Arriving at the Rozengracht, it was clear that we would need to roll up our sleeves before we could truly benefit from the studio’s fantastic space and even better location. So channelling all we learned back in the workshop days of school, we got busy with a range of tools, (occasionally plasters) and plenty of refreshments. A couple months of juggling work and labour later, we had the place looking as we had hoped, including the construction of our centrepiece – the bar!
For the official opening of the studio, we produced a small exhibit. We presented a series of photographs titled ‘Blood, Sweat and Beers’ which showcased an ode to our tools, equipment and consumables which were used to renovate the studio.
Each composition conveys the order and organisation we were striving to achieve, along with the inevitable disruptions and occasional chaos that can’t be avoided. The photographs were printed on 50cm x 70cm Hahnemühle paper, printed at Bernard Ruijgrok Piezografie.
Thinking about it long and hard during the months of sanding, scraping and screwing (minds out the gutter people), late one night the guys realised the answer was staring them in the face. Literally.
It made total sense that the first public display of work by the newly formed ‘Studio BAR’ should be to do with the studio itself.
Rather than decorate the walls with work done by the guys as individuals (thereby going against the initiative of joining forces), they decided to make a very minimal reportage of the tools which together allowed them to transform a derelict, run-down space into the beautiful, light and functional studio it is today.
Looking at the exhibit, you will notice that many of the images have a ‘glitch’ of some sort. This represents the struggles, hiccups and outright frustrations that were encountered along the way.
It was especially nice that the exhibit had a direct correlation with the space – the tools displayed in the exhibit were the very tools that made the floors people were standing on, and the bar people were sitting at.
It was a great evening, filled with laughter, encouragement and cheer. And beer. Thanks to VEDETT, there really was plenty of beer.