Partially documentary, the installation Too Much Reality (2003) is based on the artist's script that at moments escapes the straightjacket of facts. A linear story opens with a monologue spoken by a man, telling how his friend ended up, after a long trip through South East Asia, in a seemingly idyllic wooden hut on the beach of a tropical island. From this point the story unfolds as the viewer encounters the travellers who are staying on this beach. A.P. Komen/Karen Murphy asked each of their protagonists to spend one night in the hut with a video camera. The viewer is exposed to the very real sadness and desperation of the characters that have opted out from reality, losing themselves in sex, alcohol and drugs. The artists bring us closer to their narrative with the inclusion of a real size beach hut - an exact replica of the one used in the filming of their DVD.
The video was shown during “Link”, Proposals for Municipal Acquisitions: Photography 2002-2003, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL). Works by A.P. Komen/Karen Murphy are in collection a.o. at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Stedelijk Museum Schiedam; Fries Museum, Leeuwarden; Ministery of Foreign Affairs, Den Haag; Caldic Collection and Maison Europeénne de la Photographie, Paris.
A.P Komen (1964) and Karen Murphy (1968) work together since their mutual work period at the Rijksakademie.
TOO MUCH REALITY
Installation consisting of a replica of a Thai beach hut
and a video projected on to a large screen.
Both parts of the installation are shown at KunstRAI 2004
Width: 370 cm
Length: 390 cm
Height: 370 cm
Video duration: 28 mins
Screen: 350 cm x 262.5 cm
Edition: 3Swip Stolk
– graphic design
1st line / 2nd use
Swip Stolk, designer and visual artist, is known as one of the greatest designers of our time. Most famous he is for his cooperation with director Frans Haks of the Groninger Museum. Stolk designed from the late seventies on catalogues, invitations, posters - and various exhibitions. When the New Groninger Museum was opened in 1995, Stolk was responsible for the new corporate identity. In 2000 he was invited for a retrospective of his work. In this exhibition ‘Swip Stolk Master Forever’, he presented himself as, and interwoven with, the Dutch master Rembrandt.
Swip Stolk cooperated with graphic designer Anthon Beeke and works since 1968 for shoedesigner Jan Jansen. In the 1970’s his big breakthrough came with designing the corporate identity for public television channel Vara. Stolk designed various books for (a.o.) Larry Clark, Serrano, Micha Klein, Van der Vegt, Mary Waters, Jan Jansen, Kunst op Kamers, Frans Franciscus and Joost van den Toorn (Best book design awards in 1997, 1998,1999, 2000, 2001, 2002). He designed the well-known logo for Dutch magazine, as well as the identity of its recent German spin-off Zoo and the Italian Magazine Stile. He has contacts with fashion photographers and art directors around the world, who commission him to invent contributions to their glossy magazines. One of his latest achievements is Milky Way, a new ‘coded’ – ‘decoded’ typeface.
At KunstRAI 2004, Flatland presents ‘Renaissance, 1st line/ 2nd use’. Swip Stolk will transform a 20 square meter room, showing his exuberant and imaginative style. By using his design in different ways; quoting himself, adding new elements or putting it in a new context, these works explore the great achievements and development of the artist.
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