Roel van Timmeren has his roots in painting. Painting enables him to critically question the world around him and relate to the "global village" and our fully mediated, standardized society. He is well aware of art history and paints with traditional materials – oil paint, acrylic, gouache, watercolour. Moreover he considers his drawings, sculptures, videos and site-specific installations a form of painting as well. Whatever medium he works with, Van Timmeren tries to open up an intermediate dimension where the magical things occur which have no place in the prevailing worldview.

Over a decade long Van Timmeren has worked in nearly monk-like circumstances on what he describes as 'insignificant images’, which means self-contained images with as little significance as possible and the highest possible content in form and colour, but since 2002 he has sought out collaboration with other artists, urban designers and scientists. In this way he could disrupt his own way of working, communicate with colleagues as well as the public and achieve a result that would transcend his individual perspective and generate discussion. With temporary interventions in public space, he has applied painterly principles in a narrative and audience-oriented way and shifted the emphasis from things that are overtly meaningful to something that is (almost) invisible yet anything but insignificant.

Back in the studio, Van Timmeren has been processing his 'fieldwork' of more than fifteen years in compositions that seem to fit in with geometric abstract art of the twentieth century. They have an architectural quality, and at the same time are reminiscent of scientific graphs or technological systems. But once again, this first impression distracts from what still concerns him: elude reality. In the twenty-first century escape routes to other dimensions are even harder to find than before.

Els Hoek

Curator Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam

 

 

Biography

*1957, Amsterdam

Education: 

  • Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten 1979 – 83
  • Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam1983 – 85

Projects:

2013:
‘If Found’, interventions in public space, AIR Lichtenberg Studios, Berlin
‘Neues Problem’, group exhibition, gallery Neues Problem, Berlin
‘Paden naar het paradijs’, group exhibition Rijksmuseum Twente, Enschede
‘Sign of the tides’, exhibition i.c.w. Helmuth Dick, Five Myles Gallery, New York
2012:
‘Het valt mee’, site specific installation, Amsterdam ‘Als je me ziet’, site specific installation, Haarlemmermeer
‘Als je me ziet’, site specific installation, Haarlemmermeer
2011:
‘Mobiele Haag Brigade’, study for landscape intervention, Projectbureau Houthavens, Amsterdam
‘Spritzturm’, sculpture for intervention ‘Kunstwerke-werfen’ van Matthias Schamp, Bochum
‘Golden’, video installation, projectspace Neues Problem, Berlijn*
‘Brak’, site specific installation by Swamps at ARCAM, Amsterdam brak
‘Corso’, site specific installation, Victorieplein, Amsterdam*
2010:
‘Opening’, performance and video-installation, Projectspace Zoete Broodjes, Amsterdam* zoete-broodjes
‘Love or Illusion’, group exhibition, Queeste, Arnhem
‘Typ-exion’, design for ‘De Rien’, patafysical paper, Parijs
2009
‘NieuweKadeNegen’, site specific installation, Queeste, Arnhem
‘Android’, site specific installation, Kinkerbrug, Kinkerstraat Amsterdam
‘Siopé’, video installation, Quantum Vis, group exhibition, Service Garage, Amsterdam*
‘Dr. Faustroll’, Quantum Vis, group exhibition, RC de Ruimte, IJmuiden
‘A-Venue’, opening project, Coenplein, Amsterdam
‘Nose Knows‘, concept and design of booklet for the opening of ‘A-Venue’ ‘Siopé’, presentation spatial manuscript in Nai, Rotterdam for Stichting Vedute* vedute
‘L’As’ en ‘Uitverkoren’, illustrations for ‘De Centrifuge’, ‘patafysical magazine of the ‘Nederlandse Academie voor ‘Patafysica’
2008
‘Skindance’, site specific installation, NH Tropen Hotel, Linnaeusstraat, Amsterdam
2007
La Spazzatura’, video installation, Amsterdam, HorseMoveProjectSpace
‘A-Venue’, site specific installation, Coenplein Amsterdam (Swamps)
‘Visions of Catherina’ site specific installation, Tongeren (B), Artuatuca
‘L’incident de Verre’, Verbeke Foundation Kemzeke (B), Vitrti
‘Seed’, (performance) Onze Lieve Vrouwentoren Amersfoort Pornofestival
2006
‘The Mayer Files’: film, Amsterdam, First Patafysyical Filmfestival
‘Bennie’: performance Museum van Loon, Amsterdam
‘Brooke’s Soap’: 4 publications in Viridis Candela /Collège de ‘pataphysique, Parijs
‘The Mayer Files Part II’, Manifestatie Okkupation, Berlijn www.okkupation
‘The Brunninger Award’, Modehuis Linhard, Amsterdam
2005
‘This is not a Lamp (part 2)’, group exhibition, ‘Inventors, Makers and Movers’, Arti et Amicitae, Amsterdam
‘The Mayer Files Part I’ Manifestatie Okkupation, Berlijn www.okkupation
2004
‘Is suicide genetic?’, group exhibition ‘North’, Stichting LYR, Amsterdam
‘Indians’, Pilot Gropiusstadt, performance/video, Berlijn
2003
Workshop HKA, Arnhem, ‘This is not a lamp (part 1)’, De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam
‘Es haengt in der Luft’ , Hermannshof, Hannover (D) www.hermannshof
2002
‘Doo wat Du wullt, de Lut schnackt doch’ Kunstverein Springhornhof, Neuenkirchen / Hamburg (D) www.springhornhof
‘Five Jokes About Glass’, Upstream, Hoorn
‘The Glass House’ Het glazen huis, Amsterdam

Exhibitions and installations:

2014:
‘Textiele architectuur’, group exhibition, Arcam, Amsterdam
‘Faustroll’, group exhibition, Ruigoord, the Nederlandse Academie voor ‘Patafysica
‘I learned to keep still’, W139; De Nederlandsche Bank, contribution to the project ‘I am not doing anything until I feel the need’ of Joanneke Meester
2010
‘Opening’, performance and video-installation, Projectruimte Zoete Broodjes, Amsterdam* zoete-broodjes
‘Love or Illusion’, group exhibition Queeste, Arnhem
2009
‘NieuweKadeNegen’, site specific installation, Queeste, Arnhem
‘Android’, site specific installation, Kinkerbrug, Kinkerstraat Amsterdam
‘Siopé’, video installation, Quantum Vis (groepstentoonstelling), Service Garage, Amsterdam*
‘Dr. Faustroll’, Quantum Vis, group exhibition, RC de Ruimte, IJmuiden
‘Siopé’, presentation spatial manuscript in Nai, Rotterdam commissioned by Stichting Vedute* vedute
2007
‘La Spazzatura’, video installation, Amsterdam, HorseMoveProjectSpace
‘Visions of Catherina’ site specific installation, Tongeren (B), Artuatuca
‘Zaad’, performance, Onze Lieve Vrouwentoren Amersfoort Pornofestival
2006
‘The Mayer Files Part II’, Manifestatie Okkupation, Berlijn www.okkupation
2005:
‘The Mayer Files Part I’ Manifestatie Okkupation, Berlijn www.okkupation
2004
‘Is suicide genetic?’ Stichting LYR, group exhibition ‘North’, Amsterdam, ‘Indians’, Pilot Gropiusstadt, performance/video, Berlijn
2001:
‘Colza’, Cloitre d’Aubeterre, Aubeterre, Frankrijk ‘Stay’, Winston Hotel, Amsterdam
‘Tables’, De Branderij, Antwerpen, ILAP
2000:
‘Dutch painters’, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto
1998:
‘Paint’, Arti et Amicitae, Amsterdam
1996:
Artists of Gallery Lascaux, Gallery Kiem, Utrecht
‘Home is where the heart is’, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam
1995:
’Disappearance’, Galerie De Praktijk, Amsterdam KCB , Bergen
1994:
‘Every Man A King’, KCB Bergen, Bergen 1993 ‘R 6018’, Centraal Museum, Utrecht
1992:
‘Seven Sisters’, Op Het Hemelrijken, Eindhoven
1991:
‘Zoo’, Artis, Den Bosch ‘Groente’, Oud-Amelisweerd, Utrecht
1990:
‘Madonna del piano’, installation, Fattoria Bruciano, Sasso Pisano, Italy
1990:
Galerie De Praktijk, Amsterdam 1987 Galerie Lascaux, Utrecht

Cooperations:

2001- 2013:
The Indoor Land Art Program in collaboration with: Aldert Mantje, André Mesman, Bastiaan van der Velden. www.ilap.nl
2004- 2013:
SWAMPS in collaboration with: Floris van der Kleij and David Veldhoen (till 2008) www.swamps.nl

Projects SWAMPS:

2013: attribution to the publication ‘Over de Grens’, architectural center Makeblijde. 2012: Development of a sign for the cultivation of Miscantus Gigantea (elephant grass). 2011: ‘Brak’, site specific installation at ARCAM, Amsterdam 2009: ‘The Grounds’, development of the Haarlemmermeerpolder area (60 hectares) as an autarchic area, ic.w. Alterra, Wageningen University. 2008 ‘WWW’, subscription competition ‘Sound of Silence’, i.c.w. Alterra for Schiphol Airport N.V. 2007 Four green solutions, i.c.w. Alterra, Wageningen University 2004 ‘A-Venue’, site specific installation for a purposeless viaduct at the traffic junction ‘Coenplein’

Lectures:

2014: Vedute, Academie voor Bouwkunst, Amsterdam 2013: Vedute, Academie voor Bouwkunst, Amsterdam

Assignments:

2011: Projectbureau Houthaven, landscape intervention 2008: Alterra Wageningen, participation assignment Schiphol ‘Barrier of Silence’ 2004: Stichting LYR, sculpture t.b.v. Fokker memorial, Amsterdam Noord 2003: Hermannshof, outside installation, Hannover (D) 2002: Upstream, installation t.b.v. 400 jaar VOC, Hoorn 2001: Design assignment Heerhugowaard Hotel Winston, installation ‘Stay’ 1994: installation Fattoria di Bruciano, Sasso Pisano (I) 1986: Fence design Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Publications

2011: Parool, ‘Cultivating seeweeds in the Amsterdam IJ’ Parool, ‘Tulpen uit Noordwijkerhout’ 2009: NRC Handelsblad, Sandra Smets ‘Brugwachtmuziek’ NRC next, spread ‘In Beeld’ 2008: De Volkskrant, Wieteke van Zeil ‘Zacht ruisend zicht op het huishouden’ 2007: NRC next, spread ‘In Beeld’ 2006: Kunstforum, Matthias Rechelt, ‘Okkupation’ 2000: Canadian Art, vol.17 nr.2, Fast Forward (Can) Globe and Mail, “Exquisitly wrouhgt vulgarity”, G.M.Dault (Can) 1997: De Volkskrant, “Onalledaagse onderkomens”, Wilma Suto Het Parool, “Huishoudelijke apparaten en kroonluchters” 1992: Eindhovens Dagblad, ‘Zwarte Madonna’s’ 1989: Catalogus Prix de Rome 1987: Brochure, Galerie Lascaux