WALDEN AFFAIRS
Presents

FOSFOR
a project by

Gijs Frieling
&
Ad de Jong


November 12 - December 21, 2011
Opening: Saturday, November 12 at 6 pm in Zuidwal 52
Open: Wednesday - Sunday from 1-5 pm,
and by appointment



Friday, 4 November 2011

Dear Joris and Maaike,

How are you keeping? Ad and I were in The Hague during the past weeks to make new murals and to hang epoxy works in a house at the Zuidwal. That is why I am writing this letter: we would like to invite you over to our place on Saturday 12 November. Ad and I have Joost ‘sand Mischa’s place at our disposal for two months, and we were allowed to do whatever we wanted and to invite everyone we know, and also people we don’t know. Their house is called Walden Affairs, which means something like ‘things concerning Walden’, a book by Henry David Thoreau.

You know Ad of course: colours are really the most important thing to him. He creates floating colours: he scatters colours in transparent liquid plastic and spreads this on big cardboard moulds which he has covered with foil. When the plastic has hardened, but is still flexible, he hangs it on the ceilings and walls. Ad’s work looks like a bowl of noodle soup with shiitake, prawns, paksoy, slices of carrot, and bamboo shoots in coconut milk: brown, pink, green, orange, yellow, and opal white; juicy, soft and crispy, rich and fresh at the same time.

You will recognize the house when you arrive: for the front we have made a new roll-down shutter which is open, and inside you see a kind of large shop-window, a platform on which we have put all sorts of things we found , bought or made during the past months. I picture the first floor as Walden Pond, where Hendry David Thoreau built his small house on the shores of the lake. One day he was boating on this lake for a whole afternoon while he was constantly hitting the board with his oar to listen how the echo would sound in different places.

I would really like to paint like the Pompeians: everything and everywhere. They do what they feel like with ease and by completely giving in: big red, yellow or apple green squares in wide black frameworks; a misty bluish green landscape with a goat on a rock; a dancing woman with pinned up hair in a thin dress amid the flowers; a basket with figs, a pile of fish, and a glass jug. And all those colours! Blue cockerels on a sulfur-yellow writing desk against a brick red background. I hardly think of anything in the history of painting which has not been painted before, more beautiful, and carelessly by the Pompeians.

Sajosha has made benches everywhere, and paneling of hay bales and blankets. You can sit and lie down everywhere, which we warmly recommend. Why don’t you bring a good book along, and read it lying on our soft hay bales. Right on top is the musing room: you sit the laps of wise old women and men, and their books are on a table in the middle.

When you are coming, we will have plenty of food and drinks. Sara has made pumpkin soup and baked bread, but we also have all sorts of other things: tea, self-distilled linden blossom gin, sweet pickles, mushrooms from the dunes, and cheese from Brooklyn. We have called this all Fosphor. Phosfor burns at room temperature when it is in contact with air, which we also want to do with our images and paintings.

We hope to see you soon, Sara, Sajosha, Mischa, and Joost.

Ad & Gijs




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