Sculpture and installation

Roman dog walk, 2018
WAV file, 1’56”

Exhibition views

De camera en de engel
Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2018
Group exhibition

Film and video

La visione, 2018

La visione, 2018
Digital film loop: ProRes 422 HQ, aspect ratio 16:10, colour, 1’36”
approx. 300 x 530 cm
edition 3 + 1 AP

Note / La visione is one of the many film loops Van Warmerdam made recently while during a longer stay in Rome. One might describe the motif in this work as “appearing” and “disappearing”. The camera plays with the aura of bright sunlight behind the statue of an angel. About her work, the artist says: ‘It’s important to me that the work moves in some way or another, either literally or figuratively. I’m looking for clarity, too – for a simple image that intensifies for example through repetition.’

Exhibition views

Polyphon
Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany, 2018
Group exhibition

Sculpture and installation

De zucht (The sigh), 2015

De zucht (The sigh), 2015
bandoneon, instruction label, wood, lacker
42 x 27 x 25 cm

Note / De zucht is a performative work in which air is involved. You hear one tone when you stretch the bandoneon and then, when you release it, with the help of the air valve, it’s as though you hear a sigh.
MvW: ‘At the time I didn’t know that the word bandoneon came from Heinrich Band, the inventor of the instrument and ‘Fueye’ is tango-speak for bandoneon, meaning “bellows”or “lung”. It was only after I had named the work, that I discovered that the so-called “suspiros” of this instrument literally means the sighing of the bandoneon.’

Sculpture and installation

Water, 2015

Water, 2015
installation with ceramic ink on glass, mirror
880 x 900 cm

Sculpture and installation

Good night, 2014

Good night, 2014
installation of 12 pillow cases with print, cushions, filling
85 x 100 x 20 cm each

Note / Aside from the actual movement one sees in the artist’s film loops, there is often a suggestion of movement in her work. No wonder that one sees a hand here waving goodbye on a cushion. MvW: ‘When you leave you wave farewell, you tell the world where you are “Good night”.’

Sculpture and installation

Time is ticking, 2014

Time is ticking, 2014
installation of 12 blankets, pure lambs wool
240 x 220 cm each

Note / Van Warmerdam stretches time in her films by using a loop. The sense of time disappears and a dream state ensues because of the hypnotic effect of the film loop. Dreams occur under blankets but time disappears there in another way. MvW: ‘Sometimes older people experience and read time differently. Maybe the blankets are a summons; “Time is fast, soon it’s past!”.’

Sculpture and installation

New balls, please!, 2014

New balls, please!, 2014
multi channel sound installation with wood, glass, metal, speakers, sound equipment
sound recording 96Khz-24bit, 8’30”
approx. 280 x 1900 x 135 cm

Note / New balls, please! is a sound piece to which a sculpture has been added. The sound of bouncing tennis balls can be heard emanating from the work, with its zigzag-frontage and vibrating windowpanes. The installation is a response to the exceptionally tall windows in the Seitenlichtsaal at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf.

Sculpture and installation

Open even when closed, 2013

Open even when closed, 2013
cardboard, silverleaf
52 x 93 x 62,8 cm

Sculpture and installation

Drop, 2012

Drop, 2012
multi channel sound installation for staircase
sound recording 96Khz-24bit, 2’38’’
variable dimensions
edition 2 + 1 AP

Note / MvW: ‘For Museo Serralves in Porto I made a new work Drop, in which a bouncing ping pong ball through sound boxes comes down a staircase. This sound installation connects two museum floors and invites a visitor to walk down the stairs to visit the second part of the exhibition.’

Sculpture and installation

e, 2012

e, 2012
offset on carton, plastic
approx. 8 x 16 x 23 cm

Note / MvW: ‘For Museo Serralves in Porto I made this mini basket with “and” cards in Portuguese. As well as being my next exhibition location after Rotterdam, this is also another work in itself and so it always remains a case of and, and, and…’

Sculpture and installation

i, 2011

i, 2011
offset on carton, plastic
approx. 12 x 36 x 25 cm

Note / MvW: ‘For Museo Serralves in Porto I made this mini basket with ‘and’ cards. As well as being my next exhibition location after Rotterdam, this is also another work in itself and so it always remains a case of and, and, and…’

Sculpture and installation

Sculpture and installation

Uit of thuis (Out or at home), 2010

Uit of thuis (Out or at home), 2010
installation with glass, photograph, metal
283 x 334 x 10 cm

Note / The work Out or at home, as in Walk-through landscape of 2000, makes use of a game of ’tis-’tisn’t. The work hangs at the entrance to a block of flats, which the artist defines as a home base where you either are, or are not. From the right of the work a slug can be seen and from the left a snail. MvW: ‘To me, making art is not so much a goal in itself, reacting to things is a particular motivation for me. That’s what I did here.’

Sculpture and installation

In the air, 2009

In the air, 2009
PVC, polyester, paint
2 parts, approx.168 x 97 cm / 120 x 125 cm

Note / MvW: ‘I see this as a definition of movement reduced to the bare bones. And that twice.’

Sculpture and installation

Zoeken en vinden (Seeking and finding), 2008

Zoeken en vinden (Seeking and finding), 2008
tennisball, hockeyball, mirror, metal
27,5 x 21,5 x 14 cm
edition 2

Note / MvW: ‘Hockey and tennis are two sports I used to play as a child. I have been playing tennis again for a number of years now. The first time I stood on the court after a long absence I hit a ball over the fence. I never found that tennis ball, but I did find a hockey ball instead.’

Sculpture and installation

Sculpture and installation

Bron en gletsjer (Source and glacier), 2006

Bron en gletsjer (Source and glacier), 2006
inkjet on foil, glass, electricity, revolving mechanism
2x 641 x 815 x 100 cm

Note / Two schools are built back to back in Leidsche Rijn. A photo of a river flowing through a landscape is shown on both sides of the glass walls that separate the two school canteens. A mechanism between the two photos makes the river appear to move. MvW: ‘A river originates from a source and flows on endlessly. One never sees the same river twice. It’s like a school; you are only there once!’

Sculpture and installation

The weight of colour, 2006

The weight of colour, 2006
polyester, iridescent paint, wood and other materials
2x approx. 130 x 440 x 90 cm

Note / The weight of colour is one of a small group of works – mostly sculptures – that Van Warmerdam calls her analysis works. These are pieces that explain the structure of a concept or the creation of the image of a work in elemental terms. Here, the colourful is balanced against the colourless and she adds simply: ‘Colour wins’.

Sculpture and installation

Hinfahrt (Outbound), 2005

Hinfahrt (Outbound), 2005
liquor and miniature ship in bottles, wooden box, foil
36 x 10 x 28,5 cm

Note / MvW: ‘Travelling and being away from home for too long, drinking and being too far away from yourself.’

Sculpture and installation

The butterfly and I, 2005

The butterfly and I, 2005
butterfly, wooden boxes, foil
2 parts, 20 x 15 x 16 cm each
edition 3 + 1 AP

Note / This work was made as a pendant piece to You and I (2004); looking at a natural mother-of-pearl glow or looking at oneself in iridescent cardboard.

Sculpture and installation

Hier gibt es höhere Wesen (Here are higher beings), 2005

Hier gibt es höhere Wesen (Here are higher beings), 2005
pyrite in matrix and stone, metal, paint
21,5 x 21 x 21,5 cm
edition 2

Note / While searching for a suitable butterfly for You and I (2004), Van Warmerdam stumbled upon pyrite, a mineral that crystallizes in the form of cubes. She left the perfect geometric form untouched in the rock and made a wall-mount, the triangular shape of which refers to the painting Höhere Wesen befahlen rechte obere Ecke schwarz malen! by Sigmar Polke. Here, she goes a step further by playing virtually no mediating role and showing what was created by a higher being.

Sculpture and installation

Coming together, 2004

Coming together, 2004
wood, starfish, marble
20 x 17 x 16 cm

Note / When Kasper König and Barbara Weiss were officially married, Van Warmerdam made a curved wooden wall sculpture for them on which she placed a five-pointed starfish and a marble. MvW: ‘I imagined the marble rolling down towards the two lower points of the starfish.’

Sculpture and installation

Wonder boven wonder (Wonder of wonders), 2004

Wonder boven wonder (Wonder of wonders), 2004
butterfly: Morpho Achilles from Ecuador, painted wood, box,
ball of pink quartz, pencil, double terminated quartz crystal
9 x 48 x 31,5 cm
edition 2

Note / After a visit to a shop in Amsterdam that sells stones and minerals, Van Warmerdam returned home with a double terminated quartz crystal and a butterfly with two amazing brilliantly coloured stripes. She brought these two coincidentally assembled wonders together in Wonder of wonders and crowned it all with a manmade rose quartz sphere.