Analog Borders; Grafische Werkplaats Den Haag (The Hague Graphic Studio)

Analog Border 01 Lisa Blaauwbroek

Analog Borders Festival is a small but fine festival for artists and designers initiated by Grafische Werkplaats Den Haag (The Hague Graphic Studio).

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Part of it is an exhibition, open to the public, with works by different artists made in the Studio, exploring the borders of traditional graphic techniques.

Analog Border 03 Zeger Reyers

Analog Border 04 Zeger Reyers

For Zeger Reyers this was a good opportunity to see how flatfish would look when used as printing material.

Analog Border 05 Kok Pistolet

Designer duo Kok Pistolet try to show the individual expression of preparing an etching plate.

Analog Border 06 Navid Nuur

Navid Nuur used lithographic stone to make a piece of ceramics and

Analog Border 08 Navid Nuur

citric acid for screen printing these pterodactyls.

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Very different works by artists like Stijn Peeters and

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Charlotte van Winden are presented brotherly together.

Analog Border 11 Stijn Peeters

Analog Border 12 Stijn Peeters

Peeters being the great etching professional he is, mixing Delacroix with themes of the present and

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Van Winden diving into the world of subcultures with almost mercurial energy.

Analog Border 16 Lisa Blaauwbroek

Analog Border 17 Lisa Blaauwbroek

Lisa Blaauwbroek has experimented with skin cream connecting reproduction with finiteness.

Analog Border 18 Peter Zuur

Analog Border 19 Peter Zuur

To Peter Zuur gum printing is the base of his works on show.

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The small exhibition shows very diverse works but with a constant high quality, in a studio setting.

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Contents of all pictures courtesy the artists and Grafische Werkplaats Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

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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

 

Navid Nuur

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.

Rumiko Hagiwara

Rumiko Hagiwara

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

Navid Nuur

Navid Nuur

 

Navid Nuur

Navid Nuur

 

Rumiko Hagiwara

Rumiko Hagiwara

 

Rumiko Hagiwara

Rumiko Hagiwara

 

Navid Nuur

Navid Nuur

 

Navid Nuur

Navid Nuur

 

Rumiko Hagiwara

Rumiko Hagiwara

In this way the whole exhibition is well orchestrated.

Marijn van Kreij

Marijn van Kreij

 

Maarten Sleeuwits

Maarten Sleeuwits

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

Maarten Sleeuwits

Maarten Sleeuwits

 

Maarten Sleeuwits

Maarten Sleeuwits

 

Maarten Sleeuwits

Maarten Sleeuwits

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

Maarten Sleeuwits

Maarten Sleeuwits

 

Maarten Sleeuwits

Maarten Sleeuwits

mirrors printed with the places where they were presented.

Marijn van Kreij

Marijn van Kreij

 

Marijn van Kreij

Marijn van Kreij

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

Rumiko Hagiwara

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.

Roald de Boer

Roald de Boer

 

Roald de Boer

Roald de Boer

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

Roald de Boer

Roald de Boer

 

Roald de Boer

Roald de Boer

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

Roald de Boer

Roald de Boer

 

Roald de Boer

Roald de Boer

It feels like meeting an old friend after many years.

Roald de Boer

Roald de Boer

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Bertus Pieters

Alchemy, at Nest gallery, The Hague

‘You might think this is the finest pearl
But it’s only cardboard balls
Seamed in glue
Overwhelming technique
Done through diligence
It’s all happening from the inside, you say?’

Captain Beefhaert, Best batch yet

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Alchemy is the title of the present show at Nest gallery. But it might as well have been called Transformation. However Alchemy stresses the more

Alchemy 02 Navid Nuur

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material aspect of the exhibition. As the central piece by Navid Nuur shows, the exhibition is balancing between the aesthetics of the visual and the aesthetics

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of the conceptual. In this heap of salt, iron filings are being kept together by magnets. The salt absorbs the moisture (including the breath of visitors) of its environment, causing the iron to rust.

Alchemy 05 Oscar Santillan

Alchemy 06 Oscar Santillan

In a video work by Oscar Santillan a drummer drums on the rhythm of the falling sweat of an exhausted dancer in a church. In a religious place body liquid transforms to sound.

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In another work he extracted the ink from one of the volumes of Humboldt’s book Kosmos, the ink shaped as a very small ball in front of the book. Well, as you can see

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there is a lot to explain about each work, like about this small, seemingly marbled work by Nuur, which is a piece of iron partly stained by rust, blood and anti-rust.

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As this is not an explanatory blog i urge you to go and see for yourself, e.g.

Alchemy 10 Navid Nuur, Alistair Mackie

this pile of wasp nest’s paper by Alistair Mackie or

Alchemy 11 David Rickard
Alchemy 12 David Rickard

Alchemy 13 David Rickard

this polygon by David Rickard. Rickard also

Alchemy 14 David Rickard
Alchemy 15 David Rickard

Alchemy 16 David Rickard

perforated this oxygen tank and melted the drilling rests over it. Of course

Alchemy 17 Lawrence Weiner

such an exhibition (or any exhibition for that matter) couldn’t do without a text work by Lawrence Weiner who makes clear in all his works that art

Alchemy 18 Lawrence Weiner

can only exist in our heads. Sculpture is more than an action, an instruction or a wrought piece of stone or any other material. And what could water and dust create?

Alchemy 19 Navid Nuur, David Rickard, Alistair Mackie

Well, when you come to think of it….. why not

Alchemy 20 Navid Nuur

Alchemy 21 Navid Nuur

delve into some more works by Nuur? There is

Alchemy 22 Navid Nuur

Alchemy 23 Navid Nuur

one with vitamin D powder.

Alchemy 24 Myriam Holme

Myriam Holme’s work has a room of its own and is based on several contrasts and opposites. Whatever you think of it,

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Alchemy 26 Myriam Holme

whether it is a work of material aesthetics or more spiritual aesthetics, it works very well. That’s different

Alchemy 27 Frank Ammerlaan

in Frank Ammerlaan’s work. It shows the results of a chemical process, which creates a work of some disinterested beauty. It simply lacks the stimulus to evoke meaning,

Alchemy 28 Frank Ammerlaan

for the Earth and its processes don’t create meaning. People do. All together this is a well composed and inspiring exhibition, which i’d recommend to anyone.

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Bertus Pieters