal in Heerenveen and also works as a collection manager at Museum Belvédère, after a minor renovation.


To start with:

A Square Dance – Henrik Kröner

 

March 6 to May 22, 2022

 

The canvases of Henrik Kröner (1979, Nordhorn, DE) living in Groningen look like thin colored pencil drawings on thin on unprepared, squared canvas, which evoke associations with the paper of a simple arithmetic notebook. The sense of touch is exchanged for the sense of looking, touching with the eyes, the gaze.

This exhibition revolves around a dance, the square dance. The mathematical rhythm of all small squares. It is not a static dance but it goes back and forth, crisscrossing each other. The works shown come from various series of Henrik Kröner's oeuvre.

Where previously the emphasis was mainly on color and light progression, color spots and round shapes can now also be recognized. Simple compositions with a decorative look. The textile and tactile character of the work is omnipresent.

Kröner comes from a textile family. His grandmother studied textile design in Hamburg in the 1930s and his father is a textile engineer. The checked fabric in this exhibition comes from the factory where his father still works.

As a young student he started in math class with drawing the squares in his exercise book. “As an artist, I cherish boredom as a source of inspiration. Things can arise out of boredom.”

In recent years, Kröner has immersed himself in the two old stories Noli me tangere and Pygmalion. What interests him in both stories is the tension between the prohibition and the desire to touch something. Touching with the eyes and with the touch, our skin.

Pygmalion is also about the myth of the artist, the creator. Kröner is critical of this romantic idea. He asks himself questions such as: what is authentic, how do we judge something as good art and how is it appreciated.
 

You can read a review of the exhibition here:
Leeuwarder Courant (March 18, 2022)


EQUIDISTANCE

 

June 5 to August 14, 2022

 

Three young artists, partly educated and living in Groningen, took the concept of equidistance as the starting point for this exhibition. In mathematics, ‘a point is said to be equidistant from a set of objects if the distances between that point and each object in the set are equal.’ 

“The term equidistance in our research was born out of the feeling of belongingness. As a trio, in which each one of us shares a different background, we aim to share our different frequencies for this given period we are in. We would reclaim these collected moments through diverse mediums and express them in the exhibition. Three different artistic languages blow up and come together in a collaborative work united by the concept of equidistance – a point of equal distance.” 

Karina Puuffin 


Karina Puuffin (1997, Ukraine) moved to The Netherlands when the situation in Eastern Ukraine got unstable and unsafe. Puuffin’s art is a celebration of art. Inspired by Modernism, she is trying to break through the traditional ideas of the medium, merging paintings into sculptural objects and vice versa. With her work Good painting in this show she throws a question: What makes a work of art worthy to show in the museum? Good = value, but value ≠ good.

In the contemporary art world the value of the artwork is no longer determined by its quality. White cube walls are considered to be a supreme presentation space and “a good painting” has become an abstract term to identify a piece that is successful, appreciated and highly regarded. In Karina Puuffin’s satirical installation the merging between wanted and unwanted, authenticity and fakery, cheap and expensive takes place. Her project is both a statement and an experiment to see whether or not the perception of an art viewer is easily manipulated. From something cheap, forgotten, unimportant and cliche to something “valuable”.
 

Ottokaji Iroke 


Ottokaj Iroke (1989, South Korea) is a multi-disciplinary artist based in the Netherlands, originally from Seoul. He studied painting for his Master's at Frank Mohr Institute. Ottokaji is fascinated by the power topology of economy, sports and hip-hop. His daily life and interests are combined, and he aestheticises them daily. His life is a suggestional transformation of his arts and mentality. He turns political issues into perceptual experiences.

Ottokaji presents his work ‘That's all football’ for this show, an installation with a performance video and sculptural paintings. He made 20 pieces of sculptural paintings from children's football nets. 

Ottokaji visited Abe Lenstra Stadion of SC Heerenveen for the video work to record site-specific sound. That day when he was there, the 15th of May, SC Heerenveen won against Go Ahead Eagles by 3:1. It was the last match of the season for them. His performance video shows how he is playing in his studio. He presents all of these for this show. The audiences are welcome to play with his settings too. Everybody is welcome to his stadium.  

Celina Bermudez Vogensen


Celina Bermudez Vogensen (1996, Portugal) is Nicaraguan, Portuguese, and American and works with topics exploring the intersection between nature, migration, territory and identity in which their personal experience is the main source of their works. Celina explores these topics through various media and approaches. 
 
Celina will be exhibiting ‘myths and metamorphosis’. “They are fascinated by the concept of overcoming the tradition of silence and building new stories and images that indicate relationships among themselves and between species. They want to explore commonly known myths and symbols for this exhibition along with more unknown ones. In narratives, stories and imagery that denote interspecies relations. Fables, myths and footage of animals and plants communicating.” 

Human and animal metamorphosis presented in the form of video, prints, paintings and miniature sculptures.


 


Aafke Ytsma -
Moments in between

 

September 4 to November 20, 2022


Aafke Ytsma (1988, Voorburg NL) was raised in The Hague and Friesland and currently lives and works both in Leipzig and Leeuwarden. In 2019 she won (a shared) Young Art Noord (professional jury) in Museum Belvédère. A solo presentation in Afslag BLV was linked to this prize.


The exhibition Moments in between shows new paintings and woodcuts in the Japanese technique. The collection of works gives the impression of an overarching but veiled plot. While in the individual works the story seems to branch out rather than condense. In the seemingly everyday performances, characters walk in and out. Someone is on the way in the car, a market gardener is harvesting vegetables in the field, a cat is running down the street at night, the door is ajar in an empty hall. The insignificant and casual moments possess a stillness that at the same time makes one wonder what came before or what is yet to happen. In their contexts, they explore contemporary times and the way in which we move and relate to the world.
 

“I'm interested in the moments you overlook, when your gaze or thoughts wander unnoticed, the in-between moments that divide time or connect two events.”
 

Aafke Ytsma often works in series in which she sheds light on the same subject from different angles. The constructed reality in her paintings is a collage of impressions. Characters and locations are taken from her daily life, supplemented with image fragments from films, art history or photos from magazines or the internet.
 

Aafke Ytsma studied art at (CaBK) ArtEZ, Zwolle. She has exhibited in a.o. melklokaal, Museum Arnhem, Municipal gallery Pafos (CY) and THALER Originalgrafik (DE). Her work was nominated for the Royal Prize for Free Painting and is included in the collection of the Fries Museum, the UMCG and various private collections.