The Inside Out, The Outside In; Quartair, The Hague

Quartair presents three artists who co-operate in an installation called The inside out, the outside in.

Merel Noorlander is responsible for the so-called ‘mechanical pop up installations’, which look a bit like chalices opening and closing, Ana Oosting has made clay structures inspired by lichens and Mirko Lazović constructed the salt water basin and sound reproduction.

Noorlander’s objects reflect on the walls, while Oosting’s ceramics cast shadows in the water while slowly being encrusted with salt.

The individuality of the artists is very clear, they each have their own style in the use of their materials, but the installation as a whole works very well and gives the works an extra dimension.

It is good to have this installation in The Hague, so go to Quartair and have a look!

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Content of the pictures courtesy to the artists and Quartair Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

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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Bertus Pieters

Drawing Front (and back); Quartair, The Hague

Astrid Nobel, 7. 29/32

Astrid Nobel, 7. 29/32

Astrid Nobel, 7

Astrid Nobel, 7

I’m afraid you are too late to visit the show Drawing Front (and back) at Quartair, which is a pity as it was quite an interesting one. Twenty-five artists gave a small personal artistic biography in drawings, ideally showing a children’s drawing, one from their teens and some more from a later age.

Sarah Pape García, 7

Sarah Pape García, 7

Sarah Pape García, 22

Sarah Pape García, 22

The results were, apart from endearing, sometimes stunning. Although the show is over I thought it was interesting enough to show some pictures for the record.

Femke Bakker, 9

Femke Bakker, 9

Femke Bakker, 27

Femke Bakker, 27

Taking presentable pictures of everything was not possible and I’m sorry to say I have no footage of the works by Justin Bennett and Rens Krikhaar because of much too irritating reflections in the glass (Sorry gentlemen, but it was a pleasure seeing them anyway!). The numbers behind the names under the pictures refer to the age of the artists at the moment of drawing.

Babette Wagenvoort

Babette Wagenvoort

Babette Wagenvoort, 43

Babette Wagenvoort, 43

Babette Wagenvoort, 33

Babette Wagenvoort, 33

Babette Wagenvoort, 3

Babette Wagenvoort, 3

Babette Wagenvoort, 15

Babette Wagenvoort, 15

Anne Forest, 22

Anne Forest, 32

Anne Forest, 8

Anne Forest, 8

Anne Forest, 22

Anne Forest, 22

Paul van der Eerden, 38

Paul van der Eerden, 38

Paul van der Eerden, 61

Paul van der Eerden, 61

Johan Gustavsson, 37

Johan Gustavsson, 37

Johan Gustavsson, 30

Johan Gustavsson, 30

Wieske Wester, 30

Wieske Wester, 30

Erik Jan Ligtvoet, 17

Erik Jan Ligtvoet, 17

Erik Jan Ligtvoet

Erik Jan Ligtvoet

Cybil Scott, 5

Cybil Scott, 5

Cybil Scott, 26

Cybil Scott, 26

Melissa Cruz García, 8

Melissa Cruz García, 8

Melissa Cruz García, 26

Melissa Cruz García, 26

Melissa Cruz García, 36

Melissa Cruz García, 36

Michael Karr, 12

Michael Karr, 12

Michael Karr, 30

Michael Karr, 30

Michael Karr, 20

Michael Karr, 20

Tanja Smit, 48

Tanja Smit, 48

Tanja Smit, 30

Tanja Smit, 30

Tanja Smit

Tanja Smit

 Johan van Oord, 34

Johan van Oord, 34

Johan van Oord, 8

Johan van Oord, 8

Wietske Heldens

Wieteke Heldens

Wietske Heldens, 3

Wieteke Heldens, 3

Channa Boon, 48

Channa Boon, 48

Channa Boon, 28

Channa Boon, 28

Lieke Peeters, 20

Lieke Peeters, 20

Lieke Peeters, 10

Lieke Peeters, 10

Jorn van Leeuwen, 10

Jorn van Leeuwen, 10

Thom Vink, 42

Thom Vink, 42

Marjolijn van der Meij, 15

Marjolijn van der Meij, 15

Marjolijn van der Meij, 45

Marjolijn van der Meij, 45

Ronald Cornelissen, 28

Ronald Cornelissen, 28

Nina Roos, 5

Nina Roos, 5

Nina Roos, 28

Nina Roos, 28

Stefanie Scholte, 7

Stefanie Scholte, 7

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Bertus Pieters

Spring not Summer; Quartair, The Hague

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Last weekend eight students of the Royal Academy showed some of their works. As part of their curriculum they have to organize a short running show in their third year. They did so in Quartair, curated by Marijke Appelman and aptly called Spring not Summer.

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Of course such a show can only give you a snap shot of what is going on in the laboratory of art. Generally the show was promising, but with still a way to go in how to intrigue the viewer and how to manipulate context in a show in general and a group show in particular.

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Gitte Svendsen is probing into space, colour and shape. Quite basic elements so to say. Her work got the space it needed in the show. But it also needs (mental) space to find a balance in improvised and fixed composition and its meaning.

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Freerk Wilbers had his shop where he presented hand printed wrapping paper. Prints are made with real flowers. A good point to start from.

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Nina Markkula made an installation using over-the-top glitzy colours and textures; another promising starting point in which material experimenting and meaning come together.

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Spring not Summer 12 Ai Hashimoto
Spring not Summer 13 Ai Hashimoto

Ai Hashimoto has already clearly made some giant steps with her installation, set up in the small room, with a combination of tangible, physical objects and light , shadow and movie.

Spring not Summer 14 Pris Roos
Spring not Summer 15 Pris Roos
Spring not Summer 16 Pris Roos

Pris Roos is a capable portrait painter, balancing in between expression and composition.

Spring not Summer 17 Henriette von Muenchhausen
Spring not Summer 18 Henriette von Muenchhausen
Spring not Summer 19 Henriette von Muenchhausen

Henriette von Muenchhausen, like Hashimoto, also seems to have made already big strides.

Spring not Summer 20 Iris van der Graaf
Spring not Summer 21 Iris van der Graaf
Spring not Summer 22 Iris van der Graaf

Iris van der Graaf dropped a mikado set and reconstructed it with a second set. The same idea of coincidence is extant in the presentation of her works on paper.

Spring not Summer 23 Boukje Ypma
Spring not Summer 24 Boukje Ypma

Boukje Ypma gives a reminiscence to this country of the eternal potato.

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Bertus Pieters

A Blue Room, Quartair, The Hague

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At Quartair eight artists were invited to reflect artistically on quotations from the oeuvre of Louis Couperus (1863-1923), one of the greatest novelists in the Dutch language. The artists were free to choose from Couperus’ works.

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Wieteke Heldens chose from The Tour (Antiek toerisme) and Ecstacy (Extaze), collected from these texts all words indicating a colour and tried to reproduce them in two paintings.

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Robbert Pauwels, who likes using pedestals for his works and referring to classical and baroque sculpture,

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appropriately took a passage from the novella Psyche to make his Psyche and Eros.

EBK 09 Geeske Harting

Couperus, as a real fin de siècle novelist, was refined and often described the tarnishing or decay of beauty. Geeske Harting was

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clearly inspired by that element in her surprising diptych Spleen with withering violets, which she based on parts of About me and others (Van en over mijzelf en anderen).

EBK 11 Astrid Nobel
EBK 12 Astrid Nobel

Astrid Nobel chose three passages from Metamorphosis (Metamorfoze) for her work Niet meer hetzelfde (Not the same anymore, based on the quote “It was the same as what had been and still: not the same anymore”) and she combines different other elements of the text in it.

EBK 13 Tim Breukers
EBK 14 Tim Breukers

Vert de l’abîme (sorry to say, but it is vertige de l’abîme) by Tim Breukers is based on a trifle called The binoculars (De binocle) about an opera visitor who, sitting high in a balcony seat,

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can hardly resist throwing his opera glasses on a bald head deep down in the opera hall during a Walküre staging. Indeed Breukers creates a real abîme with a leftover of his visit to the top, where he could have… might have….

EBK 17 Hans Hoekstra

Hans Hoekstra’s painting Van Oudijcks val (Van Oudijck’s Fall) is based on the final part of the novel The Hidden Force (De stille kracht) where a high officer in the colonial Dutch East Indies, Van Oudijck, a man with phlegmatic Dutch authority, is worn out completely by the country and its magic.

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Although the theme is clear in the otherwise attractive painting, I don’t really see the link to the story in particular to Van Oudijck.

EBK 19 Selma van Panhuis
EBK 20 Selma van Panhuis

Selma van Panhuis had herself inspired by a passage from Footsteps of Fate (Noodlot) with one of the novel’s protagonists thinking about his mistrust of human intuition.

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EBK 22 Selma van Panhuis

Surely Van Panhuis shows the power of intuition which is part of her work and as such she shows you can’t escape from fate.

EBK 23 Pim Voorneman
EBK 24 Pim Voorneman
EBK 25 Pim Voorneman

Pim Voorneman shows in his installation Pièce de milieu, based on a passage from Ecstacy, the sensuousness of objects in a stifling bourgeois interior as it is often described by Couperus in his great novels.

Geeske Harting

Geeske Harting

Altogether this is a very fine exhibition curated within a very original framework, appropriately staged in The Hague, as Couperus often described the upper middle class of The Hague in his books.

Astrid Nobel

Astrid Nobel

There is an audio tour available in which you can hear all relevant passages from Couperus’ books as read by Philip Peters. Alas, it is in Dutch only, but hearing Peters pronounce all the different colours for Heldens’ paintings must be a feast to anyone’s ears.

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Bertus Pieters

Brique; at Quartair gallery, The Hague

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The new cultural season for the visual arts in The Hague was opened last Friday with the exhibition Brique in Quartair.

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I went there the next day to write an article for Villa la Repubblica as it is a very fine exhibition.

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The artists are all from Belgium.

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The works are very diverse, with prints, drawings, installations and sculptures. Untill here you’ve seen works by Hedwig Brouckaert (drawings on print), Hans Demeulenaere (installation Spheres) and Stéphanie Leblon (painting).

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View of the gallery.

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Detail of a sculpture by Anton Cotteleer who invented an alternative way to keep a squirrel.

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Details of a gigantic woodcut by Caroline Coolen, who also made

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these ceramic dogs, cooperating with

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Demeulenaere who arranged the bricks.

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Cotteleer’s three graces clearly lost their heads in the process, while

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Stefan Serneels’ ink drawings, of which you see details here, add to the dreamlike ideas in this exhibition.

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Demeulenaere shows some installations, but is

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also responsible to more or less unifying the exhibition with brick structures. They

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bind together the different works of the other artists. Demeulenaere calls it

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Preparation for a Winter Garden. A good preparation for the coming season and its introvert nature.

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See the main article and additional pictures here.

Bertus Pieters