Listasafn Islands

Kínó Klúbburinn

Bloemschikken[Flower arranging]
1999 | 2 min. 40 sec. | 16mm | 1:1.33 | colour | silent 
Flower horror.

Tapestry
2003 | 3 min. 20 sec. | 16mm | 1:1.33 | colour | silent
Small eye holes provide a view of a hidden, colourful world.

Vacas
1998 | 3 min. 20 sec. | 16mm | 1:1.33 | colour | silent
High contract animation shows us cows like we have never seen them before. Solitary but curiously in the giant grass.

Wall of Sound Flowers
2004 | 6 min. | 16mm | 1:1.33 | colour | mono-optisch
The main character in this short film does not care about the outside world. At home, she immerses herself in mundane chores. A surrealist scene unfolds in the background and the wallpaper freaks out and has its say using bright colours and strange patterns which all fight for attention. They comment on the bustling cleaner, briefly zooming around her head like escaped figments of her imagination. This film came about using multiple lighting angles combined with animation and optical printing techniques.

Move your ass
1998  | 5 min. 5 sec. | 16mm | 1:1.33 | colour | silent

Alicia in Wonderland
2002 | 2 min. 30 sec. | 16mm | 1:1.33 | colour | silent
A room and musical chairs. Furniture crashes through the rear wall of this artificial world.'

Kitchen Piece
1997 | 2 min. 40 sec. | 8mm | 1:1.33 | colour |
Film in the flat area with a parade of kitchen tools in several splendid colours, and slowly in more than one dimension. In a subtle manner the objects show their true face.

Sharkie
2001 | 4 min. | 16mm | 1:1.33 | colour | silent

Nook & Cranny
2008 | 3 min. | 16mm | 1:1.37 | colour | silent
Nook & Cranny is a moving painting of an interior in which the furniture behaves like chickens breaking out of their egg shell, or like the mouse that you see sneaking away in a corner of your eye. The table and the chair vibrate loosely, out of reality, and the whole room explodes from this abundance of details. Objects are radiant silhouettes, filled in with patterns of flowers and foliage. The viewer searches for a handhold in this thrilling puzzling orchestration of colour and space: something is about to happen....

Francien Van Everdingen, Garden of Earthly Delights

The rich cinematic works of Francien Van Everdingen, artist of Noord Brabants’ descent, can be seen as the best kept secret of the Netherlands. Her work is extraordinarily precise, esthetical, warm and at the same time light and full of wit. Over the last 13 years, Francien has created 20 short films, each between 2 and 6 minutes and a true gem! Each frame offers a surreal, wonderfully dizzying array of imagery. How diverse the movies may be in terms of choice of subject or technique, they share a universe entirely their own. A universe Francien van Everdingen seems to hold the patent for. The titles of her films vary from ‘Bloemschikken’ (Arranging flowers) with the description ‘horror with flowers’ to ‘Nook & Cranny’, described as “a moving painting of an interior in which the furniture wants to break out of the egg like a chicken, or a mouse slipping away”.

Francien Van Everdingen (1969) attended sculpture courses at the Minerva Academy for Visual Arts in Groningen and at the Academy for Visual Art in Tilburg. She went on to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Gradually her attention shifted from film installations to short animated films. Her films have showcased around the world, including MOMA in New York, Pompidou in Paris, and International film festivals such as Rotterdam, Berlin, New York, San Francisco, and LA.  

"In experimental cinema, many if not most of the best ideas are the simplest, the ones that, upon witnessing their expert execution, you wonder why no one's done it before. And while I cannot testify beyond a shadow of a doubt that Monologue Exterieur exploits a completely original idea, I am certain that I've never seen anything quite like it.



Printed of the web Reykjvik Art Museum, www.reykjvikartmuseum.is 17.31.2014