Ben Kruisdijk and Conny Kuilboer

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Kruisdijk and Kuilboer are two artists from the Netherlands who began their artistic collaboration in 2007. In their independent practices, Kruisdijk works with systems of visual language and Kuilboer’s interest lies in concepts on the perception of time. Kuilboer often uses images and objects from her childhood and redefines their meaning, such as the blanket, which holds contradictory connotations of oppression and comfort. Together, they try to investigate what it means to be an artist today, which often includes traveling with a lot of stuff to exhibit. Seen above is a life-size donkey named Atlas who carries their books, work, and materials needed for that particular exhibition. Other previous work includes Graduation from the Blackhole, the artists’ “graduation” from their post art academy depression, commenting on the artistic isolation felt when one is not living in a large metropolis.

Kruisdijk and Kuilboer have an upcoming exhibition at De Creatieve Fabriek in Hengelo, Netherlands opening on October 17th and they are currently represented by Actionfields Temporary Art Gallery in Belgium.

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