Fiona Rae, Doriana Chiarini, Aernout Mik, Kay Rosen
Voorwerk 1, 1990
Exhibition catalog for Voorwerk 1, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Compartmentalized cardboard box containing: a UNIQUE painting by Fiona Rae, 5 cards by Kay Rosen, a fold out paper by Chiarini and 5 photocards by Mik + double-sided colophon.
13h x 9w x 2d in.; divided into 4 compartments, each 4h x 6w in.
Edition of 500
500 Paintings for Witte de With
In October of 1990 Witte de With in Rotterdam held the first of their Voorwerk series, which featured works by Doriana Chiarini, Aernout Mik, Fiona Rae and Kay Rosen.
Voorwerk translates to "preliminary work" and the series featured then-younger and emerging artists, with the intention to provide "the first substantial presentation of works by relatively unknown artists".
Italian artist Doriana Chiarini presented elegant objects that combined design and art. Aernout Mik showed his Dummies series, which consists of cushions from photographic linen, loosely modeled after the human body, that are photographically printed with children’s portraits. Fiona Rae exhibited abstract works and Kay Rosen presented textual paintings rich with visual jokes, taken from everyday conversation, pulp novels and telephone directories.