Marjan Teeuwen

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Destroyed House Krasnoyarsk 1, 2010Destroyed House Krasnoyarsk 1, 2010

Destroyed House Krasnoyarsk 1, 2010

Archive 4, 2008Archive 4, 2008

Archive 4, 2008

Archive 6, 2012Archive 6, 2012

Archive 6, 2012

Archive Johannesburg, 2015Archive Johannesburg, 2015

Archive Johannesburg, 2015

Destroyed House Piet Mondriaanstraat 1, 2011Destroyed House Piet Mondriaanstraat 1, 2011

Destroyed House Piet Mondriaanstraat 1, 2011

Destroyed House Krasnoyarsk 1, 2010Destroyed House Krasnoyarsk 1, 2010

Destroyed House Krasnoyarsk 1, 2010

In her aptly titled body of work, Destroyed House, Dutch artist MarjanTeeuwen reclaims the wreckage of abandoned buildings assembling each fragment in painstakingly detailed installations, set within the original structures.  These temporary living artworks are present for their surrounding community to experience, but they ultimately exist only through the carefully composed photographs which Teeuwen captures for posterity with her large-format camera.  Her images illuminate the precarious balance of the power of destruction with the constructive implications of order and function. Her first solo show with Bruce Silverstein Gallery will open February 2018.

Teeuwen explores themes related to architecture, reconstruction, loss, and memory through performance, painting, installation, and the photographic medium.  In 2008, Teeuwen began seeking out buildings in her native Holland that were slated to be demolished.  She breaks down the homes, and then reconstructs the inside into architectural sculptures using the fragments of debris from the walls, floors, ceilings within the building's dilapidated structure.  Teeuwen revitalizes these spaces by creating near monochromatic sculptural installations; turning chaos into order.  The newly constructed installations echo their original forms, with hints of floor, window, doorway, but are wholly transformed into carefully conceived environments. These spaces exist independently from their previous incarnations, yet they occupy the same physical location.  
In 2016, Teeuwen visited Gaza, and created Destroyed House Gaza in a home that had been bombed.  Her process of rebuilding took on a deeper gravitas when responding to a territory defined by such a horrific conflict.  

Born in 1953 in Venlo, Holland, Teeuwen now lives and works in Amsterdam, Holland.  She attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Tilburg, followed by Academy of Fine Arts and Design St. Joost in Breda.  In 2014 Teeuwen participated in a residency in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Her work has been exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland; ARCAM, Amsterdam, Holland; the Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden, Holland; the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, Holland; and the Museum Van Bommel Van Dam, Venlo, Holland.