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Exhibition -

Various Artists - SUMMER AT TORCH

Various Artists - SUMMER AT TORCH

Exhibition overview:

20 Jul - 17 Aug 2013

TORCH gallery

This summer TORCH gallery will give a very diverse group of artists the chance to present their latest works. On Saturday the 20th of July, from 5-7pm, this exhibition will have its festive opening. Andrew Clausen (1977 USA), Tessa Hendriks (1987, NL), Martin C. de Waal (1962, NL) and Ashley Zelinskie (5 november, USA) will present a selection of their recent works. Clausen creates delicate relief works in cast concrete. Hendriks will make a treehouse in the gallery made from material found in the neigbourhood. De Waal will provide a monumental banner and will present his classic portrait photography. Zelinskie will present 3D-printed sculptures which try to preserve cultural heritage for the digital age.




The summer exhibition is a peculiar phenomena. Half the globe is pining for a drink on the beach while galleries are trying their best to seduce people to go inside. It's the time of the year when people have a lot of time on their hands, but no incentive to spend any of it actively. This situation presents TORCH with the perfect opportunity for experimental exhibitions. Three of the four selected artists have never before exhibited at the gallery. The fourth, Martin C. de Waal, will act as curator.


Andrew Clausen started his artistic carreer as an apprentice for the sculptors Paul Lindhard and Béla Bácsi. In his own studio in Italy he then trained himself in creating sculptural assignments in stone, clay and steel. From all the materials he used cast concrete was the one that stuck and developed. In his autonomous works he uses the material with great effect and craftmanship. Using a complex process of casting, composing and deconstructing he creates intriguing relief works. These pieces balance between the sculptural and the two-dimensional and use the natural appearance of concrete to convey archtectural themes. An intricate, fragile play of light and shadow rests on the comforting grey of the cast concrete.


Tessa Hendriks lives and works in Amsterdam. In 2010 she graduated from the HKU (art academy of Utrecht, NL) as an art teacher. In 2011 she then graduated from the KASK (Gent, Belgium) in the Sculpture and installation department. At the moment she is working on her treehouse project, in which she uses found materials to create installation pieces which provide the public with shelter. Besides these 'treehouses' she also creates other shelters and light-gardens. These openly hidden pieces are waiting to be discovered by the general public. For the summer exhibition at TORCH she will create a place one can escape and hide in, because play is a right for live.


Martin C. de Waal is interested in the aesthetics of the outsider. He studies the outward and inner qualities of subcultures, eccentrics and loners. In his work - which can range from metal-hommages, spectacular opera-installations and classic photographic portraiture - he tries to emphasize the importance of diversity and equality within a society. In his latest body of work he goes back to the basics; black and white analogue photography, completely free of any editing. These photographs are honest, piercing portraits of extraordinary people.


Ashley Zelinskie is a young New York artist whose work celebrates our digital existence. She is committed to translating social and cultural history into a language understandable by computers and robots. In her 3D-printed sculptures she reduces the richly layered information offered by cultural icons to numerical structures. Her Mona Lisa consists out of the hexadecimal code of an image of the famous masterpiece, printed tot the scale of the original work. She shows us how a computer interprets a piece of art. But her main goal is preserving valuable cultural and social information for the time that all humans have become cyborgs and machines have taken over the planet.