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 an unceasing questioning of viewing habits and of sculpture itself. With these works, I create an alternative storyline of reality itself. It makes the viewer question everything that is part of our own presence. Although I try to grasp and control a certain process and method of working, I try to avoid understanding the outcome of my own work. I truly believe that in this way, the viewer has more chance to understand the work in his or her own way.

‘The better you know what the purpose of what you are making is, the less likely the viewer will be able to discover something in it for themselves.’
(Free translation borrowed from Micha Wertheim: Wat de beste kunstwerken met elkaar gemeen hebben: ze zijn mislukt /, decorrespondent.nl / 22 juni 2018)

In my practice, the subject is the starting point. This results in a wide variety of approaches, different mediums I work with and new aesthetic solutions to communicate my ideas. This is why, on first view, each series of works might look like they are made by different artists. But once you start to understand the way I look at the world, things will become obvious and clear.

In a practical sense, I use everything I see around me in my work. I take it, twist it, combine it and put it out in the world again. The series ‘conspiracies everywhere’ are based on official reports where secret information has been blacked out. While in ‘Skins of Berlin’ I use the aesthetic side of street posters and put them in an art- context by combing them with a monochrome painting. In this way, I disconnect them from their original function and meaning. The ‘coffee-series’ are based on a small article I read about the amount of paper coffee cups are used per hour in Berlin.

Since 2013 I work and live in and Berlin and ‘s- Hertogenbosch, after having Rotterdam as my home base 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 (www.ipihan.com).

As an individual artist, I am represented by the Frank Taal Gallery in Rotterdam, Little Bird Place in Sofia and Lage Egal in Berlin.


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, stipends, residencies, etc.
2022 Residence Wunderkammer, Lavangsnes, Norway
2021 Stipend Gemeente ‘sHertogenbosch, the Netherlands
2021 Residence Atelier11, Paris, France
2020 Residence IMAGO, Tsarimir, Bulgaria
2017 Residence AIR l’Atelier sur Seine, Fontainebleau, France
2016 State sponsored studio BBK Berlin
2013 Nomination for best presentation Re:Rotterdam Art fair
2011 O&O subsidies, CBK Rotterdam
2010 Stipend and artists residence Douala, Cameroon, Fonds BKVB
Exhibitions & projects (selection):
Solo show:
2022 In dust things meet, In The Rackroom, Berlin, Germany
2021 Skins, Frank Taal Gallery, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2021 In dust things meet, Baracca, Den Haag, the Netherlands
2019 to leave the trace, 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 Galerie, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2016 Cool Calm Collected, Gilla Loercher 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, Tilburg, the Netherlands
Group shows (selection)
2022  Catch 22, Frank Taal Gallery, the Netherlands
2022 Surface tentsion, NOTW, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2021 Traces, Art and Culture Today, Sofia, Bulgaria
2021 Frank Taal Gallery, Art Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2021 Past Memories, New Narratives, Atelier11, Paris, France
2020 Eat, drink, art, thought, Kunstverein, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany
2020 Curry Favor, Lage Egal, Berlin
2020 IPIHAN#10, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2020 (Un)certainty, Frank Taal Gallery, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2019 L’artiste et les commissaires, Lage Egal, Berlin, Germany
2019 Priceless, Neck of the woods, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2019 Amsterdam Art on Paper, Art fair with Lage Egal, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2019 Yes we are open, Frank Taal Gallery, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2019 IPIHAN#9, Zeitz, Germany
2019 Rhizome, Frank Taal Gallery, 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 Language Series, Maniere Noir, Berlin
2014 Abstract in Black, Kreuzberg Pavilion, Berlin, Germany
2014 IPIHAN#3, Leipzig, Germany
2014 Unter Zwischen, Ampelhaus, Oranienbaum, 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, Cameroon
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 Netherlands

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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