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Airco Caravan (Amsterdam/New York)


Lives and works in Amsterdam and New York
mail@aircocaravan.com  *  www.aircocaravan.com  * +31628225227

       


In my work I explore and push my own limits through the eloquence of paint and canvas. The material does intensify the expression, elevating subjects to iconic images, and sometimes changing into ordinary color on cotton duck when ideas topple into seemingly trivial appearances.

In the tradition of popart painters like Ed Ruscha, Tom Wesselmann, James Rosenquist and their German peer Sigmar Polke and younger generation Martin Kippenberger, I investigate color, collage and subjects from daily life. This results in a zap culture like broad spectrum of painting, mixed media, photography, screen printing, sculpture and installation. Often existing images from the internet and mass media and political issues are the starting point.

In my conceptual works, all kinds of resources are used, from knitting needles to Chinese paintings, from electrical cord to pubic hair. My work questions our awareness and convictions about the boundaries that separate taboo and trivial, desire and fear, love and hate, life and death. Sometimes abstract, but mostly figurative, I never avoid the risk of crossing the line. The innocent and sometimes provocative images have a twist or deeper meaning, leaving the interpretation up to the viewer.

Solo exhibitions


2016     Arti Gallery, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
         The Night of the Dictatorship, De Balie, Amsterdam
         Open Studios Port Morris, South Bronx NYC
2015     Little Easter Solo show, LES, New York, NY
         This Art Fair, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam
2014     Art of What, Gemak, The Hague
         The Other Side of Light, Art in Redlight, Amsterdam
2013     International Window, Arps & Co Gallery, Amsterdam
         Art in Redlight Art Fair, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam
         Airco Caravan’s Cycling Art Gallery, The Hague and Amsterdam


Group exhibitions (selection)


upcoming:
2017     September 7 - 10 Artists in Diemen, Venduhuis De Eland en de Zon, Diemen, Netherlands
         July 20 - September 20  IJsselbiënnale, Koelhuis Zutphen, Netherlands
         September 16 - 17 Single Fare 4, New York, NY
         September 21 - October 1 Nasty Women London, UK
         October 1 - 5 Nasty Women Roma, Palazzo del Buon Pastore, Rome
         October 6 - 15  Art for Animals Sake, art-for-animals-sake.com, Amsterdam
         October 7 - 31  Josilda da Conceição, group show with Joëlle Hoegendoorn,
                         Ralf Kokke and Rob Thijsse, Amsterdam


past:
2017     Nasty Women Mexico, Museum of memory and tolerance, CDMX
         SummerShow Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam
         Nasty Women Tucson, Borderlands Brewing Company, Tucson AZ
         NAZ Nasty Women, The Hive, Flagstaff, AZ
         Nasty Women Newcastle, Byker Community Centre, UK
         Nasty Women Amsterdam, Josilda da Conceição Gallery, Amsterdam
         Nasty Women Flensburg, Aktivitätshuset,
         Nasty Women Exhibition, Grand ArtHaus, Phoenix AZ
         NW Las Cruces NM, Portland OR, Omaha NE, Kingston RI, Durham NC, Lancaster CA,
         Phoenix AZ, Nashville TN, San Diego CA, Memphis TN, Charleston SC, USA
         Nasty Women Everywhere, Melbourne, Australia
         Nasty Women DreamWeek, AP Art Lab, San Antonio TX
         Nasty Women Exhibition, Picture Perfect Gallery, Lancaster CA
         Nasty Women Art Exhibition, Knockdown Center, Queens, New York
         Exhibition Robinson, Nasty Alice Gallery, Eindhoven
2016     Arti Salon works 2016, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
         Vasco del Arte, Shamrock House, Abcoude
         The Survivors, City Hall, The Hague Peace Projects
         VAN GOGH MINI’S, 80 artists, 80 show boxes, MOTI Museum, Breda
         Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, New York,
         Josilda da Conceicao Gallery - with Roos van Dijk, Daniel Mullen, Elly Sloep, Amsterdam
         Art Rotterdam, cameo with Benjamin Li, Van Kranendonk Gallery The Hague 
         We Like Art, Multi Solo Size Matters, Tetem kunstruimte, Enschede
2015     Jalously Curated, Voltage Coffee and Art, Cambridge MA USA
         The Greenhouse Effect, Wunderkammer, Amsterdam
         Nieuwe Leden Tentoonstelling, (new members show) Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
         M2Kunst #6, 37PK, Haarlem (with Rutger van der Tas and Edith Meijering)
         NEON, Galerie Nasty Alice, Eindhoven
         Art Zaanstad Art Fair, Zaandam
         Show what you want Show, Bart Invites, Platvorm Platform, Amsterdam
         Torenkamerfestival, Amsterdam
         Hangen doe je toch (You will hang anyway), Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
         KunstRAI, Amsterdam, Galerie Nasty Alice
         Social Peek Show, Beerenberg Gallery, Druten
         Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair, Galerie Nasty Alice
2014     Dag van de Beeldverzamelaar (Day of the Image Collector), MOTI Museum, Breda
         Still Life, Media Café, VondelCS, Amsterdam
         Chinese Whispers, Galerie Nasty Alice, Eindhoven
         Chinese Whispers, Karin Janssen Porject Space, London
         Villa Mondriaan, with Benjamin Li's Te Koop (For Sale), Winterswijk
         Freedom, Serre, Amsterdam
         Brooklyn Hotel, Amsterdam: Crime Scenes
         Boeddha in de Linie, Kunstfort Asperen, Acquoy
         >> Watch the documentary, broadcasted on National TV (Dutch only)
         Bison Caravan, Tierrrafino, Amsterdam
         Au Naturel, Astoria, USA
         Realisme Art Fair, Galerie de Vis, Amsterdam
2013     Chelsea International Fine Art Competition, New York
         Vienna Showcase, MOYA (Museum of Young Art) Vienna, Austria   
         Made in China, CNCPT13 Gallery, Amsterdam
         TOON-Amsterdam Gallery, Amsterdam
         Student Concours 2013, Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, New York
2011     Art After Advertising, Kunstliefde Utrecht, Netherlands
         Artists Home & Abroad The Broadway Gallery, New York
         Student Concours 2011 Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, New York
2009     Bristol Museum, illegal participation in Bansky show, Great Britain
         Design Festa Vol.30, Tokyo
2007     Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
         Monkdogz Urban Art International Artists, New York
         Mini exhibition Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2006     Happy Poodle before Laser 3.14 came along - street art, Amsterdam
         Hype Gallery, Amsterdam
2005     Design Festa Gallery, Tokyo
         MK24 Amsterdam, Amsterdam


Education


2011-16  Art Students League, New York
2006     MK24 screen printing, Amsterdam
1988     Bachelor of Art, Academy of Arts, Utrecht, Netherlands


Grants/Awards/other


2017     Initiator & curator Nasty Women Amsterdam Art Exhibition & Fundraiser,
         184 artists from 27 countries, 240 artworks ($17,000 raised),
         more info: nastywomenamsterdam.org
2015     Artist in Residence Opium op 4 De Torenkamer
         Curator of group show The Greenhouse Effect, Amsterdam
2014     First prize 'The Other Side of Light'
         Selected in AVROTROS Still Life Contest
         Member of Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
         Artist in Residence, Boeddha in de Linie, Culemborg
         Selected in Au Naturel International Exhibition
         Team member Art in Redlight
2013     Selected in Chelsea International Fine Art Competition
2012     First Prize HEMA competition (Netherlands)



Bibliography/press (selection)


2017     Vice / The Creator's Project, Nasty Women Amsterdam
         National Newspaper Het Parool, Nasty Women Amsterdam
         National Newspaper Metro, Nasty Women Amsterdam
         Local Amsterdam newspaper De Echo, Nasty Women Amsterdam
         Reuters int'l television, Nasty Women Amsterdam, broadcasted around the world
         Russian State Television (never broadcasted)
         Metro UK, Nasty Women Amsterdam
         National Newspaper AD, Nasty Women Amsterdam
         Cosmopolitan, Nsasty Women Amsterdam
         Opzij, feministic magazine, Nasty Women Amsterdam
         nastional Radio BNR News radio, Nasty Women Amsterdam
2016     deBonjo, Newspaper for (ex-)prisoners, Weapon: Other
         De Kunstenaar Uitgelicht (Artist in the Spotlight), interview, Arti et Amicitiae
         Art blog The Creators Project, Weapon: Other
         Salto Amsterdam Radio City FM, interview Weapon: Other
         National Newspaper Metro, Weapon: Other
         National Newspaper Het Parool, Weapon: Other
         National Newspaper de Volkskrant: Van Gogh Minis in MOTI Museum
         Jegens & Tevens, art blog, Netherlands, The Survivors
         De Gele Krant (the yellow newspaper), special edition on Van Gogh Minis
         Grote Amsterdamse Kunstkalender
         Kolibri International Art Calendar
2015     National radio: interview on Opium op 4
         Lotje & Co Magazine
         Newspaper Haarlems Dagblad
         Newspaper De Maas&Waler
         Dag van de Beeldverzamelaar (Day of the Image Collector), MOTI Museum, Breda
         Yen Magazine, Australia
         Brooklyn Daily Eagle, New York
         Grote Amsterdamse Kunstkalender
2014     Newspaper Het Parool: exhibition Art in Redlight
         Newspapers Gooi- en Eemlander, 100,000,000 Deaths and Counting
         Newspaper Haagse Courant, 100,000,000 Deaths and Counting
         Newspaper IJmuider Courant, 100,000,000 Deaths and Counting
         Newspapers Noord Hollands Dagblad 100,000,000 Deaths and Counting
         Newspaper Leids Dagblad 100,000,000 Deaths and Counting
         Lost-Painters.nl, Villanextdoor.nl
         Thejealouscurator.com on the Crime Scene series
         itsnicethat.com on the Crime Scene series
         Overuit.nl on Chinese Whispers
         Wsimag.com on Chinese Whispers
         Newspapers East End review, London, Chinese Whispers
         Hackney Citizen review, London, Chinese Whispers
         National tv: Documentary Boeddha in de Linie, NPO2
         >> Watch the documentary, broadcasted on National TV (Dutch only)
         National radio: Boeddha in de Linie, Radio 5
         Newspaper Boeddhistisch Dagblad, several articles throughout the year
         Article in Tibet.nu (Made in China)
         Den Haag FM, Kunstblog, Villalarepubblica.nl on Art of What
         Grote Amsterdamse Kunstkalender
         Grote Amsterdamse Kunstkalender
2013     National Newspaper Het Parool: project Made in China
         Newspaper De Echo, Amsterdam: Window Dressing
         National Newspaper Het Parool: Grote Amsterdamse Kunstkalender
         National newspaper The Volkskrant: project Made in China
         National newspaper Trouw: Made in China
         Newspaper Haarlems Dagblad
         Newspaper De Stantor: Made in China
         Newspaper Boeddhistisch Dagblad
         Radio: NTR Radio, national radio, Netherlands       
         TV: Reuters, broadcasted internationally.
         Many websites and blogs posted items on Made in China
         ARTisSpectrum Vol. 29, May 2013
         Window Dressing, photobook
         Websites, amongst others: Online Galerij, Boeddhistisch Dagblad, Art in Redligt, Eyespired
2007     Review in ARTisSpectrum, New York
         I’m Home Design magazine (Japan)
         TV show Homes by Design (HGTV, Bravo, Life Network)