Carlijn Mens

Carlijn Mens 1972

Lives in Gorinchem. Works in Gorinchem.
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The work of Carlijn Mens is as simple in strength as it is vast in size. Working with pressed charcoal and roll paper in unlimited length, her work has the power to make us not only re-look, but to also reconsider. Drawing shadow to preserve light, she works with endless freedom on forest floors, warehouse grounds, and interior walls, going as far as her paper, her body, and the light will allow. The resulting images seem alive and illuminated, and indeed render as images. Charcoal, and the media of drawing in general, are media often strongly associated with gesture and line. Carlijn's work instead affects us as an impression, an immediate visual experience, created over time, but experienced as a whole. While shadows are most often rendered as figure, and light as ground, Mens instead creates a reversal of figure/ground, not through reversing them, but through indentifying them oppositely to how we are accustomed. By identifying shadow as ground, she is able to move light into the figurative role. This methodology, in conjunction with her subject matter and content, do something quite contemporary with a rather traditional medium. Any media employed for creative means must be carried forward, bearing meaning relevant to contemporary culture(s). This is the responsibility of artists, and it is through this symbiotic relationship between ideas and vision, and the simple media of charcoal and paper that Mens moves not only her media forward, but also our own self-awareness of the worlds which we inhabit. She preserves our places with the silent strength of the light she fixes.

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Education 2005-2009 Dutch Art Institute (DAI), Enschede Postgraduate Research and Practice in Art - Master of Fine Art 2000-2005 Akademie voor Kunst en Vormgeving / St. Joost, 's Hertogenbosch Bachelor of Fine Art Exhibitions and Projects Upcoming 13 September 2018: Art On Paper, Borzo Gallery,stand 26, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam 23 June 2018: KOEN VERMEULE | JURRIAAN MOLENAAR | CARLIJN MENS, Exhibition in L.A.C. Sigean (Frankrijk | France) 2018 Roadside | Structuren, BorzoGallery (NL) 2016 Bade/ Mens, MDZ galerie, Knokke (Belgium) Art Drawing, galerie Borzo, Amsterdam (The Netherlands) Museum Belvedere, Friesland (The Netherlands) Wind en Wolken, kunsthal 45, Den Helder (The Netherlands) Les 10 ans de la Maison Salvan, group show (France) Art Cologne, galerie Borzo, Keulen-Germany Paper Made, group show, Museum Belvedere, Friesland (The Netherlands) Mensch, solo show, Park 013, Tilburg (Nederland) Art Rotterdam, group show, Rotterdam (Nederland) 2015 Groupshow Night and Day, Galerie Dusseldorp, Tilburg Art Drawing, Presented bij galerie Art Affairs Amsterdam and Borzo Amsterdam Symposium, Gorinchem, The Netherlands Kunstbunker, Neurenberg, Germany (kunstbunker - forum für zeitgenössische kunst e.v.) Museum Belvedere, Friesland, The Netherlands Art Cologne, galerie Borzo, Keulen- Germany Vishal, Haarlem, The Netherlands Kunsthal 45, den Helder, The Netherlands galerie Witteveen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands galerie Art Affairs, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2014 Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography, Amsterdam, The Netherlands group show, Historischer Kunstbunker, Nürnberg, Germany Exhibition galerie Borzo, Amsterdam, Nederland 10 jaar Wit, group show, Galerie Wit, Wageningen, Nederland Crossing Lines, group show, Work Place, Antwerp, Belgium El Hombre ha Meurto in het Casa de Cultura de Tobasco, Mexico City Galerie Wit, Wageningen, group show, Nederland Art Brussel, galerie Borzo le pas et la page, group show, Musée Gassendi (FR) Museum Kranenburg, Bergen, group show, "Inspiratie" Dia del Mexicanistas, Universiteit Groningen, Groningen Scholte Museum, Den Helder 2013 RAW Rotterdam, galerie Borzo Kunstpodium T, Leerling/Meester,Tilburg Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, performance/statement "Preserving The Artist" Solo show, gallery Borzo, Amsterdam Gorcums Museum Zwart Wit, Black& White Opening Rob Scholte Museum, Den Helder De kunst van het verzamelen, curated by Sjoerd Buisman, De vishal, Haarlem Provinciehuis, Haarlem, groep show, "C=299792458m/s" Museum Kranenburg, Bergen, group show, "Wonder" Traces, herman de vries - Carlijn Mens, galerie Wit, Wageningen En mouvement, Maison Salvan, saison du dessin contemporain Grapheine, Toulouse, France 2012 Haags gemeente museum, GEM, den haag, Holland, solo Art- Amsterdam, Holland De Salon, Galerie Point to Point, Montpellier, France Drawingcentrum Diepenheim Mix op locatie, Bloemendaal - Holland L.A.C. Lieu D'art Contemporain, Sigean - France Kunstrai, galerie Borzo, Amsterdam - Holland Preludium 4 in gesprek LUMC, Leiden - Holland. Renie Spoelstra, Raguel Maulwurf, Carlijn Mens 2011 Drawing Centrum, Diepenheim - Holland. Hans Lemmen, Renie Spoelstra, Carlijn Mens. Art-in-residence, Drawing Centre Diepenheim Museum Belvedere, Friesland - Holland Rob de Vries, Haarlem, Natuur 1. Armando, Sjoerd Buisman and Willem den Ouden Loods 6, Amsterdam - Holland Kunst op kamers, de Rijp - Holland Gallery Witteveen, Amsterdam - Holland Art Amsterdam, galerie Borzo - Holland Time-Light-Dark, Webster university, Leiden - Holland 2010 Researching Preserved Places Lines&Fields/Black and white, Borzo, Amsterdam Performance Preserved Places "Dag van de Duinen",Schoorl Preserved Places, Schoorlse Kunsten 2010, group exhibition, Schoorl 2009 'Zwart - Wit', group exhibition, Kunsthal, Den Helder Ottilia Pribilla Gallery, solo exhibition, Antwerp - Belgium 'Licht, lucht en ruimte', group exhibition with Eva Besnya and Ko Oosterkerk, Borzo, Modern & Contemporary art - Amsterdam 'Gasthoven 09', group exhibition, Aarschot - Belgium 'Regenerated', group exhibition curated by Annelies Nagels, De Warande, Turnhout - Belgium Ottilia Pribilla Gallery, group exhibition, Antwerp - Belgium 2008 'Kunstvlaai 08', Amsterdam Ottilia Pribilla Gallery, solo exhibition, Antwerp - Belgium 'Licht aan Zee', group exhibition, Den Helder 2007 'Here as the Centre of the World', a transnational research project, Enschede 'For where we are we are not', DAI workshop at Villa Noailles, Hyères, France 'Brains Unlimited', group exhibition, Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal, Scheltema, Leiden 'Site etc...', group exhibition, Den Haag 'Progress in Space', group exhibition, Leiden Galery 25 Limited, group exhibition, curated by Alex de Vries, Amsterdam 2006 'Here as the Centre of the World', a transnational research project, Beirut, Lebanon 'Kunstvlaai 6', group exhibition DAI, curated by Lisette Smits, Amsterdam 'Hole in the Brain', film for symposium, Universiteit Twenthe / Hoytema stichting, Enschede 'Grafiek 1', Graphic art project, Breda 2005 'Point of view', installation, group exhibition, Kruithuis, Den Bosch 'Fourth Open Screen Night', film 'Container', film festival Cinema Kriterion, Amsterdam 'BIMRAB', DAI workshop with Felix Kubin and Resonance FM, W139, Amsterdam 'Container', installation, Scheepvaart Museum, Amsterdam 'Art for sail', Loods 6, Amsterdam 'Sail Amsterdam', performance / installation 'Container', curated by Art for Sail, Amsterdam