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Group show: Lara Almarcegui: Guide to ruined Buildings in the Netherlands XIX-XXI Century / Dolores: Peter Fillingham (over)

1 March 2008 until 5 April 2008
  Lara Almarcegui: Guide to ruined Buildings in the Netherlands XIX-XXI Century / Dolores: Peter Fillingham
Lara Almarcegui
  Ellen de Bruijne Projects

Ellen de Bruijne Projects
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1016 LZ Amsterdam
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Lara Almarcegui:
Guide to ruined Buildings in the Netherlands XIX-XXI Century

Lara Almarcegui
searched the Dutch grounds, looking for the ruins of buildings. Sometimes only their windows were missing and the downfall had just started, sometimes she found nothing more than a pile of rubble.

Lara Almarcegui's work often explores neglected or overlooked sites, where the planned and unplanned use of the urban space becomes visible. Revealing their identity in her guides, highlighting each location's tendency towards entropy.

When is a building a ruin? For Almarcegui it all starts when the building is exposed to the great outdoors, due to broken windows or wholes in the roof.
No longer protected from exterior elements it now becomes a prey for the elements of nature: wind, water, sun, vegetation and wildlife find their way into every creek and slowly merge into the buildings structure.

Guide to ruined Buildings in the Netherlands XIX-XXI Century contains over 150 entries, presenting a fascinating overview of ruins and abandoned buildings: a never accomplished museum, a luxurious hotel, a series of open-air swimming pools and bridges and a lighthouse.

Lara Almarcegui (b. 1972) is a Spanish artist based in Rotterdam. She has had solo exhibitions at INDEX, Stockholm (2004), FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon (2004) and CAC Centro Arte Contemporaneo, Malaga (2007).

She presented projects at the Liverpool Biennial (2004), at the Frieze artfair special projects (2006), at the São Paulo Biennial (2006), and the Sharjah Biennial 8, Arabic Emirates (2007).
In 2007 her exhibition at CGAC, Santiago de Compostela started, and is still running.


Peter Fillingham:

My favourite year, the best work I ever made.

Seashells, pebbles, monkey nuts, glass bottles, coloured cotton, slide projection. 2008

Sometimes it takes a simple object to remind you of what people mean to you. A swing reminds you of your childhood best-friend, a piece of soap to your grandmother..
Peter Fillingham plays with these emotions. The shape of the object, its smell, how it feels, it can start a flow of memories and emotions.

"'My favourite year, the best work I ever made' is a display of four art works, which are still in the process of being made but are not exactly unfinished. The works are shown in a simple form and are more of an enquiry for me; they are four individual statements.
The first slide projection is a sculpture, which relates to my time spent on a Finnish island with friends.
The cotton sheets, refers to my ambition to work with four separate camping groups, still very much in early stages.
The shell, pebble and monkey nut bottles are a homage to my friend, a way of thinking things through.
The second slide projection is the first attempt to photograph a small section of my collection of Christmas objects. These images were taken in a parish hall in my home town."

My favourite year, the best work I ever made, displays four art works which are still in progress, they are presented at a certain moment in their existence but will continue to progress. Shown in a simple form, they are the result of an ongoing enquiry in four individual statements.

Opening: 1 March 17-19 h.
Exhibition: 1 March - 5 April
Open: tu - sat 13 - 18 h. and 1st Sun o/t month 14 - 17 h.

Upcoming exhibitions: Nesrine Khodr and Chikako Watanabe 12 April - 17 May
Upcoming fairs: Art Brussels: 18 - 21 April / Art Amsterdam 7 - 12 May

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