Thursday, 25 March 2021

Pattern nor Painting - Ada Van Hoorebeke

Published with Bom Dia Books, Berlin 

out now!

>Link to the online presentation


Painting Award of the Andreas Felger Kulturstiftung and the Heidelberger Kunstverein.

Exhibition: 17/04/2021-13/06/2021


Artists (nominated by):

Mojé Assefjah (Chus Martínez)
Bradley Davies (Sergej Jensen)
Veronika Hilger (Jana Baumann)
Ada van Hoorebeke (Mathilde ter Heijne)
Anna Slobodnik (Julia Grosse & Yvette Mutumba)

The WERK.STOFF Painting Award conceives painting as an open concept. Beyond the connotation of the classical canvas painting, the prize embraces contemporary painterly practices that, among other things, expand the repertoire of materials and subjects by cross–culturally incorporating previously marginalized visual worlds and ways of working, extending into space, linking different media, and disrupting the common conception of painting. In this way, the prize emphasizes the polyphony of the medium, reflecting the ongoing transformation of artistic production and the plurality of experiences in a globalized world.

Rose Family Factory (compressed version for painters)

Monday, 22 March 2021

Printing With The Planet (in Progress)

above: paper made from the grass in this landscape 

above: paper made from seaweed from this landscape 

seagrass caught in recycled paper 

above left: paper made from 100% seaweed;  right: paper made from seaweed mixed with banana leaf paper pulp meets batik, natural dyes on cotton. 

above: silkscreen print made with seaweed base and natural dyes on paper 

above: silkscreen printing base made from seaweed

The first two weeks of March I was invited by Terraform, artist-in-residence program on Samseo island (Denmark).

As this residency is focussing on editions, printing and a  a sci-fi approach on starting from scratch on an island. I tried to figure out a way to reinvent colours and inks for printing as well as the paper to print on:  made from local natural weeds. 

I learn that the fjords on the island were a place where Vikings fought against any other potential population and settled about 9th Century. Now pollution is a fact here: hidden for the eye literally buried under the ground and poured into the sea... and along with that, a disappearing sea life, which is also not visible from this point of view. I am a stranger here, in a new assembled family the landscape looks like nothing ever changed.

I think of older cultures living along the water in other places, who came up with papyrus and insanely beautiful colours made from natural sources for writing materials. I don't know if Vikings used writing supplies other than stone and parchment.  And if they did, would their paper look like this then? 

If this is the future, 

where the internet broke down, 

and paper is no longer produced, 

will we use the grass we find? 

...Print on what is washed ashore: 

dead bodies of seaweed 

once dancing in the waves, 

nursing harbor 

for premature shells. 

Seaweed also happens to be a perfect natural base for silk screen printing. It smells like death and rolls smoothly over the screen. The colour is golden sepia. Mixed with oak gal ink and madder root, the colours range from black, brown to red. 

Thanks to Terraform: Hannah, Johan,  Caspar and Tea for inviting me and hopefully many others in the future to take part in this great experiment. 

Also many thanks to Ulla Enevoldsen for introducing us residents: Chris Shields, Wilfred Wagner & me to the craft of paper making. 

Monday, 24 August 2020

Rose Family Factory

Rose Family Factory, Ada Van Hoorebeke 
Photos: Helmut Claus

Rose Family Factory

Rose Family Factory turns leaves into dye and berries into jam. It resambles a batik studio fused with a marmelade manufactory. Dye baths are made from oil barrels mounted on wheel barrows and industrial berry puree containers.  In the Rose Family Factory textiles are dyed with leaves from plants belonging to the rose family. These are: blackberry leaves, strawberry - and raspberry leaves. The leaves of red fruits contain tannin, which results in different shades of earth colours ranging from pale ochre to black, when used in combination with different mordants such as alum and rust. 

Apart from large scale batiks to minuscule samples, the installation presents an edition of home made marmalade with a batik lid as well as a batik workshop which is open to the public.

Rose Family Factory by Ada Van Hoorebeke was first shown at the group exhibition:


along with work by Okka-Esther Hungerbühler, Sonja Yakovleva and Ulrika Segerberg.

30 August - 1 November 2020 at the Städtische Galerie Nordhorn

With a batik workshop on 18-19 September.

More info here (German)

Batik Sample and stamp




still: 10001, Team S, 08/02 (first video)

I am participating to 10001 a colaborative virtual project organised by Undercurrent and co-organized by the European Union National Institutes of Culture’s New York Cluster. I am paired with artist Luisa Muhr to start a collaboration.  Our thoughts and work in progress can be followed here:

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Fake Calligraphy #4

 Fake Calligraphy #4

Ada Van Hoorebeke, Maartje Fliervoet, Kato Six, manoeuvre and participants

Kunsthal Gent 

Lange Steenstraat 14

Friday, March 6, 20:00
opening and introduction by the artists

On view in Kunsthal Gent on Saturday and Sunday until 22 March, 11:00-18:00.
Activation sessions in presence of the artists: Saturday 7 & 14 March, between 14:00-16:45

Fake Calligraphy is a sculpture that can be activated as a working place to create batik patterns inspired on writing. Since 2016 Fake Calligraphy has been developed by Ada Van Hoorebeke and Maartje Fliervoet with participants and Manoeuvre art center for craft, co-creation and diversity in the Rabot in Ghent. Previous activations of the sculpture took place at Wiels in Brussels and CC De Ververij in Ronse. For Fake Calligraphy #4 at Kunsthal Gent, the sculpture is adapted to the context of the Kunsthal and its past as a monastery. A number of working tables in co-creation with Kato Six are integrated in this setup. In addition to a working environment in full activity, previous cycles of Fake Calligraphy can also be seen at the Kunsthal.

>>>more info

photo's: Michiel De Cleene 

Fake Calligraphy #4 
metal, mortar boxes, wax batik with natural dyes on cotton, batik tools,  iron gall ink on paper, overhead projector,  paper backdrop (orange).

Private Fountains - Public Baths - Zine

Private Fountains - Public Baths 
Kato Six & Ada Van Hoorebeke 
poster artwork with Katja Mater, printed with Colorama, Berlin, 2020
8p folder, 100 copies 4 colours, Risograph on paper 115 gr

Thursday, 9 January 2020

What a Fine Production Line

Kato Six/ Ada Van Hoorebeke

Opening: January 17, 17:00 – 19:00

Zine launch: February 29

January 17 – February 29
Fridays from 13:00 – 17:00
or on appointment: 
Kraijenhoffstraat 34, 
1018 RL Amsterdam 

Photo´s by Maartje Fliervoet and Ada Van Hoorebeke

The collaborative sculpture Private Fountains – Public Baths (Six/Van Hoorebeke, in dialogue with guests) suggests a meandering of matter and ideas. Somewhere along the garden hose, between dye-bath and stamped sign, personal authorship dissolves into an exchange on routines of household industry. Creating a synecdoche par excellence: the whole gets confused for its separate parts. (Manifold Books)