Coming weekend EX-MÊKH will leave for Madrid to take part in the Hybrid Art Fair. Yesterday our new folders and a booklet in our growing series of EX-MÊKH printwork arrived. As usual it has been designed by our sectret EX-MÊKH participant Ben Faydherbe.
Our third member Maarten Schepers is also very busy in his studio preparing for the Hybrid Art Fair 2024. Continuïng on his research in Spain he shows the following works in progress:
Ellen Rodenberg is continuïng her research on Inner Landscapes for the Hybrid Art Fair 2024:
From 7 to 10 March 2024 EX-MÊKH will again participate in the Hybrid Art Fair. The fair is located in the Hotel Petit Palace in which the rooms will be exhibition-spaces. During the fair participants can also stay in these rooms which poses questions about art and privacy, the nature of artworks and the nature of hotelrooms. We will try to show relevant works for all these questions, processing our experience with Spanish culture and with working in Spain. It will be a challenge to continue finding appropriate images for these subjects as we tried to do in the 2022 edition of the Hybrid Artfair with the installation Con Alma.
Maarten Schepers and Ellen Rodenberg will benefit from their residency in Arteventura past fall. Kees Koomen has traveled extensively in Spain and enjoys classical and modern Spanish literature and cinematography immensely.
For the on-line edition of Platforms Project in 2021 EX-MÊKH produced the video Stage Arousal. In this video we built a white fair-booth in which we created an installation in the way we usually work. Some actions performed by the members of EX-MÊKH were part of this video. Evaluating, Stage Arousal surprised us with the theatrical aspects of working in such a booth.
The coming edition of Platforms Project 2022 in Athens (GR) EX-MÊKH shows a video we worked on in the Veluwe National Park in the east of The Netherlands. Making this video we did research to find possibilities for another installation to build in the exhibition hall of the fair. We decided to move the white cube in which we usually present our work into the forest. By this decision the white cube became a wooden cube and the back wall became open so that the natural surroundings were our backdrop. A surprise was that the booth we built in nature became a sculpture in itself in which our work plays it’s part. This video we will now show in Athens, Scenes from a Wormhole, will be a rough cut on the basis of which we build an installation around the video in our booth in Platforms Project. Later Platforms Project will put it on-line. Here are some stills to get an impression:
Platforms Project will take place from October 13 to October 16, 2022. Information on visits can be found here!
Whatever is happening in the Veluwe National Park? EX-MÊKH seems to have created a wormhole in which all kinds of stuff appears:
Platforms Project 2022 is taking place in October this year. To develop their ideas, EX-MÊKH decided to do some woodshedding to develop new ideas and to produce a teaser for it’s presentation in Athens!
To accompany the exhibition we asked Ben Faydherbe to make a small booklet with the work of all three of us. Our secret member did great and the booklets we took were gone before the end of the fair! We are getting a nice set of little booklets.
Back in Holland after a satisfying presentation by EX-MÊKH at the Hybrid Art Fair in Madrid life continues. In between other projects Kees wrote some reports about Madrid. On chmkoome’s blog he published daily reports. He also wrote a report on ARCO on the Art-site for Den Haag Jegens & Tevens . You can find EX-MÊKH’s exhibition at the Hybrid Art Fair on the EX-MÊKH site under exhibitions.
Reporters mentioned Con Alma in reports in on-line magazines ( Liceo Magazine for instance) and lots of pictures of our work showed on social media.
Today we discovered a post of the Hybrid Art Fair in Madrid which will start in three weeks. It is coming near and we look forward to visiting the other fairs in the Madrid Art Week: ARCO, JUST MAD-Art Fair, Drawing Room and Art Madrid.
The title of EX-MÊKH’s exhibition will be Con Alma. We take the soul of the collaboration of Ellen Rodenberg, Maarten Schepers and me into the hotel room of the Petit Palace Hotel. We change this room into a mirror for our public to reflect on!