Icons \ Shift

November 25, 2018


KNO lab.space @ Bulgakov Museum
Andreevskiy Descent, 13
Kiev, 04070


Open Thursday – Tuesday 10 am -6 pm, closed on Wednesday

The exhibition ICONS \ SHIFT brings together works from four Dutch artists who are closely related to each other and the Leiden based art initiative IS-projects. Involved artists Iemke van Dijk, Henriëtte van 't Hoog, Jan maarten Voskuil and Guido Winkler all make paintings, yet are interested in expanding painting away from the two dimensional. The viewer's standpoint matters. There is a shift from painting to object, although they are still painters.

Iemke van Dijk (Wassenaar, 1969) lives and works as an artist in Leiden, the Netherlands and is co-founder of IS-projects. With printmaking as her background, her interest turned to making reliefs. Since 2010 she makes wall drawings and floor pieces that are basically trompe-l'oeil reliefs. Often site-specific. Iemke is interested in serendipity, yet deliberately sets rules for it to work. The work on show is part of a new series entitled “Circles and Squares”. The observer who understands that ovals represent circles will experience space and movement.

The geometric abstract work of Henriëtte van ’t Hoog (Amsterdam, 1943) often makes you lose your balance. She plays with the perspective of cube-like forms, with their three-dimensionality, their color, and light. When you walk along these objects, their forms change, their perspective collapses. The reflecting paint on the back of the object radiates its color on the wall. The reflection emphasizes its spatiality and gives the thing a poetic connotation. Consequently, the work of Henriëtte van ’t Hoog is at the same time concrete and not concrete.

"In a world that is not clear, we have to make things clear." Building on the philosophies of Theo van Doesburg who promoted pure non-objective abstraction, Jan Maarten Voskuil (Arnhem, 1964) creates multi-dimensional works that bridge the boundaries between painting, sculpture and architecture. He expands the possibilities of painting by stretching linen on spatial constructed wooden frames. Rigorous mathematical principles govern his experiments, as does an ongoing conversation with the conventions of Minimalism, Hard-Edge painting and other modern schools of thought.

Guido Winkler (Alblasserdam, 1969) works as an artist in Leiden, the Netherlands. In a concise and precise style he makes paintings, photographs, multiples and spatial installations that evoke associations with architecture. For the viewer to experience space and time and to study one's perception. His wooden paintings are flat and have tapered sides. Like the other selected artists, the work sits in between painting and object.

Within the context of art initiatives like KNO, IS-projects -It is what it IS- is running business for over ten years. It has established more than 30 exhibitions on various locations and in several combinations internationally, that attracted in total over 180.000 visitors. In 2017, Iemke van Dijk and Guido Winkler were appointed as curators of the Open Air Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden as well as the multi venue exhibition Raakvlakken for Beelden in Leiden. The 2017 exhibitions were being held within the frame of 'From Mondriaan to Dutch Design' on the occasion of the centennial of De Stijl movement. De Stijl, founded in Leiden by Theo van Doesburg in 1917.

Van Doesburg predicted in his time that for the next phase of art history, painting needed to make a transition into the third dimension. Since long, a three dimensional painting would still be called a sculpture. These artists show there is a way in between.

The KNO lab.space project is a program, that takes place at the Bulgakov Museum in Kyiv. KNO -Kyiv Non Objective- has been established to operate as a public organisation. Founded by Ukrainian artists Tiberiy Szilvashi, Badri Gubianuri, Elena Dombrovska and Serhiy Popov, its aim is developing a platform for further dialogue between contemporary reductive and non-objective artist networks, internationally.


Currently: GRIT, Exchange Berlin

November 18, 2018

Venue: Kühlhaus, Luckenwalder Straße 3, 10963 Berlin Dates: 16 – 18 November 2018
Times: 16 NOV 1900 - 2200
17 + 18 1100 - 1900 

IS-projects is participating in Sluice, Exchange Berlin 2018
16 - 18 November Kuehlhaus Berlin

Image: Zora Kreuzer, Triangle (2017) acrylics on canvas, 91x78cm / Dennis Meier, Combine Drawing (2016-2018), marker on tiles, 132x150cm / Zora Kreuzer, Module (2018) wood, coloured fluorescent tubes, 70x50cm / Guido Winkle, A View (2014) acrylics on wood, 53x88cm / Guido Winkler, Transition – Diamond Space (green), acrylics on wood, 122x58cm @ Sluice Exchange Berlin. Venue: Kuehlhaus, Luckenwalder Strasse 3, 10963 Berlin

Information per project on our projects page.

Also, see our updated news page.


Added: new Link

November 9, 2018
Added is a permanent link to the London based Saturation Point.

Saturation Point is an online editorial run by Patrick Morrisey Hanz Hancock.
In addition they host shows in their studio in London or elsewhere.

Beyond looking, worth reading.


Sluice Exchange Berlin 2018

October 17, 2018

Sluice Exchange is a peripatetic biennial expo which this November brings approximately 20 visiting galleries and projects to Berlin. Sluice, in partnership with Das Institut für Alles Mögliche - both non-profit arts orgs with a focus on supporting the artist & curator-led sector - will stage a three day event for galleries and projects that share similar foundational ideologies of independence and artistic engagement. Each participating Berlin-based and international gallery will combine to present a weekend of exhibitions, performances, talks & screenings. Whilst the UK is in the throes of disengagement from the EU - 2018 is an opportune time for a joint UK/EU initiative to deliver an internationally focused event. The expo ambitiously represents the independent art world by examining how global political developments impact on artists at a local level. The Sluice expo looks past current nationalistic trends to interrogate possible futures.

One of the questions Sluice asks is how can we advance emergent discourse via increased interaction on a local, national and international level? This question is intended to reflect our concerns and maybe those of some of the galleries and projects we work with. The Berlin edition of EXCHANGE is broadly themed around the local as transnational ideas battle re-emergent nationalistic tendencies. The artist/curator-led scene is often tied to the local (usually influenced by funding parameters or lack of funding altogether). But there is often an awareness that if the local isn’t positioned within a broader inter/national context that it risks becoming parochial. EXCHANGE BERIN focuses on the importance of solidarity, inclusion and collaboration. Is there a way to square internationalism with the destructive nature of globalisation? As nationalism rears its head around the world what response does art have?

Sluice connects and promotes artist/curator-run and non-profit galleries and projects – globally. These projects are often isolated by lack of financial resources. EXCHANGE BERLIN leverages one asset that we do possess – the network and the will to act collaboratively to stage events beyond the capability of each of us individually.

EXCHANGE BERLIN is officially affiliated to the British council's UK/Germany 2018 season:

“This season of events across Germany will build on the existing friendly knowledge and understanding between our countries. Despite the political uncertainties while the UK negotiates its exit from the European Union, we will celebrate established partnerships whilst forging new ones.”

Location: Kühlhaus, Luckenwalder Straße 3, 10963 Berlin Dates: 16 – 18 November 2018
Times: 16 NOV 1900 - 2200

17 + 18 1100 - 1900


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Pages added: RNOP - Hellenikon

May 21, 2018
Ten pages have been added containing information and images of our last project in Athens: RNOP - Hellenikon.

Go to our Projects page and click from there


IS-projects @ Platforms Project, booth 22

May 17, 2018

IS-projects booth 22 
17 - 20 May 2018
Nikos Kessanlis Exhibition Hall
Athens School of Fine Art
Athens (gr)

Collaborative project with Richard van der Aa for ParisCONCRET
With Pola Carmen, Shawn Stipling, Richard Roth, Joël Besse and Katrin Bremermann


May 7, 2018
The pages in the projects section have been updated with pages related to the Athens projects.
Furthermore we have added a new text: Curators notes by Richard van der Aa.

We have added a page on Platforms Project with Richard van der Aa and related artists.
We have added an introduction page on the project at Beton7: RNOP - Hellenikon.


RNOP - Hellenikon

May 5, 2018
IS-Projects & Beton7 Cultural Arts Centre presents the world wide opening of West PI - Associates in May, Athens Greece, linked to the wider Platforms Project in Athens.

RNOP - Hellenikon, Assembalge No.7

The Assemblage series has been curated by Australian artist curator Dr. Billy Gruner. This is a project done with other project spaces in various cities worldwide since 2007. The many artists involved have been collaborating significantly together both in this series and many other events such as the RNOP (Reductive Non Objective Project) as extensions of IS-projects and West Projects internationally dating back a decade. 

The new West PI associate program will present 3 European shows, 5 American shows and 5 Australian shows during 2018 and 2019 under the RNOP heading as part of the next Biennale of Contemporary Non Objective Art in Grenoble, France. The Athens RNOP- Hellenikon is the launch of this exciting program.

Wall work commisioned installation:
Daniel Göttin SUI

Artist Producers:
Deb Covell UK
Iemke van Dijk NL
Billy Gruner AUS
Peter Holm DK
Kyle jenkins AUS
Sarah Keighery AUS
Tarn McLean AUS
Roland Orepuk FR
Richard van der Aa FR
Guido Winkler NL


What's next? Athens!

May 5, 2018
IS-projects will collaborate on two projects in Athens, Greece. 
For the second year, IS-projects will participate in the Platforms Project.
We have asked Richard van der Aa from ParisCONCRET to curate our booth.
He has chosen to present the following srtists: Joël Besse, Katrin Bremermann, Pola Carmen, Richard Roth and Shawn Stipling. 

The Platforms Project is an international fair that mainly focusses on non profit independent artist run spaces.
It will be held from 17 May - 20 May 2018 in the Nikos Kessnlis exhibition hall of the Athens School of Fine Art. Address: Piraeus Str. 256, TK 182 35.

Opening on Thursday 17 May @ 7 pm. 
Fri - Sunday: 12 - 7 pm

Aside of the Platforms Project we asked Billy Gruner to curate a second show at Beton7 Art Centre.
This show will be the start of his new project West Projects International or West PI in short.

Beton7, Centre for the arts.7,
Pydnas St.