toyism – the dot | ITSLIQUID

toyism – the dot

Art | November 2, 2008 |

Toyism
THE DOT

Location: The Toyists – p/a Toyism Studio
Kolhoopstraat 1 – 7811 GD EMMEN
Netherlands

info@toyism.com
www.toyism.com
 
In 1992 a group of three, now expanded to fifteen, artists formed an aesthetic around the idea of toys and play. Rejecting the recent emphasis on ego in art, they wrote a manifesto called “Mother” and used as their watchword, “Art is as changeable as the weather”. Their style is figurative, colorful and precise, the images like fragments of a fairy tale. The artists use pseudonyms and puppets to hide their true identities, all the while continuing to create work under their real names as well. They are identified with nicknames like “Iffio”, “Bogha”, and “Zigowst”. At present, nine Dutch artists, one South African, one Italian, two Americans, one Malaysian and one Mexican comprise the group. Since each nickname must begin with a different letter of the alphabet it would appear that twenty-six members will be the limit.

Project: THE DOT
The transformation of the big GAS GLOBE in Emmen, Netherlands into a large work of art, will start in March/April 2009. Toyist artists from within and foreign countries will manage the tough job. A unique work of art with a theme of ‘live with energy’ – Of fossil fuels and oil to the possibilities that lie within the future of the territory of sun, wind and water.

The preparations have been started already. A landscapes plan has been rolled by the sign table and the trees and bushes have been removed around the Gas Globe. More than a quarter century already is the former Globe no longer in use and because of this rust has left its tracks.

As a symbol of a new start there has begun for the first time an effort to whitewash the Globe. This paint has very good qualities and is well durable against climate swing. Also the Toyists will work with this type of paint. The Globe is 22 meters high and over 1200 square meter steel must be painted in a number of layers.

Mid-February the scaffolding will be placed and the Globe will become screened during the whole project of 6 months. The Toyists from all over the world will be working and living here during some period of the project.

Artists who work in a similar style as Toyism and want to become a Toyist as well, also working together with us in this project, can send us an email for more information:

Dejo – Toyism Studio, Netherlands
info@toyism.com
www.toyism.com
 

Are you an artist, architect, designer? Would you like to be featured on ITSLIQUID platform? Send an e-mail to info@itsliquid.com or fill the form below

RELATED POSTS


BOCHNER BOETTI FONTANA

Art | September 23, 2020

Curated by Mel Bochner in collaboration with Magazzino Italian Art, This Special Exhibition Examines Parallel Artistic Movements in the 1960s and 1970s in the U.S. and Italy through the artwork of Bochner, Alighiero Boetti, and Lucio Fontana. Cold Spring, NY – August 24, 2020 – This fall, Magazzino Italian Art opens a special exhibition examining the formal, conceptual, and procedural affinities in the work of Mel Bochner, Alighiero Boetti, and Lucio Fontana. Curated by Bochner in collaboration with Magazzino, the exhibition marks the first presentation to consider the American artist’s extensive, yet overlooked, engagement with the practices of Fontana and Boetti, as well as with Italian art at large. Bochner Boetti Fontana offers, through the artist’s perspective, a number of resonances between his work and that of the Italian and Italian-Argentine artists: an exploration of systems, language, and materials; and a sense of irony and humor, often and especially shared by Arte Povera and Conceptualism, as all these works opened the work of art onto the space of display. Read more


UNTITLED, 2020. THREE PERSPECTIVES ON…

Art | September 20, 2020

Punta della Dogana presents the collective exhibition 'Untitled, 2020. Three perspectives on the art of the present', conceived and curated by Caroline Bourgeois, artist and art historian Muna El Fituri and artist Thomas Houseago. Conceived specifically for the spaces of Punta della Dogana, ‘Untitled, 2020. Three perspectives on the art of the present’ is the fruit of discussion and dialogue between the three curators, who are linked by longstanding personal and professional relationships. Read more


Taoyuan Museum of Art by…

Architecture | September 19, 2020

Taoyuan Museum of Art is a new 29,000 m² cultural institution and public space located next to the main airport in Taoyuan city. The museum designed in collaboration with JJP Architects & Planners and TOPOTEK 1 draws inspiration from the city's peach flower symbol and will include a remarkable ‘Avatar’ public space that is attractive and lively for all to enjoy. Taoyuan Museum of Art is a new 29,000 m² cultural institution and public space located next to the main airport in Taoyuan city. Read more


HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON. LE GRAND JEU

Art | September 19, 2020

Palazzo Grassi presents 'Henri Cartier-Bresson. Le Grand Jeu', co-organised with the Bibliothèque nationale de France and in collaboration with the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson. The exhibition is a unique project based on the Master Collection created in 1973 by Cartier-Bresson at the request of his art collector friends Dominique and John de Menil, for which the photographer carefully selected the 385 best images from his contact sheets. Six sets of this extraordinary collection of the photographer’s work were printed and are conserved at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the University of Fine Arts in Osaka, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Menil Collection in Houston as well as at the Pinault Collection and at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson. Read more


Sign up for our Newsletter.

Enter your email to receive our latest updates!