Willem Besselink

Willem Besselink 1980

Lives in Rotterdam (NL). Works in Rotterdam (NL).
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Willem Besselink’s work derives from a fascination with structures that are embedded within daily occurrences. Structures that are invisible at a given point, but through recurrences become apparent in time. His aspiration is to grasp such structures by observing trivial daily occurrences and the manifestation of their patterns. Besselink seeks to understand and assimilate them, using different forms of registration and notation. The outcomes visualize these structures and reimagine their appearance, paying specific attention to resourceful and innovative uses of matter and form. The starting points for these examinations are small, trivial and often personal events. The observations’ personal nature determines methods whereby the researcher (Besselink) is both the observer and the observed. 

This approach sets up a number of reflexive enquiries. By trying to get hold of these structures, can he get a hold of himself? By influencing these structures, do they influence him as well? What is the effect of the personality/presence of the researcher on what is being investigated? By addressing these questions through form and matter, the discussion about the work goes beyond a purely personal language. What is observed and the site of where the observation is made determine the medium, technique and dimensions of the works.
The derived works from the observing, registering and visualizing take on a wide range of different media: from small drawings to large installations.

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1980, 30 03 Born in Venray / The Netherlands Education 2003 – 2006 Fine arts, bachelor course, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam / The Netherlands graduated with honours 2005 Freie Kunst, bachelor course, Universität der Künste, Berlin / Germany 2002 – 2003 Mathematics, Humboldt Universität, Berlin / Germany 2000 – 2002 Scenography, bachelor course, Academy Minerva, Groningen / The Netherlands Exhibitions / Projects s = solo exhibition | d = duo exhibition | g = group exhibition 2018 P/CAS art fair with NL=US gallery (g) Le Carreau Du Temple, Paris / France If Paradise is Half as Nice #8 (g) Ehemaligen Konsum Kaufhaus, Altenburg / Germany Kunst van het Geloven (g) Nepomukkapel, Boxmeer / The Netherlands Vibrant Colors (d) with Leslie Nagel, NL=US gallery @ Pulchri Studio, Den Haag / The Netherlands like clockwork (s) NL=US gallery Rotterdam / The Netherlands Decade ONE (g) Dr. Julius | AP, Berlin / Germany CLOCKWORK (s) 38CC, Delft / The Netherlands Diversificatie (g) De Bewaerschole, Burgh-Haamstede / The Netherlands VOLTA NYC (g) Re-Sited @ Art Money booth, Volta art fair, New York City / USA 2017 START UP! Edition Rote Insel (g) Robert Drees Galerie, Hannover / Germany Arte Concordia (g) Avenue Concordia, Rotterdam / The Netherlands de Tand des Tijds (s) NL=US gallery, Rotterdam / The Netherlands If Paradise is Half as Nice #7 (g) Ehemalige Nudelfabrik, Zeitz / Germany Kunstenfestival Aardenburg (g) Aardenburg / The Netherlands Abstract Wall Paintings III (g) ACEC Apeldoorn / The Netherlands START UP! Edition Rote Insel (g) dr. Julius AP, Berlin / Germany onder <> boven (s) De Bewaerschole, Burgh-Haamstede / The Netherlands ??? (g) Studio Seine, Rotterdam / The Netherlands 2016 Idiopolis #2 (g) Frontviews Contemporary @ State of Concept, Athens / Greece : Schaal (g) PHK18 | bureau voor kunst, Rotterdam / The Netherlands 5 years IK (g) IK Pavillion, Oost Souburg / The Netherlands If Paradise is Half as Nice #6 (g) Ehemalige Polygraph, Leipzig / Germany in correspondence with the drawing (g) Michael Fuchs Gallery Berlin / Germany Moscow Ratio (g) Site Specific installation at Outline Music Festival MO3АЛ - grounds, Moscow / Russia 6hoeken (s) Sculpture in public space for RORObuiten Bergselaan / Berkelselaan Rotterdam / The Netherlands Crossing Lines (g) De Vishal, Haarlem / The Netherlands Colourless (s) ParkinG, Goirle / The Netherlands 2015 PHK18 #06 (g) PHK18 | bureau voor kunst, Rotterdam / The Netherlands Amusing Ourselves to Death (g) Galerie Frank Taal @ De Rotterdam, Rotterdam / The Netherlands If Paradise is Half as Nice #5 (g) Ehemalige Dietzold Fabrik, Leipzig / Germany Ästhetik des Banalen zwo (g) Harmelinhaus, Leipzig / Germany Kindred Spirits (g) Galerie Frank Taal, Rotterdam / The Netherlands If Paradise is Half as Nice #4 (g) Lasloods, Vlissingen / The Netherlands Schlüssel zur Stadt (g) Leipzigerstrasse Berlin / Germany Forth Down, Skip Under (g) Frontviews, Berlin / Germany 2014 Unfair Amsterdam (s, fair) Unfair, Amsterdam / The Netherlands If Paradise is Half as Nice #3 (g) Ehemalige getreidemühle, Leipzig / Germany (g) PostIndustriale - der Raum, Leipzig / Germany Figure That (g) Galerie Frank Taal, Rotterdam / The Netherlands Connected 010@020 (g) Galerie Roger Katwijk, Amsterdam / The Netherlands Update #1 (g) Wiebengahal, Maastricht / The Netherlands Imaging Agent (g) PIT in Park, Tilburg / The Netherlands Beeldentuin Ravesteyn (g) Heenvliet / The Netherlands Onderzoeksbureau DOSIS: Piswaaier (g) Rotterdamse Museumnacht, Rotterdam / The Netherlands Beyond the Picturesque of Perspective (g) Pand Paulus, Schiedam / The Netherlands TENT's Hidden Bar (g) Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam / The Netherlands If Paradise is Half as Nice (g) Galerie Frank Taal, Rotterdam / The Netherlands 2013 The Eye of the Beholder (g) Art Affairs Gallery, Amsterdam / The Netherlands If Paradise is Half as Nice #2 (g) Ehemalige Heeresbäckerei, Leipzig / Germany (g) Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin / Germany Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst / Royal Award for Painting (g) Paleis op de Dam, Amsterdam / The Netherlands Hello! (g) Hello art fair, with galerie Frank Taal, Halle 14, Spinnerei, Leipzig / Germany Idiopolis (g) REMAP 4, Frontviews Contemporary, Athens / Greece Fit for a King (g) Ampelhaus, Oranienbaum / Germany Late Nights and Early Mornings (s)+(d) Kunstraum, London / UK Profiler (s) galerie Frank Taal, Rotterdam / The Netherlands 6500 : 1 Rotterdam (g) Art at the Warehouse, art fair, with galerie Frank Taal, Rotterdam / The Netherlands 2012 Hemelse Gewelven (d) Het Plafond, Rotterdam / The Netherlands 6500 : 1 (s) IKpavillion, Oost Souburg / The Netherlands Figure This (g) galerie Frank Taal, Rotterdam / The Netherlands Aus der Zeit (g) Frontviews Gallery, Berlin / Germany Perennial Conceits (g) galerie Frank Taal, Rotterdam / The Netherlands Lijnen/Banen (g) installation during ZigZagCity architecture festival, Rotterdam / The Netherlands MK Award Fundraiser Show (g) RE:Rotterdam, Rotterdam / The Netherlands Out of Control (g) Nest, The Hague / The Netherlands 2011 Lego Homines (s) De Aanschouw, Rotterdam/The Netherlands Every Picture Tells a Story (g) TENT, Rotterdam/The Netherlands Varios Barrios (s) ARCO art fair Madrid with MKgalerie, Madrid/Spain Thuis (g) Frank Taal’s home, Rotterdam/The Netherlands 2010 Onderzoeksbureau DOSIS: >rHe:ID2 (s) Museumnacht Delft, Museum het Prinsenhof, Delft / The Netherlands Kiezwege Berlin (s) SenatsReserveSpeicher, Berlin / Germany Hardlink (s) No Holds Barred, Art Amsterdam, RAI, Amsterdam / The Netherlands Herdefinities (g) MKgalerie Rotterdam / The Netherlands Mining (g) Hotel Mariakapel, Hoorn / The Netherlands MY public space / ‘... to find emptiness in cityscapes’(g) Gemak, The Hague / The Netherlands 2009 Take a Breath – Atem Holen (g) MKgalerie, Berlin / Germany Kappalai (g) De Geertruida, het Havenmuseum, Rotterdam / The Netherlands (g) Het SieboldHuis, Leiden / The Netherlands Sneak preview (g) Senatsreserverspeicher, Berlin / Germany Kiezwege Rotterdam (s) MKgalerie, Rotterdam / The Netherlands 222VOLT (g) Ateliers 222, Dordrecht / The Netherlands Nuit des Musées (d) with Position, Berlin / Germany Musée des Beaux-Arts, Chambéry / France weben&kleben – weven&kleven – tisser&scotcher (d) with Position, Cité des Arts; Chambéry / France Onderzoeksbureau DOSIS: >RE:ID (s) public art project Rotterdamse Museum Night 2009, Rotterdam / The Netherlands 2008 Armut macht Geil (g) WEI and TAC, Eindhoven / The Netherlands Die fünfte Ecke (g) Uferpalast, Berlin / Germany vlak naast 1 (g) Kunstkerk, Dordrecht / The Netherlands 2007 Onderzoeksbureau DOSIS: ‘The influence of abstract stimulants on the functioning of groups’ (g) Research / exhibition / seminar; NP3, Groningen / The Netherlands Heavy Rotation (g) Uferpalast, Berlin / Germany Een grafische weergave van een geschiedenis (s) Moira, Utrecht / The Netherlands Planet Prozess (g) ehemaliger Senatsreservespeicher, Berlin / Germany Transposed & Illuminated (g) Pictura, Dordrecht / The Netherlands 2006 Destillaat 9 (g) Exrapool; Nijmegen / The Netherlands Positioning System – whereareyou iamhere hereweare (g) Showroom MAMA; Rotterdam / The Netherlands BoulevArt, kunstroute Tussendijken (g) De Kunstsuper, Rotterdam / The Netherlands ArtOlive Jong Talent 2006 (g) Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam / The Netherlands The early work (g) Wereld van Witte de With, Rotterdam / The Netherlands De Aanschouw Lustrum (g) De Aanschouw, Rotterdam / The Netherlands Zonder Titel (g) Blaak 10, Rotterdam Graduation show Willem de Kooning Academy (g) Groot Handelsgebouw, Rotterdam / The Netherlands Punten en Komma’s (g) Pictura, Dordrecht / The Netherlands 2005 ‘Polysphäre; künstlerische Positionen zur Großstadt’ (g) Ex-White Trash, Berlin / Germany Bleiben Sie bitte ein Moment stehen II (g) at the UdK Rundgang, Universität der Künste, Berlin / Germany Berlin – Rotterdam 25 x 25; 125 x 6; wo bin ich / waar zou ik zijn (s) Het Plafond, Rotterdam / The Netherlands Prizes / Nominations / Grants / Scholarships / Residencies 2018 Travel Grant for Volta, NYC, CBK Rotterdam 2017 Travel Grant for IPIHAN #7, Germany, CBK Rotterdam 2016 Travel Grant for Athens, CBK Rotterdam 2013 Nominated for Royal Dutch Award for Painting Shortlisted for the Charlotte van Pallandt prize 2012 Artist in Residence, (Mondrian Fund) IK pavillion, Oost Souburg//The Netherlands 2011 Research Grant, (O&O-subsidie) Centre for Visual Arts (CBK) Rotterdam 2010 Project Grant, The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture Artist in Residence, Hotel Mariakapel, Hoorn/The Netherlands 2007 Starters Grant, The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture 2006 Shortlisted for ArtOlive Award 2006 Drempelprijs 2006 / Award of the Threshold 2006 encouragement prize for most promising graduate from the city of Rotterdam 2005 Erasmus exchange scholarship for exchange programme to University of Arts Berlin/Germany First prize National science quiz for students; organized by the national science foundation (NWO) and national broadcasting organisation VPRO Publications 2018Abstract Wall Paintings, catalogue 2017Zeitzgeist, article in de Volkskrant about IPIHAN #7 2016De Grote Nederlandse Kunstkalender 20172015De Grote Rotterdamse Kunstkalender 2016 Arcade Magazine on Architecture and Design, Data Culture, Seattle/USA, Spring 2015, (iCal/uCal) Platform Platvorm 2 SenatsReserveSpeicher, catalogue 2014 The L'Anormalité // La Déviance Album art work Unfair artfair catalogue I am not doing anything until I feel the need Calendar project by Joanneke Meester 2013 De Grote Rotterdamse Kunstkalender 2014 2012 REX alumni magazine Willem de Kooning Academy 2011 {HMK} 10 years Hotel Maria Kapel De Grote Rotterdamse Kunstkalender 2012 ARCO artfair catalogue (Varios Barrios) THUIS exhibition catalogue 2010 START 2006-2008 catalogue fonds BKVB, Amsterdam ART Amsterdam catalogue (Hardlink) Fietsstang blad over fietsen, July 2010 (Conceptreis) Tableau fine arts magazine June 2010 (Hardlink) Mix Magazine London, March 2010 (>RE:ID) 2009 Le Dauphiné Libere daily Newspaper, Chambéry/France, May 2009 (Kiezwege Chambéry) What’s Up Rotterdam Art Magazine, May 2009 (>RE:ID) 010 uitmagazine, maart 2009 (>RE:ID) 2007 Boekie-Boekie Magazine for Art and Literature for children, Rotterdam/The Netherlands 2006 Tagesspiegel Daily Newspaper, Berlin/Germany (RePositionen Berlin)