Arnix Wilnoudt

Arnix Wilnoudt (pseudonym Arnoudt Geerars), 1958 Amersfoort The Netherlands.
-Start his career as an artist in 2012-

Creates conceptual art: an art form in which the idea or concept is central. His artworks are primarily intended as a challenge for the intellect and presently deal with such themes as religion and power.
He is involved with moral factors as he labels them: egoism, conformism, dogmatism, self-respect, sense of honour, capabilities, desire, transience and more… In his art he presents an uncommon view of the world and of human existence.

Starting at an early age, Arnix looked with amazement at the world with a sense of wonder; especially at people who think that they hold powerful positions. Based on his experiences in a Roman Catholic upbringing, amidst nuns and priests, he developed a sharp eye for manipulation and hypocrisy.
At the same time he gained important insights concerning discipline, perseverance, tradition and symbolism.

At puberty his sense of wonder was transformed into knowledge and consciousness. At nineteen he turned away from home and literally chose his own path by starting to live independently and fix his own problems. During those years he felt that faith is trust.

At that point in time, his father’s experiences during WW II were of great influence on Arnix. His father had been forced to work in Germany and returned traumatized, with a great fear of uniforms and authority. That trauma played a decisive role in Arnix’s life and his decision to refuse to enter military service when he is called up. After writing a statement of objection and appearing before a tribunal, he was acknowledged as conscientious objector and fulfilled his 18 months of alternative service.

He then created a private company, initially as photographer (Academy of Fine Arts Sint Joost Breda, The Netherlands and The Dutch Photo Vocational School, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands), later one in the field of communication and advice. He was particularly concerned with unorthodox ideas and solutions, using cognitive social psychology. Here in the commercial discipline of communication, Arnix also often looked for the connection with art, and always searching for boundaries.

It is not anarchism that drives him forward, but the old question: Why? Elements such as strength and power trigger him to resist. This latent need for clarity has been transformed into a number of confrontational objects, which depict his questions about power and transience. Within his images and objects, Arnix puts forward questions of eminent value. Questions, which perhaps will never be answered, but will jumpstart a thought process. These questions mainly challenge our subordinate role in the world. The choice is for the individual to make. Each day we answer the questions put forward by daily life. Materials and techniques form a substantial part of Arnix’s need to express himself. He deliberately use kitsch elements for embracing mass culture with artistic ulterior motives. He formulates his thoughts in material and style, and sometimes hires the best professionals in the field in order to realize a given project.

He does not draw conclusions, but denounces bad situations. Asks pressing questions that continue to haunt you, tenaciously asking for one’s personal answer. Often it is a question which incorporates its own answer. But the question eats into you. Arnix does not make your life easy. In the end you must live on with your answer…

Exhibitions:

 

Nijmegen The Netherlands: Qtopia Art Festival 2018 at Singular-Art Gallery September-October 2018
Nijmegen 
The Netherlands: Singular-Art Gallery July-September 2018
Basel 
Switzerland:Art Basel Week: Scope Basel 2018 June 2018
London
Great Britain: Gallery German Embassy Frieze London 2017  Taste the Future Art Collection September – November 2017
Oosterhout
Netherlands: 1e Biënnale Kunst in de Heilige Driehoek September-October 2017
Banned from Exhibition!
Paris France: AUP Fine Arts Gallery “Taste the Future” Art Collection June 2017
Breda Netherlands: Art Breda 2017 May 2017
Miami USA: Scope Miami Beach 2016 November/December 2016
Miami USA: Rimonim Art Gallery “Taste the Future” Art Collection November – December 2016
Basel Switzerland: Art Basel Week: Scope Basel 2016 June 2016
Rijswijk Netherlands: Indola Gallery Rijswijk April-May 2016
Amsterdam Netherlands: Masters of LXRY 2015 December 2015
Venice Italy: The 56. Venice Art Biennale 2015 Palazzo Bembo May-November 2015
The Haque Netherlands: Project 2.0 Gallery aftershow ArtTheHaque October 2015
The Haque Netherlands: ArtTheHaque, October 2015
Cologne Germany: Art.Fair 2015, September 2015
Venice Italy; “Taste the Future” Event and ArtCollection Venice, September 2015
New York USA ; Art Southampton. The Hamptons Long Island, July 2015
Miami USA ; Context Art Miami Basel, December 2014
Miami USA ; Limited showcase at The Residences at The Ritz Carlton, November 2014
San Francisco USA ; The McLoughlin Gallery, Iconoclasm, May 2014
San Jose USA ; The Silicon Valley Contemporary Artfair, April 2014
Miami USA ; Context Art Miami Basel, December 2013
‘s-Hertogenbosch Netherlands: Try-out Galerie Majke Hüsstege , November 2012

Collections

Museo Internacionale di Arte Monterrey Mexico
Benjamin Fernández
Mehmet Ömer Koç Turkey
Rick and Alita Rogers USA
Marina Romanova-Arnott USA

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