Boris

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Cela faisait plus de dix ans que je n'ai vu Boris van Berkum. Il passe une semaine a Prague. Vladan organise un petit get-together a Akropolis. Il y a la aussi Simon, un financier anglais, Klara, une star de la pop tcheque et grande copine de Vladan de toujours, le copain de Boris, Vladan, donc, qui fut mon premier petit copain a Prague et moi-meme.

Boris est fascinant. Boris est le curateur du MAMA. Boris est artiste, peintre et sculpteur. Il est aussi D.J.Chantelle, un caractere de fiction, dadaiste, créé a l'occasion d'un concours pour la heu... érection d'un monument en l'honneur de Marten Toonder, un célebre bédéiste rotterdamois. Avec deux amis, il a proposé au conseil municipal de Rotterdam ce projet (adopté et réalisé) et que je trouve génialissime :

Monument a Marten Toonder

Pour la petite histoire, D.J. (ou Didier) Chantelle parlait néerlandais avec un fort accent francais. L'un des membres du conseil municipal, francophone, francophile et si ca se trouve d'origines francaises, lui répond en francais, Didier Chantelle ne se laisse pas démonter:
- Je ne parle pas francais, juste Dutch avec l'accent francais...

Logique, non?

A l'époque, c'était en 1994 ou 95, on avait passé un aprémidi chez moi a peindre sur un grand canson de 3,5 x 1,8m, un "truc" tres expressionniste et je me souviens, c'était rouge et bleu mais principalement un rouge sang et c'était une bataille et nous nous bations par couleurs interposées sur le papier. C'est con que j'ai perdu cette oeuvre, elle vaudrait des mille et des cents auj'hui que Boris devient une référence de la création contemporaine...

:-(

Il nous présente sur son PC ses derniers travaux et si j'avais les 6 k.e demandés, j'acheterais sans hésiter sa fontaine Salomé.

Fontaine Salomé

Il nous commente et je prends des notes :

- j'ai mis du vrai lipstick sur cette statue qui représente une power-hungry woman. C'est du Chanel Rouge noir numéro 18.

- ca se sont des études pour une utopian furniture

- c'est l'idée de Slave Ships...
- génail ! Et tu les mets ou les esclaves dedans ?
- heu... c'est pas utilitariste. Pourquoi?
- Je viens d'avoir une conversation de quatre heures avec un copain sur le S&M, je crois que je suis encore dans le trip... ;-)

- ca c'est une etude pour un perverted landscape

 


 

Boris van Berkum (D.J. Chantelle)
Boris van Berkum (1968) studied at the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam. During a stay in Prague he had the opportunity to draw political cartoons for various newspapers (Czech Republic, United States). In 1997 the illustrator/cartoonist moved into the Witte de Withstraat in Rotterdam where he started Showroom MAMA, an enterprise which, run by him, Jeroen Everaert and Natasa Heydra, has developed into a valuable cultural institution. Together they organize exhibitions presenting an actual picture of the developments taking place in youth culture and street culture. Judging the mostly young artists by their quality and the innovative power of their contributions, Boris van Berkum does not distinguish between elitist culture and street culture. Providing the artists with excellent promotional support, he succeeds in making their work accessible to a larger public. In fact, Boris van Berkum is still active as an illustrator who, deploying his own style and vision, manages to intensify the public perception of the content supplied by third parties. "With Showroom MAMA we try to parody the art world. At those moments, I feel a true cartoonist again. Nowadays, I just can't stop drawing cartoons myself. I have adopted the alias DJ Chantelle because I think that there are not enough female DJ-names." Since 1998 the cooperation between Boris van Berkum and MUA has intensified. Van Berkum supplied MUA with several design projects, including the one for his own 'showroom'. In 2000 he organized an exhibition in MAMA about 'graffiti-related architecture'. To promote Boris van Berkum's work, MUA have developed a 'showroom' for the exhibition PLAYTIME.

DJ Chantelle is a Rotterdam-based conceptual artist whose avatar practice is as much part of the work with the visual arts boy band, the collective, The Artoonists (De Artoonisten) as part of a body of individual work that pokes an irreverent, dadaistic swipe at contemporary Dutch society and, in particular, the relationship between gender, sexuality, power and consumption.

Objects of Desire remains a preoccupation for DJ Chantelle, the bizarre avatar with the body of a suited man and the made-up head of an archetypal bourgeois woman who produces work that reflect deep seated desires to consume luxury and exclusivity as the ultimate fashionable social power accessories. Subversively political, the works, however, defy simplistic readings as a mere critique on consumerism. What makes DJ Chantelle unique within the contemporary conceptual field is the concentration on very traditional production methods: ceramics, glass and granite works are often allowed an existence of their own, sometimes combined with photography, performance or works on paper drawing on one of DJC's former existences as a political cartoonist. commissioned by the city of Rotterdam to create the Martin Toonder Monument, a monument to the Netherlands' best loved cartoonist. This seminal work executed in pure 19th century materials such granite, bronze, gold leaf- is one of the key pieces of post-20th century public commissioning by a Dutch city, approached entirely without concern for the modernist orthodoxy. The large body of work that forms the modular installation Self Serving Salome takes as its starting point DJC's preoccupation with French decadent texts such as Against Nature and decadent aesthetics, in particular the works of Aubrey Beardsley, an unusual starting point for a Dutch artist. The work involved a number of large-scale ceramic pieces handmade by the artist using traditional techniques. These are then placed in site-specific relation to other photographic, video and sculptural elements, depending on the unpredictable mood of the weird diva.

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