Presentation 8 December 2013
The workshop project began in 2011 as a collaborative project, intended to recalibrate the synergy between Roosje Klap and Kaleb de Groot. The problem with this approach is that the research will end up researching itself, creating a situation where one keeps running in circles to ultimately end up in a quagmire. Or as Kaleb and Roosje put it: a ‘White Space Conflict’.
The starting point was the development of a scenography from which gradually new sculptures would emerge. Older work and loose elements were reworked into inflatable sculptures and used as actors. The scenography acquires meaning and becomes readable through the viewer’s familiarity with the work of Klap and De Groot. Although the objects are physically altered, their original meaning or value remains preserved, drawing parallels with the classic still life.
By the end of the work period the cooperation between Klap and De Groot seemed to have exhausted itself, partly because of their very divergent conceptual approaches. Work on the scenography was continued by De Groot; the project became increasingly more complete and its setting more defined. Roosje’s leaving the project opened everything up again. The project, now once again on an open field, became a ‘Non Space Conflict’.
Kaleb de Groot en Roosje Klap wish to thank Nina Thibo for her story ‘The Room That is Oozing Oil’, p. 53-57 that was written especially for the occasion of this publication and based on the artists’ research for FLACC.
The work ‘Black Thesaurus’ was made with the generous support of BKVB Fund, the Netherlands and the CEAC, China. It was first published with the artist book ‘Exquisit Gunpowder City 16 Shots’ Revolver publishers, Frankfurt in 2008.