You may ask yourself who is being casted on the couches of Casting Couch, the present group show at Billytown, although
i’m sure there’ll be nobody around making any ominous proposal if you visit the exhibition.
overseeing Klaas Kloosterboer’s big and colourful suit, fallen apart and filled with straw.
In a video you can see the same five parts of the suit, filled with hay being eaten by horses.
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.
That doesn’t mean the making and thinking are always easy to detect in the results, they may be obscured.
Neither does it mean sentiments are not at the base of some of these works. For instance,
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
what about works by Iede Reckman in their diversity,
works by Marius Lut whose
paintings seem to cover as much as they show?
The whole atmosphere is completed by two monitor works, one double one by the versatile Quistrebert Brothers and
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
may be fulfilled by the attractive accompanying magazine designed by Billytown’s home designer Julian Sirre.
After this wonderful exhibition you
may need some relief in Billytown’s kitchen where
Jordy van den Nieuwendijk made an installation which
is as simple as it is inventive.