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Hendrik Arie Baartman

Description        

Hendrik Arie Baartman transforms basic shapes and colors into powerful compositions that depict light, shape, power, and mechanized form. His forms are elemental and mystical. In addition, he uses negative space poignantly to show the absence of form and light. The work depicts environments that allude to feelings or mental states. "The common element", he says, "is perhaps a longing for nature that is absent in huge cities."

Profile and Credentials        

Hendrik Arie Baartman 1973-2004

1973
Gallery 111 Groningen Netherlands.
Gallery Columbus Groningen Netherlands.
Gallery 4th Dimension St.Niklaas Belgium.
Gallery Rheim Dusseldorf Germany.
Gallery Mangelgang Groningen Netherlands.
Gallery dárt contemporain Paris, France.
Gallery Geometrics, Turin, Italy.

1974
Museum of Zeeland Middelburg Netherlands.
Gallery The Meathall Middelburg Netherlands.
Art from Zeeland Rotterdam Netherlands.
Gallery Plan Knokke Belgium.
Gallery Muhlen Gutersloh Germany.
Gallery Min. of Planning Den Haag Netherlands.
Bree Art Gallery Middelburg Netherlands.
Gallery Diogenes, Bielefeld, Germany.

1975
Culture Center of Zeeland Middelburg Netherlands.
Gallery De Witte Voet Amsterdam Netherlands.
Gallery Plan with Vasarely Knokke Belgium.
Gallery Min. of Culture Den Haag Netherlands.
WorldArt Center BreeArt Middelburg Netherlands.
Traveling Exhibition Province of Zeeland Netherlands.
Gallery Culture center, Hasselt, Belgium.

1976
Fifth British International Print Biennale Bradford England.
International Print Biennale Krakow Polonia.
Townhall Hengelo Netherlands.
World exhibition of Drawings New York U.S.A
Townhall Gallery Emmeloord Netherlands.
Gallery Langhuis Zwolle Netherlands.
2nd international exhibition of prints, Krakow, Poland.

1977
Traveling Exhibition province of Overijssel Netherlands.
International Biennale of Drawings Cleveland England.
Townhall Gallery Noordoostpolder Netherlands.
Gallery Bree Art Center Middelburg Netherlands.
Gallery Govaerts Breda Netherlands.
Gallery Images dart, Cadiz, Spain.
1978
Exposition Grafischen Kabinett Lunen Germany.
Gallery Braiseworth Eye England.
Gallery Haddington Norwich England.
2nd world exhibition of mathematical art, Braiseworthgallery, Eye, England.
Gallery Cultural Center Deventer, Netherlands.
Gallery Angelica, Bari, Italy.
Gallery Geometric, Paris, France.

1979
Gallery Braiseworth House Eye England.
Gallery Norden Norden Germany.
Townhall Gallery Zutphen Netherlands.
Group exhibition Town hall Enschede, Netherlands.
Groupexibition Kinetics, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

1980
Westleton Art gallery Westleton England.
Gallery WorldArt Groningen Netherlands.
Gallery van Reekum Apeldoorn Netherlands.
Gallery am ufer, West Berlin, Germany.

1981
Exhibition De Ploeg Groningen Netherlands.
Exhibition of Sculptures Groningen Netherlands.
Exhibition of Drawings Veendam Netherlands
Gallery Bree Art Center, Bedum, Netherlands..

1982
Exhibition of Prints Groningen Netherlands.
Exhibition 75 Years De Ploeg Groningen Netherlands.
Gallery Norden Norden Germany.
Exhibition Objects Groningen Netherlands.
Exhibition of small drawings Eye England.

1983
Exhibition A-Kerk, Groningen, Netherlands.
Exhibition Drawings and Collage, Veendam, Netherlands.
Grafimathematiek, Bedum, Netherlands.
Drawings Miniature, Groningen, Netherlands.
Gallery space, Toronto, Canada.

1984
Objectenpark Sculptures, Stadskanaal, Netherlands.
Museum of Modern Art, Mons, Belgium.
Gallery Farmyard, Bedum, Netherlands.
Galeria Bonneaire, Madrid, Spain.

1985
Photo Exhibition Groningen Netherlands.
Exhibition Geometric Art Drachten Netherlands
Gallery Artplace Hasselt Belgium.
Gallery Magellan, Laos, Nigeria.

1986
Grafimathematica Emmeloord Netherlands.
Photo Exhibition Oostburg Netherlands.
Museum Collection Groningen Netherlands.
GKK Art Groningen Netherlands.
Exhibition of Drawings Veendam Netherlands.

1988
Exhibition Drawings and Objects Emmeloord Netherlands.
Exhibition of Drawings Enkhuizen Netherlands.
Exhibition with Appel, Struyken, Citroen etc, Zwolle Netherlands.
Gallery Rudder, Groningen, Netherlands.

1989
Objects Park ‘Schokland’ Noordoostpolder Netherlands.
Spring Salon Lelystad Netherlands.
Exhibition of KVF art society Almere-Lelystad Netherlands.
Exhibition of Objects Almere Netherlands.
Art Fair A-6 Biddinghuizen Netherlands.
Art manifestation Groningen Netherlands.

1990
Exhibition ‘The Time’ Bussum Netherlands.
Educational Exhibition Biddinghuizen Netherlands.
Exhibition ‘Shelter’ Bussum Netherlands.


1991
Collection Museum of Zeeland Middelburg Netherlands.
Exhibition Collection of the province of Zeeland Netherlands.
20 Years of ‘Grafimathematica’ Biddinghuizen Netherlands.
Gallery Ziebirsky, Krakow, Poland.

1992
Exhibition ‘Grafimathematica’ Dronten Netherlands.
Exhibition ‘Perception’ Borne Netherlands.
Exhibition of Objects Bussum Netherlands.
Gallery Vogels, Cologne, Germany.
1993
Exhibition ‘Metamorphosis’ Kampen Netherlands.
Art of Zwolle Vologda Russia.
Exhibition ‘Perception’ Lelystad Netherlands.
Gallery Existence, Zwolle, Netherlands.

1994
Mondriaan Exhibition Den Haag Netherlands.
Mondriaan Expo Zwolle-Lekkerkerk-Lelystad Netherlands.

1995
Gallery Bax Sneek Netherlands.
Spring Salon Lelystad Netherlands.

1996
Unilever Building Gallery Rotterdam Netherlands.
Traveling Exhibition ‘To mad for Eye’s’ Netherlands.

1997
WMO Building Metamorphosis on year Zwolle Netherlands.
Educational Exhibition Deventer Netherlands.
WorldArt Center MidlandArt Center Zwolle Netherlands.

1998
Gallery peter Bax Sneek Netherlands.
Exhibition Broerenkerk Zwolle Netherlands.
International Exhibition World Art center.
Gallery Koert&Koert Elsloo Netherlands.
Exhibition Esilon factory Zevenaar Netherlands.

1999
WorldArt Center Exhibition.
International Exhibition WWW.
Galllery ‘Online Art”.

2000
Collection Museum of Zwolle Netherlands.
Galeria DÁrte Zero Barcelona Spain.
Exhibition ‘Art for Art’ Barcelona Spain.
Exhibition ‘Contrasts’ Amsterdam Netherlands.
Mac 21 International art Fair Marbella Spain.

2001
Museum of Computer Art New York U.S.A.
Exhibition ‘New Works’ Kampen Netherlands.
Gallery van Koert&Koert Elsloo Netherlands.
Exhibition Midland Art Center Zwolle Netherlands.

2002
Exhibition wacmac. from Holland
Moscow Art Fair Moscow Russia.
Exhibition ‘Metamorphosis’WorldArtCenter Netherlands.
Internet Exhibition Art Gallery Hamburg Germany
Gallery Mossworld Cadiz Spain

2003
Gallery Mosta Rojas Buenos Aires Argentina. (First Prize Winner Digital Art 2003)
Exhibition ‘Secret Postcards’ Philadelphia U.S.A.
Bkk Exhibition Berlin, Germany.
Insight Gallery Norwich, England.
Fourth International Digital art Expo Havanna Cuba.
2th BKK Exhibition, Berlin, Germany.
5th International exhibition, “the four elements”, Ferrara, Italy.
6th Internet Exhibition Wacmac Netherlands.
4th International Biennale, Florence, Italy.

2004
World exhibition Wacmac Digital Art. Zwolle. Netherlands.
ArtExpo 2004, Observatorio Centro Experimental, México.
Sixth International Digital Art Exhibit and Colloquium, Havana, Cuba
Art Gallery Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium.
Art Gallery Tedopres, Tilburg, Netherlands.
Art Gallery Trevisan, Ferrara, Italy.
Batik Art Group, “Dali’s Year Celebration”, Barcelona, Spain.
Gallery Mosta & Rojas, Internet exhibición, Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Philosophy and Comments        

On The Innate Beauty of Digitalscapes and Art.
Digital Art call to my mind and heart, instinctually, in exactly the same way a beautiful young woman does: both represent fertility and the promise of a secure future for me and my descendants. This is sociografimathematical sensible as a hard-wired imperative serving the twin requirements of evolution: survival and propagation. Indeed, evolution requires only that we survive long enough to successfully procreate. To survive requires a fertile environment; to reproduce, a fertile ‘mate’. For me, beholding a beautiful digitalscape can be a compelling as romancing a beautiful woman. Both call from below the level of conscious volition, and promise unsurpassed fulfillment at both material and spiritual levels. The call is that powerful.
Not having the charm or beauty to become as Hesse's Goldmund, I have followed a path more akin to that of Narcissus: a life given largely to introspection and meditation on the patterns and beauty I discern in the world around me. I have taken on the high priesthood of our time--I have become a digital art scientist. The language of Science is Logic. Computers also deal exclusively in Logic. If you grant the Law of the Excluded Middle, that too simultaneously "be" and "not be" [something], is forbidden, Logic is unassailable. (Never mind that the Law of the Excluded Middle is perhaps the most unnatural of simplifying assumptions one can make about Nature.) The ascendancy of Science is based on this presumed unassailability of Logic. Interestingly, that Law and its devil-spawn Logic together preclude Free Will. This because Logic is strictly deterministic, and determinism leads directly to fatalism, disallowing Free Will in a fantastic Rube Goldberg universe.
Putting aside the validity and ontological side effects of the assumption of that Law, I have sought to master the games of Logic. I have done so as a digital art scientist, a grafimathematician, and a computer user. I have employed this mastery directly to create art. Similar endeavors have leaded a small group to begin calling ourselves "Algorists," a moniker suggested by Jean-Pierre Hebert. An Abacist is one who uses algorithmic procedures in the creation of fine art; an Algorist is also the author of the algorithm. I am a Formal Algorist, a kind of logical positivist of fine art: I require that my artworks be exactly [a visual interpretation of] a theorem proved in a formal system. That is, I write a ‘drawing’, execute it with a well-defined input, and interpret the result, with the assistance of a master printer, as an artwork. Such purism places tight restrictions on my process. It also unveils a vast space, rich with serendipity, which I search for strings (digital images) which have an ineffable sense of having existed as eternal corollaries of timeless Logic, which I simply have happened to stumble upon. Presumably, any being in the known universe could derive precisely the same result, from the same rules and axioms. Very strange.
The process of obtaining spiritual self-expression strictly through formal logic is philosophically perverse in that it puts determinism, which precludes Free Will, at the service of Spirituality, which is moot without Free Will. One constant goal in my work has been to make the participation of math, logic, and the computer completely transparent in my imagery. I do not wish the casual viewer to be confronted with these nasty and alienating technical points of process; those interested can study that in writings. Rather, I wish you to witness my reverence for Nature, and to be drawn in by the quiet beauty I have found there and been able to conjure up in numbers, through a bizarre, improbable, novel and Byzantine process. It is all, technically speaking, Magic.
"The thinker tries to determine and represent the nature of the world through logic. He knows that reason and its tool, logic, are incomplete--the way an intelligent artist knows that his brushes or chisels will never be able to express perfectly the radiant nature of an angel or a saint. Still they both try the thinker as well as the artist, each in his way. They cannot and may not do otherwise. Because when a man tries to realize himself through the gifts with which nature has endowed him, he does the best and only meaningful thing he can do."
- Herman Hesse, "Narcissus and Goldmund"

Hendrik Arie Baartman 2003

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