Rutger van der Tas, Een ode aan de verwarde man (An Ode to the Disturbed Man); Twelve twelve gallery, The Hague

In a remarkable turn in his work, Rutger van der Tas (1980), a painter, is now reaching for three-dimensionality.

However, his works are still paintings as can be seen in his present show at Twelve Twelve gallery.

As the title of the show indicates, his work is all about disturbance as life is often – even for the greatest possible mutton head – a painful business.

Figures are deconstructed and reconstructed in colours that indicate both the pain and force of life, and so do the jigsaw puzzle-like cuts in the works which show that nothing is stable in life.

Watching the three-dimensional works, i was just wandering how they would look like if they were life sized, as they look quite monumental.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Rutger van der Tas and Twelve Twelve gallery, Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

Saskia Tannemaat, Forgiven!; Twelve twelve gallery, The Hague

Forgiven! is the title of Saskia Tannemaat’s present show at Twelve twelve gallery.

It sounds like a word of relief, but to whom?

Are the visitors forgiven, the potential buyers, or the people in Tannemaat’s paintings and drawings?

As Tannemaat shows in her works, guilt is often used as a power tool, ruling those who are being used to whitewash the shame of society.

She shows this as a kind of theatre, sometimes as a masquerade, the expression varying from deep tenderness to violent expressionism, from a nouvelle vague movie to a masked ball.

However, the real power of the show is that there is a lot in between those differences.

The presentation is very good, giving you the idea that the works lost none of their spontaneity in between the studio and the gallery.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Saskia Tannemaat and Twelve twelve gallery, Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

It rains blessings!; Twelve twelve gallery, The Hague

“It rains blessings!” That is easier said than it is experienced. To experience it you may also have to live through the darker sides of life.

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It rains blessings is the title of one of the works of Wycliffe Mundopa, presently on show at Twelve twelve gallery, together with works by Jeroen Blok and with the remnants of a performance by Seyran Kirmizitoprak.

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They form a remarkable trio exhibition with Kirmizitoprak’s dress and assemblage at the centre or as a kind of pivotal point of the show.

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Jeroen Blok

Blok isn’t really putting you back on earth with his somewhat surreal works,……. or is he?

Wycliffe Mundopa

Wycliffe Mundopa

Jeroen Blok

It rains blessings is a wonderful show in this new gallery, bringing together three very different artists, coming from completely different backgrounds, in a way that they really complement each other.

Jeroen Blok

Jeroen Blok

It probably rains blessings after all.

Wycliffe Mundopa

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Content of the pictures courtesy to the artists and Twelve twelve gallery, Den Haag.

 

Bertus Pieters

Tamara Dees, The Open Boat; Twelve/twelve Gallery, The Hague

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Twelve/twelve gallery has its first one woman show with works by Tamara Dees (1971).

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Within the small space of the new gallery Dees shows very different works on the same theme – boats and seafaring – which are all at once touching, humorous, real and unreal.

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There are installations, objects, photo works and a video work.

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Ships and shipping have been metaphoric themes throughout art history – just think of Jheronimus Bosch, Dutch 17th century seascapes, Delacroix, Géricault and Turner – and part of that heritage is present in the show.

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Thinking about the small space of the gallery it might be even more surprising that the show is also about space, whether it is the space of thought or the actual vanished or hidden space of a ship.

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Content of the pictures courtesy to Tamara Dees and Twelve/twelve Gallery

 

Bertus Pieters

Tell Me What Do You Think; Twelve Twelve gallery, The Hague

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Silvia Bakker has opened a new gallery in The Hague’s town centre. Its name is Twelve Twelve indicating there will be a new exhibition every month. She prefers art with a politically or socially engaged twist. This month she shows works by three artists: Karl Ketamo, Wouter Willebrands and Gert Scheerlinck.

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In the gallery’s basement Ketamo, who graduated from the Royal Academy The Hague this year,  shows his project Crossing Boundaries/Shifting Landscapes which is about migration, with a double-visioned video, a book and some prints.

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The book and the prints show fragments from pages of passports of different nationalities.

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Scheerlinck shows works that seem to contain criticism in one way or another but which are also open to more interpretations.

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Willebrands combines his abstract works with titles that become part of the works and make them less abstract.

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The gallery is a small place but it invites the viewers to think about what they see, hence the title of the show. Artistically this is a good and promising start.

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Bertus Pieters