sourcing material hotspot Amsterdam NDSM Werf
One of my favorite spots to source materials for new works is the NDSM Werf in Amsterdam Noord. Its a shipyard where up until the 80's supertankers used to be made. After they stopped building ships the area was taken over by art and turned into kind of an artistic free state.
There is street art everywhere you look by amazing artists from all over the globe. And although the area is getting cleaner and cleaner, it still has this raw vibe that I hope it will have for many years to come. There is a large street art museum planned by Street Art Today for the Lasloods, one of the huge buildings in the area. It's a perfect spot for it.
I've been coming here for many years now to source material and I always leave with an amazing stack of material. What makes this place interesting to me are the surfaces that people put their posters on. The old rusty doors of the Lasloods create amazing patina on the backside of the first poster layers. And because there is a lot of graffiti going on in this area, many posters have graffiti on them. There is a constant process of people putting up posters and people putting up graffiti on the posters. Pulling of the layers reveals amazing paint colors and you never know what you'll find on the next layer. Posters and paint become one and remnants of paint get stuck on the backside of the poster layers being put on top.
I also take a lot of pictures of interesting surfaces every time I visit this area. These surfaces inspire me so much that I'm going to make a zine dedicated to this area and it's amazing wallporn.
Below are some works that were made with material sourced in this area. And some of the pictures I took of the amazing surfaces found in this area.