02.03.24 –– 06.04.24

Madé van Krimpen proudly presents the second edition of the SUPERFAN exhibition. In this edition, we showcase the work of Naré Eloyan, Yuyi John, Bodil Ouédraogo, Eva Roefs, and Sarah De Vos.

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In the exhibition SUPERFAN, artists pay tribute to other artists they are fan of. By using their own medium and styles (from painting and photography to sculpture), they have created their own unique contribution to show respect to their inspirational source. Some artists are inspired by their favorite music and artworks, some by childhood memories from their personal heroes and others by perspective-widening political views. Ultimately, this is an exhibition about artists showing gratitude to another creative mind, appreciation of the legacy they recognize as their artist lineage, and an invitation to inspire people to create more.

Naré Eloyan

"I create art inspired by daily life, often presented in series across different mediums such as paintings, drawings, space, and text to develop my personal style. My work subtly comments on social issues, blending sentiment, and nostalgia. I aim for recognizable shapes, like attractive vases with images and inscriptions. For several years now I have been collecting ceramic vases from markets and thrift stores and recycling them. Recycling pottery is my rebellion, not against grand art, but against the notion that such work can't be high art. Each piece finds a place in everyday culture, engaging in a dialogue to reshape the dominant culture. My art becomes a ritualized part of culture, featuring archetypes alongside a personal, sometimes autobiographical language."

For the SUPERFAN exhibition, Naré presents a combination of drawings and vases associated with musicians and writers, intertwined with everyday elements. One of the pieces, titled ‘Teenage Daydream,’ showcases her perspective.

‘Teenage daydream’ by Naré Eloyan

Inspired by David Bowie’s cut-up method, which involves literally cutting up existing texts to generate new meanings by rearranging the piecesas seen in “Moonage daydream,” and influenced by Beat novelist William S. Burroughs, particularly in “Naked Lunch,” I applied the same technique to create “Teenage daydream” (ladies of the evening). I took pleasure in cutting up my own paintings and writings, rearranging them randomly. Translating this method to the vases, “Teenage daydream” becomes a dance between subject matter and surface beauty."


Sarah De Vos

Sarah De Vos creates paintings, all of which have a classical structure following traditional painting techniques with oil on panel or canvas, yet she always seeks to integrate them into contemporary visual language and culture. She captures a photograph, a snapshot she herself captures. Both technically and thematically, she constructs layers of complexity. She manipulates framing, plays with reflections and contrasts, thereby obstructing a clear, unequivocal view of the painting. Those who view it encounter themselves as spectators within the image. From that image, she has made several cutouts, magnifying details, resulting in a series of works that essentially explore the act of looking and how we have come to think in screens.

Sarah De Vos (1985), born in Brussels, Belgium, resides and operates her studio in Leuven. She graduated from Sint-Lucas Antwerp in 2008 and De Ateliers, Amsterdam from 2009 - 2011.

'No Image' by Sarah De Vos

For Sarah, music is often a common thread when creating paintings. 'No Image' is a painting based on a photo of Lore Steveninck and pays homage to Fenne Kuppens, the powerful frontwoman of Whispering Sons.

Bodil Ouédraogo 

As a multifaceted artist, Bodil Ouédraogo views her work as visual stories that represent uncharted territories, seeking connections between seemingly distant worlds. In her most recent project, she explores this notion by embodying African wooden art from her father's personal collection, Mamadou Ouédraogo.

For SUPERFAN Bodil’s focus shifts towards the concept of collectivism. She is a fervent admirer of Mamadou’s (her father) collective vision.

“Within my father’s collection of West African sculptures, I find this collective presentation. Not one sculpture stands alone on a pedestal, but they are grouped as a collective. I admire the composition and the interaction between the bodies and poses of these sculptures.” She presented the collective work using the glass-made belly of a Baoulé sculpture, as a lens, symbolizing the womb.

Bodil Ouédraogo (1995), a nominee for the Amsterdam Prize for the Arts 2022 in the Stimulus category, stands as a unique voice in Dutch fashion. Graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Fashion Design, she goes beyond traditional fashion design, delving into installations with textiles, music, and dancers that explore questions arising from her bicultural background.

Yuyi John

John Yuyi (1991) is a Taiwanese visual artist based in New York who uses the internet and social media as both the premise and platform for much of her creative work. "I explore themes of the life and moments that I, and other human beings, are living in right now, primarily influenced by social media and the internet.” Her works reflect the emotion and bipolar condition of herself and the feeling of modern society by daily observation and the sensitive feeling of emotion from others. Her most well known medium is temporary tattoos.

“At the Superfan show, I am showcasing artwork from the "Becoming Famous”2020 series. This work is from the second series of the project "Becoming Famous." I did it for the first time back in 2017, I applied temporary tattoos of Lily-Rose Depp and Kylie Jenner's faces on my own, instantly gaining a taste of "fame" by wearing their faces on mine. I was contemplating the concept of fame and the possibility of achieving it, whether it happens overnight or is inherited, especially living in New York or the U.S. There are various facets to fame and its subjects, exploring the power of influence, relevance, and whether it endures or is just a fleeting moment. How many people can handle it? “

“I’ve always admired Rihanna; she's my ultimate goddess in every field. Billie Eilish is just so iconic, representing the introduction of the entire Gen Z wave that officially arrived back then.”

Eva Roefs

After completing her studies at AKV ST. Joost, Eva Roefs (1993) undertook an internship at Volkskrant Magazine, where she spent five years as a photographer and image editor. Shortly before the onset of the pandemic, she resigned from her position to establish herself as an independent photographer. Eva lives in the Trompettersteeg in Amsterdam and is a local. One of her most famous projects goes by the same name, the book Studio Trompettersteeg highlights the residents and workers of the famed tourist attraction.

In the SUPERFAN exhibition Eva shows a mix of portraits from people where she is surrounded by more famous artists. Emphasizing the importance of personal engagement in Roefs' work. 'Whether I know Hockney or Lis from Amsterdam photograph, it is important that I have contact with people.'

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