Fransje Killaars

  Non Stop - Stichting De Appel, Amsterdam
Installation Massachusetts, Mass MoCA, 2007
Different cloth materials.

Amsterdam-based textile artist Fransje Killaars will create a new large-scale installation for MASS MoCA’s Hunter Gallery which serves both as a viewing space and a functional lobby for the museum’s Hunter Theater. This will be the first US museum exhibition for the award-winning artist whose work has been showcased throughout Holland and Europe. Trained as a painter at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam, Killaars has been working with textiles since the 1990s. Inspired by many extended visits to India and the vibrant colors and materials used there in everyday life, the artist creates vivid, textured environments in fabric that blur the aesthetic and the functional. Re-thinking how color and space shape our experience and psychology, the artist has created bedspreads, wall hangings, and free-standing installations that merge painting, design and architecture. While working in the tradition of Mark Rothko, Ellsworth Kelly, and Sol LeWitt (who Killaars has assisted since 1984), the artist blurs the boundaries between art and craft, re-conceptualizing beds, carpets, curtains, and hammocks to create unique spaces for contemplation and meditation.

About Fransje Killaars
Fransje Killaars lives and works in Amsterdam. The artist is known for her site specific installations which are characterized by their vivid colors and rich textures. “I try to make an image which you cannot describe and which gives a new experience and meaning to the given space,” that artist has said of her work.
Trained as a painter at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, Killaars has been working with textiles since the 1990s. Inspired by many extended visits to India, and the vibrant colors and materials used there in everyday life, the artist creates stunning, textured environments in fabric that blur the aesthetic and the functional. Re-thinking how color and space shape our experience and psychology, the artist has created bedspreads, wall hangings, and free-standing installations that merge painting, design and architecture.

(All photo’s: Courtesy of Gallery De Expeditie)
  www.fransjekillaars.com
www.de-expeditie.com
  Location
MASS MoCA,
Hunter Gallery

Date
15 June 2007 – December 2008
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