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.

Helder 17 Jakob de Jonge

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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.

Helder 19 Eelke van Willegen

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Bertus Pieters