A new initiative by Amsterdam Art is the release of the Special Editions. Each participating gallery presents an extraordinary and affordable limited edition artwork with prices ranging between €300-€500. The artworks are on show in every gallery and together they form an exhibition throughout the city. Artists were inspired by the overarching theme: Infra-Ordinary, which describes the phenomenon when the banality of everyday life suddenly gets a special meaning.
For some of us, the lockdown had the side effect of a certain renewed attention to the everyday. As public life largely came to a standstill and the radius of action reduced radically, the reflection did not focus on the big events and headlines, but on what is normally overlooked. It's the musings about what happens when very little happens. For example, trivial details can take on enormous proportions. A trip through the room can make for special finds. The French philosopher Georges Perec called this phenomenon 'infra-ordinary'. Neither banal nor extraordinary. It is a form of excessive attention that reveals the accidental miraculous, but also the tragedy of nullity.
“What speaks to us, seemingly, is always the big event, the untoward, the extra-ordinary: the front-page splash, the banner headlines....Behind the event there is a scandal, a fissure, a danger, as if life reveals itself only by way of the spectacular, as if what speaks, what is significant, is always abnormal. [But] how should we take account of, question, describe what happens everyday and recurs everyday: the banal, the quotidian, the obvious, the common, the ordinary, the infra-ordinary, the background noise, the habitual? (209-210)”
― Georges Perec, Species of Spaces and Other Pieces
Participating galleries are: AKINCI, Albada Jelgersma, andriesse~eyck galerie, Annet Gelink Gallery, BorzoGallery, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, FLATLAND, Galerie Bart, Galerie Caroline O’Breen, Galerie Fons Welters, Galerie Onrust, Galerie Ron Mandos, Galerie van Gelder, Gerhard Hofland, GoMulan Gallery, GRIMM, Lumen Travo Gallery, Martin van Zomeren, Multiplemadé, Reflex Amsterdam, Slewe, Stevenson, Stigter Van Doesburg, tegenboschvanvreden, The Merchant House, TORCH, Upstream Gallery.
Special thanks to curator Laurie Cluitmans for carefully selecting this inspirational and accurate theme 'infra-ordinary'.