C&H gallery is proud to present ‘Don’t Frighten The Horses’, a solo exhibition of new work by Wouter Klein Velderman.
In DON’T FRIGHTEN THE HORSES, Klein Velderman responds to the work ‘NEDERLANDSCHE VOGELEN’ by Cornelius Nozeman and Christiaan Sepp. ‘Nederlandsche vogelen’ is a bird book that was published in five volumes between 1770 and 1829. Klein Velderman was allowed to see the copy that is part of the Artis library in Amsterdam.
Klein Velderman regards the illustrations by Christiaan Sepp as interpretations of the birds of his time. By re-transforming them, this time to a new material: Molten PVC canvas on a wooden panel, Klein Velderman does not only want to bring them to the present, but also gives them a new layer of meaning.
DON’T FRIGHTEN THE HORSES is a series of collages / assemblages on which the birds do not care about the speed and madness that characterizes the time in which we live. The serene creature seems to be looking undisturbed in to the 21st century and to say: DON’T FRIGHTEN THE HORSES!
WOUTER KLEIN VELDERMAN (Deventer, 1979) obtained his MFA in 2009 at the Sandberg Institute, Fine Arts department, after studying at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, where he is currently a sculpture teacher. Within his professional practice, Klein Velderman has his sculptures accompanied by dance, performance, dialogue (Socratic dialogue, Benedictine dialogue, Lecture of Things), a reading or written text. Teaching at art academies (Rietveld Academie, ArtEZ, Willem de Kooning), the Academy for Theater and Dance and giving workshops to people who are a bit further away from the art world also contribute to the creation of his sculptures within the artistic research. Allowing third parties within the thinking and making process that precedes each sculpture, regards Klein Velderman as a logical step in both his own creative process and within the social cultural landscape. In addition, ‘collaboration’ is a way to continue his working as a sculptor - the dialogue between himself and his material - in looking, listening, and acting in other disciplines.