Kramer, Bastienne


Bastienne Kramer is geboren te Baarn op 6 februari 1961. Zij volgt de Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten St. Joost te Breda van 1980 tot 1986 en doet een vervolgopleiding aan de Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten te Amsterdam van 1987 tot 1989. Bastienne exposeert al in 1986 bij Galerie Kapelhuis te Amersfoort. Vanaf 2006 is Bastienne ook docent aan de Gerrit Rietveld Academie te Amsterdam. Bastienne woont en werkt in Amsterdam

Bastienne is beeldhouwer, keramist en installatiekunstenaar.

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Afbeeldingen: portret Bastienne (bron facebook); portret Bastienne 2012 (bron jss1.blogspot); overzicht soloexpositie 2002 keramiekmuseum Princessehof Leeuwarden (bron website kunstenaar); bandid girl 2002, deel van de installatie in Leeuwarden; familieopstelling 2002-2010 (bron website kunstenaar); Venus of Breda XL, h. 170 cm.


The artist: "I make sculptures, which I exhibit as independent works or as parts of installations. The installations are spaces that I manipulate by adding sub-sections or what you might call “sub-images”. Both objects and spaces are disrupted in their function and meaning. The subjects of the images or installations are clichés, generally taken from popular culture. This may be popular culture in its present-day sense – a fast product like a souvenir – or in the more traditional sense – a crafted low product like a gaudily decorated ceramic dish. In both cases I use the generally sexist and extremely role-confirming meanings and re-insert them into the political framework that has been left unspoken by collective agreement. The ‘fast’ culture is less fast than its image suggests. In reality it is conservative, if not regressive, which it successfully hides under the guise of fast (i.e. modern) techniques of production.
On the other hand, ‘slow’ culture seems conservative, because the technology and production method remain the same for centuries; the process whereby such objects come into existence is therefore romanticised. The target groups for the two kinds of products tend to change or progress over time, because of the low consumption threshold. In my works I exploit the dynamic (or anti-dynamic) way in which popular culture is cherished: I explore the need to conserve the past versus the need for a stylish example of Zeitgeist – for topicality, quick mental leaps. In this sense my working method is like that of Ursachenforschung or root cause analysis: I examine the facts, that is, the ‘objective’ position, in the light of ‘subjective’ circumstances. An image comes into being which will never comply with any one objective truth. So the position I adopt as an artist depends on the margins I allow myself as a cultural entrepreneur, or that I am socially licensed to adopt in cultural politics and cultural strategy" (source website artist).

  • Duits, Thimo te, Keramiek 90, Moderne Keramiek in Nederland, 1990