Art Months

Art is up to each viewer's own interpretation, it is a conversation that can be struck with a stranger. With this thought in mind Conservatorium showcases art pieces by various artists every year and invites guests to experience the lobby with a new perspective during the Art Months in March, April and May.


March | Studio Martens & Visser

Design studio Martens & Visser is a collaboration between Michiel Martens and Jetske Visser. Central to Martens and Visser’s work are the themes of movement and transformation inspired by nature, thereby sharing the thought of things being dynamic rather than static.

Particular to their way of working, they combine Martens’ craftsmanship and boyhood-like re-imagination of the existing and Visser’s delicate experimental use of material to show the layers of what lies behind what we take for granted. Together, they work through an open process of exploration, focusing on a concept, re-definition and mastering material and skill. The outcome of this process shapes itself along consecutive steps rather than being predetermined.

HOLONs are moving objects creating an illusion as if they are waterdrops. By putting them in motion, multiple different strips of material appear to melt into a liquid whole. The work investigates refracting, reflecting, light and colour. The HOLONs capture the surrounding light and seem to glow.

The HOLON project started out with the HUE-series (HUE-blinds and later, the HOLON series), an interest in separate parts forming a larger unity. The studio experimented with shapes, movement and materials by trying, bending and sometimes breaking to establish the limits of what is possible.

Studio Martens & Visser works from concept, experiments and allowing for the coincidental, to in-depth research and craft. This leads to multiple yet limited versions of products or installations that could often not have been imagined beforehand. Thinking of their HUE-series, rather than producing one product that makes us rethink the concept and usage of light refraction, the total series allows for the imagining of a whole, yet unknown, space that deals with light-refraction.

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April | Sarah van Sonsbeeck

'If silence is golden, Dutch artist Sarah van Sonsbeeck is a bank'. Her work, ranging across all sorts of media, is always infused with an attention for space, an heritage of her years as an architecture student. It deals with the immaterial, but also with chance. If silence is a place of intimacy, free from the incursions of the outside environment, the accidents that break it are meaningful, enigmatic, chaotic events storming their way into our world. Sound - or lack thereof - is then only one of the dimensions of her installations, consisting primarily in a fragile and intimate experience to cherish and keep to ourselves.”

Sarah van Sonsbeeck's work is two-sided: on the one hand, she tries to define, defend and extend private space; on the other, she simultaneously reveals the impossibility and perhaps even undesirability of being completely shut off from the world.

Her work focuses on the thin permeable line between interior and exterior - without concern for the façade. This detour brings her to an investigation of a more immaterial side of architecture, in which she scrutinizes all the small elements that determine how we live in our homes, the things the architects cannot control. She amplifies these elements and devises shields against them, but also welcomes the unpredictable and reveals the minute but intimate relationships between people who don't necessarily know each other. Sarah van Sonsbeeck practises architecture after all, of the immaterial - though no less fundamental - kind.'


May | Sabine Marcelis

Sabine Marcelis is a designer based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Raised in New Zealand, she studied industrial design for two years at Victoria University of Wellington, School of Architecture and Design.
She continued her studies at the Design Academy Eindhoven, where she graduated in 2011. Since graduating, she has been operating Studio Sabine Marcelis, producing both self-initiated and commissioned work.
Marcelis applies a strong aesthetic point of view to her collaborations with industry specialists. This method of working allows her to intervene in the manufacturing process, using material research and experimentation to achieve new and surprising visual effects.

The 'Dawn' light series is an exploration of the relationship between light and colour inspired by a time in the day where the sun, clouds and sky join to create a momentary riot of hues. This moment is suspended
in a unique series of light sculptures; an installation of larger works that act as a continuation of the project 'Voie Light Series'. Playing with the relationship between light, colour, transparency and saturation, the 'Dawn' series utilizes a single white neon tube embedded in cast resin to highlight the subtle manipulation of colour and its intersection with light.

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