They built up an installation with a mix of sculptures, objects, paintings and video's in the gallery and in the old, abandoned, raw warehouse next to the gallery. The warehouse at the Brouwersgracht 167 is a hidden gem in downtown Amsterdam.
Fraser Stewart (1986) works with a wide variety of materials, from printing techniques to sculpture and installations to video. He shows new ceramic work, made during his residency at the European Ceramic Work Center in Oisterwijk, Brabant. Stewart combines the genre of political conflict and violence with ceramic objects to form updated versions of human busts. These self-portraits draw upon the masks used in protests that both protects and makes the wearer anonymous. Fraser Stewart's work was supported by the Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst.
Marcel van den Berg (1978) paints with physical, raw energy and is guided by association, intuition and coincidence. His paintings, collages, screen prints and sculptures are strongly influenced by black music culture, graffiti and the streetscape? of the Amsterdam suburb of the Bijlmer, where he has his studio. Van den Berg has recently expanded his strictly black and white palette with the colour scheme of the Rastafari and Pan-African Movement: respectively red, gold/yellow, green and red, black, green. Marcel van den Berg's work has been supported by the Mondriaan Fund.
Both Stewart and Van den Berg draw upon there fascinations for iconography and political symbolism. With likeminded interests and overlapping thematics that the two long term friends and colleges come once more to present their works together.
We warmly invite you for the festive opening of "Ruff Draft" 8th of September 2018 between 16-19 hrs.
The exhibition runs 8 Sep – 3 Nov