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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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

Julian Sirre

Julian Sirre

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

Richard Aldrich (l), Robbin Heyker (r)

Richard Aldrich (l), Robbin Heyker (r)

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

Klaas Kloosterboer

Klaas Kloosterboer

 

Klaas Kloosterboer

Klaas Kloosterboer

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

Klaas Kloosterboer

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.

Marius Lut

Marius Lut

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

Robbin Heyker

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

Iede Reckman

Iede Reckman

 

Iede Reckman

Iede Reckman

what about works by Iede Reckman in their diversity,

Iede Reckman, Marius Lut

Iede Reckman, Marius Lut

or the

Marius Lut

Marius Lut

works by Marius Lut whose

Marius Lut

Marius Lut

paintings seem to cover as much as they show?

Florian et Michael Quistrebert

Florian et Michael Quistrebert

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

 Joseph Montgomery

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

Julian Sirre

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

 Jordy van den Nieuwendijk

Jordy van den Nieuwendijk

may need some relief in Billytown’s kitchen where

 Jordy van den Nieuwendijk

Jordy van den Nieuwendijk

Jordy van den Nieuwendijk made an installation which

 Jordy van den Nieuwendijk

Jordy van den Nieuwendijk

is as simple as it is inventive.

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Bertus Pieters

Joseph Montgomery: Rules for Coyote, Dürst Britt & Mayhew gallery, The Hague

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A few days ago i visited Dürst Britt & Mayhew gallery to write a review for Villa La Repubblica about Joseph Montgomery’s show Rules for Coyote. Montgomery shows mainly painting like collages and reliefs. For a full review and some more pictures I refer you to Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch), but the best thing to do is of course to visit the gallery, which I highly recommend.

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Bertus Pieters