Silent Light; Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague


Silent Light at Dürst Britt & Mayhew’s is a show with 5 so-called lens-based works by 5 artists. Four works are indeed without sound, which is a great relief. No hassle with not-working headphones etc.

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The one with (working!) headphones by Puck Verkade is the most surprising.

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She found a good balance between the silence of her subject and the people telling about their experience of solitude and silence while living on an island near Iceland.

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Life and death seem to become one and bring peace and openness of mind.

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Pieter Paul Pothoven projects a thin slice of lapis lazuli, the legendary blue from Afghanistan.

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Alexandre Lavet shows an enlargement of cursor movements over a colour selection programme, which looks like a night and day animation.

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Sybren Renema shows a Tyrannosaur with a red balloon on its tail in the Natural History Museum in Oxford, which brings you back to Victorian times when dinosaurs became part of the Anglo-Saxon empire. It looks like a huge vanitas still life.

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The most recent work of the exhibition, a work by Raúl Ortega Ayala, is appropriately shown as the opening work, opening and closing the curtains.

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The works are fine and well presented but as a whole, in spite of the inviting silence, the show doesn’t seem to be very coherent. On the other hand, the works give enough room for contemplation, so take your time when visiting.

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Bertus Pieters

Sybren Renema: The Milk of Paradise, Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague

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I went to Dürst Britt & Mayhew gallery to write a review for Villa La Repubblica about Sybren Renema’s exhibition The Milk of Paradise. For the complete review (in Dutch) and some more pictures click here. It is quite a deromanticised romantic affair. Above you see Thomas de Quincey’s grave with a mirrored quotation from a letter by Coleridge, almost as an alternative epitaph.

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Renema’s neon lights remind you of the 19th century romantic facts, whether it is Death and the Maiden,

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the Wanderer-Fantasy,

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sublime mountain landscapes or

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opium addiction.

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There is also the sometimes life threatening hardship of being a brilliant scientist in the Romantic era and

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there is a death mask constructed by Renema from the average of more than 30 death masks of great Romantics.

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It is as cool and clean as it can be and still it looks devotional.

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It a very good and likeable exhibition. In spite of, or rather because of the subdued presentation, Renema’s enthusiasm in his works is quite clear and will make you want to see more, either here or in Xanadu.

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Bertus Pieters