Two people totally entwined in each other. The work was started by sketches before the pandemie in august 2019, but stayed with me the whole time, trying to find a way to get this image transferred on canvas in the best possible way. During the first lock down the theme began to mean so much more to me. We almost forget it now, but nearly a year ago there were thoughts and fears about not being to able to touch each other. Your precious ones surrounding you. Not able, but wishing to hold. An almost unthinkable scenario became reality. The work was selected twice for a groups exhibition with the theme, Covid-19. Back to the proces of the work. Eventual, after a whole lot searching through sketches on paper and gouaches, I used an older, never finished work and painted the most essential parts of the image on canvas. This is the result. Which also shows me reaching for a wish to paint. Which I want to do a lot more.
The painting was both selected for the exhibitions ‘En Nu’ in Podium voor Hedendaagse Kunst ‘Pictura in Dordrecht from 2/8 till 16/8/2020 and For the current exhibition ‘Corona én de verkoop’ in Tekenlievend genootschap Pictura in Groningen from 11/3 till 11/4 2021
These works on paper (left over cardboard) were made in the first period of the lockdown in march of 2020. Staying inside the house most of the time at my temporarily different home than my own and due to the early sunny weather in the spring of 2020, I focused more on the things that surrounded me in my new home and very small balcony. The shadow of flowers and plants made a very sharp contour, every late afternoon when I drank my coffee on the balcony I saw these black contours on the wall and I decided to draw them very quickly. These three works are sort of a pilot around the idea of drawing shadows and I plan to make much more of them. It’s such nice thing to do something completely different…
These pictures were shot on location, during filming my artworks for the short video ‘Lost in pandemie’ which you can see in the previous blog. Personally, I like the pictures so much that I wanted to show them in a solo blog. Just for the esthetics of the photo’s. To me they both capture the feeling of totally left and lost in a setting and on the other hand, they seems to immerse naturally in the environment of streets, concrete, building waste and other decors of outside settings. Pictures taken in may 2020.
Last year three of my works were selected for the Festival de Artes Lanzarote & Fuerteventura 2020. Initiated by The Lacuna Studio’s in Lanzarote. The theme of the festival was Lost. Because of the COVID 19 pandemie it was not possible to exhibit the works for real. Instead of a physical presentation the organisation decided to transfer the exhibition into a digital art festival. Lacuna studio’s asked participating artists to think about activities around the festival. Because my works could not be presented for real, I decided to film my works in an lost enviroment during the first lockdown in The Netherlands. My artworks were placed in various situations around the street where I live, but they seem kind of lost. Lost in the silence of the pandemie, empty streets, quiet trainstations, people passing by without noticing the artworks. Because of the work is made with lost and found materials it seemed appropiate to use this setting. I even made a real presentation of 4 works on a deserted wall in back garden of a house nearby which was uninhabited at the time. For a moment it felt like a real art presentation. The video was posted on the YouTube canal of the ‘Lost’ festival by The lacuna studios.
I started to make these assemblages from februari 2020 until november 2020 using photographs of building waste in a container on the street. Finding a way to use these photo’s I first started with framing of the image. Most of them are blown out of proportion to find a new composition in which the origin in less obvious. Along with changing the cadre the context changes. It’s not just building waste anymore but more an abstract composition which make you see spaces within the picture. To make a layering and even to surprise myself in the assemblage, I added materials, such as found wood, plastic bottle mini sculptures or just pieces of different wooden slats, some new, some old. This all led to found works with lost materials.
A year ago from now this work was selected for a new art project in Otterlo, called galerie2020. Each month a different work is on display from a different artist. 12 months, 12 artists. For me the honour to do the the kick-off on 31 december 2019 to be the first on display during the month of January 2020. The vitrine galerie project is curated by Marian Mijnhardt and can be followed on http://www.galerie2020.nl
During the month of January 2020 several visitors came by to look at my work.
‘The Gift’ is a landscape mostly made of wood in combination with a piece of lost driftwoord which I found on the Lido in Venice, some years earlier. A picture I took in the national park The Everglades in Florida USA inspired me and was the starting point for this composition. Other materials I used are eco-line, acryl-paint and lacquer, green tule and an old coaster to make this composition. To me it represents the reminiscence of different places that you visit during traveling and about making connections between those very different parts of the world. It is about dreaming a world and how you can make your own interpretation of a composed world and reality you have actually seen. In this case a travel to Venice and Florida ended up in a landscape with a more Asian feel to it. To me that is ‘The Gift’
Later that year the work was sold and has found a new home where it is appreciated very much.
Two new works. I started to pick up left over pieces op paper, which were partley on the floor, combining them with other paper related materials. it became a collage with layering, cutting away parts I didn’t like. Adding paint or cut-out parts of packaging, left-over parts of wooden sticks, a shopping bag from Salisbury, sandpaper, cardboard shoe mold. Sometimes i even made up stuff which look like they belong in the image. To me it’s controlled chaos, in the end its harmony, but still with a rhythm….
This little piece originally started as a water-colour experiment somewhere in 2015. Last year I started to work with unfinished pieces and tried to re-arrange the composition by tearing, cutting, adding all sorts of paper. To me it was kind of meditative to work on something completely different and very satisfying to work towards a defined and definitive form. I called it Atlantis. if you want you can see a hand rising from the water.
These works were exhibited at my end expo in Loods6 Amsterdam of the NAU (Nieuwe Akademie Utrecht) in juli last year. It was a selection of works I made in the last couple of months before the expo. NAU is an art course I followed for 5 years together with 10 other artists we graduated, started with somewhat 35 starters in the first year. But with a lot of hard work, persistence, searching, studying and defining your subject and having the joy of wanting to create art it has been as much as a trigger point to let go what i already knew as a starting point for me to develop my work for the future.
Conifer, Mixed media, 20x30cm, August Peters 2019
Unawatuna, Mixed media 54×74 cm, August Peters 2019
White Bottle, mixed media, 40x50cm, August Peters 2019
Formation, mixed media, 13x18x10cm, August Peters 2019
Composition with cardboard boxes, August Peters 2019
Build up the expo
Opening reception juli 2019
Installation, Mixed media, 110x210x35cm, August Peters 2019
Composition with cardboard boxes, August Peters 2019