BASE FOR EXPERIMENT, ART AND RESEARCH (FINE ART ARNHEM)
BEAR FINALS 2017
A LOVE STORY
This is a story about love. It is not your average boy meets girl scenario – don’t worry. The love we talk about is about you, about the world and the future.
The graduate students of Base for Experiment, Art and Research (BEAR)(Bachelor Fine Art Arnhem) ArtEZ chose the title a love story, because they stand for art that refuses to double misery or to present itself as mere critique. They do not work from the negative, nor from conflict. Without restraint or cynicism, they present their work with heart and soul. A love story celebrates questions and observes the world with an open view. But be aware, these graduates are not naïve! They are affirmative artists, willing to present unpredictable alternatives by opening up issues and inflicting discomfort.
We, at BEAR, care a great deal about a love that involves risk taking. We are like family. For us a good vibe is more important than a finished object, problematizing more interesting than criticizing. We care for listening more than talking. We care for our group more than our egos. We know that the potential for failure can be effective and are aware of the power of not knowing.
We are convinced that life is a process not a series of separate events. We take the challenge of thinking about the inconceivable future. Therefore, these Finals are not a culmination point, instead they initiate what is to come: the beginning of the artistic lives of these beautiful artists. For us the Finals are about playing and experimenting in order to be able to move on.
We at BEAR care for the world and each other. We work on building our own mind-boggling positions in society, rather than trying to fit in the existing ones. We create with love.
So, we welcome you into our love story as it continues to unfold in unforeseeable and infectious ways.
Laura van Grinsven,
Curator and Lecturer at BEAR,
ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de kunsten
28 juni t/m 2 juli
Oude Kraan 26, Arnhem
Wednesday 18:00 / 20.30
Thursday t/m Friday 10:30 / 20:30
Saturday & Sunday 11:00 / 17:00
check out the BEAR finals 17 catalog here
Esmee van den Akker
Kevin ten Thij
Maud van Dijk
Rixt Meeuwissen Robin Kersten
Willem de Haan