Daan den Houter

Daan den Houter 1977

Lives in Rotterdam. Works in Rotterdam.
Represented by:

Frank Taal Galerie

Daan den Houter is a multidisciplinary conceptual artist. The visual language he uses to externalise his ideas varies from video, installation and sculpture to activities where he allows the public to become part of the artwork. Money, identity, art, its granted value and generally accepted perceptions of these themes is what Den Houter’s work evolves around. Den Houter observes society as a participant, then takes a step aside, analyses it and touches a raw nerve by doing so. Den Houter works and lives in Rotterdam.

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Dutch television report on "EN WAT NU" in tv show "Moois"
Dutch television report on "EN WAT NU" in tv show "Moois"
Day After Image EN WAT NU Solo show by Daan den Houter - Ice paintings
Opening EN WAT NU solo daan den Houter - epoxy in wood panels and ice queue rows - on violin 'Max Slater "
Ein sonntagspaziergang um den Aachener weiher in Koln (2012) Loosing one-euro cent coins through a hole in my pocket during a four-hour walk around the Aachener Weiher (a small lake in Cologne). Leaving a trail of money that preserves itself.
Endless Painting (installation, wood, canvas, latex, 2015)


Wat Banksy heeft gedaan, deed ik eerder
Jamie van Velzen - Algemeen Dagblad, Tuesday, October 16, 2018 "What Banksy did I did before" Artist Banksy shredded his painting shortly after the auction. Daan den Houter from Rotterdam did something like already in 2003. Now he has an exhibition with melting paintings. Banksy hid a shredder in his painting. What did you do in 2003? "As a graduation project I put all my original drawings from the academy in a list that also included a shredder. At the touch of a button, the viewer nipped the drawing and the following one appeared. Scared, because he knew nothing. For me it was about the value of a drawing. This is only viewed by that one visitor ". On Saturday, your exhibition opened in the Frank Taal gallery with something else disappearing: ice paintings. How do you make it? "I work with a mold in a freezer that looks like a container that sells ice. Every time I paint a layer of water-based paint on that mold. That freezes and then I paint the next layer over it. The art is hanging on the wall without a frame. That the art will disappear, that's for sure. " So is it supposed to melt? "That is exactly the intention! It is therefore constantly changing. It is similar to a sunset; it is elusive. Every visitor sees something different. I like to play with things that seem impossible. Normally a painting remains unchanged. Does this elusiveness also appear in other works? "Yes, I also came up with the Overschilderschilderij. I made a painting that hung in a gallery. Then I brought it to another painter to paint a new painting on it. The canvas now consists of 131 layers and therefore paintings. " Why is the exhibition called AND WHAT NOW? It applies to these paintings because they melt. Then you think: and what now? What should you do with it? "
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Jamie van Velzen
Beste tentoonstelling van 2018
Jeroen Bosch, co-director of Trendbeheer, selected "EN WAT NU" in his year-end list as the best exhibition in 2018.JB: The ice paintings by Daan den Houter by Frank Taal were more than entertaining. I believe I came by four times. Never a dull moment. No you should not have missed this.“More than nice, mandatory food, recommended for the entire family. A punish example of concept work with eye-catching physical. "
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Jeroen Bosch
Ice paintings
Writer, poet and art critic Mischa Andriessen about his ice paintings: [... Thus undermining ice paintings that, as befits ice, melt at some point and then cease to exist, the prevailing notion that a painting is a timeless fixation of an image and / or an idea. From the freezing of the paint to the display and thus the defrosting, these ice paintings do not have a lasting shape for a moment, are they then paintings if they keep changing until nothing is left of them? And if so, when are they? Or does such an ice painting actually comprise a lot of different paintings in succession? It is telling that Den Houter dares to do such an experiment in which he sets the physical and chemical processes in motion, but then has little or no control over them. In passing, he provides comments on the art market, because how do you get something traded that is constantly different and finally gone forever? ...]
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Mischa Andriessen


CV D. den Houter (04-08-1977) Education: 1999-2003 KABK (Royal Academy of Art, The Hague) 1997-1999 A.I (Artificial Intelligence) Utrecht Exhibitions: Continuous: presentation Canvas-Repaint (8 times a year since 2002), Gallery de Aanschouw, Rotterdam 2019 Eindshow Bcademie 2018/2019, Garage Rotterdam 2019 Skindeep, Galerie With Tsjalling, Groningen 2019 Haagse Heritage, Heden, Den Haag 2019 CO/LAB 4, Torrence Art Museum, Los Angeles (USA) 2019 5 very different Artists, Amber Solo in Kunst & Complex, Rotterdam 2018 This Artfair, Amber Solo in Beurs van Berlange, Amsterdam 2018 En Wat Nu (solo), Galerie Frank Taal, Rotterdam 2018 Acht Uur / Eigh Hour (solo), Corrosia Expo, Almere 2018 Untitled, Mokkakapot, Antwerpen (BE) 2018 NEW!!!, Kunstpodium T, Tilburg 2018 Art Rotterdam, Galerie Frank Taal, Rotterdam 2017 STUDIO, Denk Gallery, Los Angeles (USA) 2017 D&A in LA, 18th Street Art Center, Los Angeles (USA) 2017 Fresco et Fruttado , Bcademie, Rotterdam 2017 Art Festival Watou, VZW Kunst, Watou (BE) 2017 Time is on our Side, Het Plafond, Rotterdam 2016 Je Maintiendrai, Raad voor strafrechtstoepasing en jeugdbescherming, Den Haag 2016 Perfect Day, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles (USA) 2016 Art Athena, Faliro Pavillion, Athens (GR) 2016 Je Maintiendrai (duo), Galerie Frank Taal, Rotterdam 2016 Rotterdam Contemporary, Cruise Terminal, Rotterdam 2015 Inside the white cube, Arena 1, Los Angeles (USA) 2015 Wish you were here?, Hestercombe Gallery, Hestercombe (UK) 2015 Amusing ourselve to death, De Rotterdam/Galerie Frank Taal, Rotterdam 2015 Do-It, Kunsthal, Rotterdam 2015 Kunst Rai, Sophee Maree Gallery, Amsterdam 2015 Rotterdam Contemporary (art fair), Cruise Terminal, Rotterdam 2015 Wish you were here?, MAC, Birmingham (UK) 2014 Art in Redlight (solo), Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam 2014 I’m not doing anything until I feel the need, De Nederlandse Bank, Amsterdam 2014 Wish you were here?, The Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport (UK) 2014 Invisible Art Festival, Lodge222, Haarlem 2014 Supermarket Artfair, TFHMF Award, Stockholm (SE) 2014 Layer 100 Canvas-Repaint (solo), Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam 2014 Sowieso (solo), Galerie Frank Taal, Rotterdam 2013 Memory Mail Art, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond (CA) 2013 King Size, Dutch Embassy, Berlin (DE) 2013 Aesthetica Art Prize, York St. Mary's, York (UK) 2013 slaughter those public relations, LE SUD, Rotterdam 2012 Closing Part, Foundation Noordkaap, Dordrecht 2012 Super Burrow, Foundation Noordkaap/LXFactory, Lisbon (PT) 2012 Use It Again, Ampelhaus, Oraniembaum (DE) 2012 Slickartfair, Galerie Frank Taal, Brussels (BE) 2012 Re:Rdam (art fair), Rotterdam 2012 Adios Holanda!, Foundation Noordkaap/Jack in the Box, Cologne (DE) 2011 Adios Holanda!, Foundation Noordkaap, Istanbul (TR) 2011 Adios Holanda!, Foundation Noordkaap/White Box, Munich (DE) 2011 Art Amsterdam, Galerie Frank Taal, Amsterdam 2011 Museum night, TENT, Rotterdam 2011 Earth Is Smaller Than Thought, Galerie Frank Taal, Rotterdam 2010 Kunstvlaai, fam.RUIM, Amsterdam 2010 'For The Time Being I', Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam 2007 Evolution de l’Art, Blauwe Huis, Amsterdam 2007 ‘DAAN & Anique’, Boray Galerie, St. Petersburg (RU) 2005 Shell Young art Award, Kunsthal, Rotterdam 2003 Start!, GEM, Den Haag Projects Ongoing: 2002- ongoing Canvas Repaint, Galerie de Aanschouw, Rotterdam 2011- ongoing A Postcard Says More, in collaboration with Marijke Appelman Assignments: 2019 Liefdespad Ruurlo 2018 The Hague city assignment for a sculpture in public space at Binckhorst 2017 Leerpark Dordrecht assigment for a sculpture in public space 1996-2016 Design and realisation various skateparks in the Netherlands Prizes: 2016 Job Dura Prijs 2016 (with foundation city in the making) 2015 Prix de Rome, longlist 2014 TFHMF award short list 2013 Aesthetica Art Prize, long list 2012 Nomination royal awards for painting 2012 2007 Nomination prize ‘Bakens aan het Water’ 2006 1e prize The Hague, culture prize ‘De Komeet’ (with art collective This is This) 2003 Incentive prize Shell Young Art Award Grants: 2017 Incidental Contribution Abroad, CBK Rotterdam 2017 Working grand proven talent Mondriaan Fund 2016 Incidental Contribution Abroad, CBK Rotterdam 2016 Grant International Presentations, Mondriaan Fund Collection: Private collectors MAL-Collection Jeremy Cooper postcard collection (UK) Museum Ferropolis (DE) Dutch embassy Berlin (DE) Benny Sings art-collection Carla & Hugo Brown Residency 2019 Cat Cologne, Cologne (DE) 2017 18ths street, Los Angeles 2011 - 2012 Participation in foundation Noordkaaps ‘Adios Holland’ tour, München (DE), Istanbul (TR), Cologne (DE), Lissabon (PT) 2011 A Postcard Says More, HMK, Hoord (NL) Teaching: 2016 California State University in Long Beach, Los Angeles (USA) 2016 Pasadena City College, Los Angeles (USA) 2015-ongoing Bcademie, Rotterdam 2011 So You Think You Can Make Art, Foundation Noordkaap, Dordrecht Organisations: 2015 – ongoing Founder Bcademie, with Alex Jacobs (V&B) 2016/2017 board member foundation KOP (Breda) 2015 – ongoing board member City in the Making (Rotterdam) 2012 – ongoing advisor foundation The Aanschouw Websites Daan den Houter: www.daandenhouter.com www.overschilderschilderij.nl Websites collectives: www.bcademie.nl www.stadindemaak.nl www.ditisdit.com www.aanschouw.nl www.apostcardsaysmore.tumblr.com