INTERVIEW BRUNO VAN HOOIJDONK | ITSLIQUID

Interview: Bruno van Hooijdonk

Interviews | May 27, 2022 |

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Image courtesy of Bruno van Hooijdonk

Interview: Bruno van Hooijdonk
Luca Curci
talks with Bruno van Hooijdonk during CONSCIOUSNESS, second appointment of ANIMA MUNDI 2022, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

Buro Bruno is a design firm, started by Bruno van Hooijdonk in 1998. After his studies at ARTEZ in Arnhem, Bruno immediately went off to design in-house. Uncompromising and scouring onto the outskirts of art and design. “I consider myself a small scale architect; instead of designing buildings, I build designs.” Bruno transforms a flat surface into a spatial design. More important is the transition from one dimension to another and not so much the start or end point. He actually transfigures the flat shape (or parts of it) into motion, until it is what it should be. Due to the dynamics of the process, the movement in the design continues to exist and creates an unambiguous and non-static end product.

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Image courtesy of Bruno van Hooijdonk

Luca Curci – Which subject are you working on?
Bruno van Hooijdonk
– I just finished a ceramic tile design and right now I am designing a new product for Christmas. I am also working on a porcelain fruit bowl.

LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
BVH
– I studied product design at the art institute ARTEZ in the city of Arnhem. From thereon I developed and self-produced all sorts of products and sculptures. Mostly for the interior of houses and businesses.

LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
BVH
– Very boring I almost work completely in silence. I always start with a blank sheet and therefore also no noise/music is needed. I like to start out of emptiness, which may seem inspiration, but the endless empty void is full of unmaterial ‘stuff’, waiting to be revealed.

LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
BVH
– Hm.. not so much actually. For me, it is a very personal process and if someone wants to comment on that it is more for themselves than for me too, to get something out of that.

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Image courtesy of Bruno van Hooijdonk

LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
BVH
– Not really actually. When I studied I had a very modernistic style, but by the end of my studies, I radically changed and finished with a deconstructivistic way of designing. This is what I still do. Of course, you can see developments, but it is always nice to see (and to hear from others) that my style is very recognisable throughout the years and is very much my own.

LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
BVH
– As I mentioned before I design in a deconstructivistic way, so I am very much inspired by deconstructivistic architecture and abstract expressionism. I do not have a preferred subject, material or medium. Anything can go for me. This is what makes it every day a surprise for me too, to see what comes out of my hands. Because more than thinking about a project, I work with my hands and the motion of this design process, to see what happens and is unveiled this way. Then I start to think about it and comment on the results by changing, folding some more, or whatever is needed to proceed.

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Image courtesy of Bruno van Hooijdonk

LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
BVH
– I do like the “Mundi” of your concept. The more differences we accept, the better we can live together, I think. Therefore it is good to see how people all over the world are approaching art.

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
BVH
– I completely agree with the vision of oneness. We are all connected to each other. Because we live a lot in our ego systems we often do not see the overall picture of a consciousness that is transcending the ego and the material world. Art is one of the major fields in which this completeness can be depicted or conveyed.

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Image courtesy of Bruno van Hooijdonk

LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
BVH
– The theme I participate in is consciousness. The work I presented for the exhibition is a picture with the title “Time is a Construct”. For me, time does not exist. I think we all live in an infinite now, which is not understandable but non the less how I see the world. There is no future and no past, only in our minds. The only thing that exists is the now. My picture is representing a moving sculpture from which several pictures are taken and put together in one image. The image depicts for me the concept of a now that is including all there is in three dimensions into one moment.

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Image courtesy of Bruno van Hooijdonk

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID Group can represent an opportunity for artists?
BVH
– I think so and I do hope so. Art can never have enough attention in this volatile world of multimedia where there is less and less time for depth.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
BVH
– Yes. I did have nice contacts with all of you and very helpful as well.

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Image courtesy of Bruno van Hooijdonk
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Image courtesy of Bruno van Hooijdonk

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