Marking 30 years in the Netherlands

23 August 2020

Marking 30 Years in the Netherlands
Retrospective and Studio Sale

Friday 18 September 5 pm – 9 pm
Saturday  19  September 11 am – 6 pm
Sunday 20 September

Address: Losdok, Pakhuis Wilhelmina,
Veemkade 570A, 1019 BL Amsterdam

It’s been 30 years since I arrived in the Netherlands to attend the Jan van Eyck Academy. Please join me to mark the occasion with a retrospective and studio sale of my work at Losdok, the exhibition space in Pakhuis Wilhelmina (where I’ve had my studio since 1993).

Now feels like a good moment to revisit some of my favourite pieces, which first saw the light in exhibitions around the Netherlands, England, Northern Ireland, USA, Canada and Spain over the last 25 to 30 years.

All the work in this exhibition will be for sale and will include one-of-a-kind pieces (cut-outs, drawings, paintings, collages) and limited editions (digital and analogue photographs, silkscreen prints) on a range of scales, framed and unframed.

The works track speculative negotiations and translations of networks, money, land, identities, sea, forests, fungus, roots and waterways. Viewed horizontally, vertically, close-up and remotely.

If you would like more information, please contact me through my contact page on this website or DM me on Instagram (Annabel Howland_studio).

COVID-19 : Due to the COVID-19 situation, there will not be an opening, but I hope people will drop by throughout the weekend. A limited number of people are allowed in the space at any one time, so please bear with us if you have to wait a moment. Refreshments, masks and sanitizer will be on hand.

exhibition DURN THAT ROAD at Bradwolff Projects Amsterdam

11 January 2019

Bradwolff Projects
Oetewalerstraat 73
1093MD, Amsterdam

opening times: Thurs. - Sat. 13:00 - 17:00 hrs and by appointment

exhibition runs until Saturday 16th February 2019


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Annabel Howland’s artworks weave speculative webs around ecology, finance and art. Looking through the lenses of different fields of research, she unpicks, isolates and reweaves threads from these systems. The resulting installations constantly shift between scales and perspectives in attempts to fathom and imagine the systems’ complex twists.

The title, Durn that Road, quotes the character Anse Bundren in William Faulkner’s 1930 novel As I Lay Dying. Anse is introduced to us through his rant against a road he finds threatening, mainly because it brings people (i.e. the taxman) to his door, but also because of its implicit demand for movement. “When He aims for something to be always a moving, He makes it longways, like a road or a horse or a wagon, but when He aims for something to stay put, He makes it up and down ways, like a tree or a man.”

For her exhibition at Bradwolff Projects, Annabel has developed a multimedia installation, which takes as its point of departure a road through the rainforest in the state of Sarawak on Borneo (East Malaysia). This road, which was first laid by logging companies, started on the coast and was extended through to villages near the border with Indonesia around 2010 where a minority language is spoken, Sa’ban. The building of this section of the road coincidentally overlapped with the publication of a trilingual Malay-Sa’ban-English picture dictionary written by Dr Beatrice Clayre, who lived in the area in the 1960s. In 2016, Annabel travelled the length of the road with Dr Clayre’s son, anthropologist Alasdair Clayre, and two Sa’ban men, filming and interviewing people about the road, their languages and their ways of life.

Howland started with simple questions about how the arrival of a road affects the people living along it, and how a minority language fairs under the changes a road brings. But a line through the rainforest that links communities, which used to be separated by many days travel on foot or by boat, also links other lines that criss-cross the globe, following the long flow of financial capital, raw materials, and religion.

The installation is structured around strong verticals and horizontals, intermittently penetrated by single point perspective.

Download the invitation