23.11 - 02.12. 2012, KUNSTVLAAI: Festival of Independents, location: former St. Nicolaas Lyceum, Amsterdam.
Corridor B-C, 3rd floor, site specific installation, 225 x 800 cm
On invitation by Kunsttraject / Frans van Tartwijk

ETTEMISM, a limited edition of 12 was made for the occassion
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OMELETTE OPTIMISM. The phrase 'you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs' certainly applies to the arts. Because in order to make art one has to break old habits and let go of big and small expectations, either the worldly, materialistic ones and especially those of your own perception and principles. And all that, not knowing what will come out of all your effort, not knowing if your project will be rewarding in any way. But still artists make artworks, organize and install shows and festivals. Against all odds and common sense. That's what I call omelette optimism.

Je kunt geen omelette maken zonder eieren te breken, dat is in de kunst ook zo. Je kunt geen kunstwerken maken zonder te breken met je verwachtingen, zowel fysiek, als materieel, als geestelijk. En dat allemaal, zonder te weten wat er uit zal komen, of er uberhaupt iets zinvols uitkomt. Maar kunstenaars maken toch kunstwerken, en organiseren tentoonstellingen en festivals. Tegen beter weten in. Dit noem ik 'omelette optimism'.


photos (taken from Kunstvlaai website) Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk (I think);
photomontage above and evening impression, left: Frans van Tartwijk