Willem Harber’s sculptures resemble machines, but not machines that expedite life, they delay it. Stationary equipment. It takes some time before you can produce slow moving images in as quick a pace as these. By suggesting they are being charged, as spectator you get
the notion that energy is flowing.
“Harbers’ sculptures are full of duality. With there technical appearance, the machine-installations conjure up associations of dynamics, but also that of stagnation. Brute force and masculine potency opposite soft, virgin white forms.
It is captivating art, because it is versatile and therefore rich in contrasts.”
Els Drummen, conservator Cobra Museum for Modern Art, Amstelveen, June 2013.
Willem Harbers (1967) studied Accademia di belle Arti Carrara, Italië, Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam and the Academie van Beeldende Kunsten Rotterdam.
His work is in several catalogues such as “Die Grosse”, 2013 (catalogue Museum Kunstpallast, Düsseldorf); “Labogrigneur ve uydu isler” (“Labogrigneur and Satellite Works”) 2012 (solo catalogue Gal. Zilberman, Istanbul); “Slow Sculptures in Speedy Times”, 2011 (solo catalogue Gal. Willy Schoots, Eindhoven); Réalités Nouvelles, 2009 (catalogue Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Paris).
Related activities are
President of the professional Sculptors Organization ABK (2008-2012), Sculpture instructor and teacher at MK24, Centre for Visual Arts, Amsterdam (2005 -); Train sculptors with workshops to “plan and anticipate in the process” (2004 -) Member Platform Visual Arts for the Federation of Artists Unions (2003/2004); Lectures about aspects (technical/historical) of life as a sculptor and an artist (2000 -).
He earned several stipendia and prizes such as Basisstipendium for artists from the Foundation BKVB, A’ dam (tree times); Winner contest ‘Young Sculptors’ Beeldenhof Sculpture, Asten, Netherlands; Stipendium Cultural Treaty with Italy, work study/year Carrara, Italy; Working period with Stipendium at the European Ceramics Work Centre, Den Bosch, the Netherlands. (EKWC)
Recent exhibitions include Galeri Zilberman “Labogrigneur and Satellite Works”, Istanbul (Tu); Galerie Willy Schoots Eindhoven; Gallery Haus 34A Bad Bentheim (De); KunstRAI, Amsterdam; RAW Art Fair, Rotterdam; Galerie Janssen, Eindhoven; Museum Kunstpallast, Düsseldorf (De); PAN Amsterdam Art Fair; Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Parc Floral, Paris (Fr); Haus der Kunst, München (De).