Iede Reckman: For all but finitely many; Billytown, The Hague

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On its penultimate day i saw Iede Reckman’s exhibition at Billytown.

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Reckman’s present show seems to be going back to basics, the basics of wood, its multiplicity, its shape and the logic it evokes and the regularity of its grammar and growing.

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It’s a wonderful presentation with different mediums, all adding to the idea and making it almost one big installation, more or less set in motion by an elegant wooden spiral.

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You can still see it today. If not, here are some impressions of what you have missed.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all pictures courtesy to Iede Reckman and Billytown

 

Bertus Pieters

Marius Lut: Solo exhibition; Billytown, The Hague

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I went to Marius Lut’s solo exhibition at Billytown to write an article for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the article (in Dutch).

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I’ve written quite extensively on VLR so i just make a few remarks here. Further on i hope the pictures here will be an incentive to visit the show.

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It is quite an atmospheric one in spite of the fact that Lut’s grammar here is just black and white and evidently based on modernism.

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He also presents his new book Form no Form/The Black Series with pictures of his black variations of the last few years. The book is also a work of art itself, or a kind of exhibition, if you wish.

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Content of all pictures courtesy top Marius Lut and Billytown.

 

Bertus Pieters

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.

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Kim David Bots

Victor Yudaev

Victor Yudaev

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

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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).

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Tessel Vooijs

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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.

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Bernice Nauta

Victor Yudaev, Bernice Nauta

Victor Yudaev, Bernice Nauta

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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

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Kim David Bots

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Bernice Nauta

Prosper Desmet

Prosper Desmet

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

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

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

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Bertus Pieters

Back to the Future and Roald de Boer at Billytown, The Hague

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The present show at Billytown is called Back to the Future, but it might as well be called Back to Basics. (Make sure to see it soon, the show is in its last week!)

Navid Nuur

Navid Nuur

 

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Navid Nuur

Probably the first work you’ll see when entering the gallery is Navid Nuur’s The Explicator. It’ll make you doubt if any explication would do, what any explication would hide or what it would generate.

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Rumiko Hagiwara

Right round the corner you’ll see Rumiko Hagiwara’s video of an A4 paper, as a confirmation of Nuur’s suggestion.

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Navid Nuur

 

Navid Nuur

Navid Nuur

 

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Rumiko Hagiwara

 

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Rumiko Hagiwara

 

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Navid Nuur

 

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Navid Nuur

 

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Rumiko Hagiwara

In this way the whole exhibition is well orchestrated.

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Marijn van Kreij

 

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Maarten Sleeuwits

The other two artists taking part in the show are Marijn van Kreij and Maarten Sleeuwits.

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Maarten Sleeuwits

 

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Maarten Sleeuwits

 

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Maarten Sleeuwits

Sleeuwits shows his recast pewter spoons on a table by Nicholas Riis, specially made for them, as well as

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Maarten Sleeuwits

 

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Maarten Sleeuwits

mirrors printed with the places where they were presented.

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Marijn van Kreij

 

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Marijn van Kreij

One of Van Kreij’s latest victims for re-representation seems to be Bauhaus designer Gunta Stölzl.

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Rumiko Hagiwara

Hagiwara has a special corner for her video Space between Yellow and Blue, starting with the yellow heart of a dandelion and ending in the blue sky, another work that avoids representation or – staying with Nuur – explication.

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Roald de Boer

 

Roald de Boer

Roald de Boer

As a small counter-exhibition Billytown’s kitchen offers works by Roald de Boer.

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Roald de Boer

 

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Roald de Boer

He shows a combination of sex, death and personal history in pictures and examples of his Magazine ZINE.

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Roald de Boer

 

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Roald de Boer

It feels like meeting an old friend after many years.

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Roald de Boer

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Bertus Pieters

Casting couch and Jordy van den Nieuwendijk at Billytown, The Hague

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You may ask yourself who is being casted on the couches of Casting Couch, the present group show at Billytown, although

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Julian Sirre

i’m sure there’ll be nobody around making any ominous proposal if you visit the exhibition.

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Richard Aldrich (l), Robbin Heyker (r)

A pair of subdued paintings by Richard Aldrich and Robbin Heyker are

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Klaas Kloosterboer

 

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Klaas Kloosterboer

overseeing Klaas Kloosterboer’s big and colourful suit, fallen apart and filled with straw.

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Klaas Kloosterboer

In a video you can see the same five parts of the suit, filled with hay being eaten by horses.

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Over all it is a show with works in which the thinking and making – these two together – are stressed, while sentiments are being kept at bay.

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That doesn’t mean the making and thinking are always easy to detect in the results, they may be obscured.

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Marius Lut

Neither does it mean sentiments are not at the base of some of these works. For instance,

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Robbin Heyker

who says there are no sentiments in this painting by Robbin Heyker? It refers to paintings by Daan van Golden which refer to Matisse. And

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Iede Reckman

 

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Iede Reckman

what about works by Iede Reckman in their diversity,

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Iede Reckman, Marius Lut

or the

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Marius Lut

works by Marius Lut whose

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Marius Lut

paintings seem to cover as much as they show?

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Florian et Michael Quistrebert

The whole atmosphere is completed by two monitor works, one double one by the versatile Quistrebert Brothers and

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Joseph Montgomery

one by Joseph Montgomery (who is having a solo show of his own in The Hague at the moment, click here and here).

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The couches in the show bind the works together with a kind of ambivalence, reinforced by the Quistrebert and Montgomery works. Any of your marzipan dreams you may have gathered while watching the exhibition or sitting on one of these couches

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Julian Sirre

may be fulfilled by the attractive accompanying magazine designed by Billytown’s home designer Julian Sirre.

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After this wonderful exhibition you

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Jordy van den Nieuwendijk

may need some relief in Billytown’s kitchen where

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Jordy van den Nieuwendijk

Jordy van den Nieuwendijk made an installation which

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Jordy van den Nieuwendijk

is as simple as it is inventive.

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Bertus Pieters

Mirthe Klück, Some wormholes are bigger than others, Billytown, The Hague

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Last spring Billytown opened its doors in a new place as an artists’ run gallery.

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At the moment they are making up for the new season, readjusting technicalities etc.

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In the mean time there is a very small exhibition with works by Mirthe Klück in Billytown’s Kitchen.

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Her works look both formal (“this place needed some decoration”) and informal (“the art is part of the place”).

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In the same way Klück is trying to strike a balance between the materiality of her works and the reality around them on one hand (and that is quite something already), and

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on the other hand that what we make of it in our heads when looking at them.

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In short, the perfect little show for a hot summer day in the anonymous Binkhorst area of The Hague.

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Bertus Pieters