ERIC DE NIE Périodes tribute to Gérard Grisey

video registration in my studio - 2011


part of my installation 'WATERPAS' in the attic of the Walhuis, De Rijp NL


 De Rijp Kunst op Kamers 2008
Live painting performance (continuing)

during the biennale 'Kunst op Kamers' at the Walhuis
kunstopkamers-Het Walhuis




- music on canvas 2003 -
a live video performance

complete session on vimeo >

Morton Feldman Session from Marja Sonneveld on Vimeo complete session


Eric de Nie: ”I want to transform my perception of the music into an autonomous
sound image next to the music and within the world of abstract painting”

In the Dutch recording studio Grasland pianist Kees Wieringa performed the Morton Feldman composition ‘For Bunita Marcus’ in 2003. Performing artist Eric de Nie was inspired by the music to simultaneously make a painting. This creation process was followed closely by nine video cameras. The images were mixed by VJ-Stalker according to a concept by Marja Sonneveld. The DVD contains the adaptation of this public live performance in which the tension between the musical performance and the creation process of making a painting keeps after the viewer.

Eric de Nie: “I put myself in a condition whereby the length of Feldman’s composition becomes a paradigm for the space of the canvas”In the complex simplicity of Morton Feldman very subtle time experience is involved. In America Kees Wieringa was recently acclaimed one of the top performers of the music of Morton Feldman. For the painter Eric de Nie time and the visual imaginary of music plays an important role in his work. Marja Sonneveld, the director of the visual concept of this project, also works as a photographer and a video documentary maker. Through his video- and sound-art-installations and performances VJ-Stalker has acquired national and international fame in the world of music and fine arts.

Publication: Do Records info@dofoundation.com | | Distribution: Codaex n.l@codaex.com | | | More info DVD


concept Kees Wieringga, interactive design Ruud Lanfermeijer, video Luis H.Yudo,

Theater Zeebelt, Den Haag, 2001

eric de nie, de schepping, zeebelt theater, den haag

Pars pro toto

In Theatre Zeebelt, in The Hague, Eric de Nie staged a similar performance (2001). "The Creation": a painters workshop, part of a series of performances where the public witnessed the creation of a work of art. "The Creation" was organized by Kees Wieringa. During the production of the painting, the artist´s brain was visualized for the public in the auditorium by means of certain colour settings. Hesitation was red; action green and contemplation blue. At the close of the evening, the painting was divided into 56 pieces and everyone received a piece to take home. Literally a "pars pro toto", a part of the whole: a tiny frame of that infinitely branched out frame which is a painting.

Renée Borgonjen, 2001 Linea Recta



Live Painting during concert "Canto Ostinato" for 4 keybords by Simeon ten Holt
Ellen Dijkhuizen, Polo de Haas, Arielle Vernède, Kees Wieringa
2 videotracks on 10 monitors by Marja Sonneveld and Luiz H. Yudo
2000 march 18, Yakultzaal, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam.

Music and chromatics

The rhythm of the work is emphasized by music. In the performance "Ostinato" in the Beurs van Berlage (2000) the experimental classic "Canto Ostinato" by Simeon ten Holt was performed by four pianists. Simultaneously Eric de Nie painted his work "Ostinato" live. It seemed as if de Nie were conducting with tubes of paint and hair dryers. He dried the paint intermittently with the hair dryers. The waiting time was therefore shortened so he could maintain the rhythm without the colours running.

"Canto Ostinato" suits the work of Eric de Nie wonderfully well. The chromatic and rhythmic connect very handsomely together. The vein of the composer leaves much room for performance by the musicians. This is, on the one hand, comparable to improvisation in jazz music, which de Nie enjoys listening to as well. In both cases it has to do with music which presents position to the moment, to intuition and the casual dialogue of the instruments. Precisely within this framework his painting also offers a place for the unexpected which may turn up. The horizontal musical lines are divided into the vertical measures of the rhythm.

Renée Borgonjen, 2001 Linea Recta