BW Video: Taking a Stroll with Ming Studios Artist-in-Residence Marijn van Kreij 

We hit the streets of Boise with Dutch artist Marijn van Kreij

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Dutch artist Marijn van Kreij's method of creating art is simple. He begins by penciling a grid on a large sheet of paper. Then he chooses a rectangular selection from an abstract painting and reproduces the selection in the cells of the grid.

The simplicity of van Kreij's process belies the complexity of his work. He paints the cells at random and by hand, so each is slightly different from every other. The result is work rife with minor subterfuges against its own sense of order. 

Van Kreij landed in Boise in the middle of Treefort Music Fest—which is fitting, since his work is often accompanied by music. Often van Kreij's music selections are, like his work, potent mixtures of the orderly and the soulful: In the past, he has projected lyrics from Arcade Fire and Talking Heads during an exhibit. While his work is shown in Boise, it will be accompanied by tunes from Boise rockers Built to Spill.

The reception for van Kreij's exhibition, Traces, is Saturday, April 25 at Ming Studios, where he's a resident artist this month. Traces runs through Saturday, June 27.

Boise Weekly caught up with van Kreij on a sunny spring day to talk about his process, Treefort, Built to Spill and more. Check out what he had to say in the video below: 

(video by Farzan Faramarzi)

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