On one hand one would wish to see solo presentations of each, on the other hand this group show is a very well composed treasure-trove, circling around Vinck’s robust and marvellous Plano and even going underground in the dark of the gallery’s cellar.
Indeed the way paint is used by the other artists is very personal and is very well presented in this spacious exhibition.
Quartair, with its columns, is not always an easy space to create effective exhibitions but this one makes very good use of all sightlines and there is a very good dialogue between sculpture and painting, or rather between the spacial and the flat.
As for its composition, arrangement, variety and quality this is certainly one of the best exhibitions in Quartair.
In LhGWR Swedish photographer Maja Daniels presently shows the more or less spiritual aspects of life in Älvdalen, an area in the Swedish Dalarna region.
She mixes her own pictures (the colour pictures) with photographs by Tenn Lars Persson (1878-1939; black and white photography) who was an avid vernacular local photographer in Älvdalen who also knew about magic and sorcery.
Daniels presents Älvdalen as a quaint place with a touch of mystery.
Her story is interesting against a background of globalisation and the local histories in Europe.
Although Daniels’ presentation is interesting and atmospheric, i missed proportionally more photographs of her own on show; as it now very much looks like an ethnographical exhibition with Persson as the central voice and photographer.
Sydney Rahimtoola graduated this year from the KABK (Royal Academy) and her graduation work is now presented at LhGWR.
In the film you meet La Babosa (cry baby), a second generation Dominican-American in Queens, New York.
The film is an intriguing collection of aspects of living in modern day America but descending from a Caribbean culture with its strong traditions and mysticism which balances La Babosa’s life on a tight rope of realism, surrealism, stereotyping, deep meaning and colourful kitsch.
Rahimtoola has made an installation of the film presentation, but i doubt if that really works.
The film itself takes so much attention that the rest of the installation seems to be obsolete.