Heringa / Van Kalsbeek

Since Maarten Peter Van Kalsbeek and Frederike Cornelia (Liet)  Heringa student days at the Rietveld Academie Amsterdam, they have regularly worked together. Since 1998 they have officially operated as ‘Heringa/Van Kalsbeek’. Their sculptures evolve out of a process of action and reaction: one continues where the other stops. They work with different kind of materials; ceramics, resin, textile, bronze, polished stainless steal and found objects. Their work is often shown in modern art musea, for example in Germany, England, Italy, Korea and of course in The Netherlands where they are based. The artists duo has had solo exhibitions in the Kröller Müller Museum, Otterlo, Haags Gemeente Museum, The Hague. In  Heringa / Van Kalsbeek solo exhibition Cruel Bonsai in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2007-2008) over 20 works were presented, in our solo exhibition Night Catch, Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch (2014-2015) over 20 ceramic works were exhibited together with bigger sculptures made out of metal, paper and resin. Since 1994 they have realized works in commission for clients as; the Central Government Real Estate Agency, Arcadis, Abn Amro Bank The City of Breda. Their latest outdoor project is commissioned by the city of Amsterdam and installed in 2018 in the Beatrixpark, Amsterdam.

That static visual art can also look like a living natural phenomenon is evident in many works by the artistic duo Heringa/Van Kalsbeek. For their co-productions Liet Heringa (1966) and Maarten van Kalsbeek (1962) have officially operated as ‘Heringa/Van Kalsbeek’ since 1998. The sculptures by Heringa/Van Kalsbeek often look like exotic plants with exuberant flowers, unimaginable animals or mysterious headdresses. The work by Heringa/Van Kalsbeek is a play of surfaces, stripes, spots and lines. Plants, branches and flowers, real or cast, are often combined with found objects which are recycled in their work. This goes much further than conventional sculpture. They are three-dimensional paintings.  How the construction is built up is demonstrated honestly, everything is open and naked to the eye. What you see is what you get. And yet that is also not so. This is because the baroque multitude of detail and the accumulation of visual surprises do not allow a complete revelation of the mystery. And so you keep looking.

Project in Arita

  • Period of Residency : September-November
  • Sponsor : Mondriaan Fund

Heringa / Van Kalsbeek aim of the residency in Arita is to obtain new insights in techniques they do not yet master: how they can learn to develop and apply such techniques. In this way, they can create a space for their work out of which new images and sculptures may arise. The artist duo are especially interested in the way in which Japanese art, but also Japanese gardening, Ikebana, floristry, and procedures through which nature is ‘formed’ accidentally: how natural processes can be remediated into sculptural processes. They expect to encounter specialist techniques that prominently feature the force of nature. For our work, it is essential to study these techniques in depth tot develop new, hybrid forms of creativity in our work.

They are pleased to come to Arita and to learn more about the Ceramic tradition and culture of Arita. They would like to visit studio’s where different kind of techniques are used.

Specifically, the artists main interests are (rough) glazing and if there is a studio ‘modeling’ with porcelain, Heringa / Van Kalsbeek would like to see how they work. The artists are also interested in working with molds not very high-tech molds, more basic ones.
They hope to learn techniques for glueing, glazing and modeling with porcelain.