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Events, What's New — By Scott Roane on May 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm
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Urban Art Amsterdam

By Scott Roane

Amsterdam’s tradition of producing great artists might have started in the Golden Ags of the 17th century, but it’s something that the city still takes very seriously to this day. In addition to the hundreds of studios, art museums and permanent galleries, this month the city is also host to two visiting events which make art accessible to all.

Urban Art EFX
From 12-28 May, Urban Art EFX, an international exhibition of urban artists opens its doors at the CBK Cultural Centre in Amsterdam East. This is an exhibition of 13 internationally renowned artists, including Donovan Spanstra, SjocoSjon, Darrin Umboh and more. The artists originate from all corners of the world including Europe, India and Mexico and are seen as key figures in the urban art movement. The exhibition includes paintings, installations, sculptures and video art.

Urban art is a youthful cosmopolitan art form, which uses language, poetry, art, street art and fashion to represent today’s modern metropolis society. There are a number of events running throughout the exhibition including a Persian buffet and workshops.

CBK – Oranje-vrijstaatkade 71, 1093 ks, Amsterdam

Art Amsterdam
Between 11-15 May, Art in Amsterdam welcomes visitors to its enormous collection of both physical and virtual art exhibits. The virtual fair is an initiative of Art Amsterdam and www.openartcollection.com, the New York-based pioneer of virtual networks for collectors and online art fairs.

The exhibition takes place at the RAI International Exhibition Centre and entrance costs Euro 20 on the door, or Euro 15 in advance by booking online. Visit www.artamsterdam.nl for further details.

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  • loukia richards says:

    PRESS RELEASE
    ‘The Olive Tree A Rooster Called Home’
    A solo textile art exhibition and fee free Greek Embroidery workshops by Loukia Richards
    @ Coco-mat Antwerpen, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, MAY 2011

    It will be hard to trace any olive trees or roosters in Loukia Richards’s solo exhibition at the new Coco-mat stores in Belgium and The Netherlands but in the title.
    Loukia, a textile artist, a Hochschule der Kuenste Berlin graduate and Fulbrighter, makes use of a stereotypical image of Greece in her show title ‘to attract ”unaware visitors” and surprise them with unorthodox works and doings’.
    Her textile work (tapestries, soft sculptures and selected textile jewellery) reflect the influence of modern Greek culture and weaving traditions, while the artist’s personal Odyssey through techniques, materials and foreign influences is prominent in the show.

    Loukia’s show includes her ‘embroidery notes’ on Washington DC (The Washington Diary), her fiber experience from Amsterdam’s Red Light District (Holy Bitch), her family’s recollections from the bloody civil war that shadowed her childhood with pain and mourning (Death Dolls).
    The focal piece of the show is the old style Greek flag, embroidered with Greek Embroidery motifs from the 17th and 18th century. Its title: ‘NO!’ (OXI!) refers to a word echoeing the resistance of Greek people to foreign invadors throughout their history: from the Persian wars in the antiquity to the nazi occupation in the early 1940s.

    There is another element in the show which may surprise the visitor. She/he may participate in the fee free Greek Embroidery workshops taught by the artist. ‘In a way, visitors are encouraged to perform the craft that lead to this show and by becoming active participants of the event, they get a better understanding of the living Greek culture and the background that produced this work’, Loukia says.
    Guests will also have the possibility to try their newly acquired skills on a piece of textile which will be used to build the world’s biggest mattress, an ecology-focused international event Coco-mat organizes on June 15th in Marathon, Greece.
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
    Schedule:
    Coco-mat Amsterdam
    Overtoom 89
    +31 (0)20 4892 927
    from 12 to 19 Μay, 10.00 am to 6.00 p.m. (including Sunday 15 May)
    Please note that on Monday 16 May the shop opens at noon.
    During the show, the artist will teach fee free Greek Emboidery workshops (in English):
    From 10.00 am to noon at Coco-mat in Amsterdam (but for Monday 16 May)
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    If you wish to participate in the fee free Greek Embroidery workshops you do not need to give previous notice.
    Do not forget to bring with you the following materials: a piece of textile to embroider – cotton or/and silk threads – embroidery needles – a soft pencil – a notebook – scissors
    and (optional) textile colors – pencils, pastels or markers – pins – your questions
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
    Loukia Richards (Athens, 1965)
    The Onassis Benefit Foundation funded my studies at Hochschule der Kuenste, Berlin (1988-1993). A perplexing kilim design fueled my desire to study fibers. A Fulbright Foundation Mid Career Artist grant facilitated my research on Greek Embroidery at The Textile Museum in DC (2008). My soft sculptures inspired by the Red Light Disctrict ‘sex workers’ in Amsterdam, while an AIR at Ted Noten Atelier (2009), express contemporary agonies through traditional techniques. The ‘Hillary Clinton’ doll I created for the touring exhibition ‘I Care A Lot’ on the Middle East conflict (Trier, Stockholm, Lisbon – 2010), convinced me ‘toys’ can talk politics. As the curator of the first Greek municipal AIR program last summer, I used ‘female crafts’ to express death, mourning, civil war.

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