Dordt College recently completed the run of “I am curious” art exhibition by Canadian artist/designer Harold Sikkema. The following are notes from one of Harold's presentations when he was visiting the College.
By Matt Van Rys—
My Notes on Harold Sikkema, Visiting Artist/Designer
Dordt College Senior Seminar Class Visit / Presentation—21 October 2014.
- From Caledonia Ontario.
- Working Graphic Designer, Web Developer and Fine Artist
- Showed exhibition design, to scale, pillars, wall layouts with templates provided by David [Versluis] (see illustration above).
- Freelance, Self-Employed.
- Spoke of the importance of curating as part of the art making process
- Conversation within a specific space
- Think about the installation as it reflects with the work
- Harold is also currently using Google’s Open Gallery to show digital versions of what the “i am curious Show might look like.
- Expressed habit of being on the lookout for traces of humanity all around, think footprints, scratches, paths, trails and the like.
- Borrowing as a way of respecting the people around you (collaboration, making marks in the world together)
- Photoshop can be a very lonely place, just you and the screen
- It can make you move to get more active engagement
- How to connect the dots between art and religion (Reformed as a form of minimalism)
- Community as performance artwork – committed to a confession
- Community world service Asia (example of branding and website)
- Commercial work can enrich your personal art
- Journaling and writing as a secondary outlet and resource (good and helpful for building and shaping perspective)
- Curiosity as strange, but also as inquisitive
- “Otherverse” as nature, the other form of revelation