On my first gallery tour in Amsterdam on March 8th, my friend Francisco and I spent a fair amount of time in Grimm gallery chatting with Sebastiaan Brandsen. It was there that Sebastiaan introduced me to AKKA’s bi-monthly brochure. The AKKA Foundation promotes art projects across all disciplines, I am not sure how they do that, but the participants in the foundation support the publication. It’s great that someone has done a contemporary gallery map which lists current openings, but I definitely want to explore what isn’t on their map and find out more about what they do.
Regardless of who they are, using AKKA’s map made it easy for me to plan out the next gallery tour, this Friday the 22nd. This time I focus on Amsterdam West, which is close to my house and an area I have been wanting to explore deeper for awhile now. I know the west is a hot bed of condensed creative action and I am focusing on finding a couple of days work in a creative place. Accounting is definitely not a bad set of skills to have in my back pocket and it’s time to get more financially lubricated.
I didn’t intend to pick 9 galleries for Friday’s tour, but that just so happens to be how many galleries AKKA features on their map that West of the Bloemgracht. For this tour’s google map I hyperlinked the websites and even emailed a couple galleries that were in between shows to make sure they would have work up. I am hoping Friday will be will be a lovely spring day, but I am not holding my breath as just a couple days ago we had both sun and snow at the same time, very confusing for a California lady.
As I was surfing the gallery websites, I came across Bryan Zanisnik’s installation work, which really excited me. “Five Weeks in a Balloon” at Ten Haaf Projects is a multi-media installation which will be my first in Amsterdam. Installation work fascinates for me for its ability to truly create atmosphere. Ten Haaf is the first on the tour and I am threatening to bring a pillow so I can camp out and absorb.
“Five Weeks in a Balloon,” courtesy of Brian Zanisnik
At Suzanne Beiderberg Gallery’s website I got so distracted by Eduardo Bettega’s work that I failed to notice that the exhibit had ended. The process of his work, as he states on his website is “the collection of materials too small to merit attention” The piece below involves beer cozies, that quickly destroyed/played with/tossed aside aspect of bar drinking. The motivation of his work stimulates that non-precious material side of my creative streak that I mentioned in Epic Overload about Andrea Lehmann’s work. I was so disappointed when I found out his show had ended that I asked him if I could come interview him. It would be great to meet him and to write more about him in a post to come. For now, I emailed Beiderberg to see if they have anything on their walls for the tour and will put them down as my potential wild card, since every tour needs at least two.
courtesy of Eduardo Bettega, www.EduardoBettega.com
There’s some great art on the schedule for Friday and this time around I eel ready for the epic overload of artistic inspiration. Excited to bring you more, soon, and if you want to tag along, just send me an email at Hi@PetraBenach.com.