Natasja Alers (1987) grew up in The Hague, Holland. In 2012 she graduated from the Ceramics department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. Currently she is working as an autonomous artist, dj, art and co-director of Grauzone festival and promoter of concerts in The Netherlands.

 

Tension, vulnerability, and paradoxical feelings are central themes in all her autonomous work. She combines multiple disciplines such as: ceramics, installations, oil painting and collages.

 

Natasja Alers is a visual artist based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She studied ceramics at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam and fine arts at the Weissensee KunstHochschule in Berlin, Germany. Her practice focuses on the inner world of the human body resulting in sculptural hybrid that reveal tension, vulnerability, and paradoxical feelings. Alers plays with the viewer’s expectations. her work attracts visually, drawing you nearer, but it also gets under your skin. It is an exploration of contradictory moods of sensuality and unsettling feelings, a quest for the raw and ambiguous spaces in both body and psyche. By pushing and stretching the sculptured body from within, it raises tension and vulnerability in the material. The visceral glazes and the specific combination of colours refer to redefining the skin of the sculpture.

Photo by: LNDWStudio

UPCOMING / CURRENT EXHIBITIONS:

2021 Art Zuid, 15 May till 19 September, 2021, Amsterdam, NL

2020 - 2021 Kooks 5: Seducing The Eye,  24 October- 24 January  Leeuwarden, NL

2020 Op poten, 18 - 21 December, Loods 6, Amsterdam, NL

 

 

SELECTED STUDIES

2008 – 2012 Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam department: Fine Art – Ceramics

2009 – 2010 Weißensee Kunsthochschule, Berlin department: Fine Art

 

RESIDENCIES

2021 EKWC, Oisterwijk

2010 Jingdezhen, China
2009-2010 Weißensee Kunsthochschule, Berlin

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019, Contort Yourself, De Bouwput, Amsterdam, NL

2018 Studio Pansa, NL

2014 Oranjerie, Amsterdam, NL
2013 Sanquin Amsterdam, NL


GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2020 BIG ART, 1- 4 October, 2020, Hembrugterrein, Zaandam, NL

2020 20 June 2020 - 18 July 2020, (Re)construct, Josilda da Conceição Gallery, Amsterdam

2019 Void, Neurotitan, Berlin, Germany, DE

2018 This Art Fair, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, NL

2018 Fuck Dance, Let's Art!, Cinetol, Amsterdam, NL

2018 Gerrit Turns 50, Willem only 28, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL
2018 GRAUKUNST – VOID, The Grey Space in The Middle, The Hague, NL

2017 CUTTING EDGE, Fata Morgana, Berlin, Germany

2017 GRAUZONE FESTIVAL, Koorenhuis, The Hague, NL

2016 This Art Fair, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, NL
2015 Klei! Een eeuw keramiek aan de Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, NL

2015 GRAUKUNST – Extended, SCHUNCK*, Heerlen, NL
2015 GRAUKUNST - Grauzone Festival, Melkweg Galerie, Amsterdam, NL
2013 AIR9 - Art in Red Light, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, NL
2013 Twente Biennale, Rijksmuseum Enschede, Enschede, NL

2013 Shaping Senses, Kruithuis Den Bosch, NL
2012 Ongekend Young Masters At Auction, Amsterdam, NL

2012 Written In The Sand Galerie Vivid, Rotterdam, NL

2012 Graduation Show Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam NL

2012 Kunstpodium T Tilburg, NL

2012 Ongekend Rotterdam Art Fair Rotterdam, NL

2011 Ministry of Finance The Hague, NL

2011 Ministry of Finance The Hague,NL

2011 Ministry of Finance The Hague, NL

2011 Art Fair Amsterdam Ongekend Amsterdam, NL

2011 Nederlandsche Bank Amsterdam, NL

2009 Basisburo Amsterdam, NL
2009 Oude Kerk Amsterdam,NL
2009 Nederlandsche Bank Amsterdam. NL
2009 Ministry of Finance The Hague, NL

 

COMMISSIONED WORK

2018 sculpture for private collector

2016 series of works for private collector

2015 'Chaos' for private collector

 

COLLECTION

Nederlandse bank, Amsterdam

Sanquin, Amsterdam

Multiple private collections

 

SELECTED INTERVIEWS, ARTICLES, PRESS

– Grauzone: Ontdekkingsreis in wereld van wavemuziek, Den Haag Centraal (9 Februari 2017)

– Muziek, kunst en veel primeurs.. 3voor12 (9 Februari 2017)

– Heatwave magazine (1 september, 2016)

– Liefst een beetje obscuur, Parool (30 Januari, 2015) 

– Wil je iets? doe het lekker zelf!, Algemeen Dagblad (31 Januari 2014)

– Dansen op de vulkaan, interview Parool (31 Januari, 2013)

 

PUBLICATIONS BOOKS

– Handen Omhoog (Den Haag, De Nieuwe Haagsche, 2010)

– inside the house (Amsterdam, Eigen beheer, 2012)