Driessens & van den Baar WANDSCHAPPEN
Frans Bekkerstraat 15
Fri, Sat, Sun 13.00 – 18.00 h.
Nicole Driessens and Ivo van den Baar work in two practices: autonomous art and design.
The artists are extremely sensitive to their environment and they actively contribute to improving it. The same happens at locations where they work.
Their Art does not solve problems, but is capable of generating aware ness. In this sense, their motivation as an artist is a form of social activism.
The icon, the Felt Plant, functions in both the art and design world. The appearance of windowsill plants in empty houses indicates the location of people who have found a place to stay in Rotterdam Charlois after wandering through Europe. Mountains of bulky waste, with plants, are the last witnesses of families who have left headlong for refusing a residence permit.
All works find their way via galleries, fairs and design platforms to corporate collections, institutions and private individuals. The symbiosis between these worlds is just as natural as the creation of the various works.
With the idiosyncratic use of textiles, the artist duo has acquired a unique position. The work is monumental and has a major influence on the spaces in which it is placed.