During the weekend of 12th and 13th of march Lily Lanfermeijer, Smári Rúnar Róbertsson and Nína Harra produced a banner of 1.5 by 70 meters long, the total length of their studio home complex.
The banner hung from their building on April 15th 2022, the day the judge declared the verdict on their precarious housing contracts. Today, the banner has been reworked into a scroll, a decree, a proclamation.
With her installation on Prospects 2021 Lanfermeijer takes inspiration from the hybrid space between presentation systems from shops and construction sites. By reworking industrial turned wooden sticks for construction manually and pouring manufactured joints by the hand. The connections are all painted individually with care and play with the contrast of fragility versus hard construction.
The ceramic sculptures in this installation are inspired by elements and details of street furniture as well as the ornamentation of the body.
Together with Romaisae Boukalil; Finja Bertrang; Soung Paing Khant Kyaw; Bernice Grootfaam; Fleur Tuin; Kevin Spanjaart; Milana Kosanovic; Noble Ekwueme; Gigi Sno; Kyara Wolf; Huiwen Li; Jasmijn Kruisheer; Salma Ennali; Arthur Janzen and Aaliyah Ahmed from the Ijburg College Amsterdam we made 3 communal sculptures at Framer Framed Amsterdam.
3 groups of 5 kids made a cone-like base shape of + – 35 cm high. This shape is seen as a pedestal, for a ‘miniature group-exhibition’. Meaning each student created something to put on the ‘pedestal’ or basic shape that we can walk around, and look at from multiple angles.
The created series of ornaments by each individual student are inspired by Hortus drawings; pictures on the table or on own imagination/interpretation. How would you make a drawing in clay? Flowers /twigs/fabrics and chains on the table could be used for printing in clay (to create reliefs) or sculpting shapes by eye and interpretation. What would you like to add or remove? The ornaments were placed on the basic shape and coloured with black and white engobes.
Many thanks to intern Tamara Laaper.
I laughed "To hell with them" I said, Act Table / 4, 2019
A collaboration between Katrein Breukers and Lily Lanfermeijer.
I drove home. I had my jacket off and my sleeves rolled up, I wore a pair of faded jeans. I parked my car and found a stack of flyers lying deserted in the street, still wrapped in plastic. When I got home I opened my windows and waited for something to happen. I waited a long time.
I went into the studio, a garden house, stationed myself behind the desk and poured myself a cup of coffee. I placed it on the board of a game we played yesterday. I picked the cup up again and placed it on the novel ‘Attar of Roses’ before I took a sip. Two circled ochre brown stains were left behind. I looked at the chair, some of the leather had been scarred. Did I do that?
It was nine o’clock when I finally got the call, I picked up, with gold leaf attached to my hand. I laughed. “To hell with them” I said. I walked out, leaving the door open.
For the exhibition in the kitchen, Katrein and Lily started a new collaboration. Inspired by the detective game Cluedo and the classic detective novel, they became interested in treating the exhibition space as a place for remains or traces of previous events. Can we find hidden or forgotten actions within the confines of our own studio?
‘LOST IN DEPICTION / part one and two’
Curated by: Eva Hoonhout
Group show with : Caz Egelie, Lily Lanfermeijer, Dan Adlesic and Eva Hoonhout
For the exhibition at Fotopub Lanfermeijer created an installation consisting of wooden tabletops, ceramics and fresco paintings on jute. Homemade egg tempera paint, often applied with delicate brushes, is applied on the plaster shapes with a large roller that would normally be used to paint the walls of contemporary interiors. The works are inspired by a broad range of fields ranging from public murals, tableware found in kitchen cupboards to the images found on printed t-shirts. One of the characteristics of mural painting, outdoor advertisements or even printed t-shirts is that the architectural elements of a given body or space are incorporated into it’s reading and vice versa, either resulting in harmonious or conflicting combinations. Lanfermeijer describes these combinations as ‘morphing experiences’ and she often deploys these same processes of absorption in the presentation of her works. There is no hierarchy among her objects; furniture, pedestal or artwork are all equally important in her installations.
Lily and Mila Lanfermeijer are interested in the intimate act of exchange that is an inherent part in the use of applied techniques. Next to their individual practices they have been collaborating on several projects since 2014. Their practices overlap in dealing with questions regarding the relationship between the usable and the autonomous object and ideas circling around (shared) authorship.
For Punt WG they’ve created an installation consisting of several textile works, pieces of furniture and sculptural works that draw inspiration from the concept of modern folklore. Different processes of transmission, through material, verbal or customary form were the point of departure.
In “The Craftsmen” Richard Sennet writes that when slamming a nail with a hammer, the hammer becomes an extension of the craftsman’s mind, his thoughts between the hammer itself and the nail it will make contact with. Similarly, when collaborating and in the process of communicating what was previously in the makers mind, a space is created that is not merely one individuals thinking but somewhere in-between two minds.
For this exhibition a new series of ‘layered paintings’ was created through the use of kalamkari, a precise drawing technique using a bamboo stick that is practiced in India, often solely by men. While researching this craft that blurs the boundaries between pattern making and painting Mila became interested in the use of perspective and the expression of fabric within the tradition of painting and it’s connection to wealth and skill in different geological, historical or religious contexts. Hand drawn copies of traditional fabrics are combined with drawings based on images from hobby books, vintage fashion magazines and commercial advertisement. A lot of the imagery circles around personal adornment, which has historically been one of the main outlets of female artistic expression. Symbols are abstracted into patterns to create new compositions. Lily’s braided pieces that draw inspiration from various fields, ranging from fashion, to religion, bakery and rope knotting, are combined into clay ornaments.
A table can have many functions depending on context, its form and the environment it exists in.
It can be a border or a shared object depending on the relationship with its users. In that sense the table can work as an arena for things to take place. By using precise measurements and dimensions Lily has created tabletops that can be connected into different shapes and adjusted to suit several situations or functions. The tops act as sculptures in the room, waiting to be activated through their use. The shapes and uses vary, from allowing one person to sit across from two at a distance, to a conference shape with a central focus point, to a lower form where the user must kneel down. During the exhibition the table tops and table legs will change formation; in this way shifting the perspective on the tables through the activation or deactivation of the tabletops.
The slight and subtle changes in form find their origin in pottery, and refer to the transformation of one shape into the next. The medative variations in the shape of the table legs are closely related
to the making of vases on the pottery wheel. Through the use of a chisel, pieces of wood have been removed to create similar forms, only now they are not built up from the wet clay but excavated out of the soft pine.
This exhibition was generously supported by het Amsterdamse Fonds voor de Kunst.
In December 2016, I travelled to Andhra Pradesh, India. I collaborated with and learned from master craftsmen Niranjan Jonnalagadda and Pitchuka Srinivas to create a new 3-dimensional work.
The work ‘We stare at the finely chiseled Latin letters, drying, on a Telugu paper’ is the result of a research project based on hand-blockprinting techniques and the mutual textile heritage between India and the Netherlands. The work focuses on the fabric trade between the two countries during the VOC period. In the Netherlands these fabrics were seen as exotic and subsequently used and reproduced in different techniques like embroidery in Dutch traditional attire. During the 17th century instructions for the production of fabrics and patterns were sent from Holland to India.
How were original patterns used, altered and recreated? What is the role of authorship within the context of cultural heritage? And how can we define autonomy in relation to craftsmanship and artistic exchange?
Travel notes and observations were the starting point for this installation. The hand printed fabrics were used to create parasols, a product with close ties to tourism, and oftentimes used as an outlet for commercial messages and symbols.
To this day works and products that were produced during the Dutch Golden Age, are still some of the most important tourist attractions in the Netherlands and part of the countries national identity.
In this project I was using elements of cinema production spaces like the materiality of props and the use of colors to make sculptures that refer to statuary in carefully constructed garden spaces.
There are different ways to look at parks and different opinions on what parks could look like.
Sometimes there are benches where people read their newspaper, where you can find artificial pools of water and banisters with a bark relief in them, where everything is very well maintained and quite formal. Other times parks are more wild with bushes and grass where people lay down on.
As with garden spaces, the space of commercials also play with a manipulated natural appearance. The breaking sound of a dark magnum ice-cream between the lips is carefully constructed and mixed. Although the space of the movie is not a place we can enter nor sit in, but a projection of ourselves into it.
The Reclining Nude series is made in collaboration with Mila Lanfermeijer. Techniques of knotting and basket making are used to create hanging sculptures that refer to the home and the body.
Macrame gained immense popularity during the 1970’s as a means to make wall hangings, articles of clothing and other furnishings. Inspired by references from this era the Reclining Nudes series explores the possibility of macramé to hold forms. Introduced into England at the court of Mary II in the late 17th century. The queen herself taught the art of macramé to her ladies-in-waiting. Sparked by the idea of ‘a lady in waiting’ we became interested in the depiction of the hanging and resting female body in painting as well as the comparison of the female body to the household form of the vase.
To create the sculptures a temporary basket was created from rope, by pressing the clay against this surface baskets or vase like forms are made. Before the clay has completely dried the rope is pulled out, making the wet form collapse.
For the exhibitions AIR and Object Rotterdam the Reclining Nudes series was shown in combination with the work Sleeping with Oda.
A resting clay form is presented on a hand painted blanket. The blanket is part of a collection of blankets that are inspired by the ‘quilts of gee’s bend’. The composition of these quilts is more often associated with the inventiveness and power of the leading 20th-century abstract painters than with textile-making.