Chad Burt, Simeon Cieslinski, Christoph Westermeier, Timmy van Zoelen
Takes place at
13 April – 12 May 2012

Pop-up, pop-under

We eat windows for breakfast
So does the spring sun

Pop-up, pop-under
Blocking one’s view won’t save you
Neither does the sun

Poop-out to poop in—
Do you guys like smooth, smooth rock?
Spring surely does

Pop-under blocker
fires foxes on a chrome safari
Browbeating browsers!





For Chad Burt, painting forms the foundation and point of departure for his practice: “The images and ideas I formulate through painting are often extended to the physical world as objects, which are juxtaposed and set in relationships with the paintings. An engagement with transcendence, spirituality, and belief is at the crux of my practice, although it is ambivalence in thinking about these matters that drives my work.”

Chad Burt (Canada, 1978) lives and works in Amsterdam. He is currently a participant of De Ateliers in Amsterdam. He holds a MFA from Goldsmiths, London. Solo exhibitions include Ascetic Natural, Wäscherei Kunstverein, Zurich, Switzerland (2011) and Soft Places, Herrmann Germann Contemporary, Zurich, Switzerland (2011). Recently, Chad was part of the group shows MFA Degree Show, Goldsmiths, London, UK (2011); Skin Job, Core Gallery, London, UK (2011) and Of many, one, Scaramouche, New York, NY (2011). Forthcoming exhibitions include Cobra: Other Times, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, The Netherlands (2012).


“I begin from fleeting yet poignant moments I wish to remember and ponder. These moments often possess an imbalance or ambivalence, making them apt aid in the realisation of aspects otherwise intangible. These moments exemplify my own curiosity into the justification of traditions, and defining of social positions. At present I have focussed on craftworkers, and the idolisation of a ‘simple life’.” The work of Simeon usually takes the form of installation creating a platform or setting for more crucial objects and/or video to be considered.

Simeon Cieslinski (United Kingdom, 1988) lives and works in Amsterdam. He is a participant of De Ateliers in Amsterdam. Simeon holds a BA Fine Arts from Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, where he was awarded the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Fine Arts Prize. Recently he was part of group exhibitions at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Graduation show, The Netherlands (2011) and at Kind Regards Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2010). 


Christoph Westermeier’s practice revolves around photography and investigates the way we deal with images. He analyzes the medium from different perspectives and uses strategies of appropriation and the re-photographing of found material in combination with photos taken by his own hand to claim a “detournement”, thereby denying the viewer easy access to a multi-layered image.

Christoph Westermeier (Germany, 1984) lives and works in Amsterdam and Düsseldorf. He is a participant of De Ateliers in Amsterdam. Christoph previously studied at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf. He was recipient of the Peter-Mertes-Scholarship from Kunstverein Bonn, Germany (2010) and the dHCS Scholarship from Kunstverein Düsseldorf, Germany (2011). Recent solo exhibitions include The Early Walnut Period, Galerie Max Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany (2011); Jan Meier Christoph Westermeier, Kunstverein Bonn, Germany (2011); Grisaille, Schaufenster Kunstverein Düsseldorf, Germany (2011) and Flexy (with Martin Pfeifle), Parkhaus, Düsseldorf, Germany (2010). He took part in group shows such as Number Five: Cities of Gold and Mirrors, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany (2011); 2 oder 3 Dinge die ich von ihr weiss, MAP – The Chain, Düsseldorf, Germany (2011), as well as in Talking To Rocks, Villa Romana, Florence, Italy (2010).


Employing strategies of corruption and encryption, Timmy van Zoelen seduces the spectator to engage in his perverted phantasms. In his work Van Zoelen exercises his idiosyncratic humour by sharing his salacious and facetious views on nature, history, and fortune. Moving from pulsion to representation, from foreplay to display, he is continuously evaluating desire, struggling between abstinence and indulgence, and between the tangible and the virtual. We find this results in an amalgamation of works erecting an uncanny web of allegoric integrity where the old and the new interpenetrate.

Timmy van Zoelen (the Netherlands, 1982) lives and works in Amsterdam. He is a participant of De Ateliers in Amsterdam. Timmy holds a MFA from Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam and a BFA from KABK (Royal Academy of Art), The Hague. Recent shows include: You took the part that once was my heart, The Hunterian Museum, Glasgow, Scotland (Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2012); :Hypercolon:, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2011) and Anthem for the People’s Tomorrow, PZI Fine Arts Graduation show, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2011).