IMG_0134.jpeg
Logo IAT.png

Bio Peter Kok (1974)

Zo vormgegeven, 

door de

            l                n

             o            e

               o        v 

                 p    e

van mijn        l

The making of L E A P

“Ik ben een typische autodidact kunstenaar;

learning by doing.”

Op de middelbare school was ik een echte havist. Zes jaar deed ik erover.

Vervolgens H.T.S. bedrijfskunde textiel in Enschede, afgestudeerd in 5 jaar, ook met een jaartje erin komen. Ik hoopte daar ‘wat creativiteit’ te gaan genieten. Viel tegen. Mijn eerste baan als logistiek manager bij een confectie-producent in Nijmegen nog meer.

Daarna wilde ik iets nog veel belangrijkers doen dan werken, namelijk in Amsterdam gaan wonen, om te housen onder andere; eind jaren negentig was de house al in volle gang. Dat eerst. Daarnaast een simpel baantje als assistent-bedrijfsleider bij een grote mode-retailer in de Kalverstraat.

 

Na een aantal jaren werken toch weer naar school, verder op zoek naar mijn creativiteit; Artemis, richting Mode. Na het eerste jaar adviseerden zij mij naar de kunstacademie te gaan, maar dat was helemaal niet mijn bedoeling, dus studeerde ik uiteindelijk gewoon af in concept-styling. 

 

Direct daarna als gangmaker van een stylisten- en visagisten-collectief een agentschap begonnen, maar binnen een jaar vond ik op een grillige wijze toch mijn creativiteit; mijn lichaam bleek vol te zitten met kanker. We leven (nog) halverwege de eerste jaren van tweeduizend.

Worst-case scenario had ik nog twee maanden te leven. In die twee maanden maakte ik voor het eerst (collage)kunst(?). Ik wilde nog wat nalaten, voor het geval dat. Maar na een klein jaar kuren, was ik weer schoon. 

Ik was nog niet schoon van de drank en drugs, en stopte hier cold turkey mee.

Helaas bleek ik geestelijk en lichamelijk dermate vernaggeld; ik werd arbeidsongeschikt verklaard.

Ik ging hardcore kundalini yoga beoefenen om mijn lichaam en geest weer wat op te peppen.

In terms of artistic inspirers I discovered Alex Gray, a transpersonal (= transcending personal) artist from New York, with whom I had quite a few similarities in life and experiences. His book 'The Mission of Art' taught me art history through the various layers of consciousness, based on another important book in my life; Spiral Dynamics by Don Beck. In recent years, this visionary book has inspired me the most for my art. This book from the 1960s is only now relevant in terms of the zeitgeist. Since we live in time of the 'tilting period', the transition aka Humpty Dumpty from one level of consciousness to another, with all the chaos that entails in the systems. But in every problem there is ultimately the solution. Just ask Einstein.

My 'circular' art is an expression of this; by 'recirculating' jute coffee bags as canvas and stretching them on a wooden frame, the circle is round again.

 

Through my then girlfriend I was able to learn the tricks of the trade at a publisher free-lance as a designer. She also urged me to continue in art. In the end I mainly continued to make graffiti on canvas.

 

I also published poetry at Brave New Books in 2019; 'New batch'. Available here at bol.com.

  After a year later, pre-corona would turn out so 2020 again, post-corona; 'Carola widespread. the corona chrolnicles. Available here at bol.com.

My website with my work is based on the term 'Tat Tvam Asi, thou art That, you are That', based on what you experience in an enlightenment experience. In addition, it is my own free translation for my creative skills;

I create That.

 
Schermafbeelding 2021-08-27 om 09.39.32.png

Bio Peter Kok (1974)

 

Designed like this,

through the course of my life.

“I am a typical self-taught artist;

learning by doing.”

In high school I was a true HAVIST. It took me six years. Then H.T.S. business administration textile in Enschede, graduated in 5 years, also with a year in it. I hoped to enjoy "some creativity" there. Dissapointing. My first job as a logistics manager at a clothing manufacturer in Nijmegen even more.

After that I wanted to do something even more important than work, namely to live in Amsterdam, to keep things under control; the house was in full swing at the end of the nineties. That first. In addition, a simple job as an assistant manager at a major fashion retailer in the Kalverstraat.

 

After a couple of years I went back to school, looking further for my creativity; Artemis, direction Fashion. After the first year they advised me to go to the art academy, but that was not my intention at all, so I finally graduated in concept styling.

 

Immediately afterwards started an agency as a pacemaker of a stylist and makeup artist collective, but within a year I found my creativity in an erratic way; my body appeared to be full of cancer. We (still) live halfway through the first years of two thousand. Worst case scenario I had two months to live. In those two months I made (collage) art (?) For the first time. I wanted to leave something behind, just in case. But after a year of cures, I was clean again. I was not yet clean with alcohol and drugs, and stopped cold turkey with this. Unfortunately I turned out so badly mentally and physically; I was declared unfit for work. I started practicing hardcore kundalini yoga to boost my body and mind.

In terms of artistic inspiration, I discovered Alex Gray, a transpersonal (= transcending personal) artist from New York, with whom I had quite a few similarities in the course of life and experiences. His book "The Mission of Art" taught me the history of art through the various layers of consciousness, based on another important book in my life; "Spiral Dynamics" by Don Beck. This visionary book has inspired me the most in recent years for my art. This book from the 60s last century is only relevant in terms of the spirit of the times. Since we live in the time of the "tilting period", the transition aka Humpty Dumpty from one layer of consciousness to another, with all the chaos in the systems. But in every problem, ultimately lies the solution. Just ask Einstein.

 

Through my girlfriend at the time I was able to learn the intricacies of the trade from a publisher as a free-lance designer. She also encouraged me to go further in art. Eventually I mainly continued to make graffiti on canvas.

I also published poetry at Brave New Books in 2019; New batch. Available here at bol.com.

After a year later, pre-corona would turn out so 2020 again, post-corona; 'Carola widespread. the corona chrolnicles. Available here at bol.com.

 

 

My website with my work is based on the term "Tat Tvam Asi, thou art That, you are That", based on what you experience during an enlightenment experience. In addition, it is my own free translation for my creative skills; I create that.