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the engineering of happiness in a new residential area; an artist exhibition

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Put your everyday goggles aside and get yourself a couple of reality filters by a serie of new artworks in HOMING:

your treat in a shot of sub-reality.


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INTRODUCTION

HOMING consists of 15 paintings and a short video by filmmaker Martijn Bastiaans (1983). A new house in Nieuwegein- a VINEX location - forms the scene for a serie of staged settings, wherein two actors visualize the story of a typical young couple in their first house. The photographs and video images shot at these stagings are the foundation of the artwork. We follow a fictional couple in their everyday routine and their pursuit of newfound happiness. A perfect house, build in a perfectly constructed setting.

 

 

But is this perfectly 'constructed' happiness - wherein urban planners, developers and architects seem to have created the ideal residential area - a true happiness? How do we cope with the expectations of finding our bliss in these surroundings? We follow these two individuals on their quest in this new, large scale residential area. In cool, Pruissian blue tones I strip down the couple's day-to-day life.


 

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BACKGROUND

Our residential happiness is manageable. We build our new urban areas with ideal parking spaces for cars (1,2) en bikes (1,7). Just to make sure there's always room to park your car or bike, but not so much space that we'd go crazy by an overkill of parking space. We make sure we don't need to walk too far to the nearest bus stop (400 m max). We plan a mixed new shopping centre, including an authentic Turkish bakery and traditional poulterer. Out of a street furniture catalogue we create a recognizable public space, preferable in style with the newly completed houses. From here on we can relax and recreate in the special destined restaurant and bar zones and commute to work by the new roads.

Being intrigued by the technocratic society we live in, I started digging in the psychology of our residential happiness. In these times, wherein a lack of new residential houses pressures the housing market, it's easy to loose sight of the social dimension in new large scale residential areas. The personal adaptability of creating an own place in these immense building projects is impressive. I'm curious to know how true this 'constructed' happiness is experienced in relation to the traditional slow growth residential areas. Like the Italian ice cream always tastes better in Italy (real?) then at home (fake?) . Can we sincerely enjoy this conditioned happiness and how do we create our own, unique place?

I talked with a range of professionals: city architect Like Bijlsma, cultural anthropologist Irene Cieraad, psychologist Pacal Vermeulen and PhD in homemaking Joke Terlaak-Poot. Furthermore, I visited a lot of these new, large scale residential areas. I observed neighborhoods, talked to locals, wondered about a lot of exceptional characteristics and got lost. All together enough input to get me started in this project called HOMING that would take over my creative life for over a year.

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TRAVELING EXHIBITION

HOMING is a traveling exhibition. For this reason I'm always on the lookout for new, thrilling spaces to display and share my story. These places can be anywhere, ranging from (not yet quite) empty office walls and entrance halls to meeting rooms, a magazine page or digital platform. As long as the places are safe for exhibition and easily accessible. So, why am I doing this?

The main goal is to connect to those who have a role in producing or living in these new residential areas. Whether you're an architect, planner, landscaper or social worker: as long as you're actively involved in the fysical and / or sociological sense in these areas. From this connection, the artworks will inspire and encourage debate. Art can be the framework through which you can learn to look at your surroundings. It'll trigger creativity and help you to put the most mundane things in new perspective. Hopefully, HOMING gives you a fresh look on the social dimension in a traditionally scientific debate.

Sounds interesting? Great! I'd like to meet you!
Get in touch by sending me an email at info@patrickvanvliet.com.

 

 

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HOMING PAINTINGS

 


Living

Oil on canvas
80 x 50 cm
2018

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Caster
Oil on canvas
60 x 30 cm
2018

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Chef
Oil on canvas
120 x 90 cm
2018

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Bagage
Oil on canvas
50 x 20 cm
2018

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Balance
Oil on canvas
70 x 40 cm
2018

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Bathroom
Oil on canvas
90 x 75 cm
2017

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Closet
Oil on paper
100 x 70 cm
2017

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Daan & Mirjam
Oil on paper
50 x 70 cm
2018

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Erasing
Oil on canvas
140 x 100 cm
2018

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Fixating
Oil on canvas
140 x 100 cm
2018

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Laughing
Oil on board
50 x 40 cm
2018

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Mirjam
Oil on paper
50 x 70 cm
2018

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Plastic
Oil on canvas
150 x 110 cm
2018

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Pragmatism
Oil on canvas
80 x 170 cm
2017

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Window Dressing
Oil on canvas
70 x 30 cm
2018

 


 

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Contact:

Vechtclub XL
Studio C2.2
Europalaan 2b
3526 KS Utrecht

info@patrickvanvliet.com

0031 626452550

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