WARP: Sabine de Graaf

Sabine de Graaf will be showing an installation at SEA Foundation from 5 June - 5 July. The great thing is that you can visit the exhibition 24 hours a day and you don't have to make an appointment for it.

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Sabine de Graaf (born 1993) lives and works in Breda. Her practice encompasses various media, ranging from videos and sculptures to installations. Her works of art are not tied to a single subject; on the contrary, they reflect the artist's perception of the real world and respond to it in a playful and absurdist way. The moment of surprise, nonsense and humour is enhanced by clever use of the language of digital visual culture, video games and marketing strategies. She is the first artist to present work in WARP, the new program with regional artists in the showcase of SEA Foundation in Tilburg.

 

Gaming and marketing strategies

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Sabine de Graaf (born 1993) lives and works in Breda. Her practice encompasses various media, ranging from videos and sculptures to installations. Her works of art are not tied to a single subject; on the contrary, they reflect the artist's perception of the real world and respond to it in a playful and absurdist way. The moment of surprise, nonsense and humour is enhanced by clever use of the language of digital visual culture, video games and marketing strategies. She is the first artist to present work in WARP, the new program with regional artists in the showcase of SEA Foundation in Tilburg.

 

Gaming and marketing strategies

Visual attributes of gaming and the marketing tactics of the gaming world are usually not expected in exhibitions of museums and art galleries. There is often discussion as to whether "the visual language of gaming" is art or not. Strange gifts, oversaturated images and stupid videos hide the second layer from those who are willing to delve deeper into the phenomenon of "digital game entertainment".

One of Sabine de Graaf's latest works called "I own all these sealed and unopened trophies and you don't" (2019) presents the artist as a superior person or model, proud of her collection of toys. Although the toy is not visible, the fact that it is kept in the original intact boxes increases its value. From an absurdist point of view, the search for value is meaningless. Sabine de Graaf likes to point out how absurd marketing communication is in the millennial culture and how much the consumer can be fooled. At the same time, she remains part of that same community and spends money on all kinds of strange toys. Because nothing really matters, absurdism becomes liberating.

 

Sabine the Count

Sabine graduated from the AkV St. Joost in Breda in 2014. She is a hybrid multidisciplinary artist who is mainly inspired by toys, the culture of the 90s, marketing techniques and observations. The internet and digital culture have changed over the years and the increasing uniformity evokes nostalgia and longing for the rebirth of the 1990s - a decade in which virtual space used to be more 'Underground', open, explorative and coincidental. In addition, as an artist and collector, Sabine de Graaf attaches great value to preservation. Instead of being melancholy, de Graaf chooses to give the "Zit Kit stress relief pimple popping" feeling of her toys a place in her work of art.

 

WARP

WARP is a curated project that exhibits works of art in the limited space of the SEA Foundation showcase. The goal of WARP is to compile a portfolio of regional and national artists and to connect the project with the successful international artist in residence program. WARP takes its name from a term often used in the textile tradition. Warp determines the direction of the threads when weaving. Warp threads run vertically and give structure to the woof; the weft threads that are wrapped around the warp. Organisations such as SEA Foundation resemble the warp: a collection of threads that are stretched in place and indicate a frame and a certain direction. For WARP we invite artists to create new works and to draw their practice over and under like the weft threads. The result is a fabric made through collaboration, experimentation, craftsmanship and trust. The other participants in WARP are: Peng Zhang, Risja Steeghs and Lisette de Greeuw.

 

Exhibition dates: 05.06.2020 - 05.07.2020

Artist: Sabine the Earl

Location: Stichting SEA, Tivolistraat 22, 5017HP Tilburg

Opening Hours: open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

 

SEA Foundation

The SEA Foundation, which is run by artists, is a non-profit art initiative. Over time, the SEA Foundation has become synonymous with exhibitions, support for art practice, exchanges and publications. From 2013, we also have an International Artist in Residence program that provides a unique environment by providing time and space for research, experimentation and professional advancement. Each year, the program facilitates up to 8 professional artists, curators and art writers at all stages of their careers.

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