Sculpture and installation

 

It's a sunny day, 1999

It’s a sunny day, 1999
water, water pumps, plastic bags, rubber, steel, wood
400 x 300 cm

Note / During one of her visits to Warsaw Van Warmerdam bought some flimsy coloured bags. For the exhibition ‘à vent’ in the FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon she thought it would be a good idea to make a swimming pool, bearing in mind the hot sunny days in the South of France. Paddles are used to keep the water in the pool churning constantly, thus making the plastic bags glide majestically across the water surface.

Other works

 

Mist, ijsberg, zon en regen (Fog, iceberg, sun and rain), 1999

Mist, ijsberg, zon en regen (Fog, iceberg, sun and rain), 1999
drawings in print, paper, foil
4 parts, 29,7 x 42 cm each

Note / For the film loop Weather forecast the artist made a series of four drawings on transparent sheets, which served as the first step towards making the film, namely a scene with fog, ice, sun and rain in one continuous take. She was able to place a separate drawing of a bathtub under the transparent sheets so as to get an idea of her film plan.

Other works

 

Twine / Happy splash, 1999

Twine / Happy splash, 1999
in co-operation with Louis Andriessen
DVD, colour, 7’29”
edition 500
publisher: Bifrons Foundation, Amsterdam

Note / The Bifrons Stichting in Amsterdam invited Van Warmerdam to make a film with a contemporary composer for a DVD project. Twine is a short film of a girl in a car wash. Every so often her face disappears behind the washcloths as they glide past, as if somehow interweaving with her body. Happy splash is a second film shot in the same car wash, which now swishes back and forth in full swing, interrupted by a shot of a car driving over a large speed bump. Van Warmerdam says of this work: ‘The speed bumps along one of the canals in Amsterdam are extremely high, the size of camels’ humps. When you drive over one in your car, it’s a very funny sensation. When I was invited for a film and music project with Louis Andriessen, I thought I could have him drive over these bumps, juddering and jolting to the rhythm of his composition.’

Other works

 

Catch, 1999

Catch, 1999
colour photograph, perspex, aluminium
120 x 163 cm
edition 5 + AP

Catch, 1999
study – colour photograph, perspex, aluminium
20,6 x 31 cm

Note / Van Warmerdam returned from a visit to a photo bank in Amsterdam with a photograph of a misty wooded landscape. To this she added a ball, to accompany the moon that shines dimly through the trees, and two child’s hands in the foreground, ready to catch the ball – or the moon.

Other works

 

There you are, 1999

There you are, 1999
colour photograph, perspex, aluminium
180 x 270 cm
edition 5 + 1 AP

There you are, 1999
study – colour photograph, perspex, aluminium
21 x 31 cm

Note / Van Warmerdam drove past Lake Neuchâtel in search of a suitable mountainside at which Michel Ritter could shout the names of the Swiss artists for the film loop Echo. From the car she saw a group of swans bobbing in the middle of the expanse of water and cried out to her travelling companion ‘Wow, couldn’t I make a work out of that?’

 

Hidden works

 

Diary 2000, 1999

Diary 2000, 1999
offset, leporello
21,4 x 15,3 x 2,8 cm
edition 500, of which 30 signed
publisher: CCA, Kitakyushu, Japan

Note / The CCA in Kitakyushu invited Van Warmerdam to make an artist’s book. She took her inspiration from The great wave off Kanagawa, a woodcut by the Japanese artist Hokusai in which some small boats defy an enormous wave, with Mount Fuji in the background. A world-famous cliché image, which she used for a proposed office diary. This sixteen-metre-long concertina-type diary indirectly refers to the Japanese scroll; one side of the diary is written in Japanese and the other in English.

Hidden works

 

Li la, 1999

Li la, 1999
drawing in catalogue ‘Lila la la’
19 x 10 cm
edition 650
publisher: DAAD, Berlin

Hidden works

 

Choice, 1999

Choice, 1999
voice, performance, slides, sound objects in wooden box
41 x 20,5 x 8 cm

Note / Choice is a sound box that was made for a lecture Van Warmerdam gave in Frankfurt. She believes that a lecture with slides can be soporific. That’s why she collected sound boxes that can imitate the mooing of a cow or the quacking of a duck, among others things, with which she can keep the listeners awake.

Hidden works

 

Film and video

 

Leapfrog in Kitakyushu, 1999

Leapfrog in Kitakyushu, 1999
16 mm film, colour, 3’14”
projector, loop system, projection table
approx. 210 x 280 cm
edition 3 + 1 AP

Note / In 1999 Van Warmerdam was invited to stay in the CCA in Kitakyushu for three months. She concluded her visit by showing a film she made in situ. She interpreted the characteristic Japanese custom of bowing as the start of a game of leapfrog. In the film she brings these two together, with the widest tree in Japan in the background.

Film and video

 

Twine, 1999

Twine, 1999
16 mm film loop, colour, 1’51”
projector, loop system, mirror, aluminium, paper, shelf
projection size 15,4 x 21 cm
edition 5 + 1 AP

Note / As she had done with Passage and Biljart, Van Warmerdam decided to make Twine into a loop and project it onto a small paper screen using a film projector in order to make the image more intimate.