New Territory; Kasper Sonne at West gallery, The Hague

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I visited Kasper Sonne’s exhibition New Territory shortly after its opening at Gallery West.

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But as West’s own professional photographer happened to make pictures at that moment,

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it wasn’t a good idea to make pictures myself.

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So i had a short look around and

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promised to return later.

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As it happened, circumstances made it quite some time later.

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But happily it was just as interesting as it promised to be when visiting the first time.

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The exhibition tries to show, or to make happen the new territory of the mind that evolves when opposites meet and defy each other’s logic.

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The stones you see, are lava stones, coming from the depths of Mother Earth, but they are painted with spray paint.

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The two big white canvasses in the front room of the gallery, two artificial constructs, ready to be interpreted as something cultural and artistic, were burnt; one of the basic natural ways of destruction.

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Something comparable was made to happen with two blue paintings and acid. Strictly speaking these works are neither art nor something natural.

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But showing them in a “clean” way in this gallery forces the visitor to a new mindset, or a New Territory.

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Where two different logics are combined,

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the absurd is never far away

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That was already clear in the video with the carpet cleaner, in fact a loop taken from a commercial, and the noise, which doesn’t come from the cleaner.

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But in the side room Sonne shows three video’s, two of them with texts only.

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It’s Hegel’s dialectics.

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But if art turns into philosophy, it is an absurd philosophy.

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While in the middle video a perfect sphere falls and breaks into splinters.

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Hidden behind a veil is something very different:

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a work by Vincent Ganivet.

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He made a sculpture for the Grandeur exhibition at the Lange Voorhout and took the opportunity to make a small work for West.

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No glue or mortar were used in making this charming little sculpture.

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But back to Sonne.

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The stones are in all rooms of the gallery and together they are one work (Vulcan).

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As such these stones are probably visually his strongest work. Parts of the inner Earth, usually haphazardly strewn about the earth, they are now

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carefully arranged in a clean gallery, in a way that they direct your movements in the rooms and determine the way you are looking at the things around you.

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It’s New Territory.

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Bertus Pieters

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