Visual artist, working with immersive video installations, animation, and collages or assemblages: all rooted in the digital realm, and reaching for an impossible grasp on the broadest perspective of our human visual history.
Alexandra Crouwers (NL, º1974) studied painting at AKV St. Joost (Den Bosch, NL), installation art at the Sandberg Institute (Amsterdam), and visual culture at the University of Antwerp.
The works of Alexandra Crouwers continuously oscillate between various media, sets of ideas, landscape and architecture, silence and sound, materiality and immateriality, technology and a broad sense of art history.
Crouwers works mainly with digital media. Her videoworks and prints can be seen as collages, constructed with 3D software and post-production. To her, the ‘virtual atelier’ behind the computer screen is similar to a physical studio, only without the burdens of gravity, storage, or logistics. The digital realm has its own challenges, though.
Throughout the years, certain themes reoccur regularly: science fiction, eschatology and apocalyptic imagery, architectural structures, deserted landscapes, references to quantum mechanics and astronomy, time and decay, animals, and a sense of suspense.
Some works touch on the subject of ecology, or ecological collapse. Others suggest portals to other worlds; windows to possible futures or parallel universes.
Crouwers is interested in the exhibition space as a whole, not only in individual works of art. Many of her works are presented in modular clusters, and often mix media.
Next to her artistic practise, Crouwers writes about art, language and literature, and works as an audivisual/graphic designer. She has been involved in curatorial projects, theatre, stage design, and music videos, and is a guest teacher at various art schools in The Netherlands and Belgium.
Video works have been screened at Transmediale Festival, Berlin (D), the Uppsala Short Film Festival (S), Impakt Festival (Utrecht, NL), DAD Digital (online platform), 'Avantgarde ist keine Strömung', Luro Kino and Cinématèque Leipzig (D), 600IS, Reykjavik, Microwave Festival, Hongkong , Portable Film Festival, Sydney, Adelaide & Melbourne (AUS), IsisArts 'On The Precipice' program (Newcastle, Edinborough, ...).
Group exhibitions include 'Hareng Saur: Ensor and contemporary art' (S.M.A.K. and MSK, Ghent, Belgium), 'Visions Fugitives', Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains (Tourcoing, France), FAX Project (Torrance Art Museum & The Drawing Center, Los Angeles/New York), 30 Jaar De Ziener (De Markten, Brussels, Belgium), Belgium (P)art (De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, NL), and representations on art fairs such as Art Brussels and Art Rotterdam.
Solo exhibitions at Base-Alpha Gallery (Antwerp, Belgium), LhGWR Gallery (The Hague, NL), the Ministry of Finance (The Hague, NL), Studio Omstand (Arnhem, NL), and Art Amsterdam.
Crouwers was awarded stipends by NBKS (now BKKC), Fonds BKVB (now Mondriaanfonds), and Kunsten en Erfgoed.
Find the full CV here
00:14 The_Archive (Te pito o te kainga) Seamless loop, HD, colour/sound, 10’00”, 2017
01:52 Inertia 3-channel installation, HD, colour/sound, 10'00", 2014 - 2015 Main film
04:56 Inertia 3-channel installation, HD, colour/sound, 10'00", 2015 Installation view/registration Collectie de Groen, Arnhem, 2017
07:12 The White Hide [IV] Video-projection on analog slide projection, endless loop, 2016
07:47 Galactic Ripple Seamless loop, vertical, 4K, colour/silent, 2'00", 2017
08:34 Last Voices HD, colour/sound, 6'00", 2017 Soundtrack courtesy Anyon/Ernest van den Broek
12:09 Millennial.spike Seamless loop, HD, colour/sound, 5'30", 2018
13:55 Onder een koperen hemel Videopoem, HD, colour/sound, 3'50", 2018 Texts by Stefan Hertmans
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Current & upcoming exhibitions / projects
Art space Podium, Oslo, Norway
With: Tom Volkaert, Fia Cielen, David Wauters, Benny Van den Meulengracht-Vrancx, Vincent Vandaele, Javier Barrios
6.10.18 - 28.10.18
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