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BEFORE AND AFTER THIS.

2 Mar - 1 Apr 2018

For the vision of Abou Ben Adhem

For the vision of Abou Ben Adhem

For the vision of Abou Ben Adhem

an exhibition by Yair Callender
1646 is very happy to announce the exhibition of Yaïr Callender (NL 1987), whose work we have been following closely since Yaïr was a student at the KABK. In For the …

1646 is very happy to announce the exhibition of Yaïr Callender (NL 1987), whose work we have been following closely since Yaïr was a student at the KABK.

In For the vision of Abou Ben Adhem Yaïr Callender is changing the space of 1646 into a sanctuary, a place to withdraw from the hustle and bustle of the street and daily life. Rather than sculptures he creates an environment that offers tranquility for those who want to quench their thirst for peace and serenity. But more than just an architectural construction this space contains associations with a more ecclesiastical atmosphere by means of a free use of of symbolic ornaments and forms that allude to elements such as a pulpit or baptistry. Callender also makes references to secular subjects as he offers the visitors the opportunity to leaf through some available books, enjoy a water pipe and hang around for a while. These surroundings contain a versatility of different kinds of sanctuaries and hide-aways to be activated by the visitor at his or her own liking.

The architectural constructions of Yaïr Callender keep somewhere in between ornament, sculpture and monumental composition and are often fuelled by his interest in the spiritual, which plays a pivotal role in his work. He gets his inspiration from both religious texts as well as scientific research and he draws connections to physics, mathematics, geometry as well as to history, religion and the use of symbolism. Furthermore Callender diligently studies processes of personal transformation from a spiritual perspective. His work doesn’t know the difference between personal concerns and professional performance as personal development finds its form in his work.

For the Vision of Abou Ben Adhem (a reference to a poem by the romantic poet Leigh Hunt) portrays Callender’s interests in transformation, in several ways: the transformation from child to adult, emotional and intellectual development or transformation as awakening after having been confronted with obstacles in life such as sickness, death, desire or happiness.

It has been very interesting for us to see how, throughout the years, Yaïr developed more and more the need to include the audience in the work, transmitting an overwhelming experience. This accounts also for For the Vision of Abou Ben Adhem when the work comes into existence when activated by the visitor. This need to include the audience into an overwhelming experience feels very coherent for a work that tries to deal with states of being and topics much bigger than ourselves.

Yaïr Callender (NL, 1987) graduated in 2014 at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, and has received grants from Stroom Invest and Mondriaan Fund for emerging artists. Callender has exhibited before at a.o. ‘Open Air’, as part of Art Rotterdam 2018, TENT Rotterdam, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, Nest Den Haag and at the Unfair in Amsterdam.