Art in corona times 3. Jan Wattjes, White Noise & Ryan Mendoza, Welcome in America; Livingstone Gallery, The Hague

Jan Wattjes (wall), Raquel Maulwurf (floor)

In January i attended the opening at Livingstone Gallery of its present exhibitions of works by Jan Wattjes (1981) and Ryan Mendoza (1971).

Jan Wattjes
Jan Wattjes

By now that seems ages ago, so i decided to see under which conditions i could visit the gallery.

Jan Wattjes
Jan Wattjes

I had already seen that the exhibition had been extended over the month of May.

Jan Wattjes
Jan Wattjes

There were no other restrictions for a visit than the usual ones under the circumstances.

Jan Wattjes

Not having seen each other since the pre-corona era, we had of course lots to discuss, as both the gallerist and me don’t need much stimulus to talk.

Jan Wattjes

In March the gallery had taken part in VOLTA, New York and some of the works shown there still stood packed in the gallery, three works by Raquel Maulwurf (1975) making a good counterpoint to Jan Wattjes’ wonderful pentaptych.

Adriaan Rees

Wattjes’ paintings in which both surface and space play an important – even monumental – role, contrast with some other works also on show which more or less deal with the human condition of the artist.

Ryan Mendoza

In the adjoining space are some paintings and drawings by Mendoza on show.

Ryan Mendoza
Ryan Mendoza

Talking about the human condition of the artist, Mendoza’s works are especially about the human condition of man in general and in America in particular.

Ryan Mendoza
Raquel Maulwurf, Ryan Mendoza

Mendoza’s works share the space with Maulwurf’s bathtub, part of her exhibition last winter.

Jan Wattjes

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to the artists and Livingstone Gallery, Den Haag.

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