Ties Ten Bosch (NL, 1977)
My praxis is characterized by a provocative surrealistic approach
of actual everyday traces that we leave behind. I integrate these
banal tracks with social, political and current issues as a paradox
and thereby alienate them from their everyday life. This often
leads to works that result in a unceasing questioning of viewing
habits and of sculpture itself. The last few years the pressing
topic of consumption in relation to it’s imprint on the physical as
well as metaphorical space around us has a special interest in
my work.

A good work of art makes you look, and keep on looking. Until
you have found an answer to its enigma, one must persist in looking.
That is it’s primary function.

My work often can be read in the form of ‘what-if’ questions:
What if we make new paper out of found coffee cups (In coffee
we trust), what if you can turn a paint can in to a confetti cannon
(squeezing out a party), what if you witness a scene that tells an
unknown story (some other memory). I tend to tell stories with an
open end and invite the viewer to fill in the rest. Therefore, invitation
and collaboration are a core part of my practice. The art
creates an ongoing conversation between me, my work and the
Since 2013 I work and live in Berlin, after having Rotterdam as
my homebase for over 10 years. Besides working as an individual
visual artist I am and have been involved in several artistic collaborations,
such as: Volksrekorders (www.volksrekorders.com),
hOUTSKOOL (an analog art-zine), the B.a.d-foundation (www.
stichtingbad.nl) and currently with If Paradise Is Half As Nice

As a individual artist I am represented by the Frank Taal Gallery
in Rotterdam.


1977, ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands
Artist based in Berlin and ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Hans-Schmidt-strasse 4

12589, Berlin, Germany

Sint Jorisstraat 66

5211 HB ‘s-Hertogenbosch

+49 (0) 157 56728186

Rodenborch college Rosmalen, HAVO, 1989-1994
Rodenborch college Rosmalen, VWO, 1994-1996
TU Delft, Industrial designing, 1996-2000 (no diploma)
Willem de Kooning Academie, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2001-2005

Prices, stipendia, etc.
2017 AIR l’Atelier sur Seine, Fontainbleua, France
2016 State sponsored studio BBK Berlin
2013 Nomination for best presentation Re:Rotterdam Art fair
2011 O&O subsidie, CBK Rotterdam
2010 Artists residence Douala, Kameroen, Fonds BKVB

Exhibitions & projects (selection):
Solo show:
2019 Frank Taal Gallery, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2018 Every history tells a different story, ZQM, Berlin, Germany
2017 From Scratch, In the Rackroom, Berlin, Germany
2017 Sweet nothing, Frank Taal Gallerie, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2016 Cool Calm Collected, Gilla Loercerh Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2012 I don’t quit my daytime job, Upominki, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2012 Initial Numbers, Rechts achter, CBK Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2011 Home warming, WEI, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
2011 Framed, Gallery Hommes, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2008 There could be something beautiful here, Argument, Trilburg, the Netherlands

Group shows (selection)
2019 L’artiste et les commissaires, Lage Egal, Berlin, Germany
2019 Priceless, Neck of the woods, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2019 Amsteram Art on Paper, Art fair with Lage Egal, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2019 Yes we are open, Frank Taal Galery, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2019 IPIHAN#9, Zeitz, Germany
2019 Rhizome, Frank Taal Galery, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2019 Exchange, Habitable spaces, Kingsbury, texas, USA
2018 IPIHAN#8, Altenburg, Germany
2018 The Flying Field, Berlin, Germany
2017 Art-history-collection, Parts project, Den Haag, the Netherlands
2017 Meta, Lage Egal, Berlin, Germany
2017 IPIHAN#7, Zeitz, Germany
2016 Crosswords3, Lage Egal, Berlin, Germany
2016 Crosswords 3, Jordan/Seydoux, Berlin, Germany
2016 Zu_flug, Woltersburger Mühle, Uelzen, Germany
2016 IPIHAN#6, Leipzig, Germany
2016 Lage Egal, Berlin, Germany (duo-show)
2015 IPIHAN#5, Vlissingen, the Netherlands
2015 P/Art, Hamburg, Germany
2015 One plus one, Lage Egal, Berlin, Germany
2015 Amusing ourselves to death, De Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2015 Reverse Causality, Galerie Frank Taal, Rotterdam (duo show), the Netherlands
2015 Appropriating Languae Series, Maniere Noir, Berlin
2014 Abstact in Black, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin, Germany
2014 IPIHAN#3, Leipzig, Germany
2014 Unter Zwischen, Ampelhaus, Orangenbaum, Germany
2014 Figure That, Galerie Frank Taal, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2014 Half empty, KWC, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2013 IPIHAN#2, Leipzig, Germany
2013 Because it’s written, W_lf_rt, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2011 Noorderlicht, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2010 SUD2010, Douala, Cameroun
2010 Party Political, i.c.w. Hope Street Ltd./Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
2010 Paramaribo SPAN, Surinaamsche bank, Paramaribo, Suriname
2009 Volksrekorders, Blurrr, Tent., Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2009 Trappen/Tribune/Tent., 1o jaar Tent., Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2009 Grensloos Kunst Verkennen, IJhorst & De Wijk, the Netherlands
2008-2009 Restroom, NEST in NAI Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2008 NYPD, Conflux Festival, New York, NY, USA
2008 Art Amsterdam, MK-Gallery stand, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2008 Volksrekorders, Dresden (i.c.w. Filmfest Dresden), Germany
2007 Art for A Cause Fair, Miami, U.S.A.
2007 ‘Shipyard’, The Hague Sculpture, the Hague, the Netherlands,
2007 Volksrekorders, Zagreb, Croatia,
2006 ‘I.B.M.’, Wereld van Witte de With,Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2005-2006 ‘So Fresh’, Expodium Utrecht, the Netherlands
2005 ‘Basis’, Artis, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, invited by Dijkman en Osterholt, the

Other activities
2010-2015 guest-teacher at Willem de Kooning Academie.
2007-2012 Teaching for Kunstenaars in de Klas, Rotterdam
2007-2010 Initiator and participant of the Volksrekorders collective
2013-present Initiator and participant of the IPIHAN collective
2005-2013 Member of the B.a.d-foundation, Rotterdam
2009-2011 Initiator and editor of the art-zine hOUTSKOOL

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