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Book Ceiling (Inoperative Library), view from below Book Ceiling (Inoperative Library), view from below Cleared storage space with stairs and ladder Cleared storage space with stairs and ladder Book Ceiling (Inoperative Library), view from top Book Ceiling (Inoperative Library), view from top Als spinrag / Like cobwebs (detail) Als spinrag / Like cobwebs (detail) Als spinrag / Like cobwebs + albumen print found while cleaning the ceiling Als spinrag / Like cobwebs + albumen print found while cleaning the ceiling Book Ceiling (Inoperative Library), view from below Book Ceiling (Inoperative Library), view from below Book Ceiling (Inoperative Library), detail view from below Book Ceiling (Inoperative Library), detail view from below
Nickel van Duijvenboden (1981) explores the potentiality of a writerly artist practice. To the extent that his work is material, it arranges the traces and remnants of a writing process; insofar as it is literary, it investigates the mental and moral identity of the artist. What art is or can be continually shifts; it is ultimately contained in the individual’s actions.

The exchange of letters occupies a pivotal role in his daily activities. Corresponding by mail constitutes an encounter in solid form, under controlled circumstances, allowing for a contemplation of the (im)possibility of a reciprocal approach. Each dispatch, once opened, may prove to be amorous or disastrous. Every letter could be the last; it could be undelivered or even left unopened, but it cannot be withdrawn. The remaining archive, along with its appendices and manual gestures, testifies to a relationship. It measures a difference, not only geographically (distance) but also personally (alterity).

For a further glimpse of my work please go to http://nickelvd.nl
Contingence for beginners, 2015 (detail) Contingence for beginners, 2015 (detail) From a constant ruin (installation view), RijksakademieOPEN 2014 From a constant ruin (installation view), RijksakademieOPEN 2014