Casting couch and Jordy van den Nieuwendijk at Billytown, The Hague

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You may ask yourself who is being casted on the couches of Casting Couch, the present group show at Billytown, although

Julian Sirre

Julian Sirre

i’m sure there’ll be nobody around making any ominous proposal if you visit the exhibition.

Richard Aldrich (l), Robbin Heyker (r)

Richard Aldrich (l), Robbin Heyker (r)

A pair of subdued paintings by Richard Aldrich and Robbin Heyker are

Klaas Kloosterboer

Klaas Kloosterboer

 

Klaas Kloosterboer

Klaas Kloosterboer

overseeing Klaas Kloosterboer’s big and colourful suit, fallen apart and filled with straw.

Klaas Kloosterboer

Klaas Kloosterboer

In a video you can see the same five parts of the suit, filled with hay being eaten by horses.

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Over all it is a show with works in which the thinking and making – these two together – are stressed, while sentiments are being kept at bay.

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That doesn’t mean the making and thinking are always easy to detect in the results, they may be obscured.

Marius Lut

Marius Lut

Neither does it mean sentiments are not at the base of some of these works. For instance,

Robbin Heyker

Robbin Heyker

who says there are no sentiments in this painting by Robbin Heyker? It refers to paintings by Daan van Golden which refer to Matisse. And

Iede Reckman

Iede Reckman

 

Iede Reckman

Iede Reckman

what about works by Iede Reckman in their diversity,

Iede Reckman, Marius Lut

Iede Reckman, Marius Lut

or the

Marius Lut

Marius Lut

works by Marius Lut whose

Marius Lut

Marius Lut

paintings seem to cover as much as they show?

Florian et Michael Quistrebert

Florian et Michael Quistrebert

The whole atmosphere is completed by two monitor works, one double one by the versatile Quistrebert Brothers and

 Joseph Montgomery

Joseph Montgomery

one by Joseph Montgomery (who is having a solo show of his own in The Hague at the moment, click here and here).

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The couches in the show bind the works together with a kind of ambivalence, reinforced by the Quistrebert and Montgomery works. Any of your marzipan dreams you may have gathered while watching the exhibition or sitting on one of these couches

Julian Sirre

Julian Sirre

may be fulfilled by the attractive accompanying magazine designed by Billytown’s home designer Julian Sirre.

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After this wonderful exhibition you

 Jordy van den Nieuwendijk

Jordy van den Nieuwendijk

may need some relief in Billytown’s kitchen where

 Jordy van den Nieuwendijk

Jordy van den Nieuwendijk

Jordy van den Nieuwendijk made an installation which

 Jordy van den Nieuwendijk

Jordy van den Nieuwendijk

is as simple as it is inventive.

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Bertus Pieters

Simon Schrikker: Diary of a sailor. Livingstone gallery, The Hague

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Simon Schrikker shows some new paintings in Diary of a sailor, at Livingstone Gallery. They are small seascapes, paintings of

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rocky islands in deep seas. It’s not just the sea that is deep, so is the paint.

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The paint is as violent as the surf along the rocks and just like the surf the paintings seem to have been made in one big movement, but in fact more has happened and is happening.

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On show is also a selection from his Pulpo series with an octopus as the protagonist, leading Schrikker to making all kinds of curls and arabesques with his paint.

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With Schrikker even the nose of a dog becomes a rock in the swirling paint and

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even a calmer sea shows the constant movement of the powers under its surface.

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Drawing Festival at Helder gallery, The Hague

Paul Nassenstein

Paul Nassenstein

Galerie Helder has organized a small drawing festival in which three artists are taking part. It shows

Paul Nassenstein

Paul Nassenstein

these wonderful miniatures by Paul Nassenstein who is able to create an enormous space on a very small surface, each work telling a story and showing a cosmos of its own;

Sigrid van Woudenberg

Sigrid van Woudenberg

both monumental and smaller works full of sometimes wild imagination by Sigrid van Woudenberg and

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

works by Stephan van den Burg, whose work brings abstraction back to reality.

Paul Nassenstein

Paul Nassenstein

Paul Nassenstein

Paul Nassenstein

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Eelke van Willegen

Eelke van Willegen

Also on show are two small sculptures by Eelke van Willegen.

Sigrid van Woudenberg

Sigrid van Woudenberg

Sigrid van Woudenberg

Sigrid van Woudenberg

Sigrid van Woudenberg

Sigrid van Woudenberg

Altogether it is a great combination of very different artists.

Sigrid van Woudenberg

Sigrid van Woudenberg

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Bertus Pieters

Joseph Montgomery: Rules for Coyote, Dürst Britt & Mayhew gallery, The Hague

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A few days ago i visited Dürst Britt & Mayhew gallery to write a review for Villa La Repubblica about Joseph Montgomery’s show Rules for Coyote. Montgomery shows mainly painting like collages and reliefs. For a full review and some more pictures I refer you to Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch), but the best thing to do is of course to visit the gallery, which I highly recommend.

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Patrick Bernatchez: Lost in Time. West gallery, The Hague

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At West gallery there are four movies on show by Patrick Bernatchez at the moment. I saw parts of three of them. It is difficult to make a choice, but you have to, as seeing all of them would take you more than two hours, which in itself might be a good idea if you want to have a Bernatchez movie afternoon. Bernatchez has a preoccupation with time and connected to that: space, viewing angle, rhythm and narrative. It results in some fascinating works.

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Like Piano Orbital.01 in which Guillaume Lekeu’s piano sonata is taken as a starting point. Things, including the music, are literally taken upside down and into orbit. The music seems to become timeless and the concert hall space becomes unlimited.

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Monumental Lost in Time brings in the idea of a narrative that may refer to any other mythical, legendary, historic, future or real narrative in any time and in any space. Literally on top of that snow seems to cover up everything, including any remembrances of the past, present or future.

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As for Trilogie Chrysalides, i only saw a short excerpt of it, so go and see it for yourself!

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Bertus Pieters

Jerry Keizer, Joseph Semah and Auke de Vries at Nouvelles Images gallery, The Hague

Auke de Vries

Auke de Vries

 

Auke de Vries

Auke de Vries

It is not always easy to combine three very strong artistic personalities in a way that they don’t bite each other. But if the combination works, it may lead to a kind of visual frenzy, a kind of drunkenness of which the viewer can hardly get enough. Which may happen to you watching the current three exhibitions of works by Auke de Vries, Joseph Semah and Jerry Keizer at Nouvelles Images gallery.

Auke de Vries

Auke de Vries

 

Auke de Vries

Auke de Vries

Auke de Vries, the celebrated monumental sculptor, also makes small sculptures which also look quite monumental. Watching them closely however, may make you glad they have no monumental proportions and personally i even prefer them to his monumental public works. You actually see De Vries thinking in these works.

Auke de Vries

Auke de Vries

 

Auke de Vries

Auke de Vries

 

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Auke de Vries

 

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Auke de Vries

 

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Auke de Vries

 

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Auke de Vries

 

Joseph Semah

Joseph Semah

 

Joseph Semah

Joseph Semah

 

Joseph Semah

Joseph Semah

Joseph Semah (about whose work i wrote extensively in 2011) brings you back to the collateral damage of the great European crisis of the first half of the 20th century, which you can still detect in European thinking and visual culture, even if today’s European thinking and visual culture are not referring to it, or even seem to have forgotten it.

Joseph Semah

Joseph Semah

 

Joseph Semah

Joseph Semah

 

Joseph Semah

Joseph Semah

 

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Joseph Semah

Joseph Semah

Joseph Semah

 

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Joseph Semah

 

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Joseph Semah

 

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Joseph Semah

 

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Joseph Semah

 

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Joseph Semah

 

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Joseph Semah

 

 Jerry Keizer

Jerry Keizer

 

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Jerry Keizer

Jerry Keizer’s almost obsessive works, which may remind you in a way of Jan Schoonhoven’s work, seem to catch any movement, whether physically or spiritually, in a grid, on one hand more or less taming them in repetition, on the other hand showing the small differences of the seismographic painter’s hand.

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Jerry Keizer

 

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Jerry Keizer

 

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Jerry Keizer

 

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Jerry Keizer

 

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Jerry Keizer

 

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Jerry Keizer

 

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Jerry Keizer

 

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Jerry Keizer

 

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Jerry Keizer

 

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Jerry Keizer

 

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Jerry Keizer

 

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Jerry Keizer

 

Auke de Vries

Auke de Vries

 

Auke de Vries

Auke de Vries

All together there is a lot to be seen in this exhibition about the combination of thinking and creating, far more than a few photographs can reveal.

Auke de Vries

Auke de Vries

 

Auke de Vries

Auke de Vries

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Bertus Pieters

Textile Biennial 2015, Museum of Rijswijk, Rijswijk

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Rijswijk is a bit of a backwater within the urban area of The Hague. It has a museum and an art gallery both mainly serving local cultural needs. The Museum of Rijswijk preserves the heritage of the old village and the modern municipality. So, for somebody who is not interested in Rijswijk, the place may not be very interesting. But the Museum does boast a biennial per year, one for paper as an artistic medium and the other year one for textile. This year it’s textiles again.

Kari Steihaug

Kari Steihaug

 

Kari Steihaug

Kari Steihaug

 

Kari Steihaug

Kari Steihaug

 

Kari Steihaug

Kari Steihaug

 

Ruben Marroquin

Ruben Marroquin

 

Ruben Marroquin

Ruben Marroquin

 

Ruben Marroquin

Ruben Marroquin

 

Ruben Marroquin

Ruben Marroquin

 

Ruben Marroquin

Ruben Marroquin

 

Mai Taibakian

Mai Taibakian

 

Chiachio & Giannone

Chiachio & Giannone

 

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Chiachio & Giannone

 

Chiachio & Giannone

Chiachio & Giannone

 

Chiachio & Giannone

Chiachio & Giannone

 

Chiachio & Giannone

Chiachio & Giannone

For a small museum it must be quite an effort to organize this every year. Funds to attract great international names must be lacking, but that doesn’t mean the quality of the artists on show is less. Moreover, composing the exhibition and placing the different objects is something the Museum is very good at. The works are shown with a care and precision that is near perfection.

Chiachio & Giannone

Chiachio & Giannone

 

Henrique van Putten

Henrique van Putten

 

Henrique van Putten

Henrique van Putten

 

Henrique van Putten

Henrique van Putten

 

Monica Bohlman

Monica Bohlman

 

Monica Bohlman

Monica Bohlman

 

Monica Bohlman

Monica Bohlman

 

Monica Bohlman

Monica Bohlman

 

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Monica Bohlman

 

Ane Henriksen

Ane Henriksen

Ane Henriksen

Ane Henriksen

 

Ane Henriksen

Ane Henriksen

 

Stephanie Metz

Stephanie Metz

 

Stephanie Metz

Stephanie Metz

 

Stephanie Metz

Stephanie Metz

In a place like Rijswijk choices are limited. What do you want with an annual exhibition like this within the margins of available money and the needs of a provincial town? The first idea will be to bring the “world” to a Rijswijk audience with works of art from all over the world, and the second will be to attract visitors from outside Rijswijk.

Stephanie Metz

Stephanie Metz

 

Stephanie Metz

Stephanie Metz

 

Debra M. Smith

Debra M. Smith

 

Caroline Bartlett

Caroline Bartlett

 

Caroline Bartlett

Caroline Bartlett

 

Caroline Bartlett

Caroline Bartlett

 

Raija Jokinen

Raija Jokinen

 

Stephanie Metz

Stephanie Metz

 

Caitlin McCormack

Caitlin McCormack

 

Ruben Marroquin

Ruben Marroquin

 

Ying Chew

Ying Chew

 

Henrique van Putten

Henrique van Putten

 

Pauline M.M. Nijenhuis

Pauline M.M. Nijenhuis

 

Pauline M.M. Nijenhuis

Pauline M.M. Nijenhuis

 

Ida-Lovisa Rudolfsson

Ida-Lovisa Rudolfsson

I don’t know how it is organized exactly, but it is clear the artists are given a stake in the undertaking in that their work is also for sale. On the one hand that makes the biennial a bit ambiguous, on the other hand it clearly shows what it takes to organize something like this, in a place with only few possibilities for showing art and with having big neighbour The Hague just round the corner with so many galleries and museums.

Ida-Lovisa Rudolfsson

Ida-Lovisa Rudolfsson

 

Ida-Lovisa Rudolfsson

Ida-Lovisa Rudolfsson

 

Derick Melander

Derick Melander

 

Derick Melander

Derick Melander

 

Rebecca Rinigquist

Rebecca Ringquist

 

Rebecca Rinigquist

Rebecca Ringquist

 

Rebecca Rinigquist

Rebecca Ringquist

 

Amanda McCavour

Amanda McCavour

 

Pauline M.M. Nijenhuis

Pauline M.M. Nijenhuis

 

Caitlin McCormack

Caitlin McCormack

 

Debra M. Smith

Debra M. Smith

 

Katie Lewis

Katie Lewis

 

Rebecca Rinigquist

Rebecca Ringquist

 

Ying Chew

Ying Chew

As for the works on show: there are a few that definitely stick at least to my mind. There are the works by Ruben Marroquin from the United States, not just colourful but also very expressive, the extravagance full of references by Chiachio & Giannone from Argentina, the introvert tapestries of Ane Henriksen from Denmark and the strange and slightly surrealist scenes by Ida-Lovisa Rudolfsson from Sweden.

Ying Chew

Ying Chew

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Bertus Pieters

Outsider Art, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

Willem van Genk

Willem van Genk

The Gemeentemuseum The Hague has organized an exhibition about Outsider Art. There is no conclusive definition of the phenomenon.

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Willem van Genk

Willem van Genk

Willem van Genk

Willem van Genk

Willem van Genk

Willem van Genk

Willem van Genk

Is it art by mentally disturbed people? Well, apart from what mentally disturbed exactly is, many of the presented artists are not or were not.

Willem van Genk

Willem van Genk

Willem van Genk

Willem van Genk

Willem van Genk

Willem van Genk

Willem van Genk

Willem van Genk

You might call it work caused by obsession instead of artistic merit. But that is just not true, and does the making of art not need a kind of obsession?

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Willem van Genk

Willem van Genk

Willem van Genk

Aaltje Dammer

Aaltje Dammer

Aaltje Dammer

Aaltje Dammer

One could even call it art that has been systematically kept outside the art historical discourse, which isn’t completely true either. Also many works are intellectually sound and their sometimes intensive manual labour isn’t therapeutic (although it may have worked like that) but constructive.

Siebe Wiemer Glastra

Siebe Wiemer Glastra

Siebe Wiemer Glastra

Siebe Wiemer Glastra

Siebe Wiemer Glastra

Siebe Wiemer Glastra

Siebe Wiemer Glastra

Siebe Wiemer Glastra

The present exhibition shows works ranging from naive to intellectually challenging and from very humoristic to extremely sad. I’ll leave you just with the pictures, undisturbed by my comments.

Siebe Wiemer Glastra

Siebe Wiemer Glastra

Siebe Wiemer Glastra

Siebe Wiemer Glastra

Pavel Petrovich Leonov

Pavel Petrovich Leonov

Pavel Petrovich Leonov

Pavel Petrovich Leonov

Pavel Petrovich Leonov

Pavel Petrovich Leonov

Michel Nedjar

Michel Nedjar

Michel Nedjar

Michel Nedjar

Rosemary Koczy

Rosemary Koczy

Rosemary Koczy

Rosemary Koczy

Rosemary Koczy

Rosemary Koczy

Rosemary Koczy

Rosemary Koczy

Rosemary Koczy

Rosemary Koczy

Sylvia Katuszewski

Sylvia Katuszewski

Bertus Jonkers

Bertus Jonkers

Bertus Jonkers

Bertus Jonkers

Bertus Jonkers

Bertus Jonkers

Bertus Jonkers

Bertus Jonkers

Bertus Jonkers

Bertus Jonkers

Bertus Jonkers

Bertus Jonkers

Bertus Jonkers

Bertus Jonkers

Bertus Jonkers

Bertus Jonkers

Bertus Jonkers

Bertus Jonkers

Bertus Jonkers

Bertus Jonkers

Bertus Jonkers

Bertus Jonkers

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Bertus Jonkers

Bertus Jonkers

Bertus Jonkers

Saì Kijima

Saì Kijima

Saì Kijima

Saì Kijima

Saì Kijima

Saì Kijima

Nikifor

Nikifor

NAPAKU

NAPAKU

I don’t quite understand what NAPAKU’s aka Piet van den Heuvel’s work is doing in this show. (I wrote quite extensively about his work in 2012 here – in Dutch)

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NAPAKU

NAPAKU

NAPAKU

NAPAKU

NAPAKU

NAPAKU

NAPAKU

NAPAKU

NAPAKU

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Bertus Pieters