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Arja Hop
updated: 06/12/2014
website: www.arjahop.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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pigment
pigment
Pigment
Pigment
Pigment
Pigment
lava
Lava
Sediment
Sediment
Résonance
Résonance
resonance wall
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, biomorphic, pattern, science, process, nature
 
 
pigment by Arja Hop
pigment
oil - canvas
2012
200cm " x  230 " 
pigment by Arja Hop
pigment
oil - canvas
2013
190 " x  230 " 
Pigment by Arja Hop
Pigment
oil - canvas
2011
40 " x  40 " 
Pigment by Arja Hop
Pigment
oil - canvas
2013
37 " x  37 " 
Pigment by Arja Hop
Pigment
oil - canvas
2012
200 " x  230 " 
Pigment by Arja Hop
Pigment
oil - canvas
2011
40 " x  40 " 
lava by Arja Hop
lava
colopencil - paper
2013
50" x  65" 
Lava by Arja Hop
Lava
colorpencil - paper
2013
50" x  65" 
Sediment by Arja Hop
Sediment
colorpencil - paper
2013
50 40 " x  65 40 " 
Sediment by Arja Hop
Sediment
Colourpencil - paper
2013
50" x  65" 
Résonance by Arja Hop
Résonance
fine liner - paper
2013
20 " x  30 " 
Résonance by Arja Hop
Résonance
fine liner - paper
2013
20 " x  30 " 
resonance wall by Arja Hop
resonance wall
wallpaint - wall
2013
400" x  400" 

Artist Statement

 

 

I tend to ask myself questions from a philosophical standpoint about observation and that which is observed in time and space. I am endlessly intrigued by the remarkableness of the everyday. As a result of my studies of the theoretical foundations of reality as developed by philosophers, biologists, etc., I see more and more the necessity of simplicity and the complexity within simplicity. I am concerned with my relationship with and connection to this concept, with what is subject and what is object, and with what the measurements of humanity are. By paying attention, I see an unknown world develop out of this, with thoughts, structures, and a wealth of images. I am always looking for visual forms with which I can interpret these ideas, such as paintings, drawings, and porcelain objects.

 

Patterns, order, structures, rules, and conventions are the starting point for my search. I use this approach to study boundaries and contrasts among basic principles. My starting point is the placement of the object in an x axis and a y axis or with a black background. The goal is to create images by observing and naming the creative process, to find, to pare down and to define, to turn language into images, to choose the right materials, to mirror concepts, create new connections and categories, and to combine everything into a poetic whole.

 

This is expressed in alternately tentative and bold paint strokes and restrained ink lines with intention and measured resolve. 

I also repeat constructions in completely different materials, such as porcelain and wood, which each require a different approach, I am also interested in the organisation of the plant world, the passage of time and being present at a particular location, such as when one takes a walk, the earth in relation to the world. It are always propositions about the way things are, or the way things might be, or the way I like things to be.

 

In short, I experience the world around me as a series of phenomena, and the combination of art and philosophy allows me to explore these phenomena in more detail.


 

Artist Bio / CV
Education

UvA, University of Amsterdam, Philosophy, Amsterdam, 2010 - 2011
PPCH, Analytical Drawing, Amsterdam, 2003 - 2006
AKV St. Joost, Art Academy, Visual Art, Breda, 1987 - 1992

Awards / Nominations

Nomination, FNVkiem prijsvraag, De Burcht, Amsterdam, 2011
Materiaalfonds, Publication Drawings,  Amsterdam, 2005
Fonds BKVB, Basic stipend, 2002
Fonds BKVB, Basic stipend 1996
Longlist, Wim Izaks award, 1998
Longlist, Nouvelles Images ‘Jonge kunstenaars’, Den Haag, 1995
NBKS, 1992 + 1994

Exhibitions

BOUNLESS, CBK Amsterdam / AGA Amsterdam graphic studio, Amsterdam 2012
Artist’s Centre, Mumbai, 2012
Nouvel Organon, In-between: Abstraction and Figuration, Paris, 2012

Pictura, Dordrecht, 2011
DinA4, International Drawing Project, Malaga, 2011
FNVkiem award, De Burcht, Amsterdam, 2011
BrabantKunstArchief, St. Brabant Paviljoen/Lokaal 01, Breda 2011
New Members Exhibition, 16 meetings, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, 2011
CBK Amsterdam, Kiemkracht, 2011
Museum Geelvinck, Amsterdam, 2011
Arti et Amicitiae, Salon, Amsterdam, 2011
Work period, Mumbai, 2011

Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, 2010
Photography, Parool newspaper, 2010
Pictura, Dordrecht, 2010
Artist in Residence, Noto, Sicilië, 2010

Pictura, Dordrecht, 2009
De Zwarte Ruyter, book case, Rotterdam, 2009

Winston Hotel, Amsterdam, 2008
Photography, Podium staff magazine Arkin, Amsterdam, 2008

Galeria Sztuki Wspótczesnej, Opole, Polen, 2007
Photography, City Guide Amsterdam Osdorp, 2007 
De Aak, Photo exhibition Identity, curator, Amsterdam, 2007

Babel, Utrecht, 2006
Laboratorio, Utrecht, 2006
Drawings Danceperformance in association with Gif-t, Utrecht 2006
Rode Loper Festival, Art event, Amsterdam-Oost, 2006

Galerie Roger Katwijk, Drawings, Amsterdam, 2005
Central Museum Utrecht, 2005
NIVEM Ned. Inst. Ecologisch Management, Leiden, 2005
Foundation Materiaalfonds, Amsterdam, 2005
Balcony portraits, Amsterdam, 2005