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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[Click on the pictures to enlarge]

Bertus Pieters

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2 thoughts on “Casting couch and Jordy van den Nieuwendijk at Billytown, The Hague

  1. Hoi Albertus, dank je voor deze blogpost over ‘Casting Couch’. Een kleine correctie, het witte werk rechts naast het kleine zwart-witte werk van Richard Aldrich is van Robbin Heyker.

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