This first exhibition concentrated on frames. Traditionally a frame is what completes and finishes a work of art, supposedly increasing its worth. KASBOEK challenged this. Their frameworks do not only finish a work of art, but also function as a manner in which works can be affiliated and conjoined. The frames become a part of the creative process, allowing KASBOEK to show the viewer that art can function both as individual pieces and as a whole, resulting in an on-going work of art, which will continue to renew and reinvent itself.

What binds sisters…

Antwerpen 2008 – Reflections on the First exhibition of the KASBOEKcollective.

Reflections on the first exhibition of the KASBOEKcollective.
The jewellery of Cathalijne Postma is not just another look-me-fit-me-buy-me-wear-me collection. The pieces are of course comfortable and wearable, which is an important element within the discipline, but they are also the result of a searching and exploratory approach to the possibilities that her ideas offer with the precious metal. Cathalijne’s silver jewellery is rich in contrasts. Rough and dull compared to glossy and polished, seemingly heavy, yet light in the hand. The abstract “butterfly” rings are rugged in design even though they appear to be able to just flutter lightly away on their silver wings. Seemingly ad hoc she puts carefully chosen precious stones, colourful, (and literally) brilliant accents into her objects. Her “paintpallet’ ring is a fine example of how a many-colored collection of precious stones (citrine and tourmaline, garnet and peridot …) can be combined to make an unorthodox harmony within the same piece.
Jojanneke Postma’s paintings are not just any label-me-buy-me-hang-me-in-the-livingroom paintings. They are of course made with artistic know how, but they are strange and “different”. She paints non-places, images of transit areas along railways and highways. You travel from city to city, but forget the path between them. It is this inattention which Jojanneke is sensitive to, and maybe she wants to point this out to us. What passed by in a flash she puts on her canvas. It makes visible what our eyes saw, but we did not realize. The interior of a second-hand shop presents itself as a somewhat gloomy picture of a place that we passed but did not enter. Maybe we drove along the deserted motorway bridge at dawn, a lonely feeling of wanting to forget. But she succeeds in her attempt to reconcile us with the sometimes surreal world in which we live.

Debbie van Berkel’s work is that which is present but that we do not see. In fact you are already acquainted with it, the KASBOEK invitation and this exhibition. Just as we seldom see the mirror in which we look, only the reflected image, we usually also do not notice graphic design.. In this first exhibition, Debbie served as a designer but also as a sounding board for the two sisters. She is the webmaster of the site and also the KASBOEK stylist with a significant share in the mise en scene of all the artwork and-installation which makes up this exhibition. The placement and framing, selecting and grouping, the enhancement of the work, it is sometimes a thankless task, little noticed, but we have seen it..
These promising young ladies have obviously found each other in their collective, cultural entrepreneurship. Starting from their sisterly giggles they freewheel and combine between conventional and alternative forms of performance, but above all they show us what we had not seen and we can only be thankful for it. Look, enjoy, support and buy.

Peter Vermandere