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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© Villa Next Door 2017

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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Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists and Twelve Twelve gallery.

 

Bertus Pieters