‘Who or what am I?’ is an on going research resulting in staged situations and activities that throw the question and possible solutions to myself and the observer.
The work appears as installations, videos, photographs and performances in specific places, often in landscape situations, and less frequently in galleries and art spaces.
Roles and characters introduce themselves while working on projects. The identification with these characters expand my universe, and help me (as Arjen, and who is that?) to make decisions I would never consider.
Being aware of (autobiographic) stories and memories and being sensible to actualities, ideas pop up and give rise to different outcomes in different media.
Having my projects sometimes on the edge of being recognized as art is an exciting place to be.
With landscape projects like Antarctic Potato Eater (a quest to take a fry shack to Antarctica and bake fries over there), Boerstra Engineering (the company I founded to be undercover as an artist), people look from an authentic perspective and are able to have an unprejudiced and fresh point of view.
Bringing the search into an art space redefines the possibilities and ways of expressing. At that point the possibilities of the artwork are explored from within seeming assumptions and beliefs held in artificial environments. It is explored in representation, installation and performance.
It could be exciting to have me at your doorstep.