Might as Well; Nest, The Hague

Ronald Ophuis

Ronald Ophuis

Might as Well at Nest, is a group show with works by seven artists about power.

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

The exhibition is carefully composed and some well presented and intriguing works by major artists are on show, but in spite of that there isn’t much coherence on offer.

Jan Rothuizen

Jan Rothuizen

Indeed Might as Well does show different aspects of power, but the works don’t really communicate with each other.

L.A. Raeven

L.A. Raeven

They just might have been other works.

 Jan Rothuizen

Jan Rothuizen

MAW 06 Jan Rothuizen

For instance, where is the connection between a rape scene by Ronald Ophuis and a map of the Teniersplantsoen in The Hague by Jan Rothuizen, both brotherly on show almost next to each other?

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Köken Ergun

Köken Ergun

A better couple are Fernando Sánchez Castillo’s video of a mating dance of two water cannons and Köken Ergun’s video Tank Love, although the latter’s bluntness of the quasi-artistic amateurish camerawork gives more brilliance to Sánchez’ aesthetic work.

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Though aesthetics isn’t all.

Zachary Formwalt

Zachary Formwalt

Zachary Formwalt

Zachary Formwalt

An in itself very beautiful video by Zachary Formwalt of Berlage’s Stock Exchange in Amsterdam may reveal something about the power of walls to create a special world within the world, but doesn’t that apply to many big buildings?

Zachary Formwalt

Zachary Formwalt

Generally speaking, are there any aspects of power on show  you didn’t know about?

L.A. Raeven

L.A. Raeven

Julika Rudelius

Julika Rudelius

L.A. Raeven’s new work based on the Milgram Experiment isn’t really that revealing and neither is Julika Rudelius’ double video Rites of Passage.

L.A. Raeven

L.A. Raeven

Julika Rudelius

Julika Rudelius

Still, these works are interesting because of the body language (and face language) and the dehumanisation of human character in both works, and the blurring of real life and staged life is intriguing.

Zachary Formwalt

Zachary Formwalt

Köken Ergun

Köken Ergun

If the show would have consisted of these two works, either with or without works of a third artist (for instance Ophuis) it might have been a stronger and more thought provoking presentation. Now Raeven’s and Rudelius’ are just two works amongst a few others.

Jan Rothuizen

Jan Rothuizen

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Please go and take a look for yourself and have another idea.

L.A. Raeven

L.A. Raeven

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

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Bertus Pieters

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