Formula B. (2001) Job Koelewijn

Pieter Vandermeer
About the artwork

In the water of the Westersingel, Job Koelewijn wrote a text in 2001. This consists of eight words that can be read from the side of the sculpture terrace on the Westersingel. The rule 'No Matter Try Again Fail Again Fail Better'comes from the short novel' Worstward Ho 'by poet and (play) writer Samuel Beckett. This novel from 1983 gives a little optimistic image of humanity, which is forced to seek salvation in space after a disaster. By omitting part of the original quote, Koelewijn has opted for a more positive sound. His text gives the idea that failure does not matter; with perseverance, determination and patience you get there too. Koelewijn makes more use of poetry in his work. For him, poetry is a means to gain strength and to generate a positive attitude. He came up with the idea of ​​using text by interpreting the single as an unwritten sheet in which you can write words. "As you used to stand by the side of the sea and write your thoughts in the water," he explained. Via a perforated underwater piping system, through which an air stream is pressed, the words appear in air bubbles on the surface. The work is not always clearly visible due to weather conditions and in the winter it is turned off due to possible freezing of the water. The work is Koelewijn's first permanent work in public space. A permanent work is often monumental and immovable in nature, but Koelewijn decided to create a work that depicts the volatility of time. For more information: Sculpture International Rotterdam.

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About the artist

Job Koelewijn (Spakenburg 1962) belongs to the young generation of Dutch artists, who are working internationally. Koelewijn exhibits in museums and galleries around the world. His work consists of photography, video, performances, installations and objects. Every work is strongly rooted in its own existence. Observations or ideas acquired in his environment can lead to a work in which different layers of meaning can overlap. A certain poetic approach is not strange to Koelewijn. He incorporated poetry rules in various works of art.

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