Landscape and the City; Galerie Helder, The Hague

Yves Beaumont

Yves Beaumont

Due to circumstances i am a bit late reporting about this exhibition in Helder gallery about space in the human world, with works by Yves Beaumont, Bart Benschop, Demiak and Pär Strömberg.

Yves Beaumont

Yves Beaumont

Eelke van Willegen

Eelke van Willegen

Demiak

Demiak

Although the works of these artists differ a lot from each other it has become quite an atmospheric show.

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Bart Benschop

Pär Strömberg

Pär Strömberg

Later on some works by Melle Aussems, Jhonie van Boeijen and Eelke van Willegen have been added in the moveable cross-over space of the gallery.

Eelke van Willegen

Eelke van Willegen

Bart Benschop

Bart Benschop

Melle Aussems

Melle Aussems

October 30 will be the last day of the exhibition, so hurry up to see it!

Jhonie van Boeijen

Jhonie van Boeijen

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Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists and Galerie Helder

Bertus Pieters

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Studio visit: Saskia Tannemaat

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Saskia Tannemaat happens to have a studio i once occupied myself, so it felt a bit like a homecoming to visit her place.

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Saskia’s core business is drawing and painting in which the expression of black and white and colour lie in line with each other.

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Her inspiration is mainly social city life, sometimes in places of society we tend to forget or deny. She does a lot of research for her work.

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Her intentions are not in the first place to bring change to these places (although that would be a welcome side effect) but to show aspects of reality and to find the right expression to them. It makes her work not only expressive but also warm hearted.

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In her studio are of course different works in progress, sketches, things that inspire her, utensils etc.

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And there is also the wonderful vista of The Hague, both inspiring and relaxing, maybe even comforting.

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Bertus Pieters

 

Last studio visits: https://villanextdoor.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/topp-and-dubio-a_day_to_clay_a_bust/

and: https://villanextdoor.wordpress.com/2015/10/31/studio-visit-jan-hoogervorst/

Façades of The Hague #22

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Simple block with four bays with apartments and shops, Laan van Meerdervoort. Early 1920s; shop fronts may have been added or modified later.

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Laan van Meerdervoort is The Hague’s longest avenue (5.8 km / 3.6 miles), even the longest in the Netherlands.

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It is known to be a chic avenue, but the economically barren period during and after WWI called for simple housing without too much decoration.

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All pictures taken in March 2016.

 

Bertus Pieters

Wieske Wester, double you double you; Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague

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Wieske Wester (1985) shows paintings and drawings at Dürst Britt & Mayhew’s.

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Her style is reminiscent of neo-expressionism of the early 1980s.

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However there is no Hunger nach Bilder in her works,

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not explicitly anyway as she likes to obscure rather than to clarify.

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She indulges in her materials as she indulges in her subjects and their ambiguity.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Wieske Wester and Dürst Britt & Mayhew.

Bertus Pieters

Exchanging Intimacies; Quartair, The Hague

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Today on my way home i popped in at Quartair for a flying visit to Exchanging Intimacies, a very short running show of 5 Czech and 5 Dutch young artists.

Jozef Mrva, Trump Landscape

Jozef Mrva: Trump Landscape

Jozef Mrva, Trump Landscape

Jozef Mrva: Trump Landscape

Filip Dvorak; Untitled, from the Force Majeure series

Filip Dvorak: Untitled, from the Force Majeure series

Filip Dvorak; Untitled, from the Force Majeure series

Filip Dvorak: Untitled, from the Force Majeure series

Katerina Konarovska: Evil twin

Katerina Konarovska: Evil twin

The 10 artists decided to make an exciting, communicative and communal show that will move to Prague later next week (21 to 30 October).

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Katerina Konarovska: Evil twin

Frank Niessen: Untitled

Frank Niessen: Untitled

Frank Niessen: Untitled

Frank Niessen: Untitled

Bjorn Barendse: For the love of Mario

Bjorn Barendse: For the love of Mario

Bjorn Barendse: Memories of Egypt & the desert camel

Bjorn Barendse: Memories of Egypt & the desert camel

The works are on show in The Hague only this week.

Stepanka Sigmundova: Falling MIR

Stepanka Sigmundova: Falling MIR

Stepanka Sigmundova: Falling MIR

Stepanka Sigmundova: Falling MIR

Martin Gabriel: André in the super position

Martin Gabriel: André in the super position

Martin Gabriel: Untitled realm

Martin Gabriel: Untitled realm

Rixt de Boer: Traces of wandering

Rixt de Boer: Traces of wandering

The boys and girls did a very good and energetic job indeed!

Rixt de Boer: Traces of wandering

Rixt de Boer: Traces of wandering

Yair Callender: Relational Imagery

Yair Callender: Relational Imagery

Yair Callender: Relational Imagery

Yair Callender: Relational Imagery

Vincent Both: Untitled

Vincent Both: Untitled

Vincent Both: Untitled

Vincent Both: Untitled

I just left when preparations were made for a lecture (sorry folks, i had to give that a miss).

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Content of all images courtesy to the artists and Quartair

 

Bertus Pieters

An infinite sum of sinusoidal functions; A Gallery Named Sue, The Hague

Abel Wolff

Abel Wolff

Some time ago i had the honour and pleasure of saying (and writing) a few opening words for this wonderful exhibition of works by Abel Wolff, Johannes Langkamp and Matthias Grothus at A Gallery Named Sue.

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Abel Wolff

The dyslectic reader might think it is about suicidal functions, but in fact it is all about the opposite.

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Abel Wolff

All three artists have been working on a kind of continuum in which things both change and remain the same.

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Abel Wolff

Abel Wolff

Abel Wolff

In Wolff’s work it is very much about the ongoing process directing itself, in this case scanning and subsequent printing.

Matthias Grothus

Matthias Grothus

Matthias Grothus

Matthias Grothus

Grothus gives new life to older mechanisms and

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Matthias Grothus

Matthias Grothus

Matthias Grothus

Matthias Grothus

Matthias Grothus

let them co-operate in what can be seen as a comment on time and the present.

Johannes Langkamp

Johannes Langkamp

Johannes Langkamp

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Johannes Langkamp

Langkamp’s ideas derive from what is actually happening in between the camera lens and the object it is targeting.

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Johannes Langkamp

Johannes Langkamp

It is a well presented ensemble, in which the aesthetics of the three installations follow their functions like in musical instruments.

Matthias Grothus

Matthias Grothus

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Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists and A Gallery Named Sue.

 

Bertus Pieters

Façades of The Hague #21

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House with two apartments, probably built around 1900, Badhuisweg.

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The front is a bit capricious with fine windows, balconies and front doors and crowned with bay windows.

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The side façades are remarkably austere but with distinct Neo-Romanesque decorations, quite different from the elegant front features.

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At the time of my visit it was standing sturdily in between an empty modernist office building and a dilapidated former night club in the coastal area.

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All pictures taken March 2016.

 

Bertus Pieters

Happy Like Yesterday_ , Nest, The Hague

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Nostalgia is only interesting, not if it recalls old times, but if it creates something new that tells us something about our own time. All artists taking part in Happy Like Yesterday_, presently at Nest, seem to be very well aware of that fact.

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The exhibition also shows us how quickly our daily technological life is changing. It takes only a few years to be outdated.

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Centrally staged in the show is a plastic copy of the bust of the Doryphoros with bronze coloured silly putty over it by Roman Štětina.

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It is surrounded by three video’s by the same artist showing the artistry and craft of obsoleteness,

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connecting it with Joep van Liefland’s old fashioned video library,

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full of equipment for video tapes.

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But there is more apart from this well composed ensemble. In another room Harold de Bree presents his rebuilt creature from the 1982 movie Tron.

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It stands as a gate in the room and offers a view to the centre of the show.

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That’s different with Yves Scherer’s three works in a darkened room.

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The works, well presented and intriguing as they are, are more hermetic for those who don’t follow the artist’s ideas immediately.

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Ingmar König’s works refer to the decrease of hard physical labour in present day society.

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Such physical labour is substituted by voluntary hard physical exertion.

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Though the exhibition shows some very interesting works and thoughts, there is also a sense of the five artists standing with their backs toward each other.

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The centrally presented works seem to be in some kind of dialogue with each other, but there is not a strong sense of one theme in the show. However, the works themselves are very interesting, so don’t hesitate to go and have a look.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists and Nest.

 

Bertus Pieters