29 September 2019, 1 – 3 pm
6 October 2019, 11 am – 3 pm
3 November 2019, 12 – 4 pm
House of the Verhaagen family (Map)
Curator: Roos Gortzak
For the third edition of Rooms of Now, the young Dutch artist Afra Eisma was invited by Vleeshal to create an artistic intervention in the house of the Verhaagen family on the Groenmarkt 3. Eisma’s sculptures and installations are colourful and energetic. Although Eisma employs traditional techniques and materials – such as embroidery and ceramics – she uses them in an unconventional way.
The intervention by Eisma consisted of a combination of existing and new work. The centerpiece of the presentation was a brightly coloured "tufted’" rug, made especially for the living room of the house and which was commissioned by Vleeshal. "Tufting" is a type of textile weaving from the 1950’s, which is used to make high pile carpets. In her ceramic works Eisma experiments with glazings and forms, which often results in extraordinary objects. In the house the works were integrated in the existing interior, where they claimed their place among the rest of the stuff, as odd figures.
Eisma’s intervention was officially opened on Sunday September 29th in the presence of the artist. On the first Sunday of October (06.10.) and November (03.11.) the house was also open for visitors.
Rooms of Now is a project series in which an (inter)national artist is invited to create an artistic intervention in people's homes, in Middelburg. The title is borrowed from a photography project from the artist Maurice van Es, who realised the first edition of Rooms of Now. The series took place from 2019–2022.
Rooms of Now is the follow up of the public program So You Don't Get Lost in the Neighborhood.
In 2015 Vleeshal kicked of its Nomadic Program, as an extension of its existing exhibition program in Middelburg. In its Nomadic Program Vleeshal goes on tour, organising exhibitions and other events in collaboration with venues in the Netherlands and abroad, such as Art Rotterdam, Amsterdam Art Weekend, the Spring Performance Festival, WIELS Art Book Fair, Brussels and Poppositions, Brussels.
This project was made possible by the generous support of the Mondriaan Fund and the municipality of Middelburg.