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EXHIBITION | Desire Paths by Danielle Hoogendoorn
9 – 26 june, 2021
Open from Wed to Sat: 12:00 – 20:00
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“Every time upon all the time there were lines to follow, cross, and to draw…”

In the work of Danielle Hoogendoorn, animals and stories revolving around animals play a dominant role. Whether appearing in their natural habitat or by taking the place of humans in stories invented by the artist, the animals are the protagonists in Hoogendoorn’s ongoing fairy tale. For ‘Desire Paths’ Hoogendoorn presents new paintings and ceramics, along with a mural and a series of charcoal drawings created in dialogue with writer Tommy Ventevogel, who wrote a fairy tale story with the same title, for the occasion.
Bringing the characters and scenery from Ventevogel’s story come alive through her work, Hoogendoorn’s work provides a space to enter and discover.

This exhibition is part of ‘Once Upon a Time…’, the second collaborative program of Roodkapje’s Hamburger Communities of Live and Art.

Danielle Hoogendoorn works impulsively and associative, and so is her use of materials. Based on her experiences, she tells her stories portrayed by her favourite animals. Animals play and important role in her life and work. They are a means to see how far she can go before the border between art and kitsch is crossed. Even though Daniëlle’s work appears sweet and girly at first sight, things are not always as peaceful as they seem. Through her direct approach she tries to take the formal character of painting and the museum’s white wall out of account, looking to redefine these existing conventions with banality and humour.

This is the second collaborative program of Roodkapje’s Hamburger Communities of Art and Live. ‘Once Upon a Time…’ takes the wonderful world of HCA-artist Danielle Hoogendoorn as point of departure. As Hoogendoorn creates paintings and sculpture in which animals take the lead, magical, absurd and real scenario’s intertwine. They are fairy tales in themselves, both in narrative construction and aesthetics, balancing on the boundaries of art, kitsch, and dark humour. Focussed on the fairy tale, both in its historical and contemporary appearance, Once Upon a Time… provides a range of events going deeper into human-animal relationships, (non-linear) storytelling, and laying bare structures of transformation, imagination and wonder.

The Hamburger Community programs of Roodkapje provide two yearlong development trajectories for five young, talent artists (Art), and five aspiring event programmers (Live). Throughout the year both the Hamburger Community of Art and Live collectively work towards five interdisciplinary programmes build around the work and research of the individual Hamburger Community artists.
During their stay at Roodkapje the artists and residents will receive guidance and support from professionals from their respective fields, and through an in-depth trajectory that is aimed at further developing their professional skills and positions.

Roodkapje’s Hamburger Community of Art was made possible with the kind support of Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht, Stichting Ondernemersbelangen Rotterdam, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Fleur Groenendijk Foundation, Pieter Bastiaan Stichting, and the Gemeente Rotterdam.