Global Frequency Music - audio-visual productions

Tabasco Tabernacle

Global Frequency Music & Pulp Vision lab productions proudly present: 'Tabasco Tabernacle', a project aiming on maximum stimulation of audio-visual senses, an extremely creative and artistic international initiative, concept and challenge, a collective effort created by more than 40 Dutch and American artists & musicians, a sonic exploration blurring musical boundaries with mind-altering sounds & grooves and artistic controversial visual tour illustrating an atmosphere of provocative confusion.

Have fun, enjoy & absorb this new and unique Tabasco Tabernacle audio-visual production and we are pleased to welcome you to the wonderfull world of Global Frequency & Pulp Vision Lab productions.
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Global Frequency & Pulp Vision lab productions, initiated and coordinated this extremely creative and artistic international initiative and challenge. They developed the concepts, storyboards and screenplays for this unique and controversial visual production for the Tabasco Tabernacle DVD project. Ron Weijers, Easton Davy and Willem van Veldhuizen, three multi-talented creative personalities, teamed up in order to guarantee the artistic values of the visual content.
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Ron Weijers, concept & product developer, musician, songwriter, painter, photographer, illustrator, graphic designer and on top blessed with good organizational skills, Easton Davy, painter, illustrator and graphic designer, also with strong capacities in concept development and last but not least Willem van Veldhuizen, painter, illustrator, musician and songwriter. Together they developed a Tabasco Tabernacle concept and orchestrated the guidelines and stroryboards regarding the visual content of the in total over 60 minutes of videomaterial produced. In order to guarantee diversity in the visual material used they took the decision to invite a selected group of visual artists to participate in the Tabasco Tabernacle production. A collective effort by more than 40 Dutch and American artists & musicians injected their creativity into this unique audio-visual project. The wonderfull world of Global Frequency & Tabasco Tabernacle project. The selected group of visual artists participating in the Global Frequency - Tabasco Tabernacle project consist of the following highly creative and gifted souls.
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New York based American painter Joe Davis participated with a collection of his latest paintings, the international respected Rotterdam based, Croatian photographer and illustrator Max Dereta participated with an enormous photographic collection and provided the concept guidelines for one of the videoclips of the production, the Dutch, Middelburg based painter Ben Game enriched the visual material with a huge quantity of his paintings, New York based painter & photographer Toni Dalton almost daily submitted new photographic work on top of her photogrpahic project 'Contrast & Decay', a unique collection of collages from the in The Hague based, Dutch collage artist & painter Carolien Vermeulen added another strong visual asset to the collected visual material, the Schiedam based Dutch multi-talented painter, illustrator, animator, videoproducer and much more, Pieter Zandvliet added a huge collection of his characteristic drawings, paintings and animations on top and last but not least the Rotterdam based, Dutch photographer Joke Schot especially photographed and compiled an incredible amount of work for the Tabasco Tabernacle project. Ron Weijers, Easton Davy and Willem van Veldhuizen could not hold back of course and added an even larger quantity of visual material to the total. A presentation of the artists and their artistic
work together with a biographical introduction has been added to the menu directory Tabasco Tabernacle Artists.

Tabasco Tabernacle ArtBox

The Global Frequency - Tabasco Tabernacle DVD release has been made available as a luxury handpainted, numbered & signed limited edition releaseof one hundred ArtBoxes. All ArtBoxes have been handcrafted and painted by the artists Ron Weijers, Easton Davy or Willem van Veldhuizen and on top of the Tabasco Tabernacle DVD it contains a limited edition CD, containing all nine previous released global Frequency CD's in mp3 format, the Tabasco Tabernacle book and folder containing ten high quality, numbered and signed glicee art-prints. The ArtBox glicee art-prints ( as shown within the individual artist ArtBox pages and below) are produced from original artwork of the in this new Global Frequency Tabasco Tabernacle audio-visual DVD project participating artists: Ron Weijers, Easton Davy, Willem van Veldhuizen, Max Dereta, Toni Dalton, Carolien Vermeulen, Pieter Zandvliet, Ben Game, Joe Davis and Joke Schot. A unique collection of artwork, only made available for this limited edition Tabasco Tabernacle ArtBox.

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Global Frequency
Tabasco Tabernacle

Een internationaal
audio-visueel DVD-project

Tabasco Tabernacle - Global Frequency is het nieuwste project van de multidisciplinaire kunstenaars Ron Weijers en Willem van Veldhuizen. In samenwerking met Easton Davy ontwikkelden zij een concept waarbij zij de muzikale en beeldende kwaliteiten van bevriende kunstenaars en muzikanten konden presenteren.
Tabasco Tabernacle is een uitgebreid audio-visueel project waarbij de muziek van Weijers en van Van Veldhuizen visueel ondersteund en versterkt wordt met beeldmateriaal van hun eigen werk en van acht bevriende beeldend kunstenaars en fotografen: Toni Dalton, Joe Davis, Easton Davy, Max Dereta, Ben Game, Joke Schot, Carolien Vermeulen en Pieter Zandvliet.
Naast de reguliere uitgave van de DVD is er een uitgave in boekvorm ontwikkeld en is er de Tabasco Tabernacle ArtBox: een gelimiteerde handgeschilderde uitgave in een oplage van 100 exemplaren met kunstwerken van de tien kunstenaars.

Woensdag 11 juli om 19.30 uur wordt op het North Sea Jazz Festival in Ahoy’ te Rotterdam tijdens de officiële opening van de North Sea Jazz Art Show ‘Tabasco Tabernacle’ gepresenteerd.

muziekproject
Tabasco Tabernacle is een audio-visueel project van de multidisciplinaire kunstenaars Ron Weijers en Willem van Veldhuizen. Meer dan 40 bevriende kunstenaars en musici uit Nederland en Amerika hebben hun muzikale en artistieke medewerking verleend: een eclectisch document met hip-hop, jazz en dance-invloeden is het resultaat, dat aansluit bij de veelzijdigheid van het North Sea Jazz Festival en de daaraan verbonden Jazzart shows.

Beeldend kunstproject
Na negen muziek cd’s vond Ron Weijers - Global Frequency - dat zijn tiende CD iets bijzonders moest worden: naast een muziekproject is Tabasco Tabernacle ook een beeldend kunstproject: de gelimiteerde uitgave van de Tabasco Tabernacle ArtBox (100 exemplaren) bestaat uit een uniek handbeschilderd kunstwerk van de hand van Easton Davy, Willem van Veldhuizen of Ron Weijers.
In iedere ArtBox bevindt zich van de tien kunstenaars die beelden hebben geleverd voor het visuele gedeelte van de DVD, Toni Dalton, Joe Davis, Easton Davy, Max Dereta, Ben Game, Joke Schot, Carolien Vermeulen en Pieter Zandvliet, en uiteraard Van Veldhuizen en Weijers, een unieke gesigneerde glicee afdruk van een kunstwerk.
Naast deze tien kunstwerken en de DVD bevindt zich in iedere ArtBox een boek met een presentatie van de tien kunstenaars, en een CD waarop alle voorgaande negen CD’s van Global Frequency in MP3-formaat op staan.

Presentatie
Global Frequency music, Turnac productions en Pulp Vision Lab productions nodigen u uit voor de officiële presentatie van deze nieuwe Global Frequency release, mede namens Artemission productions, artemis publishing, galerie Pakhuis 6 en ArtVisie op woensdag 11 juli om 19.30 uur tijdens de officiële opening van de North Sea Jazz Art Show op het North Sea Jazz Festival in Ahoy’ te Rotterdam.

Gedurende het North Sea Jazz Festival van 13 t/m 15 juli in Ahoy’ Rotterdam, is Tabasco Tabernacle te zien in de ‘Rome’-room op de derde verdieping van Ahoy’.


Within the below text, we will present and introduce the in the Tabasco Tabernacle project participating artists. The images shown below are corresponding to the giclee prints that have been included within the Tabasco Tabernacle ArtBox limited edition (100 pieces).


Ron Weijers
Schiedam, the Netherlands
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Weijers translates his creative thoughts and visions into three different creative disciplines, photography, painting & music.
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As a painter, through the years he continuously developed by means of materials used, technical and by concept. As a result of his background in graphic design and communication, his free work had been strongly influenced hereby in a graphical sense. Through the past years he managed to disconnect himself psychologically from this background. Weijers mainly paints on wooden panels and his work could be described as multi-layered mix media (collage, acrylic, oil pastel, graphite and mounted objects). His high levels of productivity continuously generate a further developing flow of paintings.
His more recent paintings are based on a characteristic abstract language of signs and shapes. Within his paintings he reveals a deeper meaning and reflects his view on contemporary issues. By reaching a state of liberation from existing patterns, the interplay of lines is dominated by the metamorphosis that conceals the evaluation of his work from the source. The spectator's fantasy is stimulated by the intuitive and specific combination of colour, material and shape, thus seducing the spectator towards an alternative view on this world. Weijers' personal quest to find the balance between tranquillity and tension initiates his painting process in general. His work is the ultimate medium to communicate with himself and with others.
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As a photographer he targets in on “catching” an objective, but also an alternative vision. Photographic projects like 'Throw away your TV!', 'It's a stars & stripes circus out there', 'Get Connected with Phonarchy', 'Spray-com 2006', 'LA drive-by shooting', 'Target rush-hour' and 'Fixx the game', reveal a deeper meaning by concept and reflect his vision on social and political issues and discussions from this time. His work is shown in galleries in the Netherlands, Germany and the United States. His photographic visions on New York are currently used for the development of several publications like the book “Manhattan Transfer” and the series of six books “Alter Vision”.

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As a musician so far, Weijers released two CD projects a year uing the nmae “Global Frequency”. He writes, arranges the music and produces these musical projects. The recordings of these musical projects are realized in corporation with an international group of musical friends. So far, his musical activities resulted into the release of nine CD's during the past few years. Weijers' tenth Global Frequency project, 'Tabasco Tabernacle', has been initiated and coordinated from his end in cooperation with the painters/artists, Easton Davy (US) and Willem van Veldhuizen (NL) in the core, together with a large international group of art-friends including a variety of painters, photographers and musicians. For the first time, a Global Frequency production contains visual next to the musical content and it looks like the inspiration gathered together from this project will soon proceed into the start of the eleventh Global Frequency project. Creative networking, bringing fellow artists and musicians together, friendship, positive energy and the integration of his total 'backpack' of creative disciplines into one new audiovisual discipline are his favoured aspects coming forward out of the realisation of the 'Tabasco Tabernacle' audio-visual DVD project.
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Willem van Veldhuizen
Rotterdam - the Netherlands
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'It might sound strange, but the first time I experienced a tremendous shock of recognition, I was at a commemoration exhibition of Mark Rothko (1903-1970). Even-though my work did not develop in the direction of this kind of abstract expressionism, still it was Rothko's work that gave me the impulse to go my own way. I saw that it was possible to decide on my own manner in the art of painting'. What struck Willem van Veldhuizen in Rothko's work was the search for balance on a flat surface, the appeal of a large colored area as well as the vibration of colors on such a large canvas. In his paintings, this fascination is translated in large floor areas of museum interiors. Museums provide Willem with the right kind of rooms: they are prestigious and attentive to architecture while at the same time subservient to accommodate art. It is not that he literally copies the rooms, but by choosing a different composition he creates fictional spaces and alters the view to complement and intensify the image. By visiting various modern museums, he is offered the motive for a new painting. 'When I'm standing in such a room, I'm impressed by the atmosphere, the peace, the coolness of it all, it strikes me emotionally. I put out my feelers as I wonder how I can shape these emotions. As it takes form in my head, the process of translating an emotional concept into a rational solution begins. The attraction towards the subject is purely emotional. The translation into a painting however is a rational process.' In general Van Veldhuizen's paintings are composed according to an established pattern. The upper, narrow part of the canvas shows the back-wall or a glass wall through which a garden is visible. A large floor area holds a prominent place. The reality of the building or the world outside is reflected in the floors. The back part is painted with great precision; this is also the first part to be completed. Then the artist builds up the floor area according to a special technique which he has made his own. After the undercoat has been applied and the shadows have been put in, he 'splats' the paint against the canvas: color over color, layer on top of layer-making subtle distinctions in light and dark against the back-wall. (Parts that should not be splut, are covered with tape.) Van Veldhuizen uses this technique in such a way that the paint splats onto the canvas in elliptical drops. This is highly important to create the perspective effect. (During the final strokes, the tiles become visible). Finally the artist applies approximately 40 layers of glaze onto the floor area to create this typical glossy three dimensional effect. Discipline and great technical skills are required for the kind of paintings that Van Veldhuizen makes. Because of this method, it takes up to 3 or 4 months to finish a painting. Van Veldhuizen mastered this technique by self-tuition. Furthermore he (made a close study of) submitted the paintings of Peter Blake, one of England's best-known pop art artists, to a profound study. According to Van Veldhuizen, Peter Blake displays a fabulous technique. Influences of classical- and classic-modern masters (beside Rothko) can be recognized in his work in various ways. He relates to Saenredam with his preference for sacred rooms, tranquility and colors in harmonizing tones. In his museum interiors, Van Veldhuizen quotes with pleasure his favorites in art, among others Michelangelo, Picasso, Man Ray, Newman, Rietveld and Le Corbusier. In his early work, the colors are kept restraint by putting various light tones in delicate distinctions in order to achieve a balance in beauty and tranquility. His recent work is characterized by a more expressive use of color although the color is still subsidiary to the form. Also the interior itself contains less details. Still the balance between the inside and outside world holds the key to Van Veldhuizen's paintings.
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New York - USA
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Easton Davy was born in the Bronx, New York City of Jamaican and Cuban parents, and holds an Associate Degree from the Pennsylvania School of Art. After graduating Easton Davy returned to New York City and started hanging out with Graffiti street artists, immersing himself in the Street Culture of New York. Soon he could make a living by selling prints of jazz and blues icons on the street. A trip to the Southern States, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, etc., introduced him to the old 'outsider' artists of the Mississippi Delta.
Using the exciting colours from his Cuban/Jamaican roots, painter & sculptor Easton Davy creates scenes of love and pain, loss and redemption with incredible scope and depth. With an abstract expressionist style, he continues to stretch the boundaries of what can be done with paint and the human figure. The cross-cultures of his Island roots and New York City street life, show in his works, the only way he knows how... with feeling. Easton Davy more than deserves the attention he is receiving in New York or the West Coast or Paris. He is an innovative artist, whose works will forever reflect his cultural heritage, the raw background of his city and loving and feeling perception of his human experience. Easton Davy's works belong in every serious collection of contemporary American Art.
For me, the mystery of 'creation' is the attraction of creating 'art'. When I create I do no sketching or preliminary drawing. I enjoy the challenge of "working without a net". I move colours around on the canvas and after a while I begin to see images manifest from thin air. I like to create stories with my art and see myself as a messenger. The images may be subliminal messages from today's media overload, but I like to credit this talent from a higher source”. “Usually, when I approach the canvas I don't know what's going to happen. Feelings pour out in unpredictable ways and I just want to capture them before they get away. At that point the paintbrush may not be working fast enough, and I just start using my fingers or anything I can get my hands on. This is the point where I just have to express myself by any means and with anything close at hand. It's as though the canvas has all these visions waiting for me to release, and I'm the messenger”. “I was so inspired by the South that, I think, I've been trying to create a kind of hybrid art. Lost southern folk art blues with New York raw street style. That's probably why my work is so raw: I work on instincts and not by traditional methods”.
In 2002 Easton Davy was asked to create an animated movie for the National Basketball Association. The trailer was broadcasted nationwide during the basketball season. For many years now Easton Davy has painted and printed the icons of blues, jazz and pop music. All over the world people are enjoying the images of their favourite musicians, created by a man that touches the essence with only a few brushes. This talent has also been discovered by the famous Blue Note record company: Since 2004 Easton is creating artwork for Blue Note's CD covers like for instance Greg Osby's album 'Public'. In the Netherlands, Easton Davy created the artwork for the Hip to the Jive CD in 2005. Especially for invitees of Microsoft BV at the North Sea Jazz Festival 2004 and 2005 Easton Davy created complimentary prints of several legends in jazz music like: Miles Davis and Elvis Costello. In August 2004, Easton Davy painted live on stage at the NSJF together with the Greg Osby 4 and in 2005 and 2006, he did live painting sessions at the NuMoonFest & labs in Rotterdam.
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Joe Davis
New York - USA
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Joe Davis, a New York based artist with symbolic style. His work combines convoluted structure with washed, organic colours to produce a balance of its own. Meaningful in conception and relevant in perception, his work demonstrates a unifying aspect of multiplicity. Still with respect and acknowledgment for times past, Joe Davis hesitates to classify his current work using terms applying to these periods. Rather, he believes his work and those of contemporaries incorporate a wide scope of influence, indulging in boundless expressive imagination and adhering to a most basic concept -there are no rules. For Joe Davis, the term Convergism very much defines this approach. What interests Joe Davis most about urban culture is the variety of expression, where contrasting elements collect and form a new derivative by combination. It is this aspect, the dynamic nature of diversity that influences his work. Joe Davis wants to create imagery reflecting coexistence and to suggest a populace of space by several values having intrinsic harmony though there is variance in renderings and objects. 'I'm wanting to reflect on canvas an element of the diverse interaction so pervasive in city life - where culture, sights, sounds, activity, and expressions are a continuous influence on our senses. In my work, renderings and symbols populate the space to produce an aesthetic value with collective imagery that draws individual interpretation'.
Joe Davis mostly works on linen canvases. Occasionally he works on and with wood. Pastels, charcoals, inks and acrylics are the primary media he uses along with some collage of sorts.
Joe Davis is represented by gallery Pakhuis 6 in Rotterdam for Europe and the gallery hosted the artistic debut of Joe Davis in the Netherlands In 2006.
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Ben Game
Middelburg - the Netherlands
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Born in 1958, Oldenzaal the Netherlands. Due to his urge towards drawing and painting, Ben Game studied at the 'Vrije Academie' in The Hague and the 'Academy of Visual Arts' in Rotterdam.
What identifies Ben Game as an artist is courage and full powers of self-transformation. That courage, meaning not being afraid to fail, transforms paralyzingly self-conscious 'predicaments of culture' into confident 'ecstasies of feelings combined.' He has the guts, what is more, to confront himself and the spectators of his work. His almost primitive or childish abstract impression of human figures in contrast with abstract backgrounds, his fascination for signs, lettering, text-parts and quotes transform into something alternative to the mainstream.
His painting process starts off on an intuitive basis and from that stage on, the development of his work gets more and more conscious. Ben Game is extremely productive and generates a wealth of paintings and drawings. He works on canvas, paper and wooden panels with a variety of materials. 'My work should speak for itself', no further comments from the artist himself. His work visualizes his words and thoughts. In spite of the highly expressive and pure expression and values integrated within his paintings and drawings, some people have a hard time with his work. Difficult to describe and difficult to catch within a phrase or to put a tag on. Alternative, abstract, expressive, pure, primitive, confronting, intuitive childish and honest are some search engine key-words, worthy to tag his work with, or should it simply travel the art-world as Ben Games' work…
Ben Games work is currently on display in selective galleries and his work played an important and highly respected role within the visual production of the Tabasco Tabernacle project.
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Toni DaltonNew York - USA
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Toni Dalton studied art at the New York Studio School. A long time resident of the Westbeth, the largest artists community in the world, located in Greenwich Village, New York. Westbeth, located in the historic Bell Labs building, is designated as living and working space for professional visual, performing, and literary creative artists. The award winning design by architect Richard Meier includes performing and visual arts studios; a gallery; theaters; film, photography, and recording studios; a communal print shop; sculpture studio; and a community space used for performances, concerts, lectures, videos, and meetings of community groups. The Westbeth is an exciting, dynamic center for artists who have made important contributions over the past 25 years. Merce Cunningham in dance, Gil Evans in jazz, Diane Arbus in photography, Moses Gunn in acting, and Muriel Rukeyser in poetry are among the hundreds of artists who developed their art and careers there. Dalton started her artistic career as a painter and gained a well respected artistic status within the American art scene. Exhibitions and art shows at the Vorpal Gallery on West Broadway in SoHo, at Barnes and Nobles New York and the annual Westbeth gallery group shows for the last 20 years, reflect the respect she earned as an artist. Toni Dalton filled her life painting continuously until she had an unfortunate accident and became unable to continue working as a painter. In order to generate a possibility to express her creativity, she started to work out with digital painting on her Macintosh computer, photography and the production of short movies and has been doing so for the past years. Together with friend and painter Arnold Wechsler, a New York painter who has also produced art programs for cable TV, lately, they focus and collaborate on projects for the Internet. Their venture, 'Steal This Painting', is a project that pays tribute to the life and work of Abbie Hoffman. Digital Bridges, A New Media Exhibition, explores a wide variety of visual responses to new creative challenges, is frequently on show at the Westbeth gallery and their Street photography and digital graphics projects appear more than often in New York media. Digital technology has become a central part of their everyday life and is shaping their culture in innumerable ways. By using the scanner, mouse and screen as their sketch pad, brush and canvas they have embraced the potential of the computer as their artistic medium. Toni Dalton frequently uses the name 'Kaliart' for her creative work and expressions. The photographic project 'Contrast & Decay', containing her alternative views and visions on the streets of New York and related issues that most of us would walk by without paying attention, are extremely well 'seen' through the lens and the eyes of Toni Dalton. Her Images could be described as abstract paintings. With the project 'Contrast & Decay', Toni Dalton made her first move into the European art circuit.
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Joke Schot
Rotterdam - the Netherlands
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As a photographer Joke Schot has made it her business to capture music and arts related translucent moments. Thousands of images later, she's still enamored with the process and with the artists who blend their energy and talent with hers. Since the end of the eighties Joke Schot has been a regular at the North Sea Jazz Festival. The Rotterdam based photographer visited the festival primarily to catch her favorites on stage but through the years, she has developed into a photographer that captures the atmosphere of a concert in sequences. As featured photographer for World Connection, the record company that also makes bookings for world music acts, she got and grabbed the chance to make longer features. Joke Schot preferably visits smaller concerts and festivals, thus being able to really get in touch with the musicians and artists. Working for the Dutch recording company World Connection, and their focusing on 'world music', brought her the chance of participating with her work as a photographer in the international success of artists such as Mariza, Waldemar Bastos and Sandra Luna. Joke Schot dedicated herself to 'capturing the moment' of some of today's most exciting jazz performers on and offstage, revealing images infused with the spontaneous intensity, raw energy and collaborative spirit of the live jazz performance. Today, Joke Schot presents an impressive portfolio. Her keen interest for both jazz and photography didn't meld until she was inspired by seeing the extraordinary photographic works of Herman Leonard, Jim Mashall and Bill Claxton. Being as unobtrusive as possible in deference to the performer, she adapts her technique to each club or location setting. She is in constant pursuit of impromptu moments that display the heart and soul of what is Jazz, often capturing the intense concentration and sheer joy of the extemporaneous collaborative effort in the facial expressions of jazz musicians. Joke Schot's jazz photography is in public and private collections. Her work has been exhibited in many exhibitions, among them Pakhuis 6 Gallery in Rotterdam and the Jazzart Rotterdam exhibition during the North Sea Jazz Festival in Ahoy' Rotterdam. Her photography is currently featured in various leading national and international jazz publications and newspapers, as well as on the covers of various major record company CD releases.
It has been an honor, a privilege and an education to work together with a photographer with a creative drive for visual expression like Joke Schot on the production of the Tabasco Tabernacle DVD project.
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Pieter Zandvliet
Schiedam - the Netherlands
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Born 1969 in Leiden the Netherlands. Studied arts at the 'grafisch lyceum' and 'vrije academie' Pieter Zandvliet lives and works in Schiedam in the Netherlands. With his characteristic use of colors and outlines, Pieter Zandvliet attempts to shake, mix and transfer his dreams, fantasy, the things that surround him and his imagination within his paintings. Inspired by a selective search of extraordinary people and events in big cities, from the underground comic book scene and from the arts and culture of Spain, Mexico, Africa, Indonesia and the United States, due to the influx of ethnic cultures juxtaposition along side traditional Dutch values, such as personal freedom to do what one wants, Pieter Zandvliet transforms his linework into imaginary but reality based figures on contradicting backgrounds. Pieter Zandvliet, doesn't make sketches, works one way out, right on the spot, is highly productive, works on walls, wood or canvas, has a quick delivery, sometimes chaotic and sometimes serene, in any case his works are pure, represent a part of his personality and are very important to him. Pieter Zandvliet started his creative career by painting murals and graffiti in the Netherlands during the 1980's and strongly explored exchanges with artists from all over the world. His creative involvement in gallery Slaphanger, an active art community where art exhibitions, poetry readings and performances took place in the 1990's up until 2002 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, his activities as a founding member of Dada Boise Group Krimpos as well as his frequent activities as a performance artist and the widely exhibition of his work on the Internet and in galleries throughout the underground and mainstream art scene, stood at the basis of the widely respected position he gained as a contemporary artist. A continuous flow of activities and exhibitions and a numerous flow on artistic participations in creative projects, guarantee a maximum interaction of his work with his worldwide public. Pieter Zandvliets' work, is highly expressive, confronting, honest transparent & unique. His aim is transfer his thoughts and vibez through his work, reaching and sharing his creative expressions with as many as possible individuals and let his work travel all over the world. Beware, there is more to come.
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Carolien VermeulenThe Hague - the Netherlands
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Carolien Vermeulen arrived on planet earth in 1968. From childhood on, she has been strongly attracted to drawing. During her first travels throughout Asia, she became in contact with the actual painting process and there and then, she took the decision to become a professional artist. She studied arts at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam (2001) and finally she became teacher of fine arts.
Carolien Vermeulen lives and works in The Hague in the Netherlands. Throughout the years, Carolien further developed and enriched her qualities as a painter. Her work is colourful and strongly reflects a figurative abstraction inspired by travelling, dreams and of course her creative self. She mainly works with acrylic paint on canvas. Besides her painting she also developed into the world of mix media. Mainly based on a concept build up out of photographic collages in black and white and in colour, with ink outlining, again based on abstracted human body positioned in a wide variety of theme's, a spark of humour and sometimes provocative. The 'magnificent resplendence' of her compositions resemble a kaleidoscope with swirling images cascading in all directions sometimes in color, sometimes in black and white, defying gravity and challenging the viewer to make sense of this 'restless' world that her compositions evoke. As works of visual arts made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole, Carolien Vermeulen created her own style within the world of collage and added a new and fresh artistic viewing point to this medium. Carolien Vermeulen takes her inspiration from people, their habits and behaviour, travelling, nature, books and magazines and transfers her vibez with love and affection into her paintings, her collages and into graphic design and concept development. The creative work from Carolien Vermeulen is frequently on display within the art gallery circuit within the Netherlands and over the years her work became an asset for art collectors and to many art collections.
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Max DeretaRotterdam - the Netherlands
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Max Dereta studied graphic arts in Zagreb, Croatia. During this period in Zagreb, he got involved in skydiving and in 1972 he started to combine his skydiving adventures with free fall photography and from there on he specialized fully on 'aerial' photography and related aspects. In 1975 Max relocated to the Netherlands in order create the possibilities to creatively develop himself further on. Initially he established himself as graphic designer and illustrator and from 1980, he took the decision to continue his creative career as a professional photojournalist. With passion he worked towards a career that would generate a situation that eventually would combine sky diving, flying and traveling. His work resulted in an international career in the field of travel and adventure photography and editorials, that through the years have been published in a huge variety of magazines, newspapers, books and other printed media in Europe, United States, Asia and Australia.
With a record of more than 5000 skydive sessions with helmet mounted multi format cameras, Max Dereta covered 3 World records, 7 World Championships, B.A.S.E. jumping, 4 Expeditions to the North Pole and an extraordinary parachute jump on the top of Mount Elbrus in the Caucasus in Russia. Amongst others, his international photographic and editorial assignments include: 'Carnival in Rio de Janeiro', 'wildlife in Alaska, Kenya and Zimbabwe', 'life with the nomads in the Sahara and in the North Siberia', 'war in former Yugoslavia', 'air shows in Oshkosh, Le Bourget and Moscow', 'supersonic flights in a Russian MiG 29', 'a flight to the Stratosphere in MiG 25' and last but not least he participated in the Russian Space Training Program that included a Zero G flight. Next to his activities as a photographer, Max Dereta also filmed several TV commercials for accounts like 'Sportlife', 'Volkswagen', 'Floriade', a variety of documentaries like for 'Skybound' and various other TV programs. In 1987 Max Dereta published his first book 'Parachuting Skydiving and other Para Sports'. Through the years Max Dereta created a huge and good documented professional photographic archive with a large quantity of creative highlights. A high-end selection of his personal 'best shots' is currently been shown in exhibitions in several European countries. Currently Max Dereta is involved in several international media related editorial and photographic travel assignments.
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Manuel SchiesserSchiedam - the Netherlands
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Manuel Schiesser born 1969 in Rotterdam. Manuel studied medicine at the University and currently works in medical industries. He is pioneer in the area of product and concept development. He developed and was chief editor of the guide of medical aesthetics, an annual publication and website on multiple aspects of plastic surgery, corrections and hair transplant. During his studies at the University, Manuel Schiesser has been involved in a range of side activities, for instance, he initiated and organized in 1990 the student Association 'Röntgenius' for the students at the 'Hogeschool Arnhem' and was active with its social cultural issues and the release of a magazine. Manuel Schiesser writes from his 15th, more or less productive periods through the years. Due to violent experiences in his past, his urge to write poems became strongly enlarged. In recent years he strongly developed the urge to share his poems with the public. He mainly transfers his work through participations in poetry slams and through publications on the Internet. Manuel Schiesser feels comfortable with slam poetry, it combines writing with drama, presentation and public speaking and it makes poetry more dynamic, accessible and fun. The skills he developed by writing and performing poetry are valuable communication techniques, essential in all areas of life-building confidence and self esteem. His performances are confronting and explosive, with passion but highly balanced. His work varies from light verse till the dark sides of life. He writes intoxicated by his positive and negative personal emotions and his work functions like a mirror of his own personality. Self reflection translated or transformed through a chemical reaction into his own personal poetic language. For Manuel Schiesser writing is a necessity.
Manuel Schiesser currently works together with the artist Pieter Zandvliet. This creative combination turned out to be a combined asset for both artists. So far their cooperation resulted in the production of the publication 'abracadabra', containing poems from Manuel Schiesser and paintings from Pieter Zandvliet. Expected to be released summer 2007. In the mean time they continue to experiment with and to deepen their cooperative artistic qualities.
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ALTAR
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During the tempest winds are blowing,
Clothes fluttering around your body,
Thunder reflects the church window,
Wet by rain grinding gravel.
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In darkness approaching the door,
A squeal of parting holy oak,
Gate to there where calling,
Sounds appear blush fading.
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Red candles burning story,
Holy water sculptures biblical talk,
Pulpit with apple and fig-leaf.
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Counting the pews before,
Wet clothing undress dangerous,
Naked lust on the altar.

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