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Kaus Australis welcomes you to visit the studios of our current artists in residence.

Paola Alborghetti (IT)
Nelleke Beltjens (NL)
Eckehard Fuchs (DE)
Jasper Griepink (NL)
Paulina Mellado (CL)

to complement their presentations two special-guest-artists have been invited to participate:

Yari Miele (IT) Invited by Paola Alborghetti and Eckehard Fuchs
Dimitris Rentoumis (GR) Invited by Paulina Mellado

where: Kaus Australis, Melanchtonweg 137 3045 PN Rotterdam
when: Friday the 27th of March from 17:00- 00:00 / Saturday 28th of March 12:00-17:00
About the artists:

Paulina Mellado (1986)  born in Temuco, Chile, works and lives in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands.

When touched by man, nature is re- shaped into not real enough. It is as if our touch was miraculously turning things into different matter, shape and concept: How come reality stops where we start? When does something stop being natural and starts being artificial?
Paulina’s work deals with the representation of landscape and nature; through different mediums such as installation, drawing, photography and video she questions the images and discourses we attach to nature, land, territory and landscape; and our position in those images.

In short stories, novels and poetry, Jasper Griepink (Eindhoven, 1988) extrapolates his fears, desires and fantasies as a (western) body looking for unity, romance and wisdom across (foreign) cultures. In elaborate performance & installation works that function as baths, the bodies, histories and feelings of an audience are directly invited into play. Within streams of sounds, smells, tactile matter and physical interaction Jasper tries to bring the at times confronting reality of our physical impermanence to the fore in tangible and often entertaining ways.

Since his MFA graduating at the Piet Zwart Institute (Rotterdam, 2013) Jasper has been traveling through South-East Asia and South America, been a resident at Alto Residency, Brazil, Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag. He recently performed at TENT Rotterdam, 1646 The Hague and MuHKA Antwerp.

During the event, Jasper will be reading from his upcoming book and his “Geometric Sauna” will be operational. www.jaspergriepink.nl

Dimitris Rentoumis was born in Athens, Greece, 1980. He studied Fine Art in Athens and in the Netherlands. He is currently living in the Netherlands.

“My recent works are related to drawing and to cinematics as pure visual sensations. Their form corresponds with the sculptural aspects of the surface, both as a receiver and a conveyor. The alterations of shades and forms through different media – and particularly the moving image and drawing – are explored in order to reveal a continuity between digital manipulation, the original and the outcome.”

Yari Miele born in Cantu ́(Como, Italy) in1977. He studied painting in „Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera“ (Milan) and works in Milan.

In his work Yari Miele explores the different methods of perceiving light radiations and their variations connected to the natural and artificial light. He reflects on the relation between illusion and tangibility, physical and mental structures of the space, objectivity and subjectivity, underlining how reality can have different appearances.

Nelleke Beltjens, born in Roermond, the Netherlands, graduated from the Academy of Art in Tilburg the Netherlands and obtained an M.A in Sculpture from the Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, US, and an M.F.A in Art Studio from the University of California, Davis, US. She lives and works in US and Europe.

“I like to create what I don’t know, can’t know.
I am interested in the impossible, the complexity of life,
that everything is always in movement and changing;
that everything is happening at the same time including that what is not happening, but exists in possibility.
I create states of becoming: possibilities.”

Paola Alborghetti born in italy in 1975, studied painting in „Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera“, Milan. Since 2007 she lives between Italy (Como) and Germany (Dresden) and worked in different european cities and USA.
“I define my work as the unwitting source of wonderful accidents”. Her paintings consist of an intuitive combination of figurative and abstract elements in analogy to her own subjective memories. Representation take place where the wonder is starting and where the imagination has a large place. Like depicting from her stratified subconscious, she likes to move inside materials and discover new forms under the layers of colours. The subject of her paintings becomes the process itself, always surrounded from her fascination of the „unknown“.

Eckehard Fuchs born in Germany in 1975, studied painting in “Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden” and postgradueted in 2005. Since 2007 he lives between Germany and Italy and worked in different european cities and USA.
Eckehard Fuchs’s subjects hover between memory, imagination and the impressions left on our subconscious. In his paintings he combines elements depicted from nature as well as references to art history. His pictural expression slides between figuration and abstraction. At times, combining a subtle palette with expressive, garish colors, his paintings don’t merely describe a de facto reality, but rather navigate the viewer through a psychological landscape enabling a glimpse through the window of the soul.

(From Wikipedia:)A favicon /ˈfævɪkɒn/ (short for Favorite icon), also known as a shortcut icon, Web site icon, tab iconor bookmark icon, is a file containing one or more small icons, most commonly 16×16 pixels, associated with a particular website or web page.
The title was chosen as a means of connecting the physical artistic process that takes place in the studio to the virtual realm where these artists’ works are reproduced on various blogs and websites. The favicons used for this invitation are taken from the participating artists’ websites.

Foundation Kaus Australis is an organisation which was originally set up and still organised by artists. Its general goal is activating the development, exercise and sparking of interest in visual arts in an international context. Above all Kaus Australis strives to create an exchange process through gueststudios and exhibitionspace. Artists and curators, both local and from abroad, who wish to work for a certain period in Rotterdam can make use of these facilities.

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Open studios January 25th

Kaus Australis kindly invites you to the open studios of 3 of our artists in residence:

openstudio 25.1.15 www

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Artist Residency in Basel, July-December 2015
Deadline for application: Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Since 2002 Kaus Australis Foundation organises in cooperation with the Centre for Visual Arts Rotterdam and the CMS/Atelier Mondial in Basel a residency program for visual artists. For over the last years, Rotterdam-based artists, Hidde van Schie, Sandro Setola, Ana Fernandez, Esme Valk, Lieke Snellen, Q.S. Serafijn and this year Babette Kleijn stayed in one of the guest-studios of the Christoph Merian-Stiftung in the city-center of Basel.

This year, November 2014, the former CMS/Iaab has transformed completely into Atelier Mondial, with 7 new build guest-studios surrounding Salon Mondial, the new project space, at a new location where art-institutes, academy, several galleries and artistic workshops are positioned together in a triangle called Dreispitz-areal, a former industrial zone nearby the city-center of Basel. Please check the new web-site to require all detail information about the program of Atelier Mondial; info and pictures of the studios are available in the menu under Ateliers, in English, German and French language:www.ateliermondial.com

The exchange program with Atelier Mondial enables a Rotterdam artist to spend six months in Basel, he or she can focus on new projects, get acquainted with the local art scene, and establish new contacts or deepen existing ones. The residency is non-prescriptive and process-based, allowing the visiting artist to develop projects in response to his or her new environment. During the stay an exhibition is offered in the new project space, together with other participating international guest-artists of the program. Atelier Mondial exchanges artists with about 13 different countries world-wide. A broad network of steady contacts which has developed over the last 12 years between Rotterdam and Basel, in conjunction with the welcoming guidance of the hosting organisation enables the guests to easily become familiar with the lively local and national art-scene; often leading to interesting co-operations and presentations. Basel’s central position in Europe gives the opportunity to easily visit nearby places abroad, the borders of France and Germany with Switzerland cross the city itself. Once a year Basel hosts the biggest art-fair in the world, turning the beautiful historical city at the Rhine into an international cultural platform. Throughout the year an ongoing program of cultural activities is offered within the rich collection of Museums, galleries, artists-initiatives, local and international festivals.

Please see the Basel inschrijving 2015 PDF about how to apply, the conditions and offered facilities of this residency

Citaat Hidde van Schie, resident in 2009:
“Mijn ervaring met Basel is dat er een hechte dynamische kunstscene is van zeer internationaal georiënteerde kunstenaars die ook de kracht en noodzaak van een kwalitatieve lokale kunstactiviteit begrijpen en ondersteunen. Hoewel kunstenaars tegenwoordig veel reizen en hun werk internationaal tonen hebben zij toch een vaste thuisbasis nodig, waar zij hun werk kunnen produceren. Het interessante aan Basel is dat, hoewel het geen metropool is als Berlijn of New York, dit niets zegt over de kwaliteit van het aanbod, hoogstens iets over de kwantiteit en dat beide in Basel verassend hoog zijn. Het belangrijkste voor mij persoonlijk was dat een stad niet groot hoeft te zijn om in bepaalde dingen uit te blinken maar dat een culturele scene vooral gedragen wordt door lokale mensen die zich hier hartstochtelijk voor inzetten, en denkend aan Rotterdam vond ik dat enerzijds herkenbaar en tegelijkertijd iets om in het achterhoofd te houden.”

Quote Ana Fernandez, resident in 2010:
“Basel brought me real quality time, both culturally and socially speaking, and new contacts for further collaborations”

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Deadline for applications gueststudios January 31st 2015

Kaus Australis invites artists and curators from all fields, regardless of age or nationality, to apply for a residency period in the second half of 2015 (1st of July – 31st of December).

Deadline for applications: January 31st 2015

Results will be announced by the end of February 2015

Kaus Australis Foundation is an artists initiative which was set up in 1985. The Building where Kaus Australis is located provides 6 permanent studios and 4 residency studios. Kaus Australis offers artists, critics, writers and curators the opportunity of living and working in an quiet environment in the continuously developing and ever changing city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Throughout a period of 3 or 6 months, participants have the opportunity to develop their own projects and presentations.

For more information on the application procedure and available guest studios please go to the How to Apply and Guest Studios pages on our website

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Don’t you eat that yellow snow

Stichting Kaus Australis and Andreas von Ow kindly invite you for:

Opening: Saturday 4-10-2014  at 15:00 till…..

Exhibition also open on Sunday 5-10-2014 from 15:00 till 19:00

Andreas von Ow’s colors are chosen from the materials he encounters in his surroundings.  The environment itself becomes the materials, this then becomes pigments, then becomes monochrome images. This placement forms new correlations. Causal relationships drive the decision to use this or that colour at this or that place and at this or that time. Within the process of painting, the materials reveal themselves in many layers on the picture plane. For example the artist may use his vacuum cleaner on a particular place and use the contents of the vacuum cleaner’s bag for the painting on the wall.

The same happens with video images.  Captured video material, along with the editing and the manner of presentation influence the image and its color. These are therefore equally involved in the process of becoming image.

The origin of the material (including film material) is indicated in the names of the works, but this remains secondary for the artist.  The primary focus is the painting (or video) image itself (including the presentation). From the beginning, the main emphasis is always sensuous perception.

Andreas von Ow, born 1981 in Freiburg (GER), lives and works in Berlin and currently in Rotterdam.


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Ter gelegenheid hiervan verzorgd Kaus Australis een bijzondere maaltijd. Als u verzekerd wil zijn van deelname aan deze maaltijd, graag uw reservering via studio@kausaustralis.org. Wij verheugen ons op uw komst.

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Opening: “We Love L.A.” on Saturday 24th of May

Kaus Australis & Carl Berg kindly invite you to join the opening reception of


On Saturday May 24, 2014 from 5 pm

with food and drinks!

Exhibition on view Sunday May 25, 2014 from 1pm – 7pm

Participating artists:

Kirelyn Barber • Carl Berg • Barbara Berk • James Buss • Neha Choksi • Ichiro Irie Gegam Kacherian • Virginia Katz • Matthew May • Jared Millar • Cecilia Miniucchi Donnie Molls • Jamie Russom • Devon Tsuno • Patricia Smith

Kaus Australis and curator-artist Carl Berg have worked together for over one decade inviting more than 50 artists from Los Angeles to participate in the Kaus Australis residency program. To celebrate this wonderful relationship we proudly invite you to an exhibition of diverse yet intriguing works by 13 Los Angeles-based artists and one guest artist (Patricia Smith) from New York. The exhibition takes place in the studios of current artists-in-residence Virginia Katz and Patricia Smith.

As a continuation of this wonderful cultural exchange program Kaus Australis resident member artists will exhibit in Los Angeles next year (2015).

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head stands

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Opening: “Reading A Wave” 20th of December

Kaus Australis is pleased to invite you to the opening of:


20 – 22 December 2014
+ Scherptetraining, BABETTE KLEIJN (NL)
Opening: Friday 20 December, 7 PM – 2 AM
+ Party with WOES & MASSIVE
Opening hours: Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 December 12 PM – 5 PM
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Opening: Gastarbeit

Michael Winkler: FORMS OF LANGUAGE  – process-based paintings of abstract forms map the choices made by our cultural ancestors when they created the spelling of our words.

The paintings are created using a rigorous process which enables the spelling of words to be treated as instructions for generating abstract forms – choices of spelling made by our ancestors when they created the signs for our words plot the drawing of the forms. Since the spelling of English words was not devised according to a plan, it constitutes a collective set of innately driven choices made in the context of a desire to express senses of meaning.


Paola Alborghetti: I define my work as the unwitting source of wonderful accidents. The process of creation is starting  from what nature and humans bring in a citation, like tracks, signs, footprints. From them I make my paintings.

I like to move „inside the materials“, the forms, find new ones, cancel things, print drawings, cover them, print new again. The subject of my paintings is the process itself, everything else is a pretext, a piece of memory.

In all, there is a trace, a sign left.

Trace is a genuine element, silent, like the spontaneity and imagination.

In my work I keep myself continually making “real/active” work while always discovering  something new under the structures – again putting something away, placing new lines, imagining figures or maybe only shadows, letters, elements connected to the human presence.

Representation in my pictures takes place where the wonder is starting and where the imagination has a large space. That means for me, a big opportunity to express the fascination of the „unknown“, instilling an excitement to step further.


Eckehard Fuchs’s subjects hover between memory, imagination and the impressions left on our subconscious. Drawing from the aesthetic of Roman and Gothic sculpture, Italian  Renaissance and German Expressionism, he creates visual tales populated with characters portraying the human condition of longing, isolation, suffering and despair. At times, combining a subtle palette with expressive, garish colors, his paintings merely describe a de facto reality, but rather navigate the viewer through a psychological landscape enabling a glimpse through the window of the soul.


Elise Lai: My works are always about a kind of living mode. In a general sense, they’re about touches, intimacies and trivia in the everyday banal routine of personal habits and mundane chores. I’m interested in the residues of everyday life, always wondering about what is left behind after these experiences have taken place—the emotional and physical changes to the perceived environment, the feelings which remain, and the material effects like the lingering smells, etc. I’m fascinated by what these residues can be, what they can evoke. As an artist and a human being who is interested in such things, my approach to life and my creation of art are arranged accordingly.


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