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Permanent installation Riverfront Green , Peekskill.
The sculpture is a steel house, approximately 12 x 12 x 8 feet, on a rolling bar, positioned in such a way that it looks as though the house has been pushed ashore -- the first step on its way inland.
The house, installed at the location where the first immigrants in the area landed, is a symbol of lives, homes, families and memories being moved -- not only from one place to another, but across centuries .The struggle of the transition from one culture to another is reflected in the awkwardness of the house balancing on only one bar. Moving it seems impossible. This is underscored by the heaviness of the weathering steel.
The title “Time Sharing” references to the believe of the American Indians that nobody could own the land or the water and that we are only temporary custodians of this world and just passing through.
As a real estate term, "time sharing" means sharing ownership of a house, allowing purchasers to occupy it during a specified period of time each year. Because it was clear from the beginning that the realization of this project depended on the support of many, I fabricated a series of maquettes of the sculpture in three sizes. The money from the sale of the maquettes was used to finance the fabrication of the large-scale sculpture.
"A short story".
"A short story"
“Studio Chair” was made for a show at ArtsWestchester in White Plains, New York. Here is an excerpt from a New York Times article about the show:
Other artists in “Sculpture: On and Off the Wall” have commented on topics as divergent as suburbia, identity and the writings of John Steinbeck. Speaking perhaps for all of them is “Studio Chair,” Daan Padmos’ gigantic straight-backed, brushed steel chair where, in the significant absence of a seat, an oversized artist’s palette rests askew.
“You choose the palette instead of the seat,” said Mr. Padmos, a Rotterdam-born artist whose sculpture “Time Sharing” is permanently installed on the Peekskill waterfront. “You can’t sit down if you’re going to make art.”
I made the “Studio Chair” double the real-life size to give the viewer the sensation of feeling like a child again. I hope that it will inspire people to try to find back that creativity they once had when they were young. The painter’s palette is there to be picked up.
“Studio Chair” is now installed on the Hudson waterfront in Yonkers, New York.
"Blue Mountain Variations"
There was a period in my life when I tried to outrun myself on the trails of Blue Mountain Reservation, a nature preserve about a mile from my studio.
The trails are marked with steel squares nailed to the trees. The different colors indicate the trail one is following: blue, white, yellow , green or red.
The steel wall sculptures refer to that experience. Like moving along a trail, the eye will follow the line, moving from square to square.
The “Blue Mountain Variations” are an ongoing project that I return to every so often.
The size and design are partially determined by the location where the work will be installed.
"The stage is yours"
In 2013, Janet Langsam , the director of ArtsWestchester, invited me to participate in the show “A vision for White Plains.” Artists were asked to design art for multiple locations in the downtown area. It soon became clear that the locations, chosen by the curator who was organizing the project, were not suitable for my work, so I decided to take a different approach. In my proposal I suggest the installation of small stages throughout White Plains, in parks and public areas, on which the citizens of White Plains can showcase their talents. Poets can read their poetry, musicians can play their instruments, magicians can do their magic tricks and storytellers can tell their stories. Anyone who has any talent is encouraged to share it with his fellow citizens. Because the stages will be small and low to the ground there will be an intimate connection between the performer and the audience. Artists will be given the opportunity to paint the stages with their own design to showcase their work for a period of time.
The stages are meant to become total art environments with the participation of many people.
I envision the citizens of White Plains to come out of their homes, communicate with each other, and enjoy each other’s creativity.
Study for "The stage is yours".
Study for "The stage is yours".
"Small shrine to "M".
Detail of "Small shrine to "M".
"Up or down".
"Small shrine to "M" and models for "Skid Row" at ArtsWestchester, White Plains.
Maquettes for steel structures.
"X Pavilion", percussion sculpture.
"Monotony", model for sound stage.
"As night falls". no. 1
"As night falls" no. 2
"Walk right in"
Installation Stedelijk Museum Schiedam and other work.
"Big city", welded steel, 1983.
"The wall", welded steel, 1983.
"Study in steel", 1984.
Welded steel, painted, 1981.
"Self portrait" and works in fiberglass.
"Self portrait" and works in fiberglass.
Work made in the period 1975 till 1979.
"Model for Sunrise or Sunset".
Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, 1979.
Untitled, fiberglass and aluminum.
Installed in private sculpture garden, Belgium.
"Untitled", private collection, the Netherlands.
"Paperclip" and archive.
The sculpture “Paperclips” was originally designed for an office building that housed the Department for Social Services of the City of Schiedam.It was installed in 1986 and remained in front of the building for 27 years. After the Department was moved to a different location, the building fell in disrepair and the decision was made to demolish it. All the while the landscaping around the sculpture had been neglected and it threatened to be overgrown by rose bushes. Thankfully the citizens of Schiedam took action and let the City governmentknow that they wouldlike to see the sculpture moved to alocationwhere it would be safe and well taken care of.With the help of the foundation “Mooi werk” (Beautiful work), they were able to raise the necessary funds, and in 2012the sculpture was moved to a small park in the inner city.
I want to thank all the people that were instrumental in getting this done.
"Paperclip " and archive.
"Paperclip", 14 ' high, stainless steel, 1986.
"The mirror". 1982.
Multiplex and colored polyester, 48"x36"x3/4", 1982.