Sponges, stones and dinosaurs: this episode of ‘apropos’ gives our listeners a sneak peek into the studios of artists Stefania Crișan and Isolde Venrooy at Greylight Projects in Heerlen, The Netherlands. The two artists are currently working on new performances for the upcoming “performing landscapes” festival to take place at IKOB on Saturday, 2nd September 2023 in collaboration with the Very Contemporary network.
Isolde Venrooy (b. 1977 in Rosmalen, NL, lives and works in Nijmegen, NL) works with objects, interventions and walks to form an artistic practice that is rooted in ecological thinking and making. Together with participants, co-authors, friends and passers-by, she experiments with forms of collaboration, exploring, giving and receiving. Venrooy‘s work has been exhibited at TENT in Rotterdam, Zone2Source in Amsterdam and De Fabriek Eindhoven, among other places, and her artistic practice is supported by the Mondriaan Fund.
Stefania Crișan (b. 1993, Timisoara, RO, lives and works in Metz, FR) is interested in themes connected to the anthropocene, questioning the paradoxes between the horror and the beauty of catastrophe. Her practice is marked by a landscape that was devastated through ecological disaster, that of the village of Geamăna in Romania, deliberately flooded in the 1970s and turned into a settling pond for copper mining activities. Crișan is the winner of the 2022 Luxembourg Encouragement for Artists Prize (LEAP) and has exhibited at FRAC Lorraine, Casino Luxembourg, Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken and Centre Pompidou-Metz.
Image: Isolde Venrooy
Visible Cloaks (mix)
Stefania Crișan playing a drum
Arp – Sponge (for Miyake)