Bouke Groen is sinds 2008 werkzaam als beeldend kunstenaar. Sindsdien heeft hij onder andere geëxposeerd bij Soundlands, Wales (UK), Survival17 te Wroclaw (Polen), IJsselbiënnale, het Nederlands Film Festival te Utrecht, GEM Den Haag, Oerol Terschelling, Symposion Gorinchem en het Fries Museum. Daarnaast is hij werkzaam bij Kunstinitiatief VHDG.

 
Artist statement
In mijn werk onderzoek en bevraag ik onderliggende mechanismen die we toepassen in onze omgang met elkaar en onze leefomgeving. De focus ligt specifiek op de onderstroom van filtermechanismen, onderliggende afspraken, drijfveren en aannames. Datgene wat ten grondslag ligt aan hoe we relaties leggen tussen onszelf en wat zich om ons heen bevindt, op zowel persoonlijk als maatschappelijk vlak. Mijn werk neemt daarbij geen standpunt in en doet geen kritische uitspraken over hoe wij omgaan met elkaar of de wereld. Ik vindt het belangrijk dat mijn werk zonder vooringenomenheid of pretentie een verhouding aangaat met de kijker. Door de kijker te betrekken in het onderzoek ontdekt en ervaart de kijker zijn eigen (onbewuste) connectie met zijn omgeving en andere mensen.

Artist statement
In his work Bouke Groen researches and questions underlying mechanisms that we apply in our interactions with each other and our environment. The focus lies on the undercurrent of filter mechanisms, underlying agreements, motives and assumptions – that what has a profound effect on our relationships between ourselves and what surrounds us, both personally and socially. However, Groen and his work does not take a stance in debates or makes critical statements, but rather reflects on how we treat each other and the world. This is important for his work to establish a relationship with the public without prejudice or pretension. As a result it involves the public in his research, and discovers and experiences their own (unconscious) connection with their environment and each other.

Curriculum Vitae
Bouke Groen, 1981, Leeuwarden

Education
2004 – 2008 Academie Minerva, Groningen, Visual Arts, Interdisciplinary

Awards
2019 Okre public award, Survival exhibition, Wroclaw, Poland
2013 Honorable Mention for Gerrit Benner Prize, Fries Museum
2008 Coba de Groot Young Talent Grant

Exhibitions (selection)

2019 Performance ‘Project Overtone’, Survival 17, Wroclaw, Polen
2019 Installation ‘Level’, Oerol, Moving Landscapes exhibition, Terschelling
2019 Installation ‘The Bell’, Soundlands exhibition, Wales, United Kingdom
2019 Installation ‘tune’ and ‘sirene’, Clash exhibition, Groningen
2018 Installation ‘tune’, European Capital of Culture, solo exhibition, Leeuwarden
2018 Installation ‘sirene’, LÛD, soundart exhibition, Rijsterbos
2018 Installation ‘plooing#2’, projectspace Melklokaal, Heerenveen
2018 Installation ‘de hand’, Landmark, Tjeukemeer, Friesland
2017 Exhibition at galerie Pand 63, Groningen
2017 Installation ‘plooing#1’, Fort Honswijk, Tull en ‘t Waal
2017 Installation ‘waagschaal’, IJsselbiënnale, Zutphen
2017 Permanent installation ‘De bomen’, playground Ibisdreef, Utrecht
2016 Photo of installation ‘Habitat’, group exhibition Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden
2016 Permanent Installation ‘Pilaar’, de Neushoorn, Leeuwarden
2015 Installation ‘Sabotage #3′, Symposion, Gorinchem
2015 Installation ‘Long way around’, Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden
2014 Installation ‘Habitat’, festival Into the great wide open, Vlieland
2014 Installations ‘Manuscript’ (2009), Lûden’ (2013) and ‘Lach’ (2014), Fries Museum, Leeuwarden
2014 Installation ‘Lûden’, Lexicon/leksikon, VHDG, Leeuwarden
2013 Installation ‘Vitruvian man’, Stadsschouwburg Harmonie, Leeuwarden,
2012 ‘Jabberwocky’, group exhibition Social Sound, Blokhuispoort, Leeuwarden
2012 Installation ‘Pulse’, Media Art Festival ‘Mash my bits up’, Blokhuispoort, Leeuwarden
2012 Installation ‘Resonare’, Ameland
2012 Artist in residence in Ameland, part of Kunstmaand Ameland

Teacher/Advisor positions
2018 Guest teacher, Minerva in Context, Academie Minerva, Groningen
2018 Project ‘Achtste Dag’, in collaboration with Marten Winters, at Academie Minerva, Groningen
2018 Teacher Projectweek Academie Minerva, Groningen
2017 Guest teacher NHL GIST Minor, Leeuwarden
2016 Advisor artistic concept ‘Rijk van Rotzooi’, exhibition at Fries Museum, Leeuwarden
2016 – to date Advisor and curator art program festival Welcome to the Village, Leeuwarden
2016 Guest teacher projectweek Dance and Film Studies Friesland College, Leeuwarden,
2015 to date: Member Advisory panel ‘Tafel van Acht’ Mienskipfonds, Leeuwarden municipality
2015 to date: External advisor final assesments, Academie voor Popcultuur, Leeuwarden

Curator/cultural programmer/production manager at Stichting VHDG, Leeuwarden
2018 Member Curatorial Committee VHDG
2017 Member Curatorial Committee VHDG
2017 SRV Residency #3 Flora Reznik
2017 Installation Sachi Miyachi, performance Yuri Veerman, festival Welcome to the Village
2017 Exhibition KADER
2016 Event HEDEN/Stemmen
2016 SRV Residency #2 Matthias König
2016 Performance Ruben Bellinkx, festival Welcome to the Village
2016 Event HEDEN/Manipuleren
2016 Exhibition KADER
2015 Event HEDEN/Heelal
2015 Event HEDEN/Ontdekken
2015 Event HEDEN/Vergeten
2014 Event HEDEN/Absurdisme
2014 SRV Residency #1 Teun Vonk
2013 Group exhibition Lexicon/Leksikon
2012 Group exhibition Social Sound