October 11, 2019


A fleet of turtle arks carry life and memory across oceans to populate the long-abandoned city.

ON THE BEACH participates in an exhibition of ceramics by thirteen contemporary artists, BEYOND THE VESSEL, at the Meşher Gallery, 211 Istiklal Caddesi, Istanbul, until 22 D...

November 11, 2017

Interior Kingdoms and other vanities

Strike a glass and it will not endure an instant. Simply do not strike it and it will endure a thousand years.

- G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy (1908)

In recent years, Vivian van Blerk has grown uneasy with the final photographic prints he...

July 13, 2017

Last year in Beirut I discovered ceramics at Namika Atelier in the borough of Kantari, collaborating with ceramicist, Hala Barakat and artist, Katya Traboulsy. My role was to sculpt on and re-model Hala's elegant ceramics. Katya paints and draws on these and many of Ha...

July 13, 2017

I have developed a fair control of techniques which enable me to print a black-and-white photograph onto glass and make it stay there.

But, for better or for worse, I am not a machine. I am a slob. Sometimes I am inconsistant in the cleaning and preparing of glass to re...

December 6, 2016

Chris Boïcos Fine Arts presents new works by Vivian van Blerk at Galérie NegatifPlus, 104, rue Lafayette, 75010, Paris from 1 through 13 December.

August 14, 2016

Invited as resident artist by Chris Boïcos Fine Arts to the lovely island of Paxos in the Ionian sea, I lead a photography workshop where the participants used phones and cameras to take digital photographs. From prints of these they composed large format collaged and...

August 14, 2016

 The Wunderkammer in Paris closes August first this year to re-open in Brussels. At the end of June the owner Alec de Lussanet invited me put on a final show. We agreed to exhibit the recently completed large format "The Flood Foretold" and the model I built. But for t...

April 18, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

After Empire is a reflection on the passing of time. Beasts in the empty halls of a disused factory go about their lives indifferent, mostly,  to the remaining fragments of an imposing past. But sometimes the abandoned sculptures meet each other or with animals to...

April 15, 2016

Inside a sealed room in my studio warehouse I found rotted boxes of glass panes from a greenhouse that existed between the World Wars. Cleaned, the richly patinated poured-glass panes suggested I expose onto them the 12 photographs I took more than a year ago of a near...

March 31, 2016

In 2009 it seemed a good idea to print on glass because the instructions on the bottle of photographic emulsion I had bought stated, "Can also be printed onto metal, ceramic and glass."

 

So I made collages, photographed the collages, then printed them in black&white ont...

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