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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

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

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

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


GROUP SHOWS (selection)

2018Walking the Line VIII, Galerie Martin Kudlek, Cologne / D
2017Group 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 / USA
2016 Kunstraum, New York City / USA
Kulturbunker Köln-Mülheim, Cologne / D
Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California / USA
Group show, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne / D
2015 Group show, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne / D
2014Between The Lines, Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke / B
2013 Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne / D
Project 3×3, National Gallery of Bangkok / THA
2012RE/PRO/DUCING COMPLEXITY, Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach / D
Rethinking Reality, Kuckei +Kuckei, Berlin / D
Look both ways, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco / USA
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 / USA
Group show, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne / D
2010Two persons show, with Hadi Tabatabai, Inde/Jacobs, Marfa, Texas / USA
Group show, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne / D
2009 Black and White, Hosfelt Gallery, New York / USA
Group show, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne/ D
2008RE/PRO/DUCING COMPLEXITY, Helen E. Copeland Gallery, Bozeman, MT /USA
Group show, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne / D
Crossing Boarders, bkhf Gallery, Miami / USA
JudiBlock. Sacramento / USA
Mark, Block. Sacramento / USA
2007Personal Structures, Galerie Hafenrichter&Flugel, Nuremberg/ D
Distinctions in drawing, 1078 Gallery, Chico, California / USA
Personal Structures, Art et Amicitiae, Amsterdam / NL
2006Arti Capelli, s’Hertogenbosch / NL
Schwarzweiss als Farbe, Galerie Lausberg, Düsseldorf / D
Delineation, Hosfelt Gallery NY, New York / USA
Galerie Goldener Engl. Hall near Innsbruck / A
Group show, Hosfelt Gallery NY, New York/ USA
Lucas Feichtner Galerie, Vienna / A
2005 Group showStedelijk Museum, Roermond / NL
Personal Structures, Auden Galerie, Bad Homburg / D
Group show, Krijger en Katwijk, Amsterdam / NL
2004Personal structures, Ludwig Museum Koblenz / D
Arti Capelli, ‘s-Hertogenbosc h/ NL
The world becomes a private world, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA / USA
2002Contemporary Sculptures, 505 Montgomery. San Francisco, CA / USA
Comers and up, Jay Jay Gallery, Sacramento, CA / USA
2000 Bay Area Student Sculpture Biennial, San Francisco, CA / USA
19981998: New Artist in Chicago, Terra Museum, Chicago / USA
tidbit Gallery. Portland, Oregon. Two person show. Amsterdam / NL
1997Norris Gallery, St.Charles, Illinois / USA
Skuggi Gallery. Rockford, Illinois / US
Ars Nova, Olsen Gallery, DeKalb, Illinois / USA


RESIDENCIES & AWARDS

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


PUBLICATIONS

2017CROSSING THE DATELINE. Catalog of the group show at 9th floor, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
2014NELLEKE BELTJENS. IT IS NOT HOW I THOUGHT. Catalog, text by Rollin Beamish
2012Catalog: Re/Pro/Ducing Complexity. Project publication with Nelleke Beltjens, Hedwig Brouckaert, Jorinde Voigt
2011RISING-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
2009Personal Structures: Time-Space-Existence. Book. pag.298-301
2008 ART Das Kunstmagazin. RADAR. (10/27/2008)
2006SCULPTURE Magazine article by Peter Lodermeyer. July/Aug Pag.52-59
2003Personal Structures (book#1). Published in Dutch, German, and English

Nelleke Beltjens
Nelleke Beltjens, it happens#11 (NB/P 1), 2016, ink pen on paper, watercolor, reinserted cut-outs, 58 cm x 76 cm

Nelleke Beltjens
it happens#12 (NB/P 2), 2016, ink pen on paper, watercolor, reinserted cut-outs, 58 cm x 76 cm

Nelleke Beltjens
it happens#13 (NB/P 3) , 2016, ink pen on paper, watercolor, reinserted cut-outs, 58 cm x 76 cm

Nelleke Beltjens
it happens#15 (NB/P 4) , 2017, ink pen on paper, watercolor, reinserted cut-outs, 58 cm x 76 cm

Nelleke Beltjens
irresistible non-solution#15 (NB/P 5), 2013, Ink Pen on Paper, canvas tape, reinserted cut-outs, 162 cm x 244 cm