HARRY MARKUSSE

Harry Markusse is a born artist. Art is in his genes, but he had to discover this for himself. Discovery has now become a central theme in his work. Harry makes abstract paintings. He has exhibited at the Lloyd Hotel and will be making a permanent mural in room 610 on the 9th of September. During coffee on a Monday morning, Harry Markusse (29 years old) exudes boyish enthusiasm as he talks about his art and the road he has taken to get there.

‘When I started at the art academy Minerva in Groningen I didn’t know what art was. I had no idea what installations were or what a composition meant. I also didn’t understand that you could make abstract work. I grew up in Rotterdam and did a lot of graffiti. At the age of 18 I stopped with the graffiti and soon after I started painting. To get into the art academy, you have to submit a portfolio of work and sketchbooks showing the last 6 years of your work. To be honest, I had never really drawn anything I had just started painting. So I spent the next 6 months filling sketchbooks with tons of drawings. During the admission I pretended that the work I had made in the past six months in those sketchbooks had taken me 6 years.’ Harry was admitted to the Art Academy in 2009.

During his time at the academy, Harry was given every opportunity to invent himself. ‘In the first year it became clear how divers art is and what the possibilities are.’ During the first classes in graphics and screen printing, Harry was confronted with the fact that he was unable to draw. His fellow students made refined etchings. He didn’t get any further than a few abstract lines on the iron plate. So he immersed himself in the technique of printing. ‘For seven lessons I was only printing. I used all kinds of colours. I think I made about 300 prints.’ This assignment showed me what print art was about. ‘The creative process is important. I’m still experimenting with screen printing and graphics.’

Harry calls himself a late-bloomer at the academy. ‘I only started painting in my third year.’ His graduation project was poorly graded. It made him doubt himself. During the graduation ceremony, school prizes were also awarded. He didn’t expect anything and went out to lunch with his mother. During lunch his fellow students phoned him, he was nominated. Soon he was standing on stage as a nominated exhibitor for the Museum Belvédère, holding a bunch of flowers. A collector from Groningen bought all his work. On his way back to Rotterdam, a gallery owner in Amsterdam called to ask if he wanted to be part of The Best of Graduates, an exhibition with 15 selected up-and-coming talents. From that moment on, Amsterdam became his home base.

His work process is like a voyage of discovery. He starts by drawing lines on canvas, for which Harry uses tape. Then he paints over the tape. ‘It’s about repetition and dynamics, but I also want to keep it picturesque. My signature is incorporated in the paint.’ His paintings are abstract, rhythmic and colourful. It starts a relationship with his surroundings. ‘I don’t star paint with a fixed idea. Sometimes I don’t know why something is right or wrong. I want to give the viewer the freedom to interpret the work.’

When something goes wrong it sometimes offers a new perspective. ‘I throw away about 70 to 80 percent of what I make. Of the discarded works I cut out all the interesting pieces, my studio is full of piles of clippings that I sometimes use for new work.’

In the spring of 2019 Harry exhibited at the Lloyd Hotel. The works hanging in the restaurant were 2.40 metres high. ‘In my studio they were a big obstacle, but once in Lloyd Hotel it was clear they were the right size. It is great to see their impact on the space.’ The exhibition at Lloyd Hotel was an informal way to show work. A collector bought Harry’s work and one of the vertical works is now hanging in the stairwell of a house in Rotterdam.

On the 9th of September Harry will make a mural in room 610: ‘I think Lloyd Hotel is a nice place to add art to. Several artists have done so and it is special to be part that group. Moreover, it gives an extra dimension to the guest experience.’ Before Harry starts his piece at Lloyd Hotel he comes by to determine the colours. The colour is the only certain thing before he starts a mural. The composition will be determined on the spot.

Curious? Book 2 star room 610. Or come and have a look while Harry is at work on September 9th between 10am and 5pm.

 

NYNKE KOSTER

Type Nynke Koster on Google and it will give you a series of photos of famous buildings completely covered with brightly colored stuff. Nynke has developed her own techniques to transform architectural details into objects. With a special rubber she makes casts of buildings. This way she made headboards and bedside tables for Lloyd Hotel. On the day that her work is placed in our rooms, she likes to tell more during lunch in the Lloyd Restaurant. She orders tomato soup, I take the beet salad.

Love for furniture

When she started studying Interior Architecture and Furniture Design at the Royal Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague, she soon realized that she felt very much at home there. “I have a great love for furniture. Although I knew I didn’t want to make furniture, I opted for Furniture Design. Furniture objects contribute to the beauty of its environment.”

Pointing to a chair in the Lloyd Restaurant; “A chair in the public space is something that is very recognizable, something that everyone understands. I wonder; when can we still speak of furniture? When does it become art? What is a seat anyway? Especially when you are not using it. Think of Joseph Kosuth and his work “One and Three Chairs” in which he shows a chair in three ways: an image of a chair, an actual chair and a description of a chair. Which of the three is the most seat now? By considering objects in the space, they gain a special value. With my casts in rubber, I also focus on things that we often don’t specifically notice.”

Nynke makes her work out of rubber. A material that we don’t often see in furniture. “During my studies I did a project on identity and was looking for a material with which I could turn something inside out. I ended up with rubber from silicone. The material has a special tactility. Looking at my objects you cannot directly estimate how heavy or sturdy it is. People are often surprised when they feel the rubber and notice that it is soft and warm.”

Identity in beauty

Nynke currently works mainly on commission but she is full of plans for her free work. “My ideas keep on flowing, in the shower, on the bike and when I travel I get many new ideas. In the future I want to focus more on the development of the contemporary ornament. When I visit places like Havana I notice that the Cuban identity mainly focuses on cigars, rum and vintage cars. The stories of the facades reflect the history of Catalan influences in the capital. While walking through the city I wondered why there is no Cuban ornament and what it should look like. I wondered the same thing in Addis Ababa where Chinese people invest billions in infrastructure but where Ethiopian identity is lost. I think that my future work can add something to that kind of place. Not just as a nice gesture in the streets but especially for the people’s experience who live in cities like that. When we cycle over the canals in Amsterdam, the beauty of the city grabs us and we are proud of where we live, I also grant that to other people and cities in the world.”

Lloyd Hotel collaborates with various artists. For example, the Bas Kosters room recently opened, we have changing public exhibitions, there are special Lloyd tables made by Christoph Seyferth and Joep van Lieshout designed several rooms. It contributes to the identity of Lloyd Hotel . Nynke turned the iconic Lloyd Hotel building into a collection of ornamentation with details of the characteristic brick façade. “When I was asked to do a project for Lloyd Hotel I started to study its history and architecture. I have a relationship with buildings and would like to bring attention to details to show that every piece was conceived by an architect. Often people take a space for granted. With my work I let people wonder about details. With the casts I from Lloyd Hotel I wanted to put the history of the building in the spotlights.” The headboards are reminiscent of a silhouette of a city or buildings.

Do you want to sleep in a room with beautiful headboards by Nynke Koster? Book room 401 (3*), 524 (4*), 602 or 607 (5*).

 

 

BAS KOSTERS FOR LLOYD

Famous Dutch artist Bas Kosters designed a special room for LLOYD. It is colorful, cheeky and humorous. Looking for a new LLOYD adventure? You can book a stay in this Comfort Room. Please let us know when making a booking that you would like to stay in the Bas Kosters room. We ask a small surcharge of € 35,- for this request and this is subject to availability.

It’s fun, colorful and rebellious. A hotel room decorated by Bas Kosters, that’s bound to be an experience!

Yadine Saz Raadschilders, co-owner LLOYD

The Bas Kosters room treats you to a visual and tactile experience. “Horny greetings from Amsterdam” is the starting point for Sexxxazine, the textile sexually tinted magazines made especially for the room. The space is embraced by vintage fabrics that give a homely and nostalgic feeling and at the same time offer a strange contrast to the Sexxxazine pages. A hotel is the perfect place for exciting interactions, according to Bas, ‘but Amsterdam also has a long history of liberation and sexual diversity.’ His love for textiles is an intuitive and personal relationship. Bas translates this into large-scale colourful patchworks that embrace the space.

Opening Bas Kosters room at Lloyd Holtel Amsterdam © Dennis Bouman