Bernice Nauta, Ach ja & Kolja Gollub, The V-Machine; Billytown, The Hague

Billytown had to leave its last fine space in the industrial Binckhorst area and now they just opened a new gallery in the Laakkwartier area.

 

“ALWAYS KEEP DOOR LOCKED PLEASE!” (for Dutch learners: find the mistakes in the spelling)

Though the Billytown artists often have a monumental look on space, they are aware of the idea that even the most monumental things are ephemeral, as the artists are allowed to occupy the new location for only one year.

That means they are presently busy transforming into a gallery this monumental school, built in times of the Wall Street Crash.

“PLEASE DO NOT USE THE GYM!!! IT IS ACTUALLY NOT ALLOWED.”

In the mean time Bilytown opened its first exhibition as the show must go on.

Like in the last premises, there is  a main exhibition and a smaller one in the kitchen, except that the Billytown Kitchen gallery has for the moment moved to the stairwell.

In the case of Kolja Gollub’s (1990) presentation that seems to be a very good solution.

His works conflate different modernist assumptions, which are usually conveniently seen as opposite and as such they fit very well into the once modernist style of the architecture.

They seem to be made for the stairwell and the classroom.

To be complete Gollub also shows his alternative money, the T-Taler, both in coins and in a kind of anonymous banknotes.

Bernice Nauta (1991) has her first solo exhibition called Ach ja, which is difficult to translate into English.

It can be an expression of sentiment, of remembering, of a moment of seeing an obvious solution to a problem or of ending a topic and returning to the order of the day.

It is quite an ambivalent expression.

Nauta’s works are more or less relics from the stories of her protagonists.

By working from the points of view of these personalities, Nauta feels free to keep a kind of personal distance from the works she makes, whether they are paintings, drawings, sculptures, video’s or music.

In Ach ja Nauta leads you into the world of Skia, a shadow personality with a three-point hood.

The different classrooms can be seen as different chapters of Skia’s adventures and the life story is ending in the video Skia, the shadow trickster, episode I.

The classrooms seem to give the right environment for the story to delve into.

In fact Billytown (or in this case Bernice Nauta) always seems to make you feel that the gallery space was specially made for the show, or vice versa.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all photographs courtesy to the artists and Billytown, Den Haag.

 

Bertus Pieters

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Can’t Do Nothing and Prosper Desmet, Billytown, The Hague

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The exhibition Can’t Do Nothing at Billytown, curated by Bernice Nauta is a great success as far as i am concerned.

Kim David Bots

Kim David Bots

Victor Yudaev

Victor Yudaev

The works are close enough to the viewer to speak to him/her.

Victor Yudaev

Victor Yudaev

Bernice Nauta

Bernice Nauta

Victor Yudaev

Victor Yudaev

It works like that because of the positioning of the works, which is inviting, maybe even confronting, and intimate at some points.

André Sousa, Victor Yudaev

André Sousa, Victor Yudaev

André Sousa, Victor Yudaev

André Sousa, Victor Yudaev

André Sousa

André Sousa

Victor Yudaev

Victor Yudaev

There are works on show by Nauta herself and by Victor Yudaev (i’m eagerly awaiting a solo show in The Hague of that guy), Kim David Bots, André Sousa, Tessel Vooijs and Anna Sophie de Vries (sorry, couldn’t make any proper pictures of her work for this blog).

Tessel Vooijs

Tessel Vooijs

André Sousa

André Sousa

Victor Yudaev

Victor Yudaev

Bernice Nauta

Bernice Nauta

Victor Yudaev

Victor Yudaev

This is surely one of the best shows at Billytown since its opening at this location, varied, serious, humorous, inventive and both exuberant and basic and intimate.

Kim David Bots

Kim David Bots

Victor Yudaev

Victor Yudaev

Victor Yudaev

Victor Yudaev

Victor Yudaev

Victor Yudaev

Victor Yudaev

Victor Yudaev

Bernice Nauta

Bernice Nauta

Of course you can enjoy the pictures here, but you’d better go to Billytown and take a look there.

Bernice Nauta

Bernice Nauta

Victor Yudaev, Bernice Nauta

Victor Yudaev, Bernice Nauta

Bernice Nauta

Bernice Nauta

Bernice Nauta (sculpture); on the wall: Bernice Nauta, Tessel Vooijs, Kim David Bots

Bernice Nauta (sculpture); on the wall: Bernice Nauta, Tessel Vooijs, Kim David Bots

Kim David Bots

Kim David Bots

Bernice Nauta

Bernice Nauta

Prosper Desmet

Prosper Desmet

In the kitchen/project space Nauta invited Prosper Desmet to show some work.

CDN 29 Prosper Desmet

CDN 30 Prosper Desmet

It is more or less an addition to the main show and quasi-Belgian-absurdist.

CDN 31 Prosper Desmet

CDN 32 Prosper Desmet

As such it is not as convincing as Can’t Do Nothing.

CDN 33 Prosper Desmet

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Bertus Pieters