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behind the scenes


By behind the scenes

Started by getting to know the team
Getting to know the content
Ben flying to LA
Deeper into the heritage
Different ideas emerging
Until it kicks in
well known
More doubt,
better laugh at it a bit
‘This is not going to be good’
Nearly crying
An fortunate inbetween presentation
Less doubt, for a moment
The clock is starting to tick harder
Looking for that ‘invention’
For the ‘thing’
The ‘it’
The feeling of ‘yes’
Knowing when to wait
Knowing when to sit
Knowing when to push through
Until time disappears
Until all falls into place
Last days of details
Not seeing the words for the letters,
or the letters for the words.

It’s now off to the printers.

A book filled with business wisdom
by Errol Gerson
Ideated by Iain Thackrah / 3point175
Photography by Ifsobczwhy
Edited by Molly Gould
Proofread by Melanie Cotton
Printed by Wilco Artbooks
Photo / Ifsobczwhy


By behind the scenes

At the end of the avenue
Where a squirrel stands on the chimney
There is that wonderful place that is the heritage of Herman van Veen
A world of image and imagination
Theatre and art
For decades a world I may be part of

What do you do when life falls apart
Where do you hold on to
I turned
That great first love
A carefree childhood
The most beautiful words she wrote to me
And he bringing a newspaper every day

Layer by layer
To the core
Until there’s a fit
Until what’s personal becomes universal
Often my mind wandered to him
He who died way too young
Who thaught me how to see better
Always challenged me to think better
And that details matter

I learned about the fall
That it’s not forever
That there can be a sudden new fling
Arms when life is at its coldest
Just a sigh of summer
A sign of hope
That tears dry
And courage is found again

‘Still have all my fingers’
Those words I held on to
Words that became images
That I wove together with memories into a story

That sweet summer evening
That I was given the gift to be in her home and city
Of such a like-minded soul
There was that unexpected challenging invitation
A beginning that led to the exhibition of
Now on display, till January the 31st 2023 at the Kapschuur Gallery
Herman van Veen Arts Center

Graphic Poetry / Akkie Bosje
Words / Herman van Veen
Opening hours 11 – 17
Every day, besides Sunday
15 October 2022 until 31 January 2023

Dearest Herman van Veen thank you for the words. And the adventure you took me on long ago, with your enchanting voice and mind. Always different. Always at home.

Thank you Puck Füsers, who’s poem I was allowed to use for one of the artworks. She who articulated the darkest dark I knew so beautifully.

Dear Ingrid Verbraeken thank you for your care, your style, class and lots of laughter. Such a gift working with you. Infinite thanks for seeing me.

Thanks to my dearest son, all the dear friends and family. Everything would have been different without you.

Photo Ingrid Verbraeken

back to basics

By behind the scenes

A little fun project on show today. I’ve gladly participated in a print-workshop ‘so you think you can print’ initiated by nieuweklasse*. It was a bit of trip down memorylane but it sure was a nice interruption of all the web-oriëntated work of today’s life. It’s always kind of great to work with the real colourstuff. And last but not least it was an excellent opportunity to give ‘life’ to my first hero.

let’s go

By behind the scenes

Hi, welcome in my space, my world. Thought this poem suits this first step really well. A diary of a journey along my work; my thinking; my heroes – with their inspiration and wisdom; found footage – from the web and my memory box; some musings and a lot of joie de vivre. Have fun here!

Lets go travel together,
travel you and me,
me and you,
your hand in my hand,
our toes at a nice row,
feet abreast,
Are you coming?
One step and we are on our way.

Or are you
not allowed so far from home?
Well, then we ask
the journey to come to us.
Hand in hand,
we go to every land
even to the sun
– we travel in our dreams
from ‘Op reis’ by Sjoerd Kuyper