'rolling, rolling, rolling' - averill park new york - 2015

'Rolling, rolling, rolling' -(a tribute to life)

 a series ofinstallations at Arts Letters and Numbers Averill Park NY, USA, August/September 2015

Barts adventure inALN started at The Shop, that huge space on the ground floor of The Mill. Whenyou visit it for the first time it looks like a chaotic mess, so many stuff ofall kind, everywhere around, in all corners. It was too much. But suddenly hediscovered an old wheelchair and from than on the story started to tell itself.

At the end of 2014the grandparents of his daughter Eline both died. Her grandfather suffered fromdementia and he ended his life in a wheelchair. He looked very satisfied, in away hassle-free childish. Was he happy? One couldn't verify.  At that time - as a memory of grandfather Fritsand his illness - Bart made an new artwork: a small wheelchair with very highgrab bards. It looked like a toy. Why we do give children a small stroller toplay with, or a little car but never a wheelchair? Is it because we are so usedto ignoring the 'dark sides of life'?

So finding that oldwheelchair in The Shop turned out to be the beginning of a series of 'vehicles'that people use/need during their lifetime. Bart made drawings of a stroller, abuggy, a scooter, a skateboard, a bike, a walker, the wheelchair and finallythe litter where you lay when live is over.

And then he found a music box, playing 'raindrops keep falling on my head'... and the idea of the merry go round was born.

The drawingsbecame cut-outs and the cut-outs became part of a small merry go round thatafter all turned out to be the model of a full-scale one.

In this period theresidence artists of ALN visited MASS-Moca and Bart was excited about the worksof Jim Shaw. Back in Averill Park he went to the studio in the evening (whatreally was special because his working hours mostly are from 8 hs in themorning until 14 hs. The afternoon is reserved for his bike rides) and made aseries of nine large sheets of brown paper where he cut out the life-vehicles.Next day he painted the sheets white and a new piece of art was born!

The cut out papervehicles he folded as small as possible and he tied a ribbon to. Presented on abutchers chopping block it represents the complete arsenal of surprises lifecan offer each one of us everyday.

The fourth part ofhis works are the vehicles made of rest wood he found in The Shop. At thismoment this is an important issue for Bart: as he left home he decided not tobuy any new materials or tools for the artworks he eventually should make atALN. In addition he  intended not to takethe  eventually new art works back hometo Holland. For the presentation on August 29th at ALN Bart made akind of cross court in The Shop.

The nine woodenvehicles later were part of a performance in The Mill: nine actors moved eachone of the vehicles and formed a Living Merry Go Round.  Finally all the actors were interviewed aboutthe rol 'their'  vehicle played in theirown life.


the merry go round of life

The carousel consists of nine sliced vehicles brown cardboard board. They are equipped with line drawings in white paint. All material comes from The Shop. Nuts, screws, bars and screw element are again suitable for reuse.


the hidden presentation

The Hidden Presentation is a story in itself. Because what to do when you have 'all possibilities in the world' and you are threaten to lose them largerly?
Initially I was working alone in the studio The Mill; then two other artists joined in; then another two. And suddenly it was very busy. I felt compromised. So fast yet - before the storm breaks out - I tried everything before I things went cleaning my space.

I minimized the cut shapes from 'Empty Shadows' and folded them into one another. They became hidden artworks - Hidden Presentations. The whole life wrapped tightly. And then there is a chopping block, even a long ladder. There are beams and ropes ...


the empty shadows

Nine sheets of brown paper from the roll. Paintg on each one a vehicle / vehicle (car, bike, scooter, etc.). Draw the circumference and then cut out the figure. Thereafter, the sheets are whitened with wall paint, in which the edge lines are recessed.

The sheets are destroyed after the presentation of The House on The Hill and kept up with the garbage.

This work is inspired by Jim Shaw.


the vehicle cross

A course is plotted with chalk on the floor of The Shop. The wooden vehicles are made from waste wood. Nuts, bolts, screws and useful woodwork are put back in the shelves and bins.
The music box which rotates the carousel model also comes from The Shop. The model is with music box traveled to the Netherlands.


the living carrousel

(invitation by mail ? sended 09.01.2015 to: Michelle Elliot; Diane Deblois; Che Perez; Frida Foberg; Drew Gillespie; Bonnie Cook; Robbert Dalton Harris)

"Dear all!

My residence period at ALN comes to its end. I'm so gratefull about the experiences I had and about the works that came to me, as a gift.
In the attachment you will find some information about the projects that I've worked on.
Thursday September 3rd will be 'The Grand Final'. During a pressure-cooker-session I will try to realize the all-embracing art work of 'Rolling rolling rolling'. This will hopefully result in a short movie. I never did such before, so I need your help! It would be nice if we could let it be 'our project'. Hereby I hearty invite you to be join this event and contribute in this project.

Program of The Grand Final:

16:00h -16:30h:  Gathering at The Barn, where we will swipe the Merry go Round of Life. Welcome and a short introduction about the idea. Making a group photo.

16:30h:  we will go to The Shop and make a ride with the vehicles. In the meanwhile between 16.00h - 17.00h Ché will interview each of you about 'age'. These interviews will take roughly 7 minutes and will be filmed.

17:00h in The Mill.  Time to discuss the suggestions and possibilities of filming 'rolling rolling rolling'. Making a photo of each participant and a vehicle.

18:00h   We will start the performance that will be the leading motiv of the movie.

19:00h  Dinner at The Mill

20:00h   We will do four small acts 'behind the screen'.

21:00h   We are very satisfied and we look back on a very enjoyable and enriching afternoon!

I hope you will be here!



playing in the dark

If you get the change to make no experiences, then do it!


the interviews

The Living Carousel was the result of a workshop that lasted one afternoon and evening. The actors were two employees of ALN, three artists who were present at that time and four friends of the ALN.
Thinking about the plan to make a living carousel is one thing, executing this plan is different. In particular: where do you get the people who want to form the circle?
Until recently ALN there were many residence artists and other interested parties, but when Bart Drost wanted to implement this project, there were "only" three present, including himself, one of which did not really want to participate. She fortunately participated in the project (otherwise could not pass it), but she refused an interview.
The interviews were recorded on video. A cutout of these interviews was taken by Che Perez and Bart in his last week at ALN. This compilation is finally developed and assembled after my departure ALN by Che Perez.

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Bart Drost

free artist

Graafseweg 183a
6531ZR Nijmegen
The Netherlands