When you hear the name Donna, you think of Summer. It was precisely that warmth that Donna Lou brought with her. Together with Sunny Rodriquez, Ceder Rorije and Valerie Abeij, she formed a front of four talented artists, who spread an oasis of color and a summer feeling through the space.
The four young women each make their own work, which differs considerably from each other. Nevertheless they form a whole with their exhibition FOURCE, through the positive energy that can be felt in their work and presence.
Donna Lou has been the link in the exhibition. With funky colors and materials, she creates contemporary works of art with a wink to life.
Sunny Rodriquez photographs raw images, this time from the Canary Islands. Printed on different materials, her work floats through the room. You are completely there for a moment, in the warm summer.
Cedar Rorije is a rebel who balances between fashion and art. With leather and metal she creates a rugged look that you can sit on or dress yourself with.
Valerie Abeij traveled to Nigeria for this series where she managed to capture a feeling of 'home' that everyone can recognize. A sense of warmth and connection embraces me as I watch the vintage TV where the stills come to life.
Wanneer je de naam Donna hoort, denk je aan Zomer. Precies die warmte bracht Donna Lou met haar mee. Samen met Sunny Rodriquez, Ceder Rorije en Valerie Abeij vormde zij een front van vier jonge getalenteerde kunstenaressen, die een owase van kleur en een zomergevoel door de ruimte verspreidde.
De vier vrouwen maken elk eigen werk wat redelijk van elkaar afwijkt. desalniettemin vormen zij een geheel in de expositie FOURCE, door de postivie energie die is terug te voelen in hun werk en aanwezigheid.
Donna Lou is de schakel geweest in de expositie. Met funky kleuren en materialen maakt zijn hedendaagse kunstwerken met een knipoog naar het leven.
Sunny Rodriquez fotografeert rauw beeld, ditmaal van de Canarische eilanden. Geprint op verschillende materialen zweeft haar werk door de ruimte. Even ben je helemaal daar, in de warme zomer.
Ceder Rorije is een rebel. Ze balanceert tussen mode en kunst. Met leer en metaal creëert zij een ruige look, waar je op kan zitten óf die je aan kan doen.
Valerie Abeij reisde voor deze serie naar Nigeria. Hier wist zij een thuisgevoel vast te leggen waar iedereen iets in kan herkennen. Een gevoel van warmte en verbinding omarmen mij wanneer ik naar de ruisende tv kijk waarop de stills tot leven komen.
After wandering through the center of Amsterdam, Jan van der Horn's elves flew back to Amsterdam-North. Now they are in Expocafé ZAMEN.
Visual artist Jan van der Horn has exhibited in ZAMEN before. This time he is back and brought us his Elves. “He lives nearby and is a local. You can actually call him a resident,'' says Lana van Beelen, who runs ZAMEN together with her mother Marianne.
“We started here nine years ago when this building was still a garage for Mercedes old-timers,” says Lana van Beelen. Here, on this site, there are about four hundred creative workplaces. The people – especially artists – who work there needed a place to come together at the time. My mother and I then created a space for this creative community. We started simple, with some canteen tables, a coffee machine and a refrigerator in this former garage. Jan van der Horn is one of the artists who have been coming to ZAMEN for years now.”
Soon visitors asked if they could also exhibit there and little by little it grew into the atmospheric expocafé it is today, with changing exhibitions by artists from the area, and now also from the rest of the city. Photos, paintings, kimonos, sculptures, videos and theater performances - ZAMEN represents all disciplines of art. “Good coffee and art, that's what we want,” says Lana van Beelen. ZAMEN has now grown into a café that can be transformed into a club, restaurant or gallery, thanks to the mobile art walls. It's Hip and Happening here!
Jan van der Horn is one of the artists who regularly exhibits at ZAMEN. He also got models from here who posed for his Muzes series. I think it's special to be part of that," says Lana van Beelen. “I also posed for him and so did my kids. I love people who create, I find it cool. His energy comes across and there is depth in his work. I find his use of colour very special. He can step into his own child and make his own world. You step into another world.”
Lana van Beelen now asks not only artists from the area, but from all over the city to show their work here. “I look in my own circle, at galleries and I search the internet.” In the coming year, the focus will be on art by female artists and artists with an African background. In addition, people from the ZAMENHOF building are always welcome. This is their livingroom. Jan van der Horn always gets a spot. “So now he has his own corner again. His fairytail corner.”
Madeleine Rood / Amsterdam 20 April 2023 (translated and edited by LvB)
The elves by visual artist Jan van der Horn can be seen in Expocafé ZAMEN from the end of April till the 12th of May. More info: www.janvanderhorn.nl
Kenneth Aidoo shows four of his previously exhibited paintings who were part of his exhibition at HAMA Gallery nov '22.