// Nelleke Beltjens Portrait

I am interested in that which I don’t know. In my work there is a complexity that is not foreseeable. I like to call my drawings ‘worlds’, or ‘manifestations’. In a sense, I sculpt my drawings, since I literally move material around; building up a ‘world’ with ink and watercolor and then ‘destroying’ what I just created by cutting through the paper and moving parts around so new unexpected ‘worlds’ start to appear. This appearing and disappearing interest me. It’s like an infinite coming and going, what disappears in this ‘world’ enters again in another. Perhaps nothing is ever really lost and with every thought comes the beginning of a new manifestation.
I am interested in the idea of responsibility; or more precisely, the idea of being responsible for everything that one puts in motion. There is no action that does not have a consequence, although this also means that there is an enormous amount of possibility. I believe there is a ‘fiction’ to the visible manifested world, or what I call a ‘necessary illusion’. I am interested in this illusion because it is a way to practice life as a possibility. Ongoing ever-changing manifestations, however illusionary, nevertheless have a ‘materiality’ depending on how our actions are changed because of them. Such are ideas that conceptually as well as emotionally fuel the decisions and possibilities I confront in my work.

// Nelleke Beltjens / vita

1974 born in Roermond/ NL
1992-96 Akademie voor Beeldende Vorming (Academy of Visual Arts)Tilburg/ NL
1997-98 M.A Sculpture, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb/ US
1999-01 M.F.A Art Studio, University of California, Davis/ US
2006 Chico State University, Chico,California/ US
2007- 11 Assistant Professor and Head of the Sculpture Department at the Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana/ US

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017 flows and interruptions (with Alexandra Roozen), Galerie Katwijk, Amsterdam/ NL
2016 Worlds Within (with Natascha Schmitten), Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne/ D
2013 irresistible non-solution, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne/ D
2012 (re)move, Galerie Katwijk, Amsterdam/ NL
2011 They don’t know either, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne/ D
2010 Immense, Kunstverein Leverkusen/ D
2009 Apparently, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco/ US
Fragments of the Parts, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne/ D
2007 Complex–Incomplete Completion, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco/ US
2004 Repetition in Diversity, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco/ US
2003 Seeking Subtleties, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco/ US
2000 Together a part, Ellen Kim Murphy Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA/ US
Tussen / Between,Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco/ US
1999 Solidified Thoughts, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco/ US


GROUP SHOWS (selection):

2018 Walking the Line VIII, Galerie Martin Kudlek, Cologne/ D
2017 Group show, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne/ D
(It) Works on Paper (II)
, Kristof de Clercq gallery, Ghent/ B
Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC), Bangkok/ THA
Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, New York/ US
2016 Kunstraum, New York City/ US
Kulturbunker Köln-Mülheim, Cologne/D
Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California/ US
Group show, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne/ D
2015 Group show, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne/ D
2014 Between The Lines, Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke/ B
2013 Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne/ D
Project 3×3, National Gallery of Bangkok/ THA
2012 RE/PRO/DUCING COMPLEXITY, Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach/ D
Rethinking Reality, Kuckei +Kuckei, Berlin/ D
Look both ways, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco/ US
Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke/ B
2011 RE/PRO/DUCING COMPLEXITY, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle/ B
Loods 6 Represented by Galerie Katwijk, Amsterdam/ NL
Time Flies, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco/ US
Group show, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne/ D
2010 Two persons show, with Hadi Tabatabai, Inde/Jacobs, Marfa, Texas/ US
Group show, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne/ D
2009 Black and White, Hosfelt Gallery, New York/ US
Group show, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne/ D
2008 RE/PRO/DUCING COMPLEXITY, Helen E. Copeland Gallery, Bozeman, MT
Group show, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne/ D
Crossing Boarders, bkhf Gallery, Miami/ US
JudiBlock. Sacramento/ US
Mark, Block. Sacramento/ US
2007 Personal Structures, Galerie Hafenrichter&Flugel, Nuremberg/ D
Distinctions in drawing, 1078 Gallery, Chico, California/ USA
Personal Structures, Art et Amicitiae, Amsterdam/ NL
2006 Arti Capelli, s’Hertogenbosch/ NL
Schwarzweiss als Farbe, Galerie Lausberg, Dusseldorf/ D
Delineation, Hosfelt Gallery NY, New York/ US
Galerie Goldener Engl. Hall near Innsbruck/ AUT
Group show, Hosfelt Gallery NY, New York/ US
Lucas Feichtner Galerie, Vienna/ AUT
2005 Group showStedelijk Museum, Roermond/ NL
Personal Structures, Auden Galerie, Bad Homburg/ D
Group show, Krijger en Katwijk, Amsterdam/ NL
2004 Personal structures, Ludwig Museum Koblenz/ D
Arti Capelli, ‘s-Hertogenbosch/ NL
The world becomes a private world, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA/ US
2002 Contemporary Sculptures, 505 Montgomery. San Francisco, CA/ US
Comers and up, Jay Jay Gallery, Sacramento, CA/ US
2000 Bay Area Student Sculpture Biennial, San Francisco, CA/ US
1998 1998: New Artist in Chicago, Terra Museum, Chicago/ US
tidbit Gallery. Portland, Oregon. Two person show. Amsterdam/ NL
1997 Norris Gallery, St.Charles, Illinois/ US
Skuggi Gallery. Rockford, Illinois/ US
Ars Nova, Olsen Gallery, DeKalb, Illinois/ US


RESIDENCIES & AWARDS

2017/18 Residency at VCCA, Virginia/ USA
2016 Residency at VCCA, Virginia/ USA
2014 MacDowell Colony, NH
2013 Residency at VCCA, Virginia/USA
Residency at Yaddo, NY/ US
Residency at Playa, Summer Lake, Or
2012 VCCA 2 months residency, Virginia
MacDowell Colony 2 months residency, NH
Residency for 6 weeks at CCA Andratx, Andratx, Mallorca/ ES
Residency at Hommes Foundation, Rotterdam/ NL
2010 Scholarship and Creativity Grant, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
2008 Residency at KALA art Institute, Berkeley, CA/ US
2006 Basisstipendium, Art Grant Award awarded by the Fonds voor Beeldende Kunsten, Vormgeving en Bouwkunst, Amsterdam/ NL
2003 Residency at the MacDowell Colony for 6 weeks
2002 Residency at the Ucross Foundation. WY
Residency VermontStudioCenter
Basisstipendium, Art Grant Award awarded by the Fonds voor Beeldende Kunsten, Vormgeving en Bouwkunst, Amsterdam/ NL


PUBLICATIONS

2017 CROSSING THE DATELINE. Catalog of the group show at 9th floor, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
2014 NELLEKE BELTJENS. IT IS NOT HOW I THOUGHT. Catalog, text by Rollin Beamish
2012 Catalog: Re/Pro/Ducing Complexity. Project publication with Nelleke Beltjens, Hedwig Brouckaert, Jorinde Voigt
2011 RISING-young artists to keep an eye on. Book project, Cologne/ D
2010 MMENSE catalog. Drawings by Nelleke Beltjens. Text by Peter Lodermeyer and Jonathon Keats
SILENCE IN ABUNDANCE works from Hadi Tabatabai and Nelleke Beltjens
2009 Personal Structures: Time-Space-Existence. Book. pag.298-301
2008 ART Das Kunstmagazin. RADAR. (10/27/2008)
2006 SCULPTURE Magazine article by Peter Lodermeyer. July/Aug Pag.52-59
2003 Personal Structures (book#1). Published in Dutch, German, and English