Exhibition — Mixed Media

The Heart is Green | Lucy Cordes Engelman and Barbara Rink

15 up to 22 June 2024
→ Bradwolff Projects
oetewalerstraat 73
1093 MD Amsterdam
  • Thursday 13:00—17:00
  • Friday 13:00—17:00
  • Saturday 13:00—17:00
→ Free admission

Bradwolff Projects presents ‘The Heart is Green’ by Lucy Cordes Engelman and Barbara Rink

In The Heart is Green, artists Lucy Cordes Engelman and Barbara Rink present the first iteration of their research surrounding plant immersion and eco-ecstatic forms of creation at Bradwolff Projects. For this new collaboration, they have immersed themselves in the plant life of Air Candide, a small allotment garden-turned-art residency in Amsterdam, while exploring various artistic methods of embodied making. Affected by plant consciousness, expanded sense perception, and other interactions in the field, their artistic outcome is changed and shaped into new forms.

Since the Enlightenment, there has been a prevailing view in the West that the universe is essentially dead material and that conscious life is limited to ‘man’. While that perspective is finally shifting, the artistic world has remained more limited concerning interacting with the spiritual aspects of the natural world. Thinking and being with plants, combined with a search for the esoteric hidden lives of the elements, renews an openness to the unknown aspects of our wider atmospheric cosmos in which plants have a central role. Pairing the philosophical and material realities of plants with personal ecstatic experiences with plant consciousness, Cordes Engelman and Rink playfully explore the spiritual and bodily possibilities of ecological awareness.

Lucy Cordes Engelman is an American filmmaker, writer, performance and installation artist who has shown her work internationally in almost every continent. Originally from Washington DC, she is currently based in Amsterdam. Barbara Rink is a Dutch painter based in Amsterdam who works with an extended form of painting practice through installation and photography. She has shown her work internationally and teaches at Minerva Art Academy. Both artists have a background in artistic research, and for this collaboration, they combine their respective mediums liberating themselves from their usual confinements, playing and expanding their practices together in this process of plant immersion.

Opening: Saturday 15 June, 16.00 – 18.00