Crossing Borders is an initiative and organized by 10dence gallery, Gravenstraat 33, 3311 BC, Dordrecht, the Netherlands and is presented in partnership with Global Art Project – GAP.
Ron Weijers and Carl Heyward, both professional artist and curators who both have a long term collaborative background within the Global Art Project (GAP) community, see geographical boundary lines as unnecessary and obsolete, especially when considering the rich and diverse cultural makeup this world shares. With this in mind, they invite artists connected to the Global Art Project community from all over the world to reflect on the concept and to show their work at the Sint Amanduskapel, Campo-Santo in Ghent, Belgium, in an exhibition titled ”CrossingBorders”.
The exhibition location is located at Sint-Amanduskapel – Campo-Santo – Visitatiestraat 2 – 9040 – Sint-Amandsberg – Ghent – Belgium. The CrossingBorders exhibition will be on display from August 31 till September 15 2019. For further information: +3112184120 or firstname.lastname@example.org – website http://www.10dencegallery.com.
CrossingBorders concept is a conceptual collaborative group exhibition project for art professionals affiliated with Global Art Project GAP worldwide aiming on transferring the projects concept to the public and extending the participants professional international networks and art market. The CrossingBorders exhibition aims to bring together Global Art Project affiliated artists from all over the world, who are highly motivated to collaborate with each other across national borders with the ambition to enter each other’s markets artistically. The curators of the CrossingBorders exhibition, stimulate and expect a conceptual reflection ondistances or barriers, included in the perceptual context of a border, a blocking in thinking, acceptance and/or understanding by means of political issues, globalisation, (im)migration, climate change, gender, race, culture, religious racism, terrorism, genocide, war, misogynist behavior, feelings of fear or superiority etc etc…In other words, the GAP artists will reflect upon their own conceptions about what constitutes a border or boundary and what it means to cross it.
Furthermore, the CrossingBorders concept also strongly intends to reflect on the role of migration as embodied in works of art. Centring on the physical and conceptual manifestations of the effects of migration and migrants on art. This issue also invites a focus on diasporas of practitioners and their reception by new audiences or consumers. The current ‘refugee crisis’ represents, above all, an international political crisis as lack of coordinated action that for instance has stretched the European Union relations almost to breaking point. In many countries populist right wing parties have been given a new lease of life with increasing numbers of people turning their backs on an open and liberal society. CrossingBorders stimulates reflection on the role of migration as embodied in works of art, material culture and their conservation.
Exhibitor Eligibility: To be eligible for participation within the CrossingBorders exhibition, artists will need to be affiliated or a member of the Global Art Project. GAP Is a membership based international collaborative of more than 50 mixed-media artists. Global Art Project has generated numerous workshops, exhibitions and collaborative studio experiences in Venice, Lecce and Treviso Italy, Mazatlan, Mexico, San Francisco, Mill Valley, Benicia, Sausalito and Novato California. Their work reflects individual, personal and global concerns by virtue of intention. They are creating and exhibiting work that allows freedom of expression given this unique format to communicate beyond language and culture with diverse artists from all over the world while remaining open to the opportunities of the moment accessed through this circumstance in settings allowing interaction not only with each other but local arts communities as well. GAP is linked by activity in mixed-media art practice, which may be reduced to working with the materials at hand and has antecedents in collage, assemblage, found-object and related practice. Their affinity with Fluxus, Cobra, and the Dada Art Movement is a recognition of the importance of being attuned to the collaborative future.
Interactive encounters within the exhibition space: Visitors of the exhibition will be encouraged to reflect with their vision and interpretation of the CrossingBorders concept directly on video. All recorded reflections will automatically be mounted on a projected video showreal that will loop continuously during the timeframe of the exhibition. A kind of a oneway forum without restrictions.
Global Art Project (GAP) an international mixed-media collaborative collective Global Art Project (GAP), founded by Carl Heyward, Akiko Suzuki, Lorna Crane, Chaewon Oh and Vered Gersztenkorn is an international group of artists with diverse interests and backgrounds; their common belief in art making as a natural part of the human condition, and collaboration as a key component, enables them to produce work that embodies a special kind of truth. Like the Fluxus artists, the principles that underlie the GAP philosophy include the belief that trusting the process of making art is fundamental to its creation, that art as a means of communication has a universal, cross cultural reach, and that education is not essential to understanding or appreciating of a work of art. It is unrestricted and available to all, not only those who can afford to purchase art or visit museums where carefully selected precious objects are carefully guarded.
Going beyond the surrealist’s concept of “automatism,” the GAP artists yield to the release of the separate and distinct grasp for the sake of a combined learning and aesthetic experience. Much of the work produced by this group is characterized by raw energy combined with elegant, intuitive, unplanned design. Implicit mutual faith, relinquishing of territorial boundaries, and conviction that the result will reflect the authenticity of the experience are essential to the practice. It is different from “group think”, or individual artists working on a project together. The concurrent action of the workers, without a predetermined program or plan, instigates a communal vision, giving rise to aspects of the unknown which would have otherwise been unreachable. Each mark, stroke, gesture, shape, color, and texture retains its intrinsic qualities while transforming into a collective composition. The process takes time, so there is an element of sequential movement to the work. The time that it takes for the eye to travel around a composition, following the impulses of the various artists involved in its creation, is an interesting variable in this process. While often nonobjective, the content of the collaborative work sometimes contains explicit images of public figures, or recognizable icons juxtaposed with self-contained formal elements. The results present us with an interesting dichotomy because, like all two dimensional art, it is seen instantaneously, but can often be best appreciated over time. The nature of this work is provocative on many levels, and has endless possible routes to the yet to be discovered.
GAP Is a membership based international collaborative of Mixed-media Artists whose active participants vary between 6-20 depending on the project. Having roots initially in web based activity beginning in 2012 (post card and correspondence art projects such as KNEE(jerk) Fragmentation Project)
Global Art Project has generated numerous workshops, exhibitions and collaborative studio experiences in Venice, Lecce and Treviso Italy, Mazatlan, Mexico, San Francisco, Mill Valley, Benicia, Sausalito and Novato California. Currently GAP VII – Residency, Sobo Bade in Senegalfrom December 23 2018 till January 25 is under development for 2019. Their work reflects individual, personal and global concerns by virtue of intention. They are creating and exhibiting work that allows freedom of expression given this unique format to communicate beyond language and culture with diverse artists from all over the world while remaining open to the opportunities of the moment accessed through this circumstance in settings allowing interaction not only with each other but local arts communities as well.
GAP is linked by activity in mixed-media art practice, which may be reduced to working with the materials at hand and has antecedents in collage, assemblage, found-object and related practice. Their affinity with Fluxus, Cobra, and the Dada Art Movement is a recognition of the importance of being attuned to the collaborative future.
10dence gallery – multi-disciplinairy expressions of art: an alternative international web-based gallery and network platform for contemporary art
The Dutch multi-disciplinary artist Ron Weijers over the years, developed his artistic and organizational involvement within international operating art community and networks with his 10dence gallery as well as several other wide-spread networks and art platforms. 10dence gallery presents, creates, explores, nurtures and promotes the art that happens when connections are made and knowledge is shared – across the boundaries of the established art-world institutions and their markets. Artist run 10dence gallery currently represents an international selected group of 15 artists in an alternative manner, organizing exhibition projects within the Netherlands and Belgium.
As an artist/curator, Weijers comments on our everyday (sur)realities whilestimulating dialogue and discussion on social and geopolitical issues of our time.In his work he considers the daily absurd – larger than life – (im)possibilities of this world by visualizing the essence, catching the heart of the issue at hand. Within the whole array of different media and ways or approaches to artistic visualisation, one can sense a special harmony between the expressed and produced, between the personal and populist, the traditional and modern, the premeditated and intuitive, but also between the physically perceived and spiritually sensed. His work engages with current events and contemporary society. Reviewing a worldwide climate of inflaming violence and it’s obvious consequences, laid-back absorbed from a cozy armchair as presented by a large variety of conveniently censored news-broadcasts, he developed and constructed a very individual concept and style that is trademarking these projects. His visualization and philosophy on the concepts for these projects, can be enigmatic in parts and often they are deliberately dark and dazzling at the same time. Furthermore the concepts mostly contain a highly potent mixture of symbolism that in his opinion works as an immersion booster. He is proud to be able to call himself an idealist and there is a strong essence of idealism integrated within his artistic processes. Thriving on his freedom of expression, overall he will develop projects in order to reflect his antipathy or solidarity to the peticular cause as integrated within the concept. In general the works will discharge a positive loaded energy field from a distant viewing point and will reveal the actual and opposite details only by closer examination.With the exhibition of projects like this, he intends to transfer his views and thoughts to the spectator, to improve awareness and to promote and to stimulate an open dialogue and discussion on specific and often sensitive issues.
GAP – GLOBAL ART PROJECT 2018
Current listing of GAP Core Members and FOG (Friends of GAP)
- Carl Heyward – USA – mixed-media arts, writer , photographer, educator
- Kent Heyward – USA – musician, spoken word
Akiko Suzuki – Japan – contemporary quilt and fiber artist
Chaewon Laura Oh – Korea – fiber, mixed-media arts
Lorna Crane – New South Wales – Australia – painter, mixed-media arts (leave of absence)
- Vered Gersztenkorn – Israel – painter
Jennifer Amy Homer-Hynes – USA – painter, print maker, mixed-media, writer
- Robert Reed – USA – visual artist, educator
- Dennis Elleflaadt – USA – PH visual artist
- Sandee Johnson – USA – mixed-media, photo
- Glen Rogers – Mexico – print maker, sculptor, writer, painter
Gregory J Rose – USA – painter, mixed media , educator
- N Masani Landfair – USA – mixed-media arts, assemblage
Alvaro Sanchez – Guatemala – mixed-media arts, print maker, graphic arts
- Ron Weijers – the Netherlands – painter, mixed-media arts, curator
- Ron Shelton – USA – writer, artist, publisher
John Crabtree – UK – mixed media arts, publisher
Massimo Nota – Italy – painter, mixed media arts
Heather Wilcoxon – USA – painter, print, educator
- Nicola Newton – UK/USA – painter, mixed-media artist
William Jaggers – USA – painter, educator
- Margot Hartford – USA/Canada – photographer, mixed-media artist, encautics
- Robin Colodzin – USA – painter, mixed-media artist
Naomi Middelmann – USA/Switserland - painter, mixed media
- Violet Skipp Haffner – USA – assemblage artist
Sarah O’Hala – USA – mixed-media artist, museum board
- Macha Melanie – France – choreographer, visual arts, web design, educator, PULS’ART
Catherine Walburton – France – PULS’ART
- Flore Corriere – France – PULS’ART
- Lea Panelouchka France – PULS’ART
- Maria Allocco – USA – spoken word, writer
- Carol Heft – USA – artist, painter, educator
- Lawrence Philp – USA – painter, mixed media, educator
- Monica Lisi – Italy – painter, educator, curator
- Mario Catalano – Italy – painter, video, curator
- Stefano Cacciatore – Italy – photographer
- Abdellah El Haitout – Morocco – mixed media artist
- Carmelo Marasciulo – Italy – mixed media arts, video, photo
- Mar Daines – France/Colombia – painter
- Anne Brems – Belgium – mixed media
- Brian Auerbach – USA – photographer, writer, spoken word
- Patricia Stacke-Kelly – Ireland - painter, mixed media
- Tina Morris – UK – mixed media
- Christopher Harrison – USA – mixed media, sculpture, graphics, educator
- Nancy Perry – USA – painter, educator
- Christine Verhaert – Belgium – mixed media
- Lynn Arnold – USA – mixed media
- Mikel Frank – USA painter , educator, curator
- Maryse Pique France/UK/Spain – painter
- Elizabeth Harris – USA – artist
- Christopher Padgett – Hunnicutt – USA – artist
- Anthony Bourdeau – France – artist
- Ana Gabiño Gabiño – Mexico – artist, print maker, spoken word, musician
- Annik Sensée – Belgium - artist