Turn Back Time; Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

Olphaert den Otter

Notoriously, composer Karlheinz Stockhausen said about the 9/11 Attacks: Well, what happened there is, of course (….) the biggest work of art there has ever been.

Marjolijn van der Meij

By that time – it was a few days after the traumatising acts of terror – this caused controversy.

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Martin Gabriel

On the other hand the English are their cruel king Henry VIII still grateful for turning their gothic abbeys into romantic ruins.

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Marjolijn van der Meij

Destruction can be horrible and may be cruel, but undeniably it also produces visions of transformation, and that has its own aesthetics.

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Martin Gabriel

Works by four artists who occupy themselves in one way or another with change and the passing of time are presently on show at Maurits van de Laar Gallery.

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Marjolijn van der Meij

Olphaert den Otter (1955) shows places of destruction in his series World Stress Paintings.

Tobias Lengkeek

Martin Gabriel

The delicateness and smallness of his tempera paintings form a stark contrast to the manmade catastrophes he actually shows.

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Marjolijn van der Meij

Marjolijn van der Meij (1970) deforms her works by crumpling them and reworking them.

Tobias Lengkeek

Martin Gabriel

Again, the cruelty of the act becomes a base for an extremely delicate way of sculpture that catches light and dark and gives new content to what is actually shown.

Olphaert den Otter

Marjolijn van der Meij

Tobias Lengkeek (1991) is looking for the aesthetics of what you may call slow destruction, the decay you may meet with at any moment of the day in any place around you.

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Martin Gabriel

These moments and places and the transition they represent are the base for his very painterly paintings.

Olphaert den Otter

Marjolijn van der Meij

The slow but momentous visions of destruction inspire his aesthetics, even to the point where you can see the destruction in the paintings themselves.

Tobias Lengkeek

Martin Gabriel

Martin Gabriel (1991) is probably the least destructive in his works.

Olphaert den Otter

Marjolijn van der Meij

He combines painting, collage and the language of computer games in his works.

Tobias Lengkeek

Martin Gabriel

He digitises and de-digitises, dragging the venerable art of painting into the digital maelstrom of the contemporary and redefining real and digital time and space.

Olphaert den Otter

Marjolijn van der Meij

All four artists are trying to find a way of living with sometimes horrific, sometimes sneaking changes in our lives and to redefine aesthetics in the process.

Tobias Lengkeek

It makes for an interesting and fine show in which works by two ‘older’ artists are confronted with those of a younger generation.

Martin Gabriel

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists and Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

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Exchanging Intimacies; Quartair, The Hague

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Today on my way home i popped in at Quartair for a flying visit to Exchanging Intimacies, a very short running show of 5 Czech and 5 Dutch young artists.

Jozef Mrva, Trump Landscape

Jozef Mrva: Trump Landscape

Jozef Mrva, Trump Landscape

Jozef Mrva: Trump Landscape

Filip Dvorak; Untitled, from the Force Majeure series

Filip Dvorak: Untitled, from the Force Majeure series

Filip Dvorak; Untitled, from the Force Majeure series

Filip Dvorak: Untitled, from the Force Majeure series

Katerina Konarovska: Evil twin

Katerina Konarovska: Evil twin

The 10 artists decided to make an exciting, communicative and communal show that will move to Prague later next week (21 to 30 October).

Katerina Konarovska: Evil twin

Katerina Konarovska: Evil twin

Frank Niessen: Untitled

Frank Niessen: Untitled

Frank Niessen: Untitled

Frank Niessen: Untitled

Bjorn Barendse: For the love of Mario

Bjorn Barendse: For the love of Mario

Bjorn Barendse: Memories of Egypt & the desert camel

Bjorn Barendse: Memories of Egypt & the desert camel

The works are on show in The Hague only this week.

Stepanka Sigmundova: Falling MIR

Stepanka Sigmundova: Falling MIR

Stepanka Sigmundova: Falling MIR

Stepanka Sigmundova: Falling MIR

Martin Gabriel: André in the super position

Martin Gabriel: André in the super position

Martin Gabriel: Untitled realm

Martin Gabriel: Untitled realm

Rixt de Boer: Traces of wandering

Rixt de Boer: Traces of wandering

The boys and girls did a very good and energetic job indeed!

Rixt de Boer: Traces of wandering

Rixt de Boer: Traces of wandering

Yair Callender: Relational Imagery

Yair Callender: Relational Imagery

Yair Callender: Relational Imagery

Yair Callender: Relational Imagery

Vincent Both: Untitled

Vincent Both: Untitled

Vincent Both: Untitled

Vincent Both: Untitled

I just left when preparations were made for a lecture (sorry folks, i had to give that a miss).

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Content of all images courtesy to the artists and Quartair

 

Bertus Pieters

Now or never #3 (supplement), GEM, The Hague

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When i visited Now or never #3 at GEM for the first time i reported here that Martin Gabriel’s video game Realm wasn’t working. On Boxing Day I popped in again and now the game was working. So here are some screen shots from Realm by Martin Gabriel with me pushing the buttons. Go and play!

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Bertus Pieters

Now or never #3, GEM, The Hague

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In Now or never #3 GEM presents artists who graduated from the Royal Academy (Koninklijke Academie – KABK) in The Hague in 2014 and 2015. This year’s is a particularly good edition, not just because of the good artists but also because their works are very well exhibited. There is a sense of unity in the show in spite of all the differences. Every artist has a space of his/her own.

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Some of Mirthe Klück’s works were shown at a small exhibition in Billytown’s Kitchen this summer (I reported about it here). I am eagerly awaiting even more new works.

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The setting of Bjorn Barendse’s work in this show could hardly differ more from his presentation at the graduation show this year at the Royal Academy. His works, open to different interpretations, work very well together as an installation, as they did in his graduation show, but there is more breathing space for them in the GEM’s setting.

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The works of Jordan Herregraven seem to be animal embodiments of human nature and compared to Herregraven’s graduation show they look quite naked and vulnerable in the bright lights of the GEM.

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Martin Gabriel mixes virtual reality, “real” reality and inner space in his paintings and computerworks.

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A very recent and quite interesting interactive work was on show at Noordwal 117 during Haags Hoogtij (the seasonal gallery night in The Hague). Disappointingly the program didn’t work when I visited GEM (please GEM/Gemeentemuseum, take care of these kind of things!).

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Juuke Schoorl applies the human skin as artistic material in video and photography.

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In the GEM Elise Sothys’ word-works have far more impact than they had in her graduation show. The you-me relationship between work of art and viewer in Sothys’ case is a strong and egocentric one that doesn’t tolerate any visual noise by other artists.

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Lynne Brouwer explores the colours in waiting rooms etc. Though her photo book is interesting, i don’t very much see the point in her more monumental photo works. What is the point in duplicating the waiting room experience?

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Vincent Both paints and draws on paper, or rather, he seems to draw from the paper, like a writer who sees his paper and thinks his text may be more in the paper than on it.

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Olya Oleinic shows her Universal guide to everything again.

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Those who admired Mickey Yang’s graduation show, as i did, will be familiar with her works presently on show.

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I remember there should be smoke coming from this bowl, but didn’t see it when i visited GEM.

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Esther Hovers’ presentation is about people in public space as seen by surveillance cameras. People become usually de-individualized in public space, but from the point of view of surveillance and security each person becomes an individual in another way. What’s more, these individuals could be you or me. What are you hiding in public space, while walking there? What makes you change your mind on a street corner?

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Rixt de Boer shows a video-essay-triptych about haystacks in relation to people and landscape in Central Europe. Surprisingly, the haystack is a monument of solidity in this work. It is also a peaceful and pastoral finish to this fine exhibition.

(More pictures of the graduation shows can be seen here and here)
(full reviews in Dutch of the graduation shows can be read here and here)

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Bertus Pieters

Graduation Show 2015 at the Royal Academy, The Hague

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In July i visited the graduation show at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague to write a review for the Villa La Repubblica blog. Here are some photo impressions for those who didn’t attend (or for those who did).

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When entering the building the visitor was greeted amongst others by some girl power by Danicha Leliveld. The great exhibition hall opposite the entrance

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was stuffed with works by students who apparently had to be showcased by the Academy. I can’t say I was much impressed by it, although i did like this poster by Hatice Kilinç in which internal organs set themselves free from the body of a veiled woman, who is clearly not amused.

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Jordie Rovers’ photo book is by far the best part of his presentation about art as archaeology.

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Roaming the ground floor of the old building i found myself

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in the textile and fashion department.

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The most spectacular presentation was by Olivier Jehee,

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showing the visual language of power of both trash and decadence, which i enjoyed very much.

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Up to the second floor! There i saw

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a fine photo book about the migration problems in Europe (or rather the problems we created) by Hilde De Windt. Somewhere else

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at the second floor of the old building Anne Kranenborg of the interior architecture and furniture design department showed some interesting ideas.

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The most interesting presentation of that department was by Róman Kienjet who presents small found objects in small reliquaries, giving them the value of history and mythology.

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Elsewhere on the second floor

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Elske Verdoorn reported about the cultural passions of people living in the margin in The Hague. This is the presentation of Serge, one of them.

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One of the most

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impressive presentations on the second

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floor was by Liza Pace.

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Her project Going Solo

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was especially photogenic.

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The third floor of the old building has a tower with a room which contained works by three students:

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Charlotte Ursem,

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Elise Sothys and

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Marija Angelovska. All of them

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showed interesting work, but i don’t think the combination of the three worked very well,

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the personalities overpowered each other.

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Continuing my quest on the third floor

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i ran into the interesting work of Najmeh Saghaei. Her projections tear bodies apart in search of the unknown parts of the human character.

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Also on the third floor some more painters.

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Amongst them Martin Gabriel who brings the world of

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video games back to paper, cutting, pasting and painting;

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Simon Oosterhuis who made some interesting works about the human body in

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confined but expressive colour combinations;

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Jonas Raps with some fine abstract paintings and

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Bjorn Barendse, who

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made a small painting installation, which

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worked like a decorated chapel.

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In the new part of the building (or rather the rebuilt part)

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Max de Waard presented his No Rules in Space, which

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was not photogenic at all, but

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all the more interesting (and it made some good noise).

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The installations by Mickey Yang

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seemed to deal with

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the peculiarity of the slowness of life processes, while

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the objects of Victor Breton van Groll have come to a complete standstill in his presentation.

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Romy Muijrers presented some good drawing.

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While back in the old building i couldn’t resist making some pictures of Rob van der Burg’s presentation about plants with electronically improving devices which would make their lives easier.

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Leaving the building i was enthusiastic about a lot of what i had seen, but it wasn’t the absolute top year like last year’s exhibition. A good academy easily spoils the viewer.

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Bertus Pieters
Full review on Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch)