Getting Into The ‘Groove’ With Hans

The eighth annual “Art Groove” returns to Ashawagh Hall in Springs this weekend and will feature the work of 18 contemporary artists. Sagaponack resident and artist Hans Van de Bovenkamp’s work will be on display at “Art Groove” for the second time.

Although the Dutch-born artist’s roots are in his contemporary and abstract sculptures, this year’s Groove will feature a variety of his mixed media collages, watercolors, and acrylics on paper.

The event, which intermixes musical performance and visual art, will be held Saturday from noon to 11 PM and Sunday from 11 AM to 5 PM.

What are You Showing At Art Groove?

This year I will be showing work on paper. A variety of mixed media collage, watercolor, and acrylic.

Describe your artistic approach.

I explore form and shape. I have been a sculptor all of my life. With my paintings, I am taking similar shapes and making them more abstract, less structured, more free.

Which Sculptures Best Represent Your Monumental Series?

Confluence and Mariner Gateway, sculptures I created in 1976 and 1986. However, I have constructed dozens of monumental sculptures. You can see many of them on my website.

Is there a particular medium you’ve wanted to experiment with?

Yes, oil painting. But I’m starting to work in that medium now.

What are you currently working on?

I am working with a gallery in Sarasota to create a series of bronze castings. Also, I am working with a group in Las Vegas to create public art.

How do the Hamptons inspire you?

For the past decade, I have been working exclusively in Sagaponack. I am very inspired by the area. The flat landscape reminds me of Holland, the late afternoon light.

Tell me about your first sculpture.

My first sculpture was made from metal coat hangers. I used them as steel rods for structure and welded them together. I created shapes reminiscent of [Alberto] Giacometti.

When did you begin painting?

I have made sculptures most of my life, so painting came later. I started painting three or four years ago. Before that, I was doing collages. I have always made drawings, but with my collages and painting, I am now adding color.

Tell me a bit about yourself.

I immigrated in 1958 to the United States, where I attended the University of Michigan. In 1961, I moved to New York City, where I became part of the 10th Street Gallery Co-Op movement. I have a fire in my spirit for art. This passion began in high school. I would never give up [being an artist].

Describe your journey.

I am passionate about my journey. As an artist, I am constantly creating. I wake up every morning and begin to create. I have been totally committed to art for the past 65 years.

To view Van de Bovenkamp’s work, visit www.vandebovenkamp.com. For more information on “Art Groove” visit www.artgroove.info.

An opening reception for “Art Groove” 2018 will be held Saturday from 6 to 11 PM. It features a special musical performance by Frank Latorre and the King Bees at 7 PM, followed by a dance party featuring DJ G-Funk. Ashawagh Hall is located at 780 Springs Fireplace Road in East Hampton.

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