Rolf.fr & Frank van der Salm: Out of time, out of space; Galerie Helder, The Hague

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To end 2016 and to open 2017 Helder gallery shows objects by Studio Rolf.fr and photography by Frank van der Salm.

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Helder lives up to its motto ‘art and living’.

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Rolf.fr not just shows objects made from themselves or from other objects, but also alternative furniture.

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Frank van der Salm’s photography literally gives an extra dimension to Rolf.fr’s furniture, the out-of-space-dimension so to say.

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Moreover both Rolf and Van der Salm give an alternative and very inspiring view on art and living that may put our fragmented daily reality into a new order.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of pictures courtesy to Rolf.fr, Frank van der Salm and Galerie Helder.

 

Bertus Pieters

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

Art The Hague 2016; Fokker terminal, The Hague

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Art fairs aren’t the most exciting places to see real surprises and Art The Hague is no exception, in spite of it calling itself ‘quirky’.

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To be honest, compared to last year the ascending line seems to have levelled.

Klaas Gubbels - Rento Brattinga

Klaas Gubbels – Rento Brattinga

Pieter de Krom - Vonkel

Pieter de Krom – Vonkel

In the offices next to the hangar (places where you might expect something interesting in the very short tradition of this fair in this place) there is little reason for excitement.

Marie Pop - Vonkel

Marie Pop – Vonkel

Ko Aarts - Rento Brattinga

Ko Aarts – Rento Brattinga

Johannes Langkamp - A Gallery Named Sue

Johannes Langkamp – A Gallery Named Sue

Although some interesting items are on show, the arrangements are a bit messy (the best presentations are the rooms of Livingstone gallery and Rento Brattinga), and the Blueprint presentation shouldn’t even be mentioned.

Auke de Vries - Nouvelles Images

Auke de Vries – Nouvelles Images

Auke de Vries - Nouvelles Images

Auke de Vries – Nouvelles Images

Auke de Vries - Nouvelles Images

Auke de Vries – Nouvelles Images

Auke de Vries - Nouvelles Images

Auke de Vries – Nouvelles Images

Central to the hangar, which serves as the main hall, is Nouvelles Images gallery’s presentation of works by Auke de Vries, one of the grand old men of Dutch sculpture.

Lotte van Lieshout - Galerie Wit

Lotte van Lieshout – Galerie Wit

Ruben Terlou - Galerie Fontana

Ruben Terlou – Galerie Fontana

Ruben Terlou - Galerie Fontana

Ruben Terlou – Galerie Fontana

Miranda Meijer - A Gallery Named Sue

Miranda Meijer – A Gallery Named Sue

Hernán Ardila Delgado - A Gallery Named Sue

Hernán Ardila Delgado – A Gallery Named Sue

Geert Baas - Galerie Ramakers

Geert Baas – Galerie Ramakers

Eric de Vries - WTC Rotterdam Art Gallery

Eric de Vries – WTC Rotterdam Art Gallery

Further on in the hangar it was the usual stuff, including – of course – some real gems.

Kevin Bauer - Galerie Helder

Kevin Bauer – Galerie Helder

Micha Patiniott - Heden

Micha Patiniott – Heden

Summer Matthews - Aboriginal Art Gallery

Summer Matthews – Aboriginal Art Gallery

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Coen Vernooij – Gallery 0-68

Coen Vernooij - Gallery 0-68

Coen Vernooij – Gallery 0-68

Unknown artist - WTC The Hague Art Gallery

Unknown artist – WTC The Hague Art Gallery

Marc Mulders - Galerie Dom'Arte

Marc Mulders – Galerie Dom’Arte

Still, i know it is a hell of a job organising an annual art fair, but it would be about time to outgrow a bit the sedate image of this town.

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

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Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

However, the best place to be is outside and behind the building: it’s Dirty Daisies, a co-operation of 15 artists from The Hague and Amsterdam.

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Dirty Daisies

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Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies is curated by Steef Crombach and there is some good stuff on show.

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Dirty Daisies

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Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

The artists are: Candela Bado, Zeno Beikircher, Yair Callender, Daniel Dmyszewicz, Frederik & Jacob, Doris Hardeman, Josje Hattink, Bas Kaufmann, Koolen & Van de Lande, Tobias Lengkeek, Leslie Nagel, Jeannette Slütter, Marnix van Uum and Victor Yudaev.

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Dirty Daisies

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Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists and galleries

 

Bertus Pieters

Sander Reijgers (and Niels Post), GeSchwitter; Galerie Helder, The Hague

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Presently, Sander Reijgers shows paintings at Helder gallery.

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He makes paintings that may also be described as colour reliefs or, in another way, as icons.

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Layers of paint are applied on top of each other.

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Originally Reijgers made his paintings evolve into a kind of objects, but his latest works start looking like maps or miniature renderings of strange, flat and barren landscapes.

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Icons were once (or are still) revered, as the hand of the artist was supposed to be the medium of God.

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You may exchange God’s hand for intuition and there you have Reijgers’ way of painting.

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His works are both radical and diligent and every painting bares its own history of abstraction and re-abstraction.

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Last weekend Niels Post added a text, probably taken from some digital spam, but transfiguring into a kind of holy quotation accompanying Reijgers’ icons.

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Go and see Post’s complete text and Reijgers’ wonderful paintings, as the exhibition is in its last week.

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Contents of the pictures courtesy to the artists and to Galerie Helder.

 

Bertus Pieters

Wild is the Wind, Galerie Helder, The Hague

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Helder gallery has joined works by three artists in its present show in a happy combination.

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Kevin Bauer shows sculptures that almost look like three-dimensional paintings. They

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rhyme well with Marena Seeling’s paintings and watercolours, most of them based on modern Dutch countryside landscape.

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Stephan van den Burg shows his small drawings which are made as meticulously as tapestry, amongst them some new more colourful works.

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It is best to take a look for yourself as there is a lot to be seen.

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Contents of all pictures courtesy the artists and Galerie Helder

 

Bertus Pieters

Different Corners (Fairy Tales); Galerie Helder, The Hague

Niels Janssen, Marit Dik

Niels Janssen, Marit Dik

Helder gallery shows works by six artists in a relatively small space. Some eight ceramic sculptures by Damian Kapojos function as a guide in a small garden with different panorama’s.

Marit Dik

Marit Dik

As such, you may find yourself in a painting by Marit Dik in which long moments of doubt or uncertainty are made longer, or

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Niels Janssen

Niels Janssen

Niels Janssen

Niels Janssen

Niels Janssen

in a nightmarish merry-go-round by Niels Janssen.

Damian Kapojos

Damian Kapojos

Damian Kapojos, Sigrid van Woudenberg

Damian Kapojos, Sigrid van Woudenberg

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Sigrid van Woudenberg

Kapojos may show you the way to a big drawing by Sigrid van Woudenberg or

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Damian Kapojos

Damian Kapojos

Damian Kapojos

Paul Nassenstein

Paul Nassenstein

Paul Nassenstein

Paul Nassenstein

Paul Nassenstein, Damian Kapojos

Paul Nassenstein, Damian Kapojos

to some new gouaches by Paul Nassenstein who is able to create lots of space on just small surfaces.

Sander Wiersma

Sander Wiersma

Sander Wiersma

Sander Wiersma

Sander Wiersma

Sander Wiersma

There are some older and newer works by Sander Wiersma as well that fit in pretty well with Kapojos’ sculptures.

Damian Kapojos

Damian Kapojos

Damian Kapojos

Damian Kapojos

Damian Kapojos, Sander Wiersma

Damian Kapojos, Sander Wiersma

Damian Kapojos

Damian Kapojos

Damian Kapojos

Damian Kapojos

Marit Dik

Marit Dik

Marit Dik

Marit Dik

The best thing to do, of course, is to find out yourself.

Damian Kapojos

Damian Kapojos

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Contents of pictures courtesy the artists and Galerie Helder.

 

Bertus Pieters

Shigeo Arikawa: Seeing, Not Seeing; Helder Gallery, The Hague

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Helder Gallery shows a very special presentation of work by Shigeo Arikawa.

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The main focus is on his powerful work Hangan, a series of 21 projected frontal portraits of people holding a card in their hands.

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Their faces are lighted and darkened slowly.

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There is a contrast in the neutral and identical positioning of the persons and very different faces and (supposed) characters.

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It is a more or less meditative piece with appropriate oriental music, so sit down and take your time.

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After the rebuilding and refurbishing of the gallery, the gallery keepers are clearly eager to experiment with new forms and disciplines.

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A daring and applaudable move.

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Some more video works by Arikawa are on show on demand, amongst others Am I dreaming of others, or are others dreaming of me?

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A seemingly story telling work, but where the subjects constantly negate a story line.

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The mind wants visual logic but cannot get it.

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Arikawa’s work is confronted with paintings by Jakob de Jonge. It is clear that the new interior of the gallery also invites to making more daring combinations. When leaving the gallery i also saw these sculptures by Eelke van Willegen which add to the meditative atmosphere.

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Bertus Pieters

 

Dust to dust, or digital; Helder Gallery, The Hague

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Sunday 28 February is already the last day of the exhibition Dust to Dust, or Digital at Helder Gallery, so I’m a bit late. Basically it shows two artists who are seeking a balance between the mind and the material world.

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Otto Egberts makes his paintings with dust and residues of paint amongst others and in that way tries to find the essence of materiality and spirituality in painting.

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Marcel Wesdorp has the help of the computer, the absolute thinking, to shape his works, as a god recreating a better world.

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A week ago, halfway the exhibition, some works by Jakob de Jonge were added. In his works the thinking takes the shape of reminiscences of the real world, mixing the enjoyable with the uncomfortable. As usual the combination of the three artists makes for an interesting exhibition, so, hurry up if you want to see it!

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Bertus Pieters