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  • The quote “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free” is taken from the German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Though, almost 200 years old it is still true in the light of mass surveillance of our social activities. But it also addresses our need to capture every moment, share everything and take selfies, without thinking and reflecting.

    Details:
    • silk screen print with hand-written quote (acryl) on 200 g/sm paper
    • 30 x 42 cm
    • limited edition of 50 copies; signed and numbered
  • A little child is painting a bright rainbow reminding us that everybody needs one.

    Details:
    • silk screen print with  hand-coloured rainbow (acryl) on 220 g/sm paper
    • 29 x 21 cm
    • limited edition of 45 copies; signed and numbered
  • ‘Terrorists’ plays with the propaganda of the word and addresses the loss of personal freedom. Every foreign citizen traveling on transit through the US has to provide a fingerprint scan. ‘Terrorists’ shows fingerprints with the faces of Nelson Mandela, Osama Bin Laden and an unknown individual with the word ‘Terrorist’ written underneath. To name someone a terrorist is very subjective. For most people, Mandela was a legend, a fighter for the ANC, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and President of South Africa, however, for the apartheid regime he most certainly was a terrorist who got locked up for decades. For the western world Bin Laden was a terrorist but for others he was not. In Central America one could buy T-Shirts with his face, these people were not Islamists but appreciated anyone who had ‘pissed-off’ the US. The borders between ‘good’ and ‘evil’ are not clear and introducing a fingerprint scan might label an average man a terrorist.

    Details:
    • silk screen print  on Hanhnemuehle Nostalgie paper 190 g/sm paper
    • 30 x 42 cm
    • limited edition of 33 copies; signed and numbered
  • The motive shows the Ferryman that carries the souls across the river Styx. Currently, he has been employed by the EU to receive the many refugees still dying in the Mediterranean trying to reach paradise. Details:
    • silk screen print with hand-coloured water (acryl) on 220g/sm paper
    • 29 x 21 cm
    • 50 copies, signed and numbered
  • The work addresses the spending spree of the US government on anything military related. In 2015 the government spent almost 600 billion US$ on Military. That is 54 % of all federal discretionary spending, compared to 3 % on social security, 3 % on science, 6 % on health and 6 % on education (National Priorities Project). At the same time, the national debt has exceeded 18 Trillion dollars in 2015 (Forbes). In the painting, a poor Uncle Sam is sitting on the world making little fighter jets looking like an old man feeding pigeons.

    Details:
    • silk screen print with hand-coloured globe (acryl) on 220 g/sm paper
    • 29 x 21 cm
    • limited edition of 50 copies; signed and numbered
  • The motive is a reaction to the many photos on facebook of starving children, mistreated animals, catastrophes etc. For some reason they receive many 'likes' even though there is nothing to like nor do these help or change anything. So, here is a starving kid sitting on a big pile of 'likes' trying to eat one.

    Details:
    • silk screen print on 220 g/sm paper
    • 29 x 21 cm
    • limited edition of 50 copies; signed and numbered
  • A little girl is inspecting the world using a stethoscope, looking at the observer as if she wants to ask: “don’t you hear it??” Kids always listen to the world, but the grown-ups become deaf and tell the kids to “be realistic”. This print is for your inner child and for all those that can hear the earth screaming.

    Details:
    • silk screen print and hand-coloured globe on 220 g/sm paper
    • 29 x 21 cm
    • limited edition of 50 copies; signed and numbered
  • A halftone print gives you the illusion of looking at a grey-and-white picture, even though the picture is made only of black dots (much like the photos in old newspapers). With increased distance our eyes merge these differences into shades of grey.

    The quote “I think we are all blind. We are blind people that can see but that do not look” is taken from Jose Saramago’s novel ‘Blindness’. Even though we might see other people, the problems, suffering and destruction, we often fail to perceive them. Just like a halftone, you have to look closely in order to see its core and not just shades.

    Details:
    • silk screen print on 220 g/sm paper
    • 29 x 21 cm
    • limited edition of 50 copies; signed and numbered
  • The icon for the disciples of Apple, iPod, iPad, iPhone and so on. Every time a new version is launched the disciples are waiting in front of the store as if the messiah is returning. Steve Jobs was a hippie and Buddhist or a capitalistic sociopath? A laughing Buddha with a halo made out of apples? No problem for people who treat this company like a religion. Steve Jobs would be proud.

    Details:
    • silk screen print on 160 g/sm paper
    • 29 x 21 cm
    • limited edition of 50 copies; signed and numbered
  • A little kid is pushing a car with a mounted gunner. ‘Playtime’ addresses the response of world leaders following events such as 9/11 or more recently in Paris, the downing of a Russian airplane at the Turkish border etc. Quickly, war is declared, planes deployed and it begins again. It feels like a little kid is over-reacting and without thinking, strikes. In this case the little kids are prime ministers or presidents who should know better. Who should sit down and think instead of sending their armies abroad.

    Details:
    • silk screen print on 160 g/sqm (green)  and 220 g/sqm (white) paper
    • 29 x 21 cm
    • limited edition of 50 copies; signed and numbered
  • The degrees of separation describe the closeness of people. Every person someone knows personally, equals 1 degree. The friend of a friend is two degrees away. In today’s interconnected world the maximal distance of everyone on the planet with everyone else is a maximum of 6 degrees, be it via friends, acquaintances, family etc. The theory is based on Stanley Milgram’s small world phenomenon describing social networks.

    This work describes the degrees of separation between George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden. Taking into account the huge social networking both of them conducted it is more likely that there were far less than 6 degrees apart, much more like the friend of a friend….

    Details:

    • silk screen print on 160 g/sm paper
    • 29 x 21 cm
    • limited edition of 50 copies; signed and numbered
  • … when your ipod only has 1 GB. Taking into perspective what really matters in our lives is sometimes hard to see. When you are surrounded by wealth one quickly forgets that big parts of the world are not that lucky, that there might be more important things than the choice of for example the music-playing device. This work does not describe a “first-world” problem. It also reflects on what people consider important, spending money on crap instead of taking care of themselves.

    Details:
    • silk screen print on 160 g/sqm paper
    • 29 x 21 cm
    • limited edition of 50 copies; signed and numbered
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