Lillian M Vlaun

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Disciplines: Beeldhouwer, Installatiekunstenaar, Vormgever

Omschrijving werk

I have always been fascinated by the “unrecognisable” and how us humans are wired to immediately try to familiarise whatever fails our knowledge. What one perceives is highly influenced by ones own experiences. This causes people to have different interpretations for the same “subject”. I have always found my self attracted to ambiguous shapes and intrigued as to how others perceive them. Along side my fascination for ambiguous forms I have always had a fetish for textures. Since I started with my practice I have discovered that these two are strongly intertwined. When trying to comprehend or recognise an object the first thing that I see is its surface, its texture, its “skin” as I would call it. I find “skin” to be a fascinating concept. It is the first tool that helps you apprehend what you're seeing, yet it also has the power to conceal so much of its reality. Nature is one of my biggest muses possessing an endless source of textures and shapes. Concepts like artificiality and the manipulation of nature by man are always present in the back of my mind. Experimenting/discovering my own methods to deal with material and space, my projects often find them selves in some way dependent of the space they're inhabiting. My practice is about creating trough intuition, being present with the material. Creating a dialog between us and allowing both to have an equal role in the making. There is a lot of energy and playfulness I put into my work while figuring out techniques, combining material and colour. This playfulness and/or humour often reflects in the final piece. My practice involves a lot of trial and error which is a useful technic since most of my errors turn into victories for new projects. My sculptures and/or installations are usually large and more then often take unrecognisable/biomorphic shapes open to the viewer to create their own narrative. I use materials in such ways that baffles the viewer,using textures to create different impressions.

Werk

concretion location 5
Titel concretion location 5
Jaartal 2016
Omschrijving A concretion is a hard solid mass formed by the local accumulation of matter. This is a picture of me dealing with the obstacle in the hall way.
Techniek mixed materials
Formaat 190 x 100 x 110 cm
12º32’19.7”N 70º3’47.5”W
Titel 12º32’19.7”N 70º3’47.5”W
Jaartal 2016
Omschrijving 12o32’19.7”N 70o3’47.5”W is an installation inspired by the finding of a man placed rock underneath the sand on beach back home in Aruba. My excitement of having discovered a quite unusual pink rock took a drastic change in to disappointment when I found out it was placed their to prevent beach erosion. This ”downplay” of the event or ‘slap in the face’ as I would call it is the feeling I want to evoke with the installation. Playing with artificiality and man-made structures I scrutinise the tension between culture and nature.
Techniek mixed materials
Formaat 100 x 200 x 200 cm
12º32’19.7”N 70º3’47.5”W
Titel 12º32’19.7”N 70º3’47.5”W
Jaartal 2016
Omschrijving 12o32’19.7”N 70o3’47.5”W is an installation inspired by the finding of a man placed rock underneath the sand on beach back home in Aruba. My excitement of having discovered a quite unusual pink rock took a drastic change in to disappointment when I found out it was placed their to prevent beach erosion. This ”downplay” of the event or ‘slap in the face’ as I would call it is the feeling I want to evoke with the installation. Playing with artificiality and man-made structures I scrutinise the tension between culture and nature.
Techniek mixed materials
Formaat 195 x 100 cm
12º32’19.7”N 70º3’47.5”W
Titel 12º32’19.7”N 70º3’47.5”W
Jaartal 2016
Omschrijving 12o32’19.7”N 70o3’47.5”W is an installation inspired by the finding of a man placed rock underneath the sand on beach back home in Aruba. My excitement of having discovered a quite unusual pink rock took a drastic change in to disappointment when I found out it was placed their to prevent beach erosion. This ”downplay” of the event or ‘slap in the face’ as I would call it is the feeling I want to evoke with the installation. Playing with artificiality and man-made structures I scrutinise the tension between culture and nature.
Techniek mixed materials
Formaat 200 x 150 x 230 cm
unstable grounds
Titel unstable grounds
Jaartal 2015
Omschrijving Unstable Grounds is a series of sculptures made while on residency in Gelsenkirchen Germany. The residency was commissioned by Urbane Kunste Ruhr, its theme was mobility and the Ruhr area. This old industry area ones used to be one of the biggest sources of coal for this part of Europe. Now most of the coal mines are left as heritage sites. During the trip I discovered that due to all the mining back in the day the area literally has unstable grounds, with huge craters beneath the earth and hills made from waste. That is how my unstable grounds sculptures came to be. Clusters supporting and connecting each other, representing not only the grounds of the area but also the connectivity and dependency of the cities with in it.
Techniek mixed materials
Formaat -
Bullhead
Titel Bullhead
Jaartal 2015
Omschrijving Commissioned Bullhead mask made for a performance
Techniek mixed materials
Formaat -
specimen no.1
Titel specimen no.1
Jaartal 2014
Omschrijving In my specimen series I explored topics such as man inflicted mutations, toxic waste and genetic modifications. Realising that not all new technological discoveries are actually successful. That our modern industrial world, to this day, still leaves a big trial of toxic waste behind. That most of our scientific advances often depend on creating or coding the ‘right’ mutation. I created a series of specimens that reflect the very possible outcome of al these mutations and modifications. The specimens, just like real organisms, took unrecognisable alien- like forms. But yet had some resemblances to natural beings, such as their textured skin and tumorous growths.
Techniek mixed materials
Formaat 30 x 45 x 70 cm
specimen no.3
Titel specimen no.3
Jaartal 2015
Omschrijving In my specimen series I explored topics such as man inflicted mutations, toxic waste and genetic modifications. Realising that not all new technological discoveries are actually successful. That our modern industrial world, to this day, still leaves a big trial of toxic waste behind. That most of our scientific advances often depend on creating or coding the ‘right’ mutation. I created a series of specimens that reflect the very possible outcome of al these mutations and modifications. The specimens, just like real organisms, took unrecognisable alien- like forms. But yet had some resemblances to natural beings, such as their textured skin and tumorous growths.
Techniek mixed materials
Formaat 105 x 87 x 164 cm
specimen no.4
Titel specimen no.4
Jaartal 2015
Omschrijving In my specimen series I explored topics such as man inflicted mutations, toxic waste and genetic modifications. Realising that not all new technological discoveries are actually successful. That our modern industrial world, to this day, still leaves a big trial of toxic waste behind. That most of our scientific advances often depend on creating or coding the ‘right’ mutation. I created a series of specimens that reflect the very possible outcome of al these mutations and modifications. The specimens, just like real organisms, took unrecognisable alien- like forms. But yet had some resemblances to natural beings, such as their textured skin and tumorous growths.
Techniek mixed materials
Formaat 220 x 66 x 80 cm
specimen no.5
Titel specimen no.5
Jaartal 2015
Omschrijving In my specimen series I explored topics such as man inflicted mutations, toxic waste and genetic modifications. Realising that not all new technological discoveries are actually successful. That our modern industrial world, to this day, still leaves a big trial of toxic waste behind. That most of our scientific advances often depend on creating or coding the ‘right’ mutation. I created a series of specimens that reflect the very possible outcome of al these mutations and modifications. The specimens, just like real organisms, took unrecognisable alien- like forms. But yet had some resemblances to natural beings, such as their textured skin and tumorous growths.
Techniek mixed materials
Formaat 123 x 70 x 330 cm

Omschrijving werk

I have always been fascinated by the “unrecognisable” and how us humans are wired to immediately try to familiarise whatever fails our knowledge. What one perceives is highly influenced by ones own experiences. This causes people to have different interpretations for the same “subject”. I have always found my self attracted to ambiguous shapes and intrigued as to how others perceive them. Along side my fascination for ambiguous forms I have always had a fetish for textures. Since I started with my practice I have discovered that these two are strongly intertwined. When trying to comprehend or recognise an object the first thing that I see is its surface, its texture, its “skin” as I would call it. I find “skin” to be a fascinating concept. It is the first tool that helps you apprehend what you're seeing, yet it also has the power to conceal so much of its reality. Nature is one of my biggest muses possessing an endless source of textures and shapes. Concepts like artificiality and the manipulation of nature by man are always present in the back of my mind. Experimenting/discovering my own methods to deal with material and space, my projects often find them selves in some way dependent of the space they're inhabiting. My practice is about creating trough intuition, being present with the material. Creating a dialog between us and allowing both to have an equal role in the making. There is a lot of energy and playfulness I put into my work while figuring out techniques, combining material and colour. This playfulness and/or humour often reflects in the final piece. My practice involves a lot of trial and error which is a useful technic since most of my errors turn into victories for new projects. My sculptures and/or installations are usually large and more then often take unrecognisable/biomorphic shapes open to the viewer to create their own narrative. I use materials in such ways that baffles the viewer,using textures to create different impressions.

Persoonsgegevens

Voorletters L.M.
Kunstenaarsnaam/alias Lillian Vlaun
Samenwerkingsverband
Website www.lillianvlaun.com

Opleidingsgegevens

Erkende vakopleiding

Academie / instituut & plaats studierichting / specialisatie periode van / tot diploma
Amsterdam, Gerrit Rietveld Academie Fine arts 2012-2016 J

Overige gegevens

Lid van Beroeps / Kunstenaarsvereniging
Deelnemer van Kunstenaarsinitiatief

Curriculum vitae

Tentoonstellingen

jaartal naam tentoonstellingsruimte korte omschrijving solo / duo / groep
2017 Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen Small expo at the schools library showing the works of two artist of their choice GROEP
2017 Paper Art, CODA museum Apeldoorn Exhibition focussing on artwork made primarily out of paper GROEP
2017 Etalagegalerie Inkijk, Amsterdam Room installation at metrostation Wibautstraat Amsterdam. SOLO
2016 Nieuwe Oogst 2016, Galerie Bart Nijmegen Showing the works of a few selected 2016 graduates GROEP
2016 Nieuwe Oogst 2016, Galerie Bart Amsterdam Showing the works of a few selected 2016 graduates GROEP
2016 Graduation show 2016, Amsterdam Graduation show Gerrit Rietveld Academie GROEP

Internationale uitwisseling

jaartal instelling
2015 Urbane Kunste Rihr, Rietveld Mobility Ruhr project, Gelsenkirchen Germany
2014 Bochumer Strabe Spright, Gelsenkirchen, Germany