Investigating forms of presentation of the Artist’ Book.

The book on the table. /// The closed archives. /// The book in a box. /// The open archives. ///
The book on the shelves. /// The book underfoot. /// The book on the ground.
/// The book in an intimate space. /// The book as installation. /// The book in a working space. ///
The book as an object to walk around. /// The book as a concept for a space.


participant: Marinus van Dijke, artist [# 04].

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From feelings of relationship with the landscape I order the experience which I have had there and that gives a meaning to my being. As a child I was used to play in the countryside of the island Schouwen and as an artist I continue to play with and to portray the element of that specific landscape. In my work water flows,wind blows, plants grow and people and animals move. They all leave their traces behind, memories that are processed and afterwards visualized. It is the discovery of the larger structure and the subtle details that carry the vulnerability of the moment within.

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Since 1996 I have taken a special interest in one dune-valley, which I call 'de Plek' ( the Spot ). I am confronted with a dynamic area, which has both a vulnerable, small-scale and yet at the same time robust and monumental character. Because 'de Plek' goes through so many changes, I became curious to know more about its history and its possible development.

Small-scale movements had important consequences and I have discovered that everything has a clear logical function, which is full of poetry.

For some years I have given special attention to six squares of 'de Plek'. Because I have approached these squares in the same visual way, I have discovered that there are many differences. After concentrating on the details new areas revealed themselves. They are temporality images,changing in a matter of days, sometimes even in hours.

Because I have paid such close attention to these details I begun to observe and to visualize the traces in 'de Plek' in many different ways. My walks and acts have became more and more important. Moreover I have touched in conversation with a slanting elder tree. From 2007 I am also observing the air above the Spot