Bai Bin & Where Air Meets Water
After a 5 year stay on the island visual artist Mimi van Bindsbergen is returning to The Netherlands. Before saying goodbye to Curaçao, Mimi is exhibiting at Mon Art Gallery. Mimi is not sure if or when she will be back again, but the title of this last exhibition already anticipates her return: Bai Bin, Leave and Return.
Her paintings in the exhibition tell the story of the past 5 years that Mimi spent in Curaçao. Earth colors are dominant in the older paintings because at first Mimi was mainly exploring the landscape. But at a certain point she started painting the sea. In the end Mimi was painting under water, wearing full diving gear. She marveled at the different layers she experienced when looking up or down while diving. Even the water-surface, where air and water meet, turned out to be a separate layer. This discovery led to another experiment where Mimi began adding a plexiglass layer in front of the canvas. The plexiglass was also treated with paint and thus incorporated in the art piece.
Where Air Meets Water
During Mimi’s explorations under water she was accompanied by artist Tanya Haynes. Together they worked above and beneath the water surface. The art pieces made through this collaboration are also exhibited. This part of the exhibition carries the title Where air meets water. Tanya Haynes has a preference for plastic or plexiglass, instead of canvas, for her under water paintings. When hung in front of the window daylight falls through the image.
Bai Bin / Where Air Meets Water
opens on Saturday May 18, 2013. The Gallery will be open from 10 AM till 7 PM.
On opening day Mimi van Bindsbergen and Tanya Haynes will be present from 11 AM till 4 PM.
Mon Art Gallery
The Renaissance Rif Fort
Mimi is also participating in the ‘Artist Studio’-project by Mon Art Gallery in The Renaissance Rif Fort. Together with visual artist Ria Houwen she will be working for 2 weeks in a temporary studio in one of the old vaults of the fort, located accross the gallery. Click here for more information.
Text and photographs by Josée Thissen-Rojer.