Maarten Bel

I Think That Way
2014
Yes* no
2016
Don't Worry You Will Die
2016
Cat House
2017
Shark Cabinet
2016

The things that I face in my daily life form the fundaments of my practice. By observing and collecting, I create an archive of potential ideas that represent something bigger; ideas that can be interpreted at different levels of knowledge.

Starting from the archive ideas can take many different forms before I bring them back to society. Drawings, books, performances, workshops, text, the format morphs as it goes through different instalments. My role is that of the bouncer. At every door of an (imaginary) box with specific rules I decide which idea gets in and which doesn’t. Boxes appear in many forms such as Bel’s Kitchen, Cabinets or a Mail Delivery Workshop.

Often the work has a ‘casual’ and humorous approach. I believe the quality of humour is that it offers recognition alongside alienation. By using social interaction, I try to get the spectator out of their safe cocoon and to broaden their perspective on the world.

www.maartenbel.nl
I Think That Way
2014
Yes* no
2016
Don't Worry You Will Die
2016
Cat House
2017
Shark Cabinet
2016