• Cigarettes & Cookies
  • Robbert Weide, Bernice Nauta, Charline Tyberghein, Machteld Rullens
    14 March – 18 April 2020
  • Press release

    Bernice Nauta (1991) lives and works in The Hague. Her work ranges from sculpture, painting, installation, drawing, performance, writing, shorts films, and music, which plays in the overlap between fact and fiction. Nauta interweaves facts, notes, and quotes from daily life with aspects of fiction and imagination to form a fact-less autobiography. She questions the structure of a single identity or author by approaching it as a parafiction. Her role as a polyphonic author is inspired by the flexible, adaptive, and mimicking mind of the trickster. Occurring in myths and classical stories, the trickster’s mentality is embodied in different ways: gods, spirits, humans and/or anthropomorphic beings. The trickster is a contradictory and dynamic figure who, through tricks, blurs boundaries, dualities and disrupts people’s opinions. In the iconography of the trickster, Nauta finds a character that transgresses and presents itself as an essential part of human imagination and creative intelligence.

    Bernice Nauta studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. Solo exhibitions include ‘Im Wald’, CAR DRDE, Bologna, ‘Hello Echo’, 1646, The Hague; Poppositions 2018, Jose de la Fuente, Brussels; ‘La Nariz’, El faro de Cabo Mayor, Santander; ‘Imaginary Studio’, Ondertussen, Stroom Den Haag; ‘Ach ja’, Billytown, Den Haag; ‘Inside hive’, Cultuur Centrum Strombeek, Brussels. Her work has been shown in several group exhibitions, such as Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam; A Tale Of A Tub, Rotterdam; Faux Amix, Antwerp; Galerie Rianne Groen, Rotterdam; Assembly Point, London; ABC Klubhuis, Antwerp; Squash Editions, Mexico City. Nauta is part of the artist-run gallery Billytown in The Hague, where her work was shown in numerous exhibitions.

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    Machteld Rullens (1988) lives and works in The Hague. Rullens works with sculptural elements that have a strong link with painting but are rarely applied with a brush. Her works originate from her interest in architecture, communication, and composition in relation to the human body. Rullens started painting on cardboard boxes when she ordered art supplies for the studio and noticed that the boxes could be tackled in a far more aggressive and impulse way than for example a blanc canvas. She shapes, paints, and rearranges the cardboard boxes, relating them to elements of play, composition, and architecture. Something fragile, like a cardboard box, turns into something sturdy and bold.

    Machteld Rullens studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. Her work has been shown in several solo and group exhibitions, such as ‘A room of one’s own’ and ‘The latest’ at Galerie Rianne Groen, Rotterdam; ‘Mobile Homes’, Künstlerhaus Otto 1, Eckernförde; Prospects & Concepts, Art Rotterdam; ‘Like water in water’, De School, Amsterdam. In 2019, Rullens received for the Royal Award for Modern Painting. This year, she will be a resident at Thread in Senegal, awarded by the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.

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    Charline Tyberghein (1993) lives and works in Antwerp. ​In Tyberghein’s work, we find highly simplified objects reduced to symbols and pictograms which are then inflated to reach the maximum potential of readability. Banal objects and universalized, impersonal symbols, typically enabling a straightforward interpretation, are claimed as the artist’s own to translate her most personal experiences, turning them into a new, parallel language. The symbols become the characters in a seemingly impenetrable story. Some of these symbols are repeated over and over while their meaning morphs throughout the different stories showing us that above all context and interrelationship seems to be the key narrators. Tyberghein purposely leaves room for multiple imaginations and plays an inviting game with the audience through her articulate and subtle but mesmerising use of colours and an implicit sense of humour.

    Charline Tyberghein studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. After graduating in 2018, she won the KoMASK Masters Salon Painting Award, which saddled her with the title “Europe’s best young painter” for a year. Solo exhibitions include ‘One Trick Phony, Next Door’, Keteleer Gallery, Antwerp; ‘Soft News’, Beursschouwburg, Brussels; ‘born to be mild’, Gallery Sofie Van de Velde, Antwerp. Group exhibitions include presentations at; Plus One Gallery, Antwerp; NICC, Antwerp, Shophouse JayJay, Antwerp; ABC Klubuis, Antwerp, Base-Alpha, Antwerp; Souterrain, Antwerp.

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    Robbert Weide (1975) lives and works in Amstelveen. Through his objects, Weide creates situations in which something is about to happen. His installations are preludes to a sensation – the viewer is waiting for a conclusion or solution, but it fails to happen. Weide looks for ways to present a finalized work with an unfinished character. He derives the most pleasure from the production process, that gives rise to unexpected turns or thoughts. For him, this creates freedom. Consequently, the end result often deviates from his initial plan. The visibility of the production process stresses the suspense of the lacking denouement.

    Robbert Weide studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. His work has been shown in several solo and group exhibitions, such as ‘Interface’, Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam; ‘Gerrit Turns 50, Willem only 28’, jubileum exhibition of Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam; ‘Fight, Flight And Keeping Up Apperances’, Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam; ‘7e Amstelveen Triennale’; CoBrA Museum, Amstelveen; ‘Rolling Snowball/8’, Xiamen, China; “/|\”, W139, Amsterdam; ‘Rolling Snowball/7’, Iceland; ‘Back in 5 minutes’, Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam; ‘All Together Now’, Creating product, Rotterdam; ‘Paradise Shift’, Punt WG, Amsterdam; ‘Flexible Frameworks’, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam; Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, Diepenheim; KunstrouteBeemster, Beemster; ‘Les règles du Jeu’, Nieuwe Vide, Haarlem. His work is currently on view in the group exhibition ‘Other.Worldly’ at the Fries Museum, Leeuwarden.

    Installation view: Cigarettes & Cookies. Charline Tyberghein, waterworks and floodlights, 2020. Photo: Lonneke van der Palen

    Installation view: Cigarettes & Cookies. Photo: Lonneke van der Palen

    Installation view: Cigarettes & Cookies. From left to right: Charline Tyberghein, back to square one, 2020. Bernice Nauta, If it is true that I am someone, I want to become Spiderman, 2020. Bernice Nauta, Infinite luck, 2019.
    Photo: Lonneke van der Palen

    Installation view: Cigarettes & Cookies. Robbert Weide, Untitled, 2020. Photo: Lonneke van der Palen

    Installation view: Cigarettes & Cookies. Photo: Lonneke van der Palen

    Installation view: Cigarettes & Cookies. From left to right: Charline Tyberghein, waterworks and floodlights, 2020. Machteld Rullens, Blue Times 2 (boxes), 2020. Robbert Weide, Cream crackers: where to start, 2020.
    Photo: Lonneke van der Palen

    Installation view: Cigarettes & Cookies. Robbert Weide, Cream crackers: where to start, 2020. Photo: Lonneke van der Palen

    Installation view: Cigarettes & Cookies. Bernice Nauta, Human things human thing, 2020. Photo: Lonneke van der Palen

    Installation view: Cigarettes & Cookies. Charline Tyberghein, back to square one, 2020. Photo: Lonneke van der Palen

    Installation view: Cigarettes & Cookies. Photo: Lonneke van der Palen

    Installation view: Cigarettes & Cookies. Bernice Nauta, If it is true that I am someone, I want to be a cigarette, 2020. Photo: Lonneke van der Palen

    Installation view: Cigarettes & Cookies. Photo: Lonneke van der Palen

    Installation view: Cigarettes & Cookies. Bernice Nauta, Two failed paintings, 2017. Photo: Lonneke van der Palen

    Installation view: Cigarettes & Cookies. Robbert Weide, Untitled, 2020. Photo: Lonneke van der Palen

    Installation view: Cigarettes & Cookies. Photo: Lonneke van der Palen