In the garden of Johan Dijk and Wim van der Laan there is a party. The fourteen artists show their work on the lawn as well as in the completely glassy greenhouse between the vegetable plants: paintings, photography, iPad art, sculptures and jewelry.
Hoorn Café Chantant performs vicious cabaret songs at 12.30 and 15.30. Every hour, the poet Emanuel van der Ven recites poems and guitarist and singer Jan Boers plays pop, jazz and Latin.
The Stichting Kunst in de Kas is a platform for regional artists with the aim of raising awareness about them. For some, it has already worked. “I gave my first solo exhibition at Kunst in de Kas”, says STHOM. “It was a very valuable day. It was the beginning of my career, a milestone.”
The Hoorn artist will also be present on Sunday. He shows work in a style he has described since last weekend as ‘figurative activist neo-expressionism’. He talks about his work: “In fact, everything I find stupid, I convert into something beautiful. I used to be very depressed and as a kind of therapy I started expressing my depression. It started with writing and then I started throwing paint. It resulted in more figurative works of art, and now I am a professional visual artist. ”
STHOM. He often works for a while with the same theme, which he immerses himself in in all possible ways, including talking about it, reading and watching documentaries. His current theme is environmental issues. He makes a series of paintings about it under the title ‘Recycle or Die’. “The idea is that by painting I get rid of my own misery and inspire others to feel better.”
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Sebastiaan Koenen, born in Wognum and recently moved to Zwaag, aims to spark the imagination of those who look at his paintings. “The common thread in my work is a search for balance in form and content. I do not want to just take a picture. An example that can be seen on Sunday is ‘Connection’. In it, several things can be seen in a surreal style: human persons and separate elements together form another human person. There is a lot of symbolism in it. It’s something of a puzzle. The viewer can decide for himself which way his head or feeling will go. ”
The cow is absolutely enthusiastic about Kunst in de Kas: “It is a great place to exchange ideas. There are many present at the exhibitions who do things themselves. Because it is a local initiative, one can see what is going on nearby. You can not find anything similar in Hoorn and the surrounding area. ”
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“Art in the greenhouse is a wonderful place for young artists to experience what it is like to exhibit their work,” praises Milan Nowak (Nalim Kawon) from Opmeer. “I held my first successful exhibition there. I really liked it, but at the same time super confrontational. As if you are standing in your underpants in front of an audience and those people are allowed to think something about it. Fortunately, I have got a lot positivity. ”
Nowak shows his latest work on Sunday. “I am a graphic designer and visual artist,” he says. “My work mainly consists of black clean lines and all the colors I have available. In this way, I create characters, shapes and figures in which a world takes place. I draw these both analog and digital on the iPad. That way I can work very quickly and large empty areas are stained in no time. ”
“Drawing is something that comes out of me that only I can do in my own way. Art is an outlet and at the same time gives me a lot of energy. As long as I can create, I will continue to do so. In that way, I hope to send (positive) energy out into the world and maybe stimulate someone with it. ”