prism #25.13: 'Stacking' by Marieke Gelissen

by Marieke Gelissen 

An art magazine, a lifestyle magazine, a photo magazine... Marieke handles any magazine as material: a collection of paper pages, filled with text, images and advertisements.
She reduces magazine pages to material and transforms the flat surface into three dimensional cones. The act of ripping, rolling, pulling and fixing is repeated over and over again, until all pages are torn from the magazine. 

Marieke then stacks the cones, just like the flat pages were stacked as a magazine. Their conical shape allows them to fit into each other perfectly, leaving just a strip of the page visible, giving us a glimpse of its content: an artwork, a photo, an advertisement.

Stacking 1, Sea / Stacking 2, Green, 2016 Gelissen Marieke

Stacking 1, Skin / Stacking 2, Air, 2016 Gelissen Marieke

Stacking 5, Leaf, 2016 Gelissen Marieke

Stacking 6, Night / Stacking 7, Fern, 2016 Gelissen Marieke

Marieke Gelissen graduated from Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 2012. She lives and works in Amsterdam. The cone has appeared in her work since 2013. Marieke: “To turn a piece of paper into a cone does not ask for any physical effort, really. It is a natural form for the paper to take, almost spontaneously. Yet this form (the cone) is very strong in its visual and sculptural appearance.” 

In 2014 Marieke realized her first work in public space, in collaboration with the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste: Parallel Paper Tunnel. This giant photograph of the transformation of a cone was installed in an underpass of a train station in Zürich, Switzerland. In 2016 she was nominated for the Theodora Niemeijer Prize for emerging female artists, a collaboration between Van Abbemuseum and the Niemeijer Fund. The jury, consisting of a.o. Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Annie Fletcher, awarded her proposal to transform the surface of the patio wall in the Van Abbe Museum into a giant cone sculpture with the 2nd prize. 

Upcoming: From 9 March to 3 April 2017, video works of Marieke Gelissen are included in the group show New Material at A.P.T. Gallery in London.  / 

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