SALIM BAYRI, Let the blue in, 2018
64, 5 x 37 cm
screen print, blue frame + link to AR app for Android
signed, dated, numbered
€ 500,- plus € 32,- Track & Trace EU registered mail
When an AR app belonging to this work is held in front of the framed screen print another image appears, though similar in atmosphere. Salim Bayri tells the following about this print:
LET THE BLUE IN (REJECTED), print on paper and AR app, 2018.
I applied to an open call by Spaces. (A company that offers coworking spaces around the world). They wanted to celebrate their 10th anniversary picking 10 existing works by 10 artists to make 10 editions of each that will go to 10 different coworking spaces. It was called ‘Power of 10’.
At that time, I visited the kitchen at ‘Ons Lieve Heer op Solder’ one of the remaining secret churches from the 17th century. I was intrigued by the blue tiles and started to wonder why they were blue.
Blue like the famous deep blue from Essaouira and Touareg garments. Could that be from there?
I made an image out of the figures found in the tiles, mostly about children’s games and made it look as if I really printed and framed it thanks to 3D computer simulations.
They liked it and I was asked to produce 10 copies of the image.
Every morning in my squat house in Van Schendelstraat in Groningen I would look at the image and change little details. I couldn’t leave it like it was after a night of sleep seeing little children playing the ball in my head.
By the time I sent the image to the printers, it was quite different, although I thought it was still in the same spirit.
The day they received it and hung it; I received a call from the organisers surprised by the modified image. “It’s not what we saw and It’s too late to reprint it, the opening is today!”
Urgently, I go see Kees van Gelder to seek some comfort. An hour before the opening we have the idea of using some tech magic with an AR app I made before. When the camera is pointed to the new rejected print, the first approved one shows up instead. I thought they would find it funny enough to accept the new image. But something approved apparently should stay like it is, and I had to reprint and replace everything as it was agreed in the first place.
But well, at least there’s a side of the story where the rejected and approved, old and new, altered and original are together. You have it.
JONATHAN MONK, Measurements, 2021
14,8 x 10,5 cm
published by NAK / Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany
In 1969 Mel Bochner became renown for his “Measurement rooms” for which architectural features of a room were measured and marked out directly onto the walls. Jonathan Monk is known for reproducing art works taken from art history, i.e. (re)making the same work, but in a different way. For “Measurements” (2021) Monk has marked in green printed lines the height and width of a postcard depicting the view of a “Measurement Room”. On the backside of the card he wrote with the help of a ruler, as a straight line support: ‘Written with a ruler for …’ giving this work a hand made touch. This way of working is comparable to ‘My height in Yellow Highlighter Pen, 2010’ and ink stamped postcard ‘The Distance between you and me’, 2014. Usually he leaves it merely to a mechanical reproduction. KvG
MARIJKE VAN WARMERDAM, Daar is de zon / There is the sun, 2021
42 x 21,7 cm
digital print on matte paper
edition 20 + 10 AP
published by More Publishers, Brussels, Belgium
Repetition and doubling is one of the favorite motives Marijke van Warmerdam applies in her films and photo works. In this print a picture from her childhood shows her energetically pointing into the air.
“There is the sun” is characteristic for Van Warmerdam’s way of thinking when it comes to how (natural) things change position in past, present and future. The latter being one of her other recurring main themes, i.e. anticipating on what comes and reflecting on what happened before. In her work these two aspects are inherently always present.
JONATHAN MONK, Picture Post Card from Post Box Pictured, 2006
15 x 10,5 cm
published by Nothing Else Press, Toronto, Canada
JONATHAN MONK, Picture Post Card from Post Box pictured, 2005
15 x 10,5 cm
post card, stamp dated: 12-08-2021
Published by Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
KOENRAAD DEDOBBELEER, 2011, Munari
119,5 x 89 cm
screen print, verso printed text
published by Christophe Daviet-Thery, Paris, France
JAAP KRONEMAN, Untitled, 1995
200 x 152 cm
screen print, conté, acrylic paint
edition 8, here number 2/8
signed, dated, numbered
€ 2.800,- plus courier costs
Jaap Kroneman is one of the founders of Flat Real Art, a branch of the visual arts, which uses concrete reality to begin with. Observed reality is the basis and in the implementation of his work that is flattened. Reality is abstracted, but nevertheless always recognizable. This print has been partly painted, i.e. the nipples and trousers. The outlines have been drawn with black crayon.
WJM KOK, Monochrome 360º (Revaleiland), 2020
10,4 x 14,8 cm
offset, verso residual glue and paper, cellophane envelope, sticker
edition 81, here number 28/81
signed, dated, numbered
published by the artist
€ 35,- plus € 5,- Track & Trace NL registered mail
During the pandemic in 2020 Dutch advertising columns were temporarily out of use for advertising. They were all around set on hold and covered with a blue colour print on paper. Wjm Kok appropriated a considerable amount of these unused so-called ‘peperbussen’ in Amsterdam by merely localising them. He took a picture of each cylindrical column, adding a title and Serial Number.
Due to weather conditions the blue posters came down partly. A colleague teared some of these parts off. When this was offered to him, he decided to cut the torn off poster parts into cards. With this less ephemeral and more concrete gesture he brought this work closer to the approach of the American appropriation artists who materialised their ideas by putting the borrowed products merely on display, although without the need for manual work. KvG
Appropriated advertising column opposite Herengracht 213, Amsterdam
THOMAS RUFF, Sterne, 01h 55m/-30º, 1989
14.8 x 10.4 cm
signed with silver marker
splendid condition, with verso partly residual glue and paper
€ 295,- plus 12,- Track & Trace registered mail
Uncommon signature put straight into the image of the print, by which the artist’s name seems to become part of the firmament depicted.
BEN VAUTIER, Anything Anyhow / N’importe Quoi n’Importe Comment, nd. 
each 9,5 x 12,5 cm
2 loose cards, offset on thin paper (160 g/m2)
published by Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
These two loose cards come from an envelope that contains five contributions of Ben Vautier, George Brecht, Gerhard von Graevenitz and François Morellet. The envelope was part of “TOEVAL”, a ring binder produced on behalf of a symposium. A fifth contribution consists of two dices with a Mozart score. It is published as examples of chance, but may be considered as an artist’s edition since the ideas and instructions come straight from the artists. It is not known if all loose contributions by various artists (e.g. “Chance Imagery” of George Brecht) have been added to the complete edition of 2000 copies.
A copy is in the collection of the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
‘Actually it is not a catalogue but an artist’s book, with mostly original contributions by artists. That Morellet sheet – translucent paper – is usually signed.’
Mail 22 of January 2021 by Harry Ruhé to KvG.