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wild care tame neglect - exhibition Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2018
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', 2018, wild care, tame neglect, artistic research on the paradoxes of nature by Edward Clydesdale Thomson, Frankendael Foundation and curator Nils van Beek (TAAK)
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Wilderness studio, 2016, Wooden shed and greenhouse as storage and studio, Wood, aluminium, glass, rubber
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Wilderness studio, 2016, Wooden shed and greenhouse as storage and studio, Wood, aluminium, glass, rubber
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Wilderness studio, 2016, Wooden shed and greenhouse as storage and studio, Wood, aluminium, glass, rubber
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', mudding the waters, 2018, woven willow brise soleil Willow, twine, steel
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', mudding the waters, 2018, woven willow brise soleil Willow, twine, steel
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', mudding the waters, 2018, woven willow brise soleil Willow, twine, steel
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', mudding the waters, 2018, woven willow brise soleil Willow, twine, steel
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', mudding the waters, 2018, woven willow brise soleil Willow, twine, steel
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', mudding the waters, 2018, woven willow brise soleil Willow, twine, steel
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', mudding the waters, 2018, woven willow brise soleil Willow, twine, steel
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', mudding the waters, 2018, woven willow brise soleil Willow, twine, steel
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', 2018, wild care, tame neglect, artistic research on the paradoxes of nature by Edward Clydesdale Thomson, Frankendael Foundation and curator Nils van Beek (TAAK)
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Endless summer, Spherical lampshade with pressed flowers collected from Huize Frankendael, Latex, pressed flowers, LED lamp, thermoplastic
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Endless summer, Spherical lampshade with pressed flowers collected from Huize Frankendael, Latex, pressed flowers, LED lamp, thermoplastic
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Endless summer, Spherical lampshade with pressed flowers collected from Huize Frankendael, Latex, pressed flowers, LED lamp, thermoplastic
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Endless summer, Spherical lampshade with pressed flowers collected from Huize Frankendael, Latex, pressed flowers, LED lamp, thermoplastic
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Endless summer, Spherical lampshade with pressed flowers collected from Huize Frankendael, Latex, pressed flowers, LED lamp, thermoplastic
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Endless summer, Spherical lampshade with pressed flowers collected from Huize Frankendael, Latex, pressed flowers, LED lamp, thermoplastic
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', The Fifth Day, by Ine Lamers, 2017, Documentation of ‘wilderness studio’, photo print
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', The Fifth Day, by Ine Lamers, 2017, Documentation of ‘wilderness studio’, photo print
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', The Fifth Day, by Ine Lamers, 2017, Documentation of ‘wilderness studio’, photo print
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', 2018, wild care, tame neglect, artistic research on the paradoxes of nature by Edward Clydesdale Thomson, Frankendael Foundation and curator Nils van Beek (TAAK)
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Fungus Fence by Nikola Lamburov, 2018 Artist uniform for wild care, tame neglect, documented by Nikola Lamburov, newsprint
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Fungus Fence by Nikola Lamburov, 2018 Artist uniform for wild care, tame neglect, documented by Nikola Lamburov, newsprint
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Fungus Fence by Nikola Lamburov, 2018 Artist uniform for wild care, tame neglect, documented by Nikola Lamburov, newsprint
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Fungus Fence by Nikola Lamburov, 2018 Artist uniform for wild care, tame neglect, documented by Nikola Lamburov, newsprint
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Orpheus did not sing to tame the animals & What to do with a tapestry that is finished, 2016 and 2018, Recording of lecture given by Frans-Willem Korsten during the launch event for wild care, tame neglect, Audio recording on vinyl record
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Orpheus did not sing to tame the animals & What to do with a tapestry that is finished, 2016 and 2018, Recording of lecture given by Frans-Willem Korsten during the launch event for wild care, tame neglect, Audio recording on vinyl record
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Orpheus did not sing to tame the animals & What to do with a tapestry that is finished, 2016 and 2018, Recording of lecture given by Frans-Willem Korsten during the launch event for wild care, tame neglect, Audio recording on vinyl record
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Orpheus did not sing to tame the animals & What to do with a tapestry that is finished, 2016 and 2018, Recording of lecture given by Frans-Willem Korsten during the launch event for wild care, tame neglect, Audio recording on vinyl record
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', 2018, exhibition architectur by Herman Verkerk/EventArchitectuur, rubber boot, cement, aluminum, riso print, stickers
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', 2018, exhibition architectur by Herman Verkerk/EventArchitectuur, rubber boot, cement, aluminum, riso print, stickers
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Not Safe For Work Ongoing, uniform by Jason Coburn for wild care, 'tame neglect', 2016-2018, Cotton, denim, linen, ink, acrylic paint, wood, bleach, polyester, earth, wax, zinc, steel, PVC, framed ivy leaf
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Not Safe For Work Ongoing, uniform by Jason Coburn for wild care, 'tame neglect', 2016-2018, Cotton, denim, linen, ink, acrylic paint, wood, bleach, polyester, earth, wax, zinc, steel, PVC, framed ivy leaf
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Not Safe For Work Ongoing, uniform by Jason Coburn for wild care, 'tame neglect', 2016-2018, Cotton, denim, linen, ink, acrylic paint, wood, bleach, polyester, earth, wax, zinc, steel, PVC, framed ivy leaf
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Not Safe For Work Ongoing, uniform by Jason Coburn for wild care, 'tame neglect', 2016-2018, Cotton, denim, linen, ink, acrylic paint, wood, bleach, polyester, earth, wax, zinc, steel, PVC, framed ivy leaf
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Not Safe For Work Ongoing, uniform by Jason Coburn for wild care, 'tame neglect', 2016-2018, Cotton, denim, linen, ink, acrylic paint, wood, bleach, polyester, earth, wax, zinc, steel, PVC, framed ivy leaf
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Not Safe For Work Ongoing, uniform by Jason Coburn for wild care, 'tame neglect', 2016-2018, Cotton, denim, linen, ink, acrylic paint, wood, bleach, polyester, earth, wax, zinc, steel, PVC, framed ivy leaf
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Not Safe For Work Ongoing, uniform by Jason Coburn for wild care, 'tame neglect', 2016-2018, Cotton, denim, linen, ink, acrylic paint, wood, bleach, polyester, earth, wax, zinc, steel, PVC, framed ivy leaf
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Not Safe For Work Ongoing, uniform by Jason Coburn for wild care, 'tame neglect', 2016-2018, Cotton, denim, linen, ink, acrylic paint, wood, bleach, polyester, earth, wax, zinc, steel, PVC, framed ivy leaf
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Not Safe For Work Ongoing, uniform by Jason Coburn for wild care, 'tame neglect', 2016-2018, Cotton, denim, linen, ink, acrylic paint, wood, bleach, polyester, earth, wax, zinc, steel, PVC, framed ivy leaf
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', fish & heron fence, 2016, barrier around pond replaced with fish and heron fence, plastic, stainless steel, paint
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', fish & heron fence, 2016, barrier around pond replaced with fish and heron fence, plastic, stainless steel, paint
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', fish & heron fence, 2016, barrier around pond replaced with fish and heron fence, plastic, stainless steel, paint
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', fish & heron fence, 2016, barrier around pond replaced with fish and heron fence, plastic, stainless steel, paint
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', fish & heron fence, 2016, barrier around pond replaced with fish and heron fence, plastic, stainless steel, paint
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', orpheus & the janitor, 2018 Companion piece for Orpheus, concrete, steel, bronze coating
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', orpheus & the janitor, 2018 Companion piece for Orpheus, concrete, steel, bronze coating
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', orpheus & the janitor, 2018 Companion piece for Orpheus, concrete, steel, bronze coating
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', orpheus & the janitor, 2018 Companion piece for Orpheus, concrete, steel, bronze coating
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', orpheus & the janitor, 2018 Companion piece for Orpheus, concrete, steel, bronze coating
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', post-box / bird-bath, 2017, Post-box/bird feeding station inserted in hedge surrounding the studio, Painted steel, rubber yarn
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', post-box / bird-bath, 2017, Post-box/bird feeding station inserted in hedge surrounding the studio, Painted steel, rubber yarn
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', post-box / bird-bath, 2017, Post-box/bird feeding station inserted in hedge surrounding the studio, Painted steel, rubber yarn
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', post-box / bird-bath, 2017, Post-box/bird feeding station inserted in hedge surrounding the studio, Painted steel, rubber yarn
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Verdant Sculpture, 2012, Formworks for topiary bushes after Robert Lorimer Galvanised tubular steel, box hedges
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Verdant Sculpture, 2012, Formworks for topiary bushes after Robert Lorimer Galvanised tubular steel, box hedges
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Verdant Sculpture, 2012, Formworks for topiary bushes after Robert Lorimer Galvanised tubular steel, box hedges
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Verdant Sculpture, 2012, Formworks for topiary bushes after Robert Lorimer Galvanised tubular steel, box hedges
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Posters campaign, 2018, Posters developed during a workshop by Sandra Kassenaar and Bart de Baets, poster print
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Posters campaign, 2018, Posters developed during a workshop by Sandra Kassenaar and Bart de Baets, poster print
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Posters campaign, 2018, Posters developed during a workshop by Sandra Kassenaar and Bart de Baets, poster print
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Posters campaign, 2018, Posters developed during a workshop by Sandra Kassenaar and Bart de Baets, poster print
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Posters campaign, 2018, Posters developed during a workshop by Sandra Kassenaar and Bart de Baets, poster print
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Posters campaign, 2018, Posters developed during a workshop by Sandra Kassenaar and Bart de Baets, poster print
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Posters campaign, 2018, Posters developed during a workshop by Sandra Kassenaar and Bart de Baets, poster print
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Posters campaign, 2018, Posters developed during a workshop by Sandra Kassenaar and Bart de Baets, poster print
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Posters campaign, 2018, Posters developed during a workshop by Sandra Kassenaar and Bart de Baets, poster print
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Posters campaign, 2018, Posters developed during a workshop by Sandra Kassenaar and Bart de Baets, poster print
wild care tame neglect - exhibition
Documentation, 'wild care, tame neglect - exhibition', Posters campaign, 2018, Posters developed during a workshop by Sandra Kassenaar and Bart de Baets, poster print

wild care, tame neglect is a unique collaboration of two years between artist Edward Clydesdale Thomosn, curator Nils van Beek (TAAK) and the Frankendael Foundation.

Once in a while there is an artist who questions the foundations of their work to such an extent that those with whom they work are asked to do the same. In these moments the audience also takes its place as a participant in what normally happens behind the scenes of an organisation. And as a curator then you not only think about creating conditions to show art, but also you are suddenly complicit in the artistic process itself: long-term and with all its twists and turns. There is no comfort zone.

During the last two years, the Rotterdam based artist Edward Clydesdale Thomson has been wilfully reforming his practice within the context of the Frankendael Foundation, around what he considers to be a more sustainable model of art production. From the studio shed he constructed in the garden he created public artistic interventions. These sometimes consist of physical additions or modifications in the form of sculptures in the house and garden, but often also concern events and other encounters, for which he invites scientists and fellow artists. The public could follow the development of the project over the past two years both on site and on the extensive web archive www.wildcaretameneglect.nl.

The exhibition is not intended as an ultimate final presentation, but wants to see in what way the presentation of an art work flexes its’ interpretation, addressing questions such as: what conditions transform something into an exhibition? Is it a limited duration, the exhibition design, the curatorial concept or publicity? And in what way the creation of each of these elements could be informed by the economy of labour set out in the establishment of wild care, tame neglect? Furthermore, can an artist relate to their work as a gardener does to their garden: as a living thing, changeable, requiring constant care. What possible agency and space do (tamed) nature and culture occupy within this former country estate surrounded by the busy city, a site that now actively serves as a restaurant and reception location. Is it possible for art in such a location to escape an ever-present aesthetic harmony? What role and whose desires does an artist fulfil in a scenario where they act as host, gardener, programmer and hermit?

The exhibition gathers earlier and new works by Thomson as well as of literary theorist Frans-Willem Korsten and artists Jason Coburn, Toine Horvers, Nikola Lamburov, Ine Lamers and Jay Tan. Designers Sandra Kassenaar and Bart de Baets developed a poster campaign during a public workshop programme with de 5e Montessorischool Watergraafsmeer, colleagues and visitors. The exhibition design by EventArchitectuur cleverly reframes the garden of Huize Frankendael itself as an architectural structure for the showing of art.

wild care, tame neglect.

This project is supported by mondriaan fonds the O&O funding from the CBK Rotterdam by the amsterdams fonds food de kusnt the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds the Stadsdeel Amsterdam oost by Intratuin Amsterdam and by Stop Digging

below the soil, between the branches, above the clouds Into Nature, biennial, Drenthe 2018
how to kill a tree Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam 2018
Tuin van Toorop Jan Tooropstraat, Amsterdam 2018
noon Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland 2017
the necessity of art Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria 2017
wilder beings command Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland 2017
wild care tame neglect Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2016
poster club Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2017
The Society Machine Malmo Konstmuseum, Malmo 2016
Static Gravity Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam 2016
Crossing Borders Expanding Frontiers ramfoundation, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016
As the lake said to the boat Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag, The Netherlands 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees Marabouparken konsthall, Sunsbyberg, Sweden 2015
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain CCA Derry~Londonderry, Lismore Castle Arts St Carthage Hall 2015
Belief and Productivity: A Play in the Forest O&O funding, CBK, Rotterdam 2014
The Non Urban Garden: tuinen van de 21e eeuw Afdh & Kunstvereniging Diepenheim 2014
iaspis Open House, spring 2014 iaspis, Stockholm 2014
The Distracted Gardener & The Plumbing Subverter Yeo Workshop, Singapore 2013
Late Nights & Early Mornings Kunstraum, London 2013
25 Years Rotterdam City Collection Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam 2013
Here is always somewhere else Forum Triangulare, Oud-Rekem, Belgium 2013
Abilities Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam 2013
Lost & Found at the Flügelbus Lost & Found, Amsterdam 2013
causa finalis Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam 2012
As if an entrance is over there- Lecturis, Eindhoven 2012
Rijksakademie Open 2012 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdamm 2012
The research and destroy department of the Black Mountain College W139, Amsterdam 2012
We are rolling galerie-j, Geneva 2012
There was a Country where They were all Thieves Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam 2012
Secret Gardens TENT, Rotterda, 2012
FlowerCASTLE Kasteel Keukenhof Art Foundation, Lisse 2011
Rijksakademie Open 2011 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam 2011
a green thought, in a green shade Art Amsterdam MK Gallery 2011
Prix de Rome 2011 Smart project space, Amsterdam 2011
Borderline Picturesque & the Recounting Prospect Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø, Norway 2010
New Graffiti, Old Revolutions MK gallery, Rotterdam 2010
A group show Croxhapox, Ghent 2010
Done to a dead end & the dead or alive sale SD&G, Rotterdam 2010
Edward Clydesdale Thomson SECONDroom, Brussels 2009
A Leopard, Some Monkeys, Numerous Butterflies, Dozens of Peacocks and a Sublime Vista 4th Issue NOWISWERE, Contemporary Art Magazine, London 2009
Open Office for Words ADA, Rotterdam 2009
Imaginary Cinema - Discussion WDW 653, Rotterdam 2009
Residency at Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam WDW 653, Rotterdam 2009
Impromptu Affairs DEK 22, Rotterdam 2009
Selbstzweck Private Collection 2008
Residency at Kysten Tromsø Kysten Tromsø 2008
Small Talk with the Janitor Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam 2008
My Travels with Barry, MA Graduation Show Tent, Rotterdamt 2008
Just what is it that makes that thing so different, so appealing? Expodium, Utrecht 2008
Observing Construction NEST, Netherlands Architectuurinstituut (NAi) Rotterdam 2007
This is how it must feel to be there Pakhuismeesteren, Rotterdam 2007