OpZicht: Ymke Vertelman

Space Being

16 May - 8 July 2018
Location: Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
Open: Monday - Friday, 11-17 hrs; Saturday - Sunday, 12-17 hrs

On Saturday 19 May only open form 17 hrs (after the opening of the exhibition My Practice, My Politics)
Closed: Sunday 20 May and Monday 21 May (Pentecost)

OpZicht is a presentation space in the lobby of Stroom Den Haag for newly registered artists from The Hague. The wall unit functions as a stand or platform where the artist can share his or her work, passion or interest with the audience. Each presentation runs for approximately 7 weeks..
Archive OpZicht presentations 2013-present

The following text is by the artist herself.

A human being constitutes a circle whose centre could be anywhere, but its outline nowhere. The circle represents the shrinking and expanding of one's personal space. When not moving this centre is the place where the four directions of the compass meet, and where the vertical axis of the body connects heaven and earth. But in motion this centre is a place which expands, and where circles can overlap. Humans connect to their own centre, always carrying their personal space with them, wherever they go.

Seen from our own centre we all carry a certain space with us, which we experience in our mind as part of our being. In my graduation project, the performance Space Being, I use body extensions to visualize these hidden spaces. By attaching the extensions to the body, and through movement, these spaces will be revealed.

In combination with attributes such as sand, the spaces take the form of circles around the body, or a line between people that moves like a wave in the ocean, or a square that loses its boundaries through time. This performance shows this process of transforming spaces and is also captured on film. This version of Space Being tells the story of the relationship between a father and a son.

More about Ymke Vertelman
Ymke Vertelman (1991) graduated from the Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK) in 2017, department of Interior Architecture & Furniture Design. In her work she explores the way in which body language gives meaning to our perception of space. A traumatic experience in the public domain shifted her perception of space and time. Since then she has become more aware of the way our environment influences our personal space. Her fascination with the hidden structures that divide man and space is a recurring element in her work. She frequently collaborates with dancers, writers and other performing artists. By working in the field of performance art she generates new spatial perceptions.
www.ymkevertelman.com
 

Ymke Vertelman, 'Space Being', 2017
photo: © Nathan Doorduin
Ymke Vertelman, 'Space Being', 2017
photo: © Nathan Doorduin
Ymke Vertelman, 'Space Being', 2017
photo: © Nathan Doorduin
Ymke Vertelman, 'Space Being', 2017
photo: © Nathan Doorduin
Ymke Vertelman, 'Space Being', 2017
photo: © Nathan Doorduin
Ymke Vertelman, 'Space Being', 2017
photo: © Nathan Doorduin
Ymke Vertelman, 'Space Being', 2017
photo: © Nathan Doorduin