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The praxis of Ties Ten Bosch is characterised by a provocative surrealistic approach
of actual everyday traces that we leave behind. He integrates these banal tracks with
social, political and current issues as a paradox and thereby alienate them from their
everyday life. This often leads to works that result in an unceasing questioning of
viewing habits and of sculpture itself. With these works, Ties creates an alternative
storyline of reality itself. It makes the viewer question everything that is part of our
own presence. Although the artist tries to grasp and control a certain process and
method of working, he tries to avoid understanding the outcome of his own work.
Ties truly believes that in this way, the viewer has more chance to understand the
work in his or her own way.
In Ties’ practice, the subject is the starting point. This results in a wide variety of
approaches, different mediums he works with and new aesthetic solutions to
communicate his ideas. This is why, on first view, each series of works might look
like they are made by different artists. But once you start to understand the way he
looks at the world, things will become obvious and clear.
Ties lives and works in ’s-Hertogenbosch (NL) and Berlin (GER)


*1977, ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands
Artist based in Berlin and ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Rodenborch college Rosmalen, HAVO, 1989-1994
Rodenborch college Rosmalen, VWO, 1994-1996
TU Delft, Industrial designing, 1996-2000 (no diploma)
Willem de Kooning Academie, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2001-2005

Prices, stipends, residencies, etc.

2022 Residence Wunderkammer, Lavangsnes, Norway

2021 Stipend Gemeente ‘sHertogenbosch, the Netherlands

2021 Residence Atelier11, Paris, France
2020 Residence IMAGO, Tsarimir, Bulgaria
2017 Residence AIR l’Atelier sur Seine, Fontainebleau, France
2016 State sponsored studio BBK Berlin
2013 Nomination for best presentation Re:Rotterdam Art fair

2011 O&O subsidies, CBK Rotterdam
2010 Stipend and artists residence Douala, Cameroon, Fonds BKVB


Exhibitions & projects (selection):
Solo show:

2022 In dust things meet, In The Rackroom, Berlin, Germany
2021 Skins, Frank Taal Gallery, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

2021 In dust things meet, Baracca, Den Haag, the Netherlands

2019 to leave the trace, Frank Taal Gallery, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2018 Every history tells a different story, ZQM, Berlin, Germany
2017 From Scratch, In the Rackroom, Berlin, Germany
2017 Sweet nothing, Frank Taal Galerie, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2016 Cool Calm Collected, Gilla Loercher Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2012 I don’t quit my daytime job, Upominki, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2012 Initial Numbers, Rechts achter, CBK Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2011 Home warming, WEI, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
2011 Framed, Gallery Hommes, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2008 There could be something beautiful here, Argument, Tilburg, the Netherlands


Group shows (selection)

2022  Catch 22, Frank Taal Gallery, the Netherlands

2022 Surface tentsion, NOTW, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

2021 Traces, Art and Culture Today, Sofia, Bulgaria

2021 Frank Taal Gallery, Art Rotterdam, the Netherlands

2021 Past Memories, New Narratives, Atelier11, Paris, France

2020 Eat, drink, art, thought, Kunstverein, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany

2020 Curry Favor, Lage Egal, Berlin
2020 IPIHAN#10, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2020 (Un)certainty, Frank Taal Gallery, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

2019 L’artiste et les commissaires, Lage Egal, Berlin, Germany

2019 Priceless, Neck of the woods, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2019 Amsterdam Art on Paper, Art fair with Lage Egal, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

2019 Yes we are open, Frank Taal Gallery, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

2019 IPIHAN#9, Zeitz, Germany
2019 Rhizome, Frank Taal Gallery, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2019 Exchange, Habitable spaces, Kingsbury, Texas, USA
2018 IPIHAN#8, Altenburg, Germany
2018 The Flying Field, Berlin, Germany
2017 Art-history-collection, Parts project, Den Haag, the Netherlands
2017 Meta, Lage Egal, Berlin, Germany
2017 IPIHAN#7, Zeitz, Germany
2016 Crosswords3, Lage Egal, Berlin, Germany
2016 Crosswords 3, Jordan/Seydoux, Berlin, Germany
2016 Zu_flug, Woltersburger Mühle, Uelzen, Germany
2016 IPIHAN#6, Leipzig, Germany
2016 Lage Egal, Berlin, Germany (duo-show)
2015 IPIHAN#5, Vlissingen, the Netherlands
2015 P/Art, Hamburg, Germany
2015 One plus one, Lage Egal, Berlin, Germany
2015 Amusing ourselves to death, De Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2015 Reverse Causality, Galerie Frank Taal, Rotterdam (duo show), the Netherlands

2015 Appropriating Language Series, Maniere Noir, Berlin
2014 Abstract in Black, Kreuzberg Pavilion, Berlin, Germany
2014 IPIHAN#3, Leipzig, Germany
2014 Unter Zwischen, Ampelhaus, Oranienbaum, Germany
2014 Figure That, Galerie Frank Taal, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2014 Half empty, KWC, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2013 IPIHAN#2, Leipzig, Germany
2013 Because it’s written, W_lf_rt, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2011 Noorderlicht, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2010 SUD2010, Douala, Cameroon
2010 Party Political, i.c.w. Hope Street Ltd./Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
2010 Paramaribo SPAN, Surinaamsche bank, Paramaribo, Suriname
2009 Volksrekorders, Blurrr, Tent., Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2009 Trappen/Tribune/Tent., 1o jaar Tent., Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2009 Grensloos Kunst Verkennen, IJhorst & De Wijk, the Netherlands
2008-2009 Restroom, NEST in NAI Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2008 NYPD, Conflux Festival, New York, NY, USA
2008 Art Amsterdam, MK-Gallery stand, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2008 Volksrekorders, Dresden (i.c.w. Filmfest Dresden), Germany
2007 Art for A Cause Fair, Miami, U.S.A.
2007 ‘Shipyard’, The Hague Sculpture, the Hague, the Netherlands,
2007 Volksrekorders, Zagreb, Croatia,
2006 ‘I.B.M.’, Wereld van Witte de With,Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2005-2006 ‘So Fresh’, Expodium Utrecht, the Netherlands
2005 ‘Basis’, Artis, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, invited by Dijkman en Osterholt, the Netherlands

Other activities
2010-2015 guest-teacher at Willem de Kooning Academie.
2007-2012 Teaching for Kunstenaars in de Klas, Rotterdam
2007-2010 Initiator and participant of the Volksrekorders collective
2013-present Initiator and participant of the IPIHAN collective
2005-2013 Member of the B.a.d-foundation, Rotterdam
2009-2011 Initiator and editor of the art-zine hOUTSKOOL

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