Showroom MAMA's group show SMLXL opens on Friday, 14th November at 18:00. The show combines works of emerging and more established artists. The scales on which they work are very different.


Small: Silvia Russell shows a selection of small drawings, based on a drastic change in her life. These drawings are very direct and show the artist’s reaction to the world that surrounds her. Silvia Russell temporarily lives and works in New York and makes at least one drawing a day. Both coherence and contrast are shown in the presentation of the work, thus communicating a very personal story.

Small: Ester Janssen also works on a small scale. But in her case it is with sculpture. She makes little houses: archetypal for a standardised, ideal world. The austere style and diminutive scale of the objects are a reaction against the abundance of visual impulses to which we are exposed and invite the viewer to concentrate and contemplate.

Medium: On November 14th, Iepe the Joker and Luis the Lawyer battle in the boxing ring and on the chess board for the Chess-Boxing World Title at Paradiso in Amsterdam. The champion’s bout is organised under the auspices of the World Chess Boxing Organisation. With this, The WCBO introduces the new King’s Discipline to the world of sports. A video report of this event will be shown in Showroom MAMA, together with various paraphernalia such as the champion’s belt, the chess robot arm, the outfits of the participants and other material. []

Small to Extra Large: Joris Oprins presents his latest animation video ‘How Snjezi Tjeiovec Found His Ancestors”. Equally touching and hilarious this is a tale in the tradition of the classical Russian storytellers and the former Eastern bloc animation studios.

Large: Tessa Koot presents her life-size ‘Ramona Dull’, a statue -or doll- of an Amazonian woman, made from leather. Koot’s sculpture tramples on the concept of girl power in high heels. She uses classical crafts(wo)manship to contribute to the new body of feminist pop-art , connecting with phenomena such as the girl band; Chicks on Speed, rock star Peaches and visual artist Madeleine Berkheimer. The sculpture evolved through an organic process and is compiled for hundreds of small pattern parts.

Extra Large: Erik Habets shows the biggest work of this exhibition, very aptly named ‘Hannibal’. This statue of a giant elephant refers to and connects with other large-scale, comic-inspired sculptures, with which Habets wants to impress and amaze the viewer in a humorous way. “I show heroes from the past and the present; big, strong and funny. But there is always something bigger.”

Small to Extra Large: As a special bonus, we will also premiere Jan van Nuenen’s video ‘SET 4’. According to Van Nuenen, ‘Set 4’ has been built up from images taken from “the most boring television channel I know: the Sports Channel”. The animation he has composed is a hypnotizing, kaleidoscopic choreography of table tennis, competitive diving and basketball.

With the contribution of Silvia Russell, Ester Janssen, IEPE, Joris Oprins, Tessa Koot, Erik Habets and Jan van Nuenen.

About HOME

HOME is the leitmotiv by which we encourage conversation about conceptions regarding belonging, representation and identification. HOME is a fundament, the place you return to and anchorpoint for the journey onward. HOME (offline as well as online) is the start of feeling connect to others. Under the name HOME we also present exhibitions in the showroom of MAMA. In collaboration with young makers we express interpretations about HOME | IN REAL LIFE | NETWORKS.


Website by HOAX Amsterdam