Page 10: 2010/2012EDGE OF SPACE, Amsterdam

In December 2012 Edge of Space was Van der Ende’s first solo exhibition with Ron Mandos gallery in Amsterdam. For the back rooms Van der Ende invited Bas Louter and Boris Tellegen to participate.

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KO Valkyrie [2010]

Bas-relief in salvaged wood, 212 x 130 x 15cm
(collection Jos Dirkse, Rotterdam, Netherlands)

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In Norse mythology, a valkyrie (from Old Norse valkyrja ‘chooser of the slain’) is one of a host of female figures who choose those who may die in battle and those who may live. The Valkyries bring their chosen warriors to the afterlife hall of the slain, Valhalla, ruled over by the god Odin.

Transformers is an entertainment franchise co-produced by the Japanese Takara Tomy and the American Hasbro toy companies. Initially developed as a brand by Hasbro, and consisting of renamed, rebranded transforming toys from Takara’s Diaclone and Microman toylines, the franchise began in 1984 with the Transformer toys. The backstory centers around factions of transforming alien robots (often the Autobots and the Decepticons) in an endless struggle for dominance or eventual peace.

Image 1: Ride of the Valkyrs. This Image was applied to the back of KO Valkyrie. Image source: Myths of the Norsemen from the Eddas and Sagas 1909.
Image 2: Metrotitan. One of many source images found on a blog specializing in cheap ripoff Transformer figurines:  My KO Transformers & Etc


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Voiture Balai [2010]

Bas-relief in salvaged wood, 225 x 112 x 10cm
(collection of Jeroen Princen, Rotterdam  Netherlands)

Voiture Balai in the Schoonderloostraat studio

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Phoenix: Rise! (Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am) [2011]

Bas-relief in salvaged wood,  260cm x 95cm x 18cm
(private collection, Bosch en Duin, Netherlands)

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Wrangler (Compound of Five Octahedra) [2011]

Bas-relief in salvaged wood, ca 200 x 200 x 16cm
(collection Verre Bergen, Rotterdam, Netherlands)

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Node (Small Stellated Dodecahedron) [2012]

Bas-relief in salvaged wood, 155 x 160 x 12cm
(private collection, Rotterdam, Netherlands)

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Yoshiwara [2012]

Bas-relief in salvaged wood, 120 x 245 x 12cm
(private collection, Moscow, Russian Federation)

Yoshiwara was a famous yūkaku (pleasure district) in Edo, the precursor of present-day Tokyo, Japan. To confine and regulate prostitution in Japan in the early 17th century, it was restricted to designated city districts in Kyoto, Osaka and Edo in an attempt by the Tokugawa shogunate to prevent the nouveau riche chōnin (townsmen) from engaging in political intrigue. The Yoshiwara was created in the city of Edo in 1617, near what is today known as Nihonbashi. In 1656, due to the need for space as the city grew, the government decided to relocate Yoshiwara and plans were made to move the district to its present location north of Asakusa on the outskirts of the city.

The Yoshiwara was home to some 1,750 to 3,000 women during the 18th century. The area had over 9,000 women in 1893, many of whom suffered from syphilis. Girls were typically sent there by their parents between the ages of seven to twelve. When a girl was old enough and had completed her apprenticeship, she would become a courtesan and work her way up the ranks. Social classes were not strictly divided in Yoshiwara.
A commoner with enough money would be served as an equal to a samurai. Yoshiwara became a strong commercial area. The fashions in the town changed frequently, creating a great demand for merchants and artisans. Traditionally the prostitutes were supposed to wear only simple blue robes, but this was rarely enforced. The high-ranking ladies often dressed in the highest fashion of the time, with brightly colored silk kimonos and expensive, elaborate hair decorations. Fashion was so important in Yoshiwara that it frequently dictated the fashion trends for the rest of Japan. Yoshiwara remained in business until prostitution was made illegal in 1958.

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p4004 [2012]

Bas-relief in salvaged wood, 196 x 156 x 15cm
(private collection, Katwijk, Netherlands)

The Intel 4004 is a 4-bit central processing unit (CPU) released by Intel Corporation in November 1971 when, with the prophetic ad ‘Announcing a new era in integrated electronics’, the 4004 was made commercially available to the general market. The 4004 was history’s first monolithic CPU, fully integrated in one small chip.

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Pitch (from the Svabhāva subset: Pitch/Roll/Yaw) [2012]

Bas-relief in salvaged wood, 234 x 193 x 15cm
(private collection, Leiden, Netherlands)

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The Sanskrit word Svabhava literally means ‘own-being’ or ‘own-becoming’. It is the intrinsic, essential nature or essence of living beings. The Buddhist symbol for Svabhāva is a wooden wheel.

Line Shaft

A line shaft is a power driven rotating shaft for power transmission that was used extensively from the Industrial Revolution until the early 20th century. Before widespread use of electric motors small enough to be connected directly to each piece of machinery, line shafting was used to distribute power from a large central power source to machinery throughout a workshop or an industrial complex. The central power source could be a water wheel, turbine, windmill, animal power or steam engine. Power was distributed from the shaft to the machinery by a system of belts, pulleys and gears known as millwork. The pulleys were constructed of wood, iron or steel. Varying sizes of pulleys were used in conjunction to change the speed of rotation. Near the end of the 19th century, some factories had a mile or more of line shafts in a single building.

Image: Examples of wooden pulleys.


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Roll (from the Svabhāva subset: Pitch/Roll/Yaw) [2012]

Bas-relief in salvaged wood, 127 x 174 x 10cm
(private collection, Rotterdam, Netherlands)

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Yaw (from the Svabhāva subset: Pitch/Roll/Yaw) [2012]

Bas-relief in salvaged wood, 160 x 165 x 12cm
(private collection, Rotterdam, Netherlands)



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