The present show at Billytown is called Back to the Future, but it might as well be called Back to Basics. (Make sure to see it soon, the show is in its last week!)
Probably the first work you’ll see when entering the gallery is Navid Nuur’s The Explicator. It’ll make you doubt if any explication would do, what any explication would hide or what it would generate.
Right round the corner you’ll see Rumiko Hagiwara’s video of an A4 paper, as a confirmation of Nuur’s suggestion.
In this way the whole exhibition is well orchestrated.
Sleeuwits shows his recast pewter spoons on a table by Nicholas Riis, specially made for them, as well as
mirrors printed with the places where they were presented.
One of Van Kreij’s latest victims for re-representation seems to be Bauhaus designer Gunta Stölzl.
Hagiwara has a special corner for her video Space between Yellow and Blue, starting with the yellow heart of a dandelion and ending in the blue sky, another work that avoids representation or – staying with Nuur – explication.
As a small counter-exhibition Billytown’s kitchen offers works by Roald de Boer.
He shows a combination of sex, death and personal history in pictures and examples of his Magazine ZINE.
It feels like meeting an old friend after many years.
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