Ossip; Galerie Ramakers, The Hague

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Presently Ossip has an exhibition at Galerie Ramakers.

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On a late winter afternoon i popped in at the gallery to have a look and make a few pictures.

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Ossips works always remind me of nkisi objects from the Congo Basin.

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These objects are usually statues or statuettes representing spirits which contain power and whose power can be influenced by nailing pieces of metal or wood into them.

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In that way the course of life is meant to be influenced, usually in a more positive way.

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It seems Ossip is doing something like that by re-personalising old photographs and reproductions.

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One can only hope it will influence life to make it less painful,

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or maybe Ossip’s works illustrate the pain of the absurd.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Ossip and Galerie Ramakers

 

Bertus Pieters

Tomas Rajlich, Galerie Ramakers, The Hague

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Quite some time ago i visited Galerie Ramakers to write a review for Villa La Repubblica about the exhibition of works by Tomas Rajlich. Click here to read the full review (in Dutch).

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In the mean time there is a new exhibition at the gallery, but here are still some pictures with details of the Rajlich show.

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Born in 1940 in Czechoslovakia, Rajlich lived for some forty years in The Hague. Now he is living and working in the Czech republic and in Italy.

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Ramakers showed some of his works of the last few decades, while presently there is still an exhibition of Rajlich’s early works at the Gemeentemuseum here in The Hague.

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Content of the pictures courtesy to Tomas Rajlich and Galerie Ramakers.

 

Bertus Pieters

Art The Hague 2016; Fokker terminal, The Hague

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Art fairs aren’t the most exciting places to see real surprises and Art The Hague is no exception, in spite of it calling itself ‘quirky’.

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To be honest, compared to last year the ascending line seems to have levelled.

Klaas Gubbels - Rento Brattinga

Klaas Gubbels – Rento Brattinga

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Pieter de Krom – Vonkel

In the offices next to the hangar (places where you might expect something interesting in the very short tradition of this fair in this place) there is little reason for excitement.

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Marie Pop – Vonkel

Ko Aarts - Rento Brattinga

Ko Aarts – Rento Brattinga

Johannes Langkamp - A Gallery Named Sue

Johannes Langkamp – A Gallery Named Sue

Although some interesting items are on show, the arrangements are a bit messy (the best presentations are the rooms of Livingstone gallery and Rento Brattinga), and the Blueprint presentation shouldn’t even be mentioned.

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Auke de Vries – Nouvelles Images

Auke de Vries - Nouvelles Images

Auke de Vries – Nouvelles Images

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Auke de Vries – Nouvelles Images

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Auke de Vries – Nouvelles Images

Central to the hangar, which serves as the main hall, is Nouvelles Images gallery’s presentation of works by Auke de Vries, one of the grand old men of Dutch sculpture.

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Lotte van Lieshout – Galerie Wit

Ruben Terlou - Galerie Fontana

Ruben Terlou – Galerie Fontana

Ruben Terlou - Galerie Fontana

Ruben Terlou – Galerie Fontana

Miranda Meijer - A Gallery Named Sue

Miranda Meijer – A Gallery Named Sue

Hernán Ardila Delgado - A Gallery Named Sue

Hernán Ardila Delgado – A Gallery Named Sue

Geert Baas - Galerie Ramakers

Geert Baas – Galerie Ramakers

Eric de Vries - WTC Rotterdam Art Gallery

Eric de Vries – WTC Rotterdam Art Gallery

Further on in the hangar it was the usual stuff, including – of course – some real gems.

Kevin Bauer - Galerie Helder

Kevin Bauer – Galerie Helder

Micha Patiniott - Heden

Micha Patiniott – Heden

Summer Matthews - Aboriginal Art Gallery

Summer Matthews – Aboriginal Art Gallery

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Coen Vernooij – Gallery 0-68

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Coen Vernooij – Gallery 0-68

Unknown artist - WTC The Hague Art Gallery

Unknown artist – WTC The Hague Art Gallery

Marc Mulders - Galerie Dom'Arte

Marc Mulders – Galerie Dom’Arte

Still, i know it is a hell of a job organising an annual art fair, but it would be about time to outgrow a bit the sedate image of this town.

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However, the best place to be is outside and behind the building: it’s Dirty Daisies, a co-operation of 15 artists from The Hague and Amsterdam.

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Dirty Daisies is curated by Steef Crombach and there is some good stuff on show.

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The artists are: Candela Bado, Zeno Beikircher, Yair Callender, Daniel Dmyszewicz, Frederik & Jacob, Doris Hardeman, Josje Hattink, Bas Kaufmann, Koolen & Van de Lande, Tobias Lengkeek, Leslie Nagel, Jeannette Slütter, Marnix van Uum and Victor Yudaev.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists and galleries

 

Bertus Pieters

Joncquil, Diplopia; Galerie Ramakers, The Hague

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There are exhibitions in galleries that show artists’ latest works in one or more disciplines or they show a kind of retrospective of the last few years.

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Joncquil’s present show Diplopia at Ramakers gallery, while doing so, also gives more or less one story in a kind of total installation, including film, assemblages, paintings and photography.

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He is very much present in this show, as he usually is. For instance in a series of Polaroid pictures he himself emerges as different historic figures, just wearing a hat and having different facial expressions.

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But there is a constant interaction with the spectator as well, as there are two opposed mirrors in the same room, making you doubt what the reality is of looking at yourself or others (or to ascertain that this is not a man with a camera).

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And there are his shoes, with the invitation to put them on and see how it feels to be the artist.

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Joncquil’s work constantly lets you feel how it is to interpret the world around you, whether

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it is in the world of design or in the world of painting or art history and philosophy in general.

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Birds are there as messengers from a parallel world, either staring at you, or

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as feathers growing from a wall or

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as flamingoes disguised as walking sticks.

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And, talking about sticks, they tell you yet another story.

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It’s a great show, without being a circus. So, go and take a look for yourself!

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Contents of pictures courtesy Joncquil and Galerie Ramakers

 

Bertus Pieters

Frank Halmans, Deel (Part); Galerie Ramakers, The Hague

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I visited Ramakers Gallery to write a review for Villa La Repubblica about Frank Halmans’ present show.

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Click here to read the full review (in Dutch) and see some additional footage.

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Halmans is building a consistent oeuvre with the space around us in our houses, streets and gardens on a daily basis as his usual subject.

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With amongst others houses-turned-vacuum-cleaners, books-turned-houses and burnt-houses-turned-clocks he touches the absurd of our daily condition.

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I leave you with these pictures, but of course it is best to visit the gallery to see the real thing.

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Bertus Pieters

Sjoerd Buisman: beelden, collages uit het atelier (sculptures, collages from the studio); Ramakers gallery, The Hague

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Sjoerd Buisman’s works, presently on show at Galerie Ramakers, are constructed with one of the most essential aspects of the natural world: growth, in particular plant growth.

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Although growing directions and shapes of plants can be manipulated by man, the pattern itself remains the same and based on this natural logic Buisman makes his works.

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He uses life plants as well as other materials to make his sculptures, or rather to have them grow.

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He also makes collages with plant leaves that may remind you of herman de vries, but Catalijn Ramakers insists Buisman started making plant collages first.

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Moreover Buisman also reconstructs the leaves more or less and again he shows their consistent growing pattern in spite of manipulation or obstruction.

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Altogether this is a very fine show, with works that may remind you of how wonderful it must be to design and make them.

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Bertus Pieters

Happy New Year!!! at Ramakers’ Gallery, The Hague

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Frank Halmans

Ramakers’ Gallery in its New Year’s exhibition, in between projects and art fairs, shows works of artists of the gallery.

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It gives a taste of the very different artists of whose works I give you a personal choice here in this posting.

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Frank Halmans

Just enjoy the pictures!

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Frank Halmans

 

Tomas Rajlich

Tomas Rajlich

 

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Tomas Rajlich

 

Joncquil

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Michel Hoogervorst

Michel Hoogervorst

 

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Michel Hoogervorst

 

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Ossip

 

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Bertus Pieters

André Kruysen at Ramakers Gallery, The Hague

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I visited Ramakers Gallery to write a review for the Villa La Repubblica blog about sculptor André Kruysen’s present exhibition. You can read the review (in Dutch) and see some more pictures here.

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Kruysen is fascinated by modernist architecture and other influences of the modernist tradition.

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Apart from abstract geometry one can also see echoes from surrealism and primitivism, but

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his main projects are light and nature that always seem to break into the order man creates.

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That is especially clear in The quiet force of descent, a temporary project in the gallery, which

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brings light as a deconstructing force in the gallery together with a cascade solidified in time.

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Instead of a room for exhibitions the place becomes an alternative architectural space.

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This great project together with the other objects and sculptures make for an intriguing exhibition.

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