Tim Breukers (Tilburg, 1985) comes from an artistic family: his mother is a painter, his father a musician, and his sister is studying at the Academy. After his schooling in Tilburg and the Academy in The Hague, he followed further training at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. And now, in the Natura 2017 exhibition in Bredelar Abbey, he is focusing on the work of sculptor Sjoerd Buisman.
He calls his installation "The sculptures of Sjoerd Buisman in the life of Tim Breukers". This will only fully take shape in the week before the opening on the 19th of August, 2017. With this work, he wants to make literal reference to the important places in his life that have influenced his art. These are, amongst other places, the main station in Tilburg, the Academy in Amsterdam, the ceramics workshop in Eindhoven and the artists’ residence in Seoul, Korea.
The key question for Tim is: what do you do with sculptures? In other words, what is their meaning and how do you deal with that? ‘If you are looking for an answer to that question, it is probably best to take the sculpture out of its original context and put it in a new environment’, he says.
He is now playing with the idea of making references to the work of Sjoerd Buisman in models of these important places. In that way, they will find a true place in his life and in the development that he goes through as an artist.
The past and present, inseparably intertwined. On the one hand, the sculptures of Sjoerd Buisman are shown in a new light because they are in a different context, and on the other hand the memories of Tim Breukers get a new accent by being supplemented with the ambience of Sjoerd’s sculptures.
The following statement, which Tim made while working with clay, shows a true affinity with the work of Sjoerd:
"The material is the starting point and not the form; you don't try to force the material to take a form. My father is always improvising on his accordion, and that is the reality for me. I want to be able to change during the working process."
Tim also rarely makes single sculptures. He doesn't think that fits the modern age. His works show more of a feel for improvisation and jazz, often enhanced with modern materials like construction timber and plastic. Messy at first glance, but sensitive and meaningful on closer inspection.
We will only know how surprising his installation is at the opening of the exhibition in August. His previous 'Tribuut aan Julian Coco', two months ago in the Hotel Maria Kapel in Hoorn, was a striking visual spectacle. We're curious as to what horizon Tim will be carried to by the encounter with the works of Sjoerd Buisman and Arian de Vette, in the new surroundings of the monastery in Bredelar.
The works of Tim Breukers
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