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The exhbition catalogue of Maaike Bakker's solo at NIROXprojects, Arts on Main, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg, SA, 2013

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  • NOW MUSEUM / NOW YOU DONTan exhibition by MAAIKE BAKKER

  • Catalogue submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the

    Magister Technologiae

    in the

    Department of visual art Faculty of art, design & architecture

    University of Johannesburg

    for the exhibition

    Now Museum / Now you dont

    at Nirox Projects | Arts on Main

  • NOW MUSEUM / NOW YOU DONTan exhibition by MAAIKE BAKKER

    NOVEMBER 10- DECEMBER 1, 2013 | NIROX PROJECTS

  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

    I would like to extend a sincere thank you to Nirox Projects for granting me the opportunity to host Now Museum / Now you dont (2013) in their exhibition space. I would also like to thank the Nirox Projects curator Neil Niewoudt for his curatorial professionalism and organisational input.

    Furthermore, a sincere thank you to David Paton, my supervisor. His constant encouragement, patience and enthusiasm greatly contributed to the development of the exhibition. I also acknowledge the FADA Visual Arts department for their overall input and general guidance.

    I express my deepest gratitude to Jonathan Lennox for his engineering input and general patience and time that was invested in assissting me with the technical aspects of Writing / Re-writing (2013). I also thanks Lee Ruppert and Matthew Beyers for their professional carpentry services and their particular attention to detail.

    A big thanks to Anne-Lise van NIekerk for the high end photographic documentation of the exhibition.

    A final thanks goes out to my family and loved ones whose endless support knows no boundaries, as well as my friends who shared this journey with me.

    Maaike Bakker

  • ARTIST STATEMENT

    The exhibition titled Now museum / Now you dont presents a body of work that introduces the notion of the ephemeral and intangible without making any claims to be, themselves, intangible and ephemeral artworks. The intangible here refers to the artworks of an immaterial nature, and the ephemeral alludes to works created out of a medium with an inherent expiration date, that does not only influence the lifespan of a work but also informs it conceptually.

    Now museum /Now you dont therefore sets out to address the perceived instability of the ephemeral and the intangible as-pects inherent in many cross-disciplinary contemporary artworks. The exhibition serves as a form of ironic evaluation of art conservation practices and curatorial approaches to re-presentation as well as a foregrounding of ironies involved in re-staging works that intentionally act against principles of permanence.

    In Now museum / Now you dont meaning is held just at bay, circulating and deferring between the works, manifesting itself in the intangible and liminal that establishes itself in between the instruction manual and the work it serves. The works themselves offer bits of information and details which might seem to point to the next work, yet eventually clearly point back to themselves, a seemingly reflexive process. Various bits of data which serve to support some of the exhibited works are ultimately also pre-sented as works of their own (framed works and artists book) and eventually no longer serve the purpose of informing other

    works but end up becoming independent works of their own, no longer serving as information.

  • The instruction manuals featured alongside some of the works aim to engage the audience, inviting and challenging them to

    evaluate whether sufficient information is provided in each of the manuals to result in an accurate re-presentation if followed

    closely. These manuals also offer the audience the opportunity to take a manual and to attempt a re-presentation of their own,

    allowing them to act in the capacity of a curator, exploring the parameters and variabilities in the works. The viewer therefore

    has access to the information behind the exhibition, and can own parts of the exhibition, and thus become involved in the

    relationship between the data and the featured installation. This therefore foregrounds the notion that the essence of a work

    lies in between the data of the work and any re-presentation there of.

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  • ___/___ (2013)

  • ___/___ (2013) chains, door slider locks, black paint

  • ___/___ (2013) installation detail

  • THE WAY THINGS ARE (2013)

  • The way things are (2013) mirrors cut to specific dimensions

  • The way things are (2013)installation view

  • ARCHIVE VOL. I (2013)

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  • Archive vol. I (2013) framed giclee prints arranged according to instructions

  • Archive vol. I (2013) framed giclee prints Arranged according to instructions

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    125mm

    circle diameter=30mm

    distance between circles =21,5 mm

    50mm50mm

    160mm

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    funnel holder diameter= 100mm -

    funnel diameter= 180mm funnel diameter= 150mm

    funnel holder diameter= 90mm

    funnel diameter= 120mm

    funnel holder diameter= 75mm

    funnel diameter= 150mm funnel diameter= 120mm

    Archive vol. I (2013) framed giclee print detail

  • MAUSOLEUM (2013)

  • 1500mm

    1200mm

    400mm400mm

    500mm

    1200mm

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  • Mausoleum (2013) ash wood, glass, dust

  • Mausoleum (2013) detail

  • Mausoleum (2013) installation detail

  • WRITING / RE-WRITING (2013)

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  • Writing / Re-writing (2013) manual

  • Writing / Re-writing (2013) installation view

  • Writing / Re-writing (2013) installation detail

  • FOREVER IS A LONG TIME (2012-2013)

  • Forever is a long time (2013) manual

  • Forever is a long time (2013) installation detail

  • Forever is a long time (2013) installation view

  • NOW MUSEUM / NOW YOU DONT artists book (2013)

  • Now Museum / Now you dont (2013) artists book

  • Now Museum / Now you dont (2013) artists book detail

  • Now Museum / Now you dont (2013) artists book detail

  • DRAWING / RE-DRAWING (2012-2013)

  • Writing / Re-writing (2013) installation view

  • Writing / Re-writing (2013) detail

  • 20 (2013)

  • 800mm

    400m

    m125mm

    circle diameter=30mm

    distance between circles =21,5 mm

    50mm50mm

    160mm

    210mm

  • 20 (2013) detail

  • WRITING / RE-WRITING a proposal (2013)

  • Writing / Re-writing a proposal (2013) lasercut Fabriano, pencil on drafting film

  • THE WAY THINGS ARE abridged version (2013)

  • The way things are abridged version (2013) lasercut Fabriano, pencil on drafting film

  • THE WAY THINGS ARE abridged version: components (2013)

  • Writing / Re-writing abridged version : components (2013) lasercut Fabriano, pencil on drafting film

  • MAUSOLEUM a plan (2013)

  • Mausoleum a proposal (2013) lasercut Fabriano, pencil on drafting film

  • MOON PANELS (2013)

  • Moon panels a proposal (2013) lasercut Fabriano, pencil on drafting film

  • INSTALLATION VIEWS OF THE EXHIBITION

  • MAAIKE BAKKER