donderdag 19 juli 2012

Artist-in-residency Karin Bos & Erik Wuthrich at Zuiderzeemuseum - Part Two

July 19th: Erik Wuthrich wants to know if his new pond sculpture in progress will float. The best way to find out is by trial and error.
Water is always nearby at the Zuiderzee Museum
Luckely land is also near, in case it goes wrong

The dropping
Yes, it floats
But does it still float with 80 kilos extra wheight on top of it?

Yes it does. Next problem: how to retrieve it from the water? (Without getting wet ourselves.)
Museum Security standing by to rescue us.

Erik arranged a happy crew to do his dirty work
Karin however is still painting by herself.
her works in progress
July 20th: Erik moved to the woodshop of the museum to do some dirty work with a gas mask on, and Karin takes her first pictures of dressed-up children at the outdoor museum.
Super model!

First little sketch.

July 21th: We wake up and greet the chicken in our garden and spot some eggs.
The back side of our house at the museum.

and this is the view from our garden, hello IJsselmeer (IJssel lake)
Another day at the office! Erik is checking his mail. Our house used to be located in the fishing town Monnickendam.

Erik at work in the workshop of the museum using his favorite cake knife for the shaping of his sculpture.

Watercolour in progress
July 22th: Erik is shaping his pond sculpture while Karin is working on watercolours.
working on the second figure

the oil paintings are still wet!

Erik is testing how the water will pour, with the help of the museum security guard
July 23th: Yes, no more walking, we arranged some loan bikes, so today we can go on an inspiration tour and cycle these endless dikes and through the straight lined landscapes searching for inspiration. But first we had a meeting with the museum director with cake and everything, because he celebrated his birthday today. Some other V.I.P.'s interrupted our meeting: our favourite nieces (and muses) knocked at the door, so we gave them a museum tour.
The three graces
In our museum studio we show the art work "Do not feed the artist". Being exposed while working as an artist sometimes feels like being in a zoo. We perform for a live audience.. The "do not feed" refers to the current financial cut-backs in the art world. We want to show that the value of creativity should not be underestimated. Artists should get paid for their labour, unfortunately in reality that is too often not the case. We didn't take the "do not feed" literally, since today we do: we are told that we are not supposed to eat so much at lunch. Wow, the sunflower seeds in the art work "Do not feed the artist" refers to the most famous starving artist in Dutch history; Vincent van Gogh. Well, Vincent, we can tell you, tomorrow we might try how our ears taste.!.
Do not feed the artist.
 July 24th: Super, today the Acrylic One package arrived. Erik finishes the basic shape of his pond sculpture. When it is dry he will start applying the Acrylic One to make the surface strong.
The basic shape of the pond sculpture is ready!
Second little sketch of the visiting girls in the museum who dress up.
July 25th: Another beautiful warm day. Karin wakes up at 5.30 to photograph the early morning light. The curious chicken and goats are already awake, but let's go back to bed.
Early morning view.
More favourite nieces dropped by today. Karin took a great picture of the kids watching the dvd in the museum room from super close by, to see their uncle Erik as a fancy moviestar. Unfortunately the camera is getting old and the jpg is broke..sorry, no image..only an imaginary one.