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Dozen Dozen #3 was opened on friday 4th of November! Another interesting selection of works. This time almost without colour. Could it have anything to do with the theme ‘void’? Perhaps, perhaps not… Enjoy! And thanks again to all the participating artists! (See the post on participating artists for the websites of the participating artists …

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The participants of Dozen Dozn #3. Another fine selection of artists! Be sure to come and see their works. Clicking on their name will link you to their website (where available).

The theme for Dozen Dozen 3 is, unlike the previous theme, not a creative starting point. It is meant as a context to reflect on art in general and perhaps the art made by the participants of Dozen Dozen.

Enter the Void. Exit the Void. 

A romantic analogy on the dilemma of art

Ah! The monumental presence of mountains!

The wall of earth in the valleys. The lack of air and warmth at the top. The barren lifeless peaks. To walk, drive, ski, elevate back and forth in the mountains as a crawling ant is a humbling experience. The abrupt weatherchanges, one moment baking in the sun, the next stumbling through dense fog or fearing that the rumbling sky will collapse on the canvas of your tent.

In the mountains your thinking is blocked beyond the here and now. Romantic contemplation quickly evaporates when you’re freezing your balls off in a dead-end valley, trying to keep warm by stuffing foliage in your T-shirt. You need to stay warm, you need to get inside quickly! No place for humans on mountains.

We can only stay in mountainranges by pounding the mountain in temporary submission. Creating rickety ski-lifts, narrow meandering roads, steep mountain villages in a little forgiving corner of the mountain. Small constructs, einstürzende Neubauten. The only grand human schemes in mountains, are due to the lack of earth. The holes we dig or the valleys we fill with water. The earth itself is unaffected by our whims, our fads, our hot topics.

Ah! The impressive expanse of flatland!

The faraway horizon under the limitless sky. No surprises, no sudden impulses. Everything can be seen coming from miles away.    You are stuck as a speck on a two dimensional plane. Jumping in vain to gain access to the sky. The flatlander can roam without change, thrown back on his own mind to fill the world with ideas. Embracing boredom. There is no rush, if something will happen it will happen in a little while. Enough time to seek a more comfortable place.

Enough time to buíld a more comfortable place. The flatland is an empty canvas begging to be build on. Correcting our twodimensional ways by skyscraping. Creating further horizons, creating more space to cushion us.

The flatland is willing, the flatland enables, the flatland sacrifices selflessly for those who dare to create. But doing in the flatland, destroys the emptiness. Eventually the flatland is walled in, filled with impulses and noise. The open ideas stumble. The grinding begins.

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Below are pictures of the individual works of the participants of Dozen Dozen 2. Name of the artist and title of the work are mentioned above the pictures in the same order of the images themselves. Click on a name to follow a link to the artist’s website (where available). Aniek Meeldijk – Untitled Bea …

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The openingnight of the second edition of Dozen Dozen on october 7th was again an inspirational night. Despite the rain and cold outside, numerous people took the trouble of visiting Dozen Dozen #2! This time with 13 filled boxes, creating a great whole where the sum is more than its parts, and the parts are already pretty good! Let’s hope this trend continues…

Below are some pictures of the opening.

The selection of participants for Dozen Dozen #2. This time 15 artists will strut their stuff! It’s gonna be a huge mish-mash of crazy, original, beautiful stuff. Check it out! 7th October, from 20:30h CET onwards at Dozen Dozen, Botersloot 18a, Rotterdam.

Mirjam Visker

Martine Smids

Constantijn Smit

Gerjanne van Zuilen

Wilma van de Hel

Tilly Heijster

Marieke Haandrikman

Stefanie Wels

Noa Haim

Aniek Meeldijk

Marian Kastelein

Harry Schumacher

Daphne Bom

Jitka Andrea

Bea van Golen

Dozen Dozen #2 will open on friday October 7 at 20:30. Due to a holiday by the organiser of Dozen Dozen, Constantijn Smit, the deadline for this new addition is very tight! Therefore for this edition no new theme is developed for the exposition. Every artist can bring his or her own work that will fit in the box.

As a result of the first show and the support of Centrum Beeldende Kunst in Rotterdam, new artists have requested to join Dozen Dozen. This is great news! However there are many more artists than there are boxes so a selection will have to be made. Also Dozen Dozen is looking into expanding the amount of boxes in the display window and bringing the total up to 15 boxes! This will create an even more striking image in the display window.

Besides bringing together a collection of artists in real life, there is now also a mailing list in place to facilitate easy communication between the participants in cyberspace. Here they can share ideas, tips, expositions, digital works or whatever. If you want to join this mailing list, send an e-mail to Dozen Dozen at with your name and mailaddress.

Dozen Dozen is looking forward to the second opening of Dozen Dozen and all the personal works that will be on display. But first Dozen Dozen will have to make a selection of the artists. Keep an eye out on this website for the definitive selection following very soon!