Installation, Painting

Really Real

14 January up to 18 February 2023
→ Josilda da Conceição Gallery
Pieter Aertszstraat 70
1073 SR Amsterdam
  • Wednesday 13:00—18:00
  • Thursday 13:00—18:00
  • Friday 13:00—18:00
  • Saturday 13:00—18:00
With ticket

We are pleased to start the new year with a group exhibition
curated by Rob Bouwman and Gijs van Lith.

Really Real
14 January – 18 February 2023

Rob Bouwman
Gijs van Lith
Christian Henkel
Arthur Stokvis

We cordially invite you to our opening on Saturday 14 January from 16.00 to 19.00.

Arthur Stokvis, Oak Leaf, 2020.
Christian Henkel, P.I.U.S., 2019
Rob Bouwman, Untitled p032021, 65x50cm
Gijs van Lith, Permanent Marker no.2, 2022, 200x160cm, Oil on Linen

This exhibition is based on 5 simple questions Laurie Anderson talked about in her interview in the New York Times. She is an artist, visionary and leading thinker of the 21st century. For more than half a century, she has scrutinised the things we know best – our bodies, our rituals, our nation – how strange they really are. Her recent profile written by Sam Anderson is very interesting because it includes a wonderful intro that is not in the original piece, explaining how Anderson has a list of five questions she asks to find out whether what she is working on is good or not.

Laurie Anderson’s five questions:

1 Is it complicated enough?
2 Is it simple enough?
3 Is it crazy enough?
4 Is it pretty enough?
5 Is it stupid enough?

-Text by Gijs van Lith

The exhibition Really Real, curated by Rob Bouwman and Gijs van Lith, shows how artists can ask themselves questions when creating artworks. Rob Bouwman is a painter who experiments with mixing colours and applying different kinds of pigments to a surface, using homemade painting tools. Gijs van Lith explores a process of painting with a canvas that remains the trace of body movement, pure state of mind – full of naivety, hesitation, openness, wondrous discoveries, intuition and impulse. Christian Henkel is an artist who works with sculptures and installations. He has had exhibitions in Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, etc. Arthur Stokvis plays with paintings and their outdoor space. This reflects how we humans interact with the world in physical space