11.03.19 — 14.04.19
Domas van Wijk
Interne 15

1993°, Zeist
ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Arnhem

Described as a ‘love doctor’ of unholy alliances and known for his bizarre and singular marriages between miscellaneous objects, Domas Anne van Wijk builds installations consisting of even the most mundane objects, machines and situations. The newly assembled combinations of situations allow them to adopt a new function or meaning carried out by van Wijk’s editing. Just like contemporary technology, it remains unclear how the work is mechanically designed. However, these invisible mechanics and electronic connections become revealed and almost tangible once the machines are operated and different noises are made between different hinges and joint structures. While van Wijk’s authorship is undoubtedly evident in the intertwining of all these different elements, it feels as if they embark on a journey on their own.

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His residency period is devoted to developing varying ways of presenting his current research, which links the movie Free Willy (1993) to Jean-Michel Basquiat’s persona in Downtown 81 (2000). Despite their distinctive historical contexts and impact on art, van Wijk reunites them. In a meshwork of different interrelated meaning and constructions, the lives of Keiko (the whale impersonating Willy) and Basquiat not only share common ground like freedom and fame, their celebrity status also meant their tragic downfall at the age of 27 – making them part of the mythical 27 club.


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© Domas van Wijk


© Domas van Wijk


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