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About me

When I was a kid I saw a documentary about the Dutch visual artist Rob Scholte. In this documentary they follow him while he is painting a large wall painting in Japan. In the mean time he is also very busy in his studio designing and screen printing various collages. During the documentary he falls victim to a bomb explosion in his car. The explosion shatters his legs and confined him to a wheel chair. The circumstances around the explosion were subject to various rumours, and the accident was very traumatic to him. This documentary made a very big impression to me as a kid. His art practice was very influential for the way I work as a visual artist.

Before going to the Academy of arts Minerva in Groningen, I was working in the graphic industry as a screen printer. At the academy I initially rejected my graphic background, and did all kinds of other things. In the second year I started screen printing again. Because it had been my job, I felt very comfortable and started working out some ideas I had for a very long time. What I like in screen printing is that it is a very flexible technique. You can print on every surface and with any kind of ink. The process of making screens is also relatively straight forward, which leaves a lot of room to be creative in the use of images.

After a while at the academy I realized that techno music had to play a roll in my work. I truly believe that music can not exist without art and vice versa. This realisation came after two visits I made to Berlin. During the first trip I visited an exhibition of John Cage and Iannis Xenakis at the Berlin academy of arts . This exhibition dealt with the relation between art, sound, mathematics and architecture. It became apparent that my work should deal with this subject matter.

On the second visit I went to 2 nightclubs, Tresor and club Arena. That visit gave me a lot of ideas how to incorporate music in to art, and how my art should work in nightclubs. From then on I started making art installations and screen prints inspired by techno culture. I currently also work for various nightclubs as a stage designer, graphic designer and VJ.

My thesis dealt with social engagement in art. I had to go back to Goya and ended up at Americian social realism, which for me, ended with Edward Hopper. I fell in a hole because I didn't know what came after that. A lot of the discours that deal with social issues are not being dealt with in art anymore. They have been taken over by music and comedy, and are not rooted in the art world any more. During my graduation talk about my "after party" installation, I jokingly said I was a social realist while we were surrounded by geometric abstract art. I still believe that I am an social realist my own special way.

I have made a few very clear choices as an artist. I will pursue my social realistic side with my alter ego HENK. These are mostly are photographs, drawings and prints in various media. It is a narrative from my own perspective, mixed with fictious situations. I want to explore the fine line between reality and fiction.

I get very inspired when I imagine a dark warehouse with pumping techno from the speakers. When I work on a installation, sculpture or even a painting, the start is the dark warehouse, and what I will do with it.I started working for various nightclubs, and make various work for them. I will also show my installations in galleries where the same conditions are available as in nightclubs.

My studio is in Groningen, and I am very comitted to the city. It is my playground, and I want to make the city a better place for artists like me to work and live in. To do this I have decided to work on projects that have my interest, and that I am good at. These are the history of house in Groningen and promoting graphic artists in and from Groningen.I found that these two things are not properly done, and I think I can make some difference on these subjects