Chiel Lubbers

A visual artist based in the Netherlands, motivated by a resonance with rippled structures in the natural landscape, currently developing 'Musculo-vegetal'. This project embodies analogous research that explores the similarities between fibers in plants and human muscles tissues.

About

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Pillar of Resonance

Plant fibers, framed with oak wood and museum glas, 179cm x 33cm x 19cm

The work is a human scaled translation of the Erector Spinae, a group of muscles located on both sides of the vertebral column that spans the entire length of the back from the base of the skull to the pelvis. 

Pillar of Resonance is part of the MicroMacro herbarium series that embodies analogous research, delving into the parallels between fibers in plants and human muscle tissues. Through intricate processes of dissection, fermentation, and positioning of fibers, the Alterhouse series offers a variety of scaled works, revealing the microscopic and macroscopic anatomical tissues of our intimate anatomy across different layers of our reality. The essence of MicroMacro lies in its aim to induce a meditative state, encouraging viewers to reflect on the life forms that constitute our bodies. It conveys the profound concept that we are fundamentally resonant beings intricately connected to cosmic currents.

https://alterhouse.gallery/collections/chiel-lubbers/products/pillar-of-resonance




Cardiac Wave

Plant fibers, framed with maple wood and museum glas, 51,5cm x 85cm 

The work is a microscopic translation of the cardiac muscle which makes up de thick middle layer of the heart. 

Cardiac Wave is part of the MicroMacro herbarium series that embodies analogous research, delving into the parallels between fibers in plants and human muscle tissues. Through intricate processes of dissection, fermentation, and positioning of fibers, the Alterhouse series offers a variety of scaled works, revealing the microscopic and macroscopic anatomical tissues of our intimate anatomy across different layers of our reality. The essence of MicroMacro lies in its aim to induce a meditative state, encouraging viewers to reflect on the life forms that constitute our bodies. It conveys the profound concept that we are fundamentally resonant beings intricately connected to cosmic currents.

https://alterhouse.gallery/collections/chiel-lubbers/products/cardiac-wave





Micro Cardiac

Plant fibers, framed with maple wood and museum glas, 38,5 cm x 28,5 cm

The work is a microscopic translation of the cardiac muscle which makes up de thick middle layer of the heart. 

Micro Cardiac is part of the MicroMacro herbarium series that embodies analogous research, delving into the parallels between fibers in plants and human muscle tissues. Through intricate processes of dissection, fermentation, and positioning of fibers, the Alterhouse series offers a variety of scaled works, revealing the microscopic and macroscopic anatomical tissues of our intimate anatomy across different layers of our reality. The essence of MicroMacro lies in its aim to induce a meditative state, encouraging viewers to reflect on the life forms that constitute our bodies. It conveys the profound concept that we are fundamentally resonant beings intricately connected to cosmic currents.

https://alterhouse.gallery/collections/chiel-lubbers/products/micro-cardiac





Erector Spinae


‘Erector Spinae’ is an herbarium grounded in analogical research on the fibers of plant and human tissue fibers. This artwork reveals and mediates upon the hidden life forms composing our bodies. ‘Erector spinae’ presents a scaled interpretation of the deeper muscles of the back.


Splenius

Plant fibers, framed with maple wood and museum glas, 32,5 cm x 19,5 cm

The work is a 1:1 translation of deep muscle of the neck. 

Micro Cardiac is part of the MicroMacro herbarium series that embodies analogous research, delving into the parallels between fibers in plants and human muscle tissues. Through intricate processes of dissection, fermentation, and positioning of fibers, the Alterhouse series offers a variety of scaled works, revealing the microscopic and macroscopic anatomical tissues of our intimate anatomy across different layers of our reality. The essence of MicroMacro lies in its aim to induce a meditative state, encouraging viewers to reflect on the life forms that constitute our bodies. It conveys the profound concept that we are fundamentally resonant beings intricately connected to cosmic currents.

https://alterhouse.gallery/collections/chiel-lubbers/products/splenius


 



Fragmented Body

The 'Fragmented Body' series naturally evolved from the 'an inner-act' project. This collection encompasses both three-dimensional and two-dimensional artworks, portraying patterns that symbolize the path towards fragmentation. It delves into the concept of decomposition within the ecosystem where humans are integral participants.





An Inner-act

An inner-act is an exploration of the analogy of protein fibers found in vegetables to those within human muscle tissues. A discovery in the relation between food and muscles both in terms of nutrition and energy, but also for the material likeness as fibers. The composition seeks to find an essence of culture within nature by bringing equal position to non-human lifeforms that together make up a ecosystem in which we inner-act. The research is conceptualized in a second skin, which brings the inner to the outer while acting as a mirror to human beholders.



Ripple Dynamic

As the tides recede, the water gradually pulls back, unveiling the impact of wave frequency on the sediment bed’s motion. This motion reshapes the sand’s geometry into a variety of flowing forms known as ripples. ‘Ripple Dynamic’ captures an altered translation of a magical moment by the Dutch sea. 




About


As a visual artist, my motivation is built upon the embodied experience of an 'inner-act,' which arises within the dynamic interplay between two entities and is distinguished by a bodily-felt affect. This 'inner- act' serves as a means to capture my resonance with rippled structures in the natural landscape.

My creative practice is composed of field research and investigative alchemical techniques for making materials from degradable and natural substances, primarily sourced from the vegetal and geological realms. By dissecting, deconstructing, and translating a phenomenon or object I seek hidden features on various scales of anatomy, capturing its potential and building poetic compositions. 

At its core, my artistic practice revolves around understanding the movement and co-existence of entities, and their densities. The underlying question that is constantly present explores the human position in relation to non-human entities.


Education

2017-2021   
Bachelor, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague

2019
Exchange, Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavik


Exhibitions

2023 
Solo Show
Boox.space, Haarlem

2023
Group show
Trixie, The Hague 
 
2023
Group show 
Alter House Gallery, I’m Studio Amsterdam   
 
2022  
Em-bodies
777 gallery, Antwerp                 
 
2022 
Resonance
Paper Art Gallery, The Hague                  
                         
2022
Open Ateliers
Kunstgreep, The Hague
                
2022
Ripple Dynamic
LAB22, The Hague                    

2022  
Gardening
Creative coding Utrecht
Oud Amelisweerd, Bunnik                 

2022
Touching 
Kabk Lectorate Design, The Hague                    

2021
On Your Own
Haagse kunstkring, The Hague                         
            
2021
Graduation Show
Royal Academy of Art, The Hague                     

2019
ʻHvar Endar þetta?’
Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavik                 

2019 
ʻLeave no Trace’ 
Royal Academy of Art, The Hague