Body Building; Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague

Last year in April and May Dürst Britt & Mayhew showed its potential in painting in the exhibition Stretch Release, and with its present show it makes an equally interesting statement with its potential in sculpture.

Joseph Montgomery

Joseph Montgomery

Jonas Wijtenburg

Jonas Wijtenburg

Works by Alex Farrar (1986), Alexandre Lavet (1988), Joseph Montgomery (1979), Maarten Overdijk (1977) and Jonas Wijtenburg (1989) demonstrate a kind of physicality inherent to the discipline.

Jonas Wijtenburg

Jonas Wijtenburg

Maarten Overdijk

Maarten Overdijk

Maarten Overdijk

It not just deals with the physicality of sculpture itself but also with the corporeal approach of the viewer in the space where both viewer and sculpture are present.

Joseph Montgomery

Joseph Montgomery

Joseph Montgomery

Joseph Montgomery

Not just the fact that the viewer should move around the sculpture to see all aspects of it – which is always essential in looking at sculpture – but also the physical sensation of the viewer is an important aspect of the process in the relationship between sculpture and viewer.

Alex Farrar

Joseph Montgomery

Joseph Montgomery

Joseph Montgomery

Joseph Montgomery

That is of course always an important aspect in art, as body and mind always react to format, colour, construction and visibility, whether it is in painting, digital art, book illustration, architecture or film.

Joseph Montgomery

Joseph Montgomery

Alex Farrar

Alex Farrar

However, in sculpture – and in its wake installation art – it is essential.

Alex Farrar

Maarten Overdijk

Maarten Overdijk

Maarten Overdijk

Maarten Overdijk

In making a work of art a sculptor or installation artist moves around his or her work in the process to constantly assess what spatial possibilities it has in it and around it, and what physical and psychological sensation (always cross-linked in the use of our senses) it generates.

Maarten Overdijk

Maarten Overdijk

Maarten Overdijk

Jonas Wijtenburg

This show clearly invites the viewer to do the same.

Jonas Wijtenburg

Jonas Wijtenburg

Alexandre Lavet

Alexandre Lavet

Alexandre Lavet

Whether you want to see through Farrar’s hazy sweat paintings (and indeed they are more than paintings, as many paintings in last spring’s show also were) or through the obstructions of history (decay, building, repression, liberation) in Wijtenburg’s impressive Becoming/Unbecoming/Rebecoming works; whether

Alexandre Lavet

Joseph Montgomery

Joseph Montgomery

Joseph Montgomery

you experience the corporeality of abstraction in Montgomery’s works as well as in Overdijk’s sculptures, or the physical desire to escape the daily world and recoil yourself in the mind in Lavet’s I would prefer not to, it is clear sculpture always needs you as a partner.

Jonas Wijtenburg

Jonas Wijtenburg

Jonas Wijtenburg

Maarten Overdijk

Maarten Overdijk

As such Body Building has become a group exhibition of great eloquence and a great pendant to last year’s Stretch Release.

Maarten Overdijk

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© Villa Next Door 2018

Content of all photographs courtesy to the artists and Dürst Britt & Mayhew, Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

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Alexandre Lavet: La cigarette n’a pas le même goût au soleil; Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague

“I don’t agree with the speed of visual perception. I think that ordinarily art takes time. And if something is worth looking at, you want to look at it again and again. I think basically art is meditative.”

Donald Judd (interviewed by Claudia Jolles, 1990)

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Alexandre Lavet has made an exhibition of conceptual art avant la lettre at Dürst Britt & Mayhew‘s.

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You may also call it post-conceptual as every detail is labelled more or less as a collector’s item, but, on the other hand, it is a successful show as far as i am concerned.

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It is all about looking and seeing in the first place.

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It is like walking in the empty spaces in between the objects of a gigantic still-life, with the objects missing that is.

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The small items Lavet has left in the room, apart from the dust, are not all what they seem.

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Reality becomes trompe l’oeil and vice versa.

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It is up to you as a visitor to have your thoughts about that and all other aspects that may spring to mind.

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As such these small things may have a maximum input on your behaviour, your thoughts (which may be contradictory) and in the end: your remembrances.

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So, go and have a look for yourself and try to have the same care for the items Lavet had when making and collecting them and composing this particular constellation in the gallery.

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It may not change your world, but it may influence the way you’ll look at art exhibitions a bit.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all pictures courtesy to Alexandre Lavet and Dürst Britt & Mayhew

Bertus Pieters

Silent Light; Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague

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Silent Light at Dürst Britt & Mayhew’s is a show with 5 so-called lens-based works by 5 artists. Four works are indeed without sound, which is a great relief. No hassle with not-working headphones etc.

Silent Light 02 Puck Verkade

The one with (working!) headphones by Puck Verkade is the most surprising.

Silent Light 03 Puck Verkade

She found a good balance between the silence of her subject and the people telling about their experience of solitude and silence while living on an island near Iceland.

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Life and death seem to become one and bring peace and openness of mind.

Silent Light 05 Pieter Paul Pothoven

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Pieter Paul Pothoven projects a thin slice of lapis lazuli, the legendary blue from Afghanistan.

Silent Light 07 Alexandre Lavet

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Alexandre Lavet shows an enlargement of cursor movements over a colour selection programme, which looks like a night and day animation.

Silent Light 10 Sybren Renema

Sybren Renema shows a Tyrannosaur with a red balloon on its tail in the Natural History Museum in Oxford, which brings you back to Victorian times when dinosaurs became part of the Anglo-Saxon empire. It looks like a huge vanitas still life.

Silent Light 11 Raúl Ortega Ayala

The most recent work of the exhibition, a work by Raúl Ortega Ayala, is appropriately shown as the opening work, opening and closing the curtains.

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The works are fine and well presented but as a whole, in spite of the inviting silence, the show doesn’t seem to be very coherent. On the other hand, the works give enough room for contemplation, so take your time when visiting.

Silent Light 13 Raúl Ortega Ayala

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Bertus Pieters