Lennart Creutzburg and Thomas Swinkels
The classic image of the tourist – equipped with camera including neck cord, selfie stick at the ready and preferably wearing white socks in sandals – can now be found almost everywhere. With a sharp eye, the tourist scans his surroundings to understand and interpret the new, unfamiliar place. In a way, the contemporary artist moves about in the same way as the tourist. Both the artist and the tourist have the ability to reformulate the already curated environments they visit. Retrieved information and experiences are transformed into narratives that are often distorted, exaggerated and fragmented.
Philosopher Hiroki Azuma calls these tourist excesses the Postal
Multitude; a situation consisting of multiple forms of misdelivery – information twisted in successive stages. This inauthentic
experience is what benefits the artist in their practice – their work
possesses the potential to make us imagine other realities.
In the duo exhibition UIT ZICHT – de kunstenaar als toerist, curators Julia Fidder and Myriam Gras invite artists Lennart Creutzburg and Thomas Swinkels to temporarily return to their former hometown of Tilburg from abroad. The exhibition will show work resulting from a working period at Kunstpodium T and recent works created in various locations in Europe. A subsequent publication reflects on the role of the artist as tourist within the itinerant existence of contemporary making.
Opening: Thursday 6 July 19h
Location: Kunstpodium T, Noordstraat 105, Tilburg
Open until: Sunday 9 July
Open: Friday – Saturday – Sunday 13-17h
• Lennart Creutzburg (1994, Breda, NL) is a Dutch mixed-media artist currently based in Helsinki, Finland. In the summer of 2019 he graduated with merit from the Bachelor of Fine Arts and Education in Tilburg, the Netherlands. The years after graduation he showed his work in various art spaces in and around Tilburg as well as internationally. Together with other artists in his studio, he established a residency place in an old leather factory in Dongen in the Netherlands, called Vrouw Muskens. From January 2022 Creutzburg started his two year Master in Fine Arts in Sculpture at the University of the Arts in Helsinki, Finland.
Creutzburg’s work circulates around themes such as the human psyche and ontological questions in which the creation of one’s own logic, constructed self-images as well as dominant processes of conditioning and nurturing by social and political environment are particularly explored. The expression of inner worlds is always the aim and each work and can therefore be seen in its broader relationship to the other. His oeuvre currently expresses itself in the form of immersive installations and mixed-media performances arising from self-analysis and research. However, his main medium is his own psyche.
As rhizomes whisper
2023, mixed-media installation, Kuvataideakatemia, Helsinki, Finland
Let me back into the cave, please. (detail)
2022, Collection of work, SEINA Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2022, performance, living room of Tanja Silvestrini
Photo by Myriam Gras
• Thomas Swinkels (1988, NL) is a Berlin-based artist from the Netherlands. His practice moves between sculpture, photography, video, and installation and is informed by his time living in a
Thomas considers his work parasitic: it feeds off found objects, low-fi technologies, and stories from his immediate surroundings. This emphasis on locality is both a condition for and an ambition of his work.
After graduating in 2015 from AKV|St.Joost in Breda, he continued his practice in a small village in Belgium. From 2017 to 2019, he was a participant in De Ateliers in Amsterdam. Here he met Anders, Frieder and Henna with whom he organizes the artist initiative Root Canal (www.rootcanal.eu). Not tied to a fixed space, they initiated projects in a camper van, Althuis Holland Gallery (NL), P/////AKT (NL), De Vleeshal (NL) and an attic in Amsterdam-East. His work has been presented at Buzzer Reeves (DE), Billytown (NL), Beelden in Leiden (NL), Spirit shop (PT), Annie Gentils Gallery (BE), P/////AKT (NL), and De Appel (NL), among others. He is supported by the Mondriaan Fund (NL).
2023,(collaboration with Audrey Apers & Chiara Monteverde)
Photo: Luc Lodder
2023, C-Print in aluminium frame, passe-partout, museum glass
14.8 x 14.8 x 2.5 cm
2023, (collaboration with Audrey Apers & Chiara Monteverde)
Photo: Luc Lodder