Yesterday after work me and other art handlers went to see the end-of-residency exhibition of Artwell. It's a building nearby our warehouse that hosts creative startups and, since a couple of years ago, the last floors' spaces have been given to emerging artists to support their projects. "Window Openers" gathers 20 AiRs' researches, "in a space where inbuilt ventilation systems prevent windows from opening, the artists have attempted to bring the inside out to the outside in, opening the metaphorical windows." Personally, I always love to go to open studios, and WiP sharings. In fact, these artworks share an experimental attitude that makes you come closer to to them, raising questions to what they might mean, observe how they are done, they dare you to touch and smell them, creating a contact like the artist had during the creation process. Moreover, it's always a nice occasion to go and see some artists that you know, as friends or from studies or other projects and support them (Amsterdam is a small city, in this sense).
One installation that made an impact for me in particular was from Oskar Frere-Smith who built 4 rows of church benches on which computer screens where sitting. They were all idle, seemingly off yet they were all wired and connected to their towers, silently humming in the room, creating a feeling of waiting and presence and immateriality, an attempt to sum up these weird, peculiar times.
Among the different rooms it was cool to see that some of our art crates where we receive artworks in, ended up in the exhibition too! One was even disassembled and rebuilt in a chair and a stool à la Mondrian whereas others were devolved as flower beds. They were from 2 guys from Berlin, a duo called "j plus f", that back in summer time came round the warehouse and happily took some of our empty crates and that's how we went to know about our temporary neighbours.
And you, do you happen to go to open studios too?