Alexandra Geller

Holland & Belgium

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"In 1973, French Artist Jean Dubuffet created his Jardin Díemail (Enamel Garden) at the sculpture garden of the Kroller Muller Museum in Otterlo, NL. In this three day work shop, you are asked to design an alternative cartography. The map will be based on observation of the artwork, its surroundings and its visitors as much as an observation of invisible aspects of the site: sound, smell, temperature or mood.  In the end, your map, and everyone else's will be silkscreened on top of each other at Plaatsmaken in a limited print run."

ERIN & ALEX'S LAYER (located on the right)
For thirty minutes we observed visitors walking on the sculpture took notes of any any similar actions, behaviors or feelings. It had been very rainy and extremely slippery that day so many of the visitors were slipping and falling in certain areas. Each time someone made a movement of slipping we captured a photo of the area. In correlation with falling there were many safer areas that visitors stood to take a photo of the sculpture. These areas to capture photos tended to be flatter and a bigger space.  For each of the concepts we created a symbol to represent both hazard areas and best area to take a photo. Each symbol is also a different size depending on their popularity.


Our task for this workshop was simple. Walk around Amsterdam, take photos of any interesting typeface you came across or typefaces that you find popular around the city. The goal was to create a type specimen from a font that you were inspired by.

Walking around the streets of Amsterdam I noticed a lot of bike companies. I proceeded to capture images of each brand typeface and collect any similarities or unique fonts. I can across a bike brand called Hollandia and admired how the shape of the A had the stem pulled out and had an extended line attached to the bottom of the A to underline the rest of the word. The name its self, Hollandia, felt like this alternate city name and I tried to think of other objects or feelings that could end in "landia". This type specimen was meant to emphasize the A in the shape of an arrow, to influence movement and travel, and to create a diary of all the feelings, actions, objects that I had come across on the trip so far. 



The fourth workshop took place in Ghent, Belgium and was led by Joris Kritis and Bart Debats. This workshop was inspired by the The Just Judges, painted by Jan Van Eyck. The Just Judges was just one of twelve panels and was located in the lower left corner of the Ghent Altarpiece. The panel was stolen in 1934 and has not been found to this day. In honor of the stolen panel we were tasked with re-creating the missing panel using as many creative methods as possible. Some methods included: drawing blindfolded, drawing with feet, teamwork drawings, using unconventional materials, inspirational themes, and much more. The workshop lasted two days and within those two days we combined to create over 200 different variations of the The Just Judges altar piece. At the end of the second day, we held a court-like judging process in order to curate thirty two of the best pieces to be compiled into a publication. The following pictures are the final thirty two pieces from our last workshop.

The Final 32