With her familiar use of form and color, painter Sasja Hagens shows her latest series of paintings, in collaboration with artist/designer Saar Snoek at the Excellent 2018 fair in Ahoy Rotterdam.
'We create landscapes that have never been made - no one is really doing this.'
The series of wall sculptures includes a combination of organic randomness and mechanical precision. Authentic craftsmanship in material use of hand-painted silk, wool, steel and brass in a refreshing interaction with innovative lasercutting techniques. Inspired by the School of Kanō, a Japanese art movement from the 15th century, Snoek and Hagens show their latest work on wooden panels.
Artist / painter Sasja Hagens lives and works in Rotterdam. In 1992 she was selected for the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, where she graduated in 1996. Since then, she has exhibited her work in a.o. Hong Kong, Basel, Helsinki and Milan. She also had a successful solo show at The Duolun Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in Shanghai. Her work has been purchased by for example Maritime Museum Rotterdam, Deloitte, AKD Advocaten, ABN AMRO, Arcadis, Damen Shipyards and City Hall Rotterdam.
Artist / designer Saar Snoek won the World of Wearable Arts Wellington (New Zealand) award in 2017 and her work was also included in the highly praised WOW collection. This year she was also the finalist of this international design competition. Finally, she exhibited with her project Prayer Rugs in Richmond Virginia USA and Doha, Qatar.
Thursday, October 25th | 19.30-00.00h (opening night)
Friday, October 26th | 14.00-22.00h
Saturday, October 27 | 12.00-19.00h
Sunday, October 28 | 11.00 - 18.00h
This summer and fall of 2018 I'm working on a series of 8 paintings for Damen Shipyards. The paintings will be given to brand new Damen shipowners.
Organisation CE Delft asked to develop and to run a concept for their 40-year anniversary.
LANDSCAPE & LEGACY
Our landscape is passed on from generation to generation.
We are at the beginning of a technological revolution, what will have an impact on our environment. Artist and organizer of this anniversary Sasja Hagens made a selection of activities. We will experience a surprising mix of workshops and tours in Rotterdam, matching the theme Landscape & Legacy.
We went on field research with the following questions;
How do we define a natural landscape?
Which future landscape will we experience as valuable?
How far can technology influence our emotion?
In collaboration with:
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Het Nieuwe Instituut
Chantal van Heeswijk
Raph de Haas
The two organizations are also collaborating with Dutch port painter Sasja Hagens for a solo show in the Onderzeebootloods (Submarine Hall in Rotterdam). Exclusively for the ESPO conference, Port of Rotterdam selected her best harbourscapes and industrial landscapes from the last few years. The artworks will be presented on a 10-meter wall.
With strong colours and daring compositions, Sasja Hagens gives her own interpretation to the themes of harbourscapes, industrial- and future landscapes. Hagens: 'People sometimes ask me why I've spent so much time painting ports, such an obvious theme. But their size and industrial quality light the fire in me.'
Her paintings are in collection of (a.o.) Maritime Museum Rotterdam, City Hall Rotterdam, ECT Rotterdam - Hong Kong, Arcadis and Deloitte The Netherlands.
Hagens' work is also widely exhibited, for example during a big solo exhibition at Duolun (MOMA) in Shanghai, Habitare in Helsinki, Oblast Art Museum Kemerovo (Russia) and Museu Maritim in Barcelona. Recently, her work has been on show in Hong Kong twice.
Since 2016 Hagens is working together with ESPO in designing the coveted and prestigious ESPO Award. This series of paintings are reflecting the overall scope of the Award, i.e. how ports and cities are living and working together. The last painting will be handed out in 2023.
Works from my Kalypso serie are in a group show at Gallery Untitled the following two months.
Gallery Untitled is open on fridays and saturdays from 10.00 - 18.00.
Koningsveldestraat 14, 3037 VS, Rotterdam.
The theme of this year’s ESPO Award was ‘Art and Cultural involvement of the port’. Guadeloupe Ports Caraïbes won the 2017 Award for its project, Port’Art, which is intended to appeal to a grassroots audience and address day-to-day objects and topics. The Port’Art initiative has been built and developed in line with the situation and challenges faced by the Region and includes several aspects:
- Providing the general public with access to local port heritage
- Supporting local artistic creativity
- Sponsoring initiatives with a maritime and heritage appeal
- Supporting cultural initiatives that address the preservation of tropical biodiversity
- Raising awareness of local port culture
By giving residents the opportunity to visit historic buildings or by turning port facilities into art and cultural venues, we encourage people to come and get to know their port and gain a full sense of ownership of it in a different way.
Viviane François-Julien, Manager of the Communication and International Relations at Guadeloupe Ports Caraïbes, cited F. Nietzsche: “No winner believes in coincidence" and continued by stating that winning this Award has been the result of a fruitful collaboration with my team and especially Axelle Bangou; backed by the renewed trust placed in our work by the successive presidents Mr Kalil and Mr Salaun.”