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.’

Other works

 

The starting plank, 2008

The starting plank, 2008
performance with ‘Run-up board’ (2008) and DVD, 4’52”
13 x 18 cm

Other works

 

Zweep (Whip), 2008

Zweep (Whip), 2008
acrylic paint, watercolour on paper
24 x 32 cm

Note / MvW: ‘I am rather fond of getting things done and I also like to encourage my circle of acquaintances. I’m afraid this may be a self-portrait.’

Other works

 

Tree 3, 2008

Tree 3, 2008
screen print on plastic mirror, dibond
149,5 x 99 cm

Note / Tree is a series of photos showing images of a tree reflected in
water, but the way these works are experienced, is a step removed from
reality. This is because the photos are literally upturned. The tree appears
to be standing upright because the photo is shown upside down;
it fully complies with the codes of a tree, but with an uneasy sense of
non-reality.

Other works

 

Tree 2, 2008

Tree 2, 2008
149,5 x 99 cm
screen print on plastic mirror, dibond
edition 5

Note / Tree is a series of photos showing images of a tree reflected in
water, but the way these works are experienced, is a step removed from
reality. This is because the photos are literally upturned. The tree appears
to be standing upright because the photo is shown upside down;
it fully complies with the codes of a tree, but with an uneasy sense of
non-reality.

Other works

 

Tree 1, 2008

Tree 1, 2008
screen print on plastic mirror, dibond
149,5 x 99 cm
edition 5

Note / Tree is a series of photos showing images of a tree reflected in water, but the way these works are experienced, is a step removed from reality. This is because the photos are literally upturned. The tree appears to be standing upright because the photo is shown upside down; it fully complies with the codes of a tree, but with an uneasy sense of non-reality.

Other works

 

Sepp in de wolken (Sepp in the clouds), 2008

Sepp in de wolken (Sepp in the clouds), 2008
watercolour on paper
24 x 32 cm

Sepp in de wolken (Sepp in the clouds), 2008
study – watercolour on paper, cardboard
24 x 32 cm

Other works

 

Dream machine's dragon, 2008

Dream machine’s dragon, 2008
200 x 258 cm
acrylic paint, inkjet print on canvas

Note / In late 2006 Van Warmerdam had stills of her film Dream machine printed onto canvas after seeing wispy animals and people appear in the glass every time it was screened. She saw a dog, seahorses, a bison, a bird, an elephant, a dragon and an aeroplane. She worked out how the outline of the dog could best be applied to the film still and employed this technique in all her Dream machine canvases.

Other works

 

Sloot (Ditch), 2008

Sloot (Ditch), 2008
photographs on dibond, wooden shelf
27 x 40 cm
edition 10

Note / The artist wanted to make a work with a typical Dutch landscape. This reversible photo work with a field and a ditch was the result. The same landscape is depicted on the back, where a splash of water obscures one’s view of the sheep.

Other works

 

Wimpers (Eyelashes), 2008

Wimpers (Eyelashes), 2008
watercolour, pencil on paper
24 x 32 cm

Note / Van Warmerdam was planning to film an elephant’s eye. She made this watercolour in order to get an idea of how the long eyelashes of this animal look.

Other works

 

Handlijn (Hand line), 2008

Handlijn (Hand line), 2008
oil paint on canvas
13 x 18 cm

Note / The work Aanloopplankje is an empty thinking space in the artist’s studio. Here she painted a striped surface on a canvas and subsequently traced around her hand with the back of a paintbrush.

Other works

 

Duck, 2008

Duck, 2008
screen print on plastic mirror, dibond
66 x 100 cm
edition 5 + 1 AP

Note / The swans on the dike are the first things that catch the eye in this photo. With the title, however, Van Warmerdam focuses on a different aspect – the duck sitting in the grass, barely visible, in the middle of the photo.

Other works

 

Upside down, 2008

Upside down, 2008
photographs on dibond, wooden shelf
27 x 40 cm
edition 10

<strong>Upside down, 2008</strong>
photographs on dibond, wooden shelf
27 x 40 cm
edition 10

Hidden works

 

Het schaap en de zwaan, de zwaan en het schaap (The sheep and the swan, the swan and the sheep), 2008

Het schaap en de zwaan, de zwaan en het schaap
(The sheep and the swan, the swan and the sheep), 2008

offset, artist’s book
29 x 21 cm
edition 1.000
publisher: Uitgeverij van Waveren, Amsterdam (Glubbdubdrib series)

Note / This is a storybook with no words in which Van Warmerdam captures sheep and swans among others in a mirror.

Hidden works

 

Aanloopplankje (Run-up board), 2008

Aanloopplankje (Run-up board), 2008
oil paint on canvas panel
13 x 18 cm

Note / A small white monochrome canvas stands on a wooden shelf between two windows in the artist’s studio. MvW: ‘This is a white image that acts as a motivator for me. Even though it’s painted and seems finished, for me it’s not quite complete and I keep it that way intentionally. It is one of the first things I made when I moved into my new studio. The canvas provides a new thinking space. Sometimes, when I’m alert and really see the work, I have the feeling that I’m working in two spaces instead of just one. I project new works onto the run-up board and as they get closer to becoming an attractive image, I use it as a springboard to my studio where I take the first steps towards realizing a plan. I like to give the small canvas on the wooden shelf a push in this direction.’

Film and video

 

Het Grote Geheugen (The Big Memory), 2008

Het Grote Geheugen (The Big Memory), 2008
35 mm film loop, aspect ratio 4:3, colour, 0’22”
projector, loop system
approx. 300 x 400 cm
edition 3 + 1 AP
added: ProRes 422 HQ, aspect ratio 16:9

Note / For the International Sculpture Exhibition Sonsbeek ’08, Van Warmerdam made a film of an eye that has developed over thousands of years, from the woolly mammoth to the contemporary elephant. By filming an omniscient eye, she creates an ode to seeing. MvW: ‘I heard recently that scientific study has shown that three quarters of the brain is reserved for seeing. I don’t know what the further implications of that are, but I do know that I also experience it as such.’

Het Grote Geheugen – sculptuur (The Big Memory – sculpture), 2008
sculpture for digital film loop
concrete, iron, wood, polyester, 52 inch LCD screen
270 x 160 x 420 cm

Note / Van Warmerdam wished to extend the cautious blinking of an elephant’s eye, which must have already witnessed so much throughout evolution, towards the present day by placing the film in a sculpture with an elongated roof.

Het Grote Geheugen – doek (The Big Memory – cloth), 2008
painted elephant cloth : digital print, paint on fabric
151 x 332 cm

Note / This elephant in the procession on the opening day of the Sonsbeek exhibition helped draw the public’s attention to the film sculpture Het grote geheugen in Sonsbeek Park. The cloth on the animal’s back shows a film still, which, in the context of the procession through the city of Arnhem, was intended mainly as a promotional element.

 

Film and video

 

Trembling, 2008

Trembling, 2008
35 mm film loop, colour, 3’09”
projector, loop system
approx. 300 x 400 cm
edition 3 + 1 AP

Note / The calyxes of a petunia quiver more than usual in the shopping basket on the front of a bicycle. With the grey road surface rushing past, Van Warmerdam had the film loop Trembling served to her on a platter. To make it, she first had to ask René Welker to return the plant, which had been a gift. MvW: ‘A strange rhythm is created because the horn-shaped flowers are so top-heavy. It is difficult to fix your attention on single flowers. Every attempt to do so is immediately thwarted.’