Freerk Wilbers

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Things are the way they are for a reason. Reason is important in today’s world. One must be reasonable. I like to say my works are not about anything in particular. But I hope you will see this is not true. There is a large overlap between sense and nonsense. Playfulness, compulsion, technical skill, chance, repetition, counting, music, humor, time, the studio, the everyday - these are important things. My way of working is associative, intuitive, open. I start somewhere, and end up somewhere else. Which seems to me how much of life goes.

Some selected works

Fountain, 2017
200 x 450 x 50 cm
Ceramic tubes, putty, water hose, pumps, pond liner, speaker wire, power supply, controller

Water sprays out and runs out of thick tubes placed on pedestals over a basin. When the fountain stops, water drips and forms circles in the water. After a while, it starts again. Fountain is a spectacle in which nothing happens.

Tick Tock, 2017
30 x 30 x 5 cm
Wall clock, paint

Bells, 2017
Dimensions variable
Ceramic bells, wooden stands, solenoids, speaker wire, power supply, controller, lights
Photos by Tamara Stanislaw

Bells sounds like a herd of cattle walking in the Swiss Alps, but also a little like raindrops loudly hitting a tin roof. As it goes on, the hammering gets louder, until the bells wear out and the sound is gone again. Bells was made for Everything Must Go, a one-night exhibition at Nest, The Hague, 2017.

Tower, 2017
30 x 30 x 4000 cm
MDF, plywood, staples, wood filler, base coat

Instrument, 2017
Dimensions variable
Various ceramic, metal and wooden objects, wood, solenoids, tape, speaker wire, power supply, controller

Instrument hangs from the ceiling and randomly plays itself.

Spark, 2017
20 x 15 x 15 cm
Ceramics, printer parts, wood, metal, paper, tape, wire, battery

1234, 2017
Dimensions variable
Four speakers in each of the corners of a rectangular space, sound recording


1234 is a voice counting one, two, three, four, one, two .... on four speakers in four corners of the space. One number per second, one number for each corner.

Yes We're Open (Nest), 2016
Dimensions variable
Photos by Jhoeko

During this performance I made hand-printed gift wrapping paper. Then I wrapped whatever people brought me to wrap, free of charge. Performed for the duration of the exhibition For I Know The Plans I Have for You at Nest, The Hague, 2016.

Self Portrait, 2016
15 x 20 cm
Paper, ink, artist’s body