BIOGRAPHY

Merijn Bolink (1967) lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1987-1992  Academie voor Kunst en Industrie (AKI), Enschede, The Netherlands 

Merijn Bolink creates new sculptures out of the same already existing sculptures or objects. He loves to deconstruct an object until its smallest component and to rebuild the same object but from a different angle. Known for example is a chameleon sculpture on a sofa made of an identical sofa. Or a sculpture on the nanoscale of a copper candlestick made of a layer of atoms from a copper candlestick - the smallest sculpture ever made in the Netherlands.

In many of his works, Bolink tries to minimize his own handwriting, and these works therefore have the shape of their original subject rather than a work of art. From a tree branch, a number of branches are processed to ninety degrees nifty degrees, calling Mondriaan in mind, but everything looks like it had grown in nature.

With a sense of humor and intuition, Bolink gets into the soul of even the most banal objects.

Nature Sucks, 2006, manipulated branch of a wilow tree, 90 x 80 x 70 cm, collection of the artist photo Hein Hage

Nature Sucks, 2006, manipulated branch of a wilow tree, 90 x 80 x 70 cm, collection of the artist

photo Hein Hage

Google‘s Eyes, 2016, ceramics (20 parts, h. varying from 7-25 cm), courtesy of the artist (photo Hein Hage (Made at Sundaymorning@EKWC with kind support of Mondriaan Fund, the Netherlands)

RECENT EXHIBITIONS, FAIRS & PROJECTS

recent solo exhibitions

2007-2017  Museum Le Secet Nijmegen, 21 Roosendaal Enschede, Ton de Boer Gallery Amsterdam, ABN Zwolle, AMC Amsterdam

1992-2007  Fons Welters Gallery, Amsterdam

1992-2007 Groninger Museum Groningen, Post Gallery Los Angeles, Kunstraum Düsseldorf, Exedra Hilversum, Gemeentemuseum Helmond, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim

Fairs

2014 Slick, Brussels (B) (Galerie Ton de Boer) 

2013 Raw Art Rotterdam (Galerie Ton de Boer)

2005 Frieze (galerie Fons Welters) Londen (UK)

2000 ARCO (Galerie Fons Welters), Madrid (ES)

1998 Liste, Basel (Galerie Fons Welters), Basel (CH)

1996 Art Brussels (Galerie Fons Welters), Brussels (B)

1995 Art Cologne (Galerie Fons Welters), Cologne (D)

1992-2004 Kunstrai/Art Amsterdam (Galerie Fons Welters)S

art in public space (recent)

2017 WWII Monument for the Jewish victims of psychiatric hospital Parnassia, the Hague, Gerth van Wijk School, the Hague

2015 Hospital Medisch Spectrum Twente, Enschede

2014 Risdammerhoutpark, Hoorn

2013 Regiokantoor RABO, Middelharnis 

 

AWARDS & PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Awards

2011 Amsterdamse straatkunstprijs (art in public space in Amsterdam)

1998 Mid America Arts Alliance Award, International Visitors and Residency Program

1997 Charlotte Köhler prijs 1993 Zeebelt award

public collections

Among the public and corporate art collections holding works by Merijn Bolink are: AMC Amsterdam, ABN AMRO Kunststichting, Akzo Nobel Art Foundation, LUMC Leiden, NOG Collectie van het SNS Reaal Fonds, Rabobank Kunstzone, TNT Post Kunstcollectie, UMC Utrecht, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Gemeentemuseum Helmond, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem and several private collections in the Netherlands and the USA.

 

Index, 2015-16, installation of 40+ parts, ceramics (mostly) and mixed media, dim variable, courtesy of the artist (made at Sundaymorning@EKWC with kind support of Mondriaan Fund, the Netherlands)

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