Conceptualist artists use materials to refer to ideas.
However Voebe de Gruyter (1960) and Juliaan Andeweg (1986) don’t use materials just to refer to ideas, their materials can also be part of the ideas, or they can be seen as crystallisations of the ideas.
Their installations are not just sums of thoughts, they are the material proof of them.
Moreover they give you a sense of what is in between life and thought.
De Gruyter’s works look basic, she may use text, drawing, painting, objects, not for their beauty or colour, but for the stream of consciousness they create.
Andeweg makes units of colours, directions, culture, movement and even sound and smell, to give a sense of completeness.
The communication between the two artists in this show is best in Stroom’s main room, but the presentations are best in the gallery’s basement.
Stroom’s main space is an exceptionally difficult one and can only be controlled by radical means, which is difficult for one artist, but even more so for two artists.
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© Villa Next Door 2017
Content of all pictures courtesy to Voebe de Gruyter, Juliaan Andeweg and Stroom, Den Haag..