Radical Reversibility and Looiersgracht 60 are pleased to invite you to Of Gaia and Ouranos
, a new exhibition by Roger Cremers and Doina Kraal, curated by Frank van der Stok and Taco Hidde Bakker.
The exhibition works from a transhistorical approach to materiality, ideas, and media, questioning how the past, present, and future can illuminate each other. Borrowing historical techniques, investigative strategies, and exhibition formats, such as the peepshow box (or rarekiek), the diafanorama, and 17th-century tapestry weaving, the works consider the obsolescence of media and its effect on knowledge and storytelling. The work of Cremers and Kraal reanimates these lost objects and their ability to communicate the questions of material, imaginative and cosmic knowledge.Of Gaia and Ouranos
displays immersive installations and sculptures, in textile, wood, and glass, as well as a ‘living archive’ of inspirational imagery. The installations are a careful balance of found and repurposed materials along with uniquely crafted objects inspired by their research. On view in Looiersgracht 60’s ground floor gallery is the centerpiece Perpetual Light
, a large installation made from a set of custom jacquard woven and embroidered tapestries: a portable universe for looking at ourselves amidst a mesmerizing world of plants, animals, and celestial phenomena, turning anthropocentric perspective on its head and inspiring cosmic modesty. Of Ouranos and Kronos
is an installation adapted for the basement of Looiersgracht 60 and contains a collection of custom-cast uranium glass, exploring how visualisations of time and space can be brought together.
The works brought together for Of Gaia and Ouranos
touch on transhistorical imagination, time travel, primordial imagery, speculative visions of extra-terrestrial life, and the sense and nonsense of cosmic knowledge. Exploring different ways of materializing and activating Gaia’s relation to Ouranos, the exhibition invites the spiritual, Ouranos, to meet the material, Gaia, in the hopes of merging into one.
In the summer of 2022 Cremers and Kraal were invited by Looiersgracht 60 and Radical Reversibility as the first participants of the Public Research Residency, an initiative from Looiersgracht 60 aiming to expand dialogues surrounding research-based practice through public programming and community conversation. Spiritus: Archiving the (Un)imaginable
, was the title of Kraal and Cremers’ time in residence and the genesis for many of the installations that make up Of Gaia and Ouranos.The exhibition is supported by the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunsten (AFK), Mondriaan Fund and Looiersgracht 60. The installation
Perpetual Light is co-sponsored by TextielLab, Tilburg.
1016 VT Amsterdamwww.looiersgracht60.org
Opening hours: Wednesday–Sunday 12:00–20:00 (during scheduled exhibitions)
Disabled accessRoger Cremers
(1972) studied at the Academie Beeldende Kunsten in Maastricht and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Cremers works with historical images, such as archival imagery, magazines, and more recently the representation of images in science-fiction which emphasize a collective striving towards progress. This process leads his research into a distinct juxtaposition of historical reference and narratives, which interweave both past and present. Cremers’ work has been exhibited at AKINCI (Amsterdam), Batabgianni Gallery (Athens), Bonnefantenmuseum (Maastricht), Institut Neerlandais (Paris), and Tate Modern (London), among others.Doina Kraal
(1980) studied Fine Art at Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (BA) and at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London (MA). From 2020 to 2022 Kraal was a PhD candidate at PhDArts, a practice-lead doctoral study program at ACPA (Academy of Creative and Performing Arts), Leiden University. Kraal works through installation and performance, and investigates how intimate and multisensory encounters imprint between object and viewer. In 2018 Onomatopee published Touche-à-Tout
, a comprehensive collection of writings, images and documentation around Kraal’s research. Kraal’s work and publications have been presented at Foam (Amsterdam), MAMA, (Rotterdam), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Flora, Bogota, and Soledad Senlle Art Foundation, among others.