by our reporter: Violeta Gamino Romero
January 4 2024
in the third studium resort we met with Feiko Beckers,
a cultivator of the art of lacking skill.
due to this conspicuous ‘absence of skill’,
his oeuvre is a meticulous
of mishaps that never quite materialise
– an enterprise he calls ‘attempts of accidents’.
his inspiration emanates from his real-life experiences,
as he tells.
Feiko believes in the depth of
storytelling as a conduit for contemplation and discourse on life,
and his chosen method of communication seems to be an
of staged failures.
contrary to the negative connotations typically associated with failure, his creations are not a tribute to defeat but rather an amusing pursuit of attempting something, only for it to unravel in an unintended manner.
is a dull pursuit;
the thrill is in the attempt.
“trying” he observes, “is inherent in art; this is not an exact science.”
A revelation dawned upon him when he was invited to partake in an exhibition themed around failure.
Tasked with cataloguing his artistic “failures,”
he realised how fun
was to share real-life attempts
of success with the rest.
the prospect of encountering failure strikes him as a source of laughter.
conversely, PROSPERITY induces a state of BOREDOM.
innate aspect of his being
– the optimal medium for conveying his abstract ideas.
his entire artistic enterprise unfolds as an intricately choreographed sequence of casualties.
his process is characterised by meticulous calculations,
where he plans failure with surgical precision.
on the stage of performance art, though self-trained in the formal nuances of performance, he revels in subverting the audience's expectations.
his works, adorned with self-explanatory titles,
intriguingly, he intertwines his artistic endeavours with familial connections, particularly through the inclusion of his mother in performances.
this, he contends,
injects authenticity into his narrative,
making a bond of trust with the audience.
going beyond adults, he has ventured into children's literature, with a conceptual framework that
around the utility of ostensibly useless objects
in his artistic lexicon.
“I am capable of doing nothing while everyone else is doing something,”
only to recant when he realises that he is incapable of such inertia when surrounded by industrious individuals.
this dichotomy leads his public to
reflect on both
labour and ethical
despite possessing a studio, he remains a solitary artisan, preferring the autonomy of creating his sculptures without the complications and expenses of collaboration.
at the moment, he might consider to
make these sculptures more than
to conclude, Feiko Beckers’ natural and honest energy
made us reflect on art and its meanings from
a funny failing experience.
Violeta Gamino Romero (2000, Spain) is currently studying Curatorial Studies (University of Groningen, Art History)
Feiko Beckers (b. 1983) is a Dutch artist who lives and works in Brussels. He was artist-in-resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam in 2010-2011 and in 2013 at Palais de Tokyo in Paris.
He works with everyday histories based on events from his own life, stories about failures, accidents or embarrassing situations that he has personally experienced. His work seeks answers to the unexpected, merciless character of unfortunate events. With video, performance, installations and even music, he constructs narratives that are unexpectedly interrupted, their determined and unavoidable failure impending and self-evident.
His work has been exhibited at De Appel, Amsterdam; Palais de Tokyo, Paris;Beursschouwburg, Brussel; Tenderpixel, Londen; Museum Kranenburg, Bergen; ; STUK, Leuven; Kunstverein Braunschweig; Fries Museum, Leeuwarden and at Gallery Stigter van Doesburg, Amsterdam.
HET RESORT IS supported by:
Mondriaan Fund, Gemeente Groningen