Studio Omstand | Prints in progress | Stichting VHDG

On January 22nd the main film of the 3-channel installation ‘Inertia’ screened at HEDEN: Heelal, an initiative by VHDG in Leeuwarden (NL).

In the dramatically lit setting of an old church/theatre, prof. dr. Rien van de Weijgaert (cosmologic structures, University of Groningen), and artists Martina Lasinger, Daniela De Paulis, and myself presented our work to a diverse, and sharp audience. We were interviewed by Rutger Middendorp, and questioned by the audience.

The main goal of VHDG’s evenings is to connect science to art, in this case centered around the theme of the Universe. This was a wonderful evening, starting with an almost magical conversation between the artists, the scientist, and the interviewer in the hour before the public was allowed to enter the ‘exhibition’ space, or stage.



An impression of the evening can be found here (if you’ve got some sort of blocker installed on your browser – like I have – you may not see the images. In that case follow this link instead):


Dank iedereen voor een hemelse avond! In het bijzonder dank aan Martina Lasinger, Daniela de Paulis, Alexandra Crouwers,…
Geplaatst door Stichting VHDG op zaterdag 23 januari 2016

On February 6, at 16:00 hrs my soloshow ‘The White Hide‘ opens at Studio Omstand (Arnhem, NL). I was invited by Marjolein De Groen, who made an exhibition with her own works in the first weeks of January, and asked me to do a presentation afterwards.

The proportions of the four spaces of Studio Omstand’s ‘Turbinekamers’ are quite awkward: they’re higher than their length and width are (about 6m20 high, 3m30 x 4m usable floor space). Also, 3 of the spaces have no daylight due to gigantic steel industrial blinds that take up one whole wall. There’s one ‘room’ with an almost wall to wall window.

‘The White Hide’ is a small overview exhibition, showing older, new and reviewed works. One of the works is, of course, ‘The White Hide‘, in this setting it’s version #IV. See the image below. It’s a videoprojection on a slide projection.


The White Hide [IV], Slide & videoprojection, no sound, 2016, Alexandra Crouwers

Also, I’ve been busy with works on paper: digital – mostly 3D generated – images are printed on various kinds of drawing paper, resulting in an ongoing series of prints. The texture of the paper is very well visible. The ink lies on top of the paper, making them look a bit like silkscreen prints. Below some examples. These are all 70 x 100 cm (or the other way around).

Two other prints are still waiting to be framed: black on black.



‘So what’s with the flags?’ you might ask. Well, they’re part of a train of thought that might lead to a new animation – there’s the short version of it. Also, seeing a lot of graphic design from the 50’s and 60’s made me want to produce some sort of posters/affiches, but without text.

On another note: the whole 3-channel installation ‘Inertia’ will screen on the Mediawand at the Rotterdamse Schouwburg during (and after) Art Rotterdam! More info here.

On again another note: the animation that’s part of the installation ‘Practical Applied Hermetics‘ (2010 – 2012) functions as a starting point of the visuals for Behoud de Begeerte‘s literature production of 2016’s ‘Saint Amour‘. As I write this down, parts and modified stills are rerendering with different lights and different settings. The original animation was set in a foggy forest at night, almost like it was underwater. This project more or less forced me to invent the setting for the virtual and nondescript forest of Practical Applied Hermetics.

I put it on an island. The images are turning out quite painterly.