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.

Sculpture and installation

 

You and I, 2004

You and I, 2004
butterfly, wooden box, tape, metal
20 x 15 x 16 cm
edition 3 + 1 AP

Note / How can a work made by an artist be reconciled with the way that work is seen by the viewer? After making a case containing a tropical butterfly like a jewel, Van Warmerdam stuck strips of reflective aluminium tape on the window of the case. The title of the work was soon decided.

Sculpture and installation

 

Sculpture and installation

 

Safe and sour, 2004

Safe and sour, 2004
wood, lacquer, nest, fibre, cotton
20 x 120 x 77,5 cm

Note / Safe and sour also came about as a result of Con vista al celestiale in Syracuse. As a memento mori, this sculpture refers to Vanitas paintings and above all to the devout life of Santa Lucia. Van Warmerdam associates the cotton wool-lined bird’s nest with the idea that a soft bed awaits Lucia in heaven. On responding to the legend of the martyr Santa Lucia, she says, ‘In my work I quite often react to places or the people in charge of the venue. Marlene often does the same on a historical level. So it was natural for us to dedicate our joint exhibition to the history of Syracuse, i.e. the local and the universal were brought together.’

Other works

 

My God, 2004

My God, 2004
colour inkjet, gold leaf, varnish, paper, dibond
109 x 167 cm
edition 3 + 1 AP

My God, 2004
study – colour inkjet, gold leaf, varnish, paper, dibond
20,6 x 31,5 cm

Note / Carravaggio’s famous painting Sepulture of Santa Lucia, which hangs in the Regional Museum of Palazzo Bellomo in Syracuse, prompted Dumas and Van Warmerdam to make works on the legend of the martyr Santa Lucia. My God is one of the works Van Warmerdam made for their duo exhibition Con vista al celestiale in Syracuse. She thought that Lucia’s calling to God and God’s calling to Lucia could best be expressed with the aid of a Jacob’s ladder. MvW: ‘A Jacob’s ladder descends from heaven and God calls: “Luciaaaaa!” I placed her name in gold letters upside-down on the photo, in other words as seen through the eyes of God.’ The idea came to Van Warmerdam while she was studying seventeenth-century paintings.

Other works

 

Take a break, 2004

Take a break, 2004
photographs on dibond, wooden shelf
20 x 25 cm / 4 x 26 x 3,5 cm
edition 100

Note / A picture of a cup and saucer appears on the front and back of an aluminium plate. On one side the two red dots have become detached and float above the cup. MvW: ‘When I saw this remarkable cup and saucer I thought: take a break, have a cup of coffee. Then the abstract red spots can induce a daydream of a longer break. A simple cup transports you to a world of longing and to an oasis. Or a mirage.’

Other works

 

Going out tonight, 2004

Going out tonight, 2004
colour inkjet, paper, glass, frame
61,5 x 92
edition 3

Going out tonight, 2004
study – colour inkjet, paper, dibond
20,6 x 28,6 cm

Note / MvW: ‘When evening falls, the snowballs seem relatively luminous in the dimming half-light, comparable to lights in nightlife.’

Other works

 

Tomorrow, 2004

Tomorrow, 2004
colour inkjet, paper, dibond
110 x 172 cm
edition 3 + 1 AP

Tomorrow, 2004
study – colour inkjet, paper, dibond
20,6 x 31,5 cm

Note / Van Warmerdam wanted to make a photograph of a blue sky with an optimistic and abstract atmosphere. She had herself photographed in such a way that only a small part of her face – virtually unrecognizable – is in the picture.

Hidden works

 

Kijk eens! (Have a look!), 2004

Kijk eens! (Have a look!), 2004
offset on paper, shelf
10,5 x 14,8 cm
edition 1.250

Note / For De Kleine Biennale in Fort Vechten near Bunnik, Van Warmerdam made a postcard that responds to the way children learn to see things. The title on the left and a rectangle on the right, indicating where to place the stamp, together with a vertical line, form two eyes and a nose.

Hidden works

 

Pass the buck, 2004

Pass the buck, 2004
offset, collaborative portfolio by Pipilotti Rist and Marijke van Warmerdam in ‘Issue’ no. 8,
Fall 2004, pp. 120-133
edition 10.000
publisher: Issue, New York

Note / Van Warmerdam was invited to participate in a cadavre exquis for the magazine Issue. In it, she reacted to the thirteen pages contributed by artist Pipilotti Rist in the previous issue by literally making bubbles out of the images and placing drawings of the wind gods around them, catching the bubbles and passing them on to the next artist invited to participate in this cadavre exquis.

Hidden works

 

Op naar een nieuwe wereld! (On to a new world!), 2004

Op naar een nieuwe wereld! (On to a new world!), 2004
inkjet on paper, dibond
31 x 23 cm
edition 42 + 8 AP
publisher: Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne

Note / A pockmarked wall with dried up traces of paint looks like an archipelago, as if you’re seeing the earth from an aeroplane or satellite. MvW: ‘After taking a photo of the wall I imagined a falling star. Then you can make a wish that you cannot tell anyone else, otherwise it won’t come true. I think there’s a constant wish to have circumstances improve, that means for oneself and for others.’

Exhibition views

 

Hin und weiter
BAWAG Foundation, Vienna, Austria, 2004
Group exhibition

Exhibition views

 

Prospect
S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium, 2004
Solo exhibition

Film and video

 

De hemel van de dingen (The heaven of things), 2004

De hemel van de dingen (The heaven of things), 2004
DVD, 42’31”
187 x 249 cm

Note / The residents of a nursing home often have failing memories. In order to exercise their memory, the recreation room has a wide-screen monitor on which contemporary and old-fashioned objects pass by for three quarters of an hour. Van Warmerdam’s idea is that the residents should try to remember which objects they saw in her film.

Film and video

 

Roeren in de verte (Stirring in the distance), 2004

Roeren in de verte (Stirring in the distance), 2004
35 mm film loop, colour, 2’34”
projector, loop system
approx. 300 x 400 cm
edition 3 + 1 AP
added: ProRes 422 HQ, aspect ratio 4:3

Note / In Roeren in de verte Van Warmerdam combines the ‘here’ and ‘there’ in various ways in one single image. This mental construct yields not only the interior and exterior, a tabletop and a horizon, but also stirring a cup of tea in the room and the snow outside. MvW: ‘The snow is emphasized by the fact that it’s gradually accelerated and slowed down as it falls; it’s self-evident, but not quite.’

Film and video

 

Film and video

 

The Fuck, 2004

The Fuck, 2004
16 mm film loop, colour, 1’58”
projector, loop system, projection table
approx. 210 x 280 cm
edition 3 +1 AP
added: ProRes 422 HQ, aspect ratio 4:3

Note / This film loop originated as a result of a fragment of the film loop Shake, which the artist found the most beautiful part of the film.