Dear Carol, Dear Iris

sources, the covers

sources, the covers

Dear Carol, Dear Iris

extract from the mail-exchange of Carol Jackson and Iris Kensmil

Dear Carol,

Nice to hear from you.  How are you doing??
Sorry for me being silent after your last mail. Several things happened here that left me no
spare time.. a.o.. My father past away a month ago.
I’m   working on a installation with portraits of soul singers. My plan is to show this in
Co-Prosperity.I saw some of your work which is about music as well.I thought that our cooperation
could be that we create together a space with imaginary about music, or theater, cabaret,
literature etc etc, Everything to manifest a certain vivid culture can come together.
But each of use uses her own language and medium.
All the best

Hey Iris-
Yes!  you are welcome to stay here...we have 3 cats(!) so I hope you aren't allergic. 
They keep to them selves. I’m planning to show the "I'm still awake" sheet music 
series I made after initially viewing your work.  I can display it in a number of 
ways...ideally I'd get an old upright piano in there and set them on that as if ready 
to play.  Short of that, maybe a booklet, simply on the wall, or silk-screened 
copies for takeaway. 

Hi Carol,
Your idea with the piano sounds exiting.

Hi Carol,
As I’m not so strong in English, I read your remark about being away from events and trends and ideologies in the world as positive. My work is not “social” in that sense either.
Only later I realized that with “drifted away” you give that development a negative meaning. We should talk about that, I think. For me is important in your work that your colors are strong and strange in a way that has association with “exotic” ( I know this word is impossible to use any more in the arts); and how you combine different materials in a composition that is nevertheless a statement about painting. In many works of you the size and composition adapt itself to the materials, what makes it lively.
I think that it is not so important whether the theme is directly “social” or not, it has to be inspired by something important enough, that it. I understand that performing feels “iffy” I never did it. But it would be great is you can do it. (and please forget about my bad idea about music on the opening). I hope to hear more of your (provisional) plans soon.

Hello Iris-
It's refreshing to see such strong political work. Fearless even in concept and 
execution!  It's hard to find in the States these days. Much art here has been 
divorced from representation and metaphor entirely.Your work made me aware of 
how the political content had been getting less and less present.Still there, 
but obfuscated.  But then I suspected it was the use of signage, a craft 
aesthetic and the use of nostalgia to re-inform the present. So I have 
begun a series of sheet music covers I've been only  considering doing entitled 
'I'm still Awake".In your Installation Then They Marched (2008), The True 
Meaning (2008) and Their Spirits (2008  with Mr.President off to the side, Obama
looks so lonely (spatially) compared to the group in the main area.  I like that.
It seems to refer to the often forgotten 'to be contd' aspect, despite the 
victory, of black emancipation.
Carol Jackson

Mutualisms: the project

‘Mutualisms’ is a collaborative curatorial project organized by Lise Haller Baggesen and Kirsten Leenaars, that explores the ways in which networks of friendship and artistic collaboration can be used as a model for curating. ‘Mutualisms’ is looking into artistic strategies for finding hospitality and exchange in the context of contemporary art practices as well our own social domain. ‘Mutualisms’ reflects upon the reality of a world that is characterized by an increasing flexibility and extendedness of our professional – friend – and artistic network and reflects on how we place our selves within this interconnected community.

The project will involve 9 Dutch and 10 American artists/artist duos, working together in pairs to create a collaborative presentation of their works. The participating artists are: (From the Netherlands) Iris Kensmil, Rune Peitersen, Marjolijn Dijkman, Jonas Ohlsson, Magnus Monfeldt, Maurice Bogaert, Albert van Westing and Saskia Janssen, Phillipine Hoegen, Carolien Stikker. (From America) Carol Jackson, Selina Trepp, Trevor Gainer, Harold Mendez, Adelheid Mers, Mark Jeffrey & Judd Morrissey, Lora Lode & Kevin Kaempf and Aron Gent.

The participating writers/critics are: Erik Hagoort (NL) and Caroline Picard (USA)