Art in corona times 85. Palm tree & Skroderider; Billytown, The Hague

Nishiko

Billytown is combining two exhibitions.

Jeroen Jacobs
Marius Lut

Its spacious main exhibition Palm tree is almost absorbing its smaller but more dense show (traditionally called the Kitchen show) Skroderider, made by the New York based artists run platform Lie Lay Lain.

Marius Lut

Billytown has removed a wall and so you automatically walk into the smaller exhibition.

Nina Canell
Jeroen Jacobs

Palm tree is based on a story about a palm tree (wouldn’t you guess?) and it deals with the seen and unseen objects that surround us in daily life.

Jeroen Jacobs

You may think of them as unimportant but in fact they are the props that influence our ideas and feelings, both by their appearance and by their context, maybe even by their invisibility.

Sepus Noordmans

It results in an exhibition with works varying from the very visible concrete structures by Jeroen Jacobs to the sometimes almost too unobtrusive small objects by Nishiko.

Peggy Franck
Peggy Franck

Other part-taking artists are Nina Canell, Peggy Franck, Marius Lut, Sepus Noordmans and Michael E. Smith.

Michael E. Smith

The title Skroderider of the Kitchen show derives from a plant character from a 1990s science fiction novel and deals with the materiality of things.

Sara Enrico
Sara Enrico
Viola Yesiltac

It is another very diverse show in which both the quality and the meaning (one could say the life) of materials play a role.

Viola Yesiltac
Viola Yesiltac
Joseph Buckley

There are works by Joseph Buckley, Sara Enrico, Erin Johnson and Viola Yesiltac.

Joseph Buckley
Erin Johnson
Sara Enrico

Jacobs makes his concrete come to life on the cushions in the hall.

Jeroen Jacobs
Jeroen Jacobs

In the stairway a video loop by Smith creates a flashing atmosphere.

Michael E. Smith
Michael E. Smith

A work by Skroderider-show’s JosephBuckley even overlaps the Palm tree exhibition.

Joseph Buckley

On the second floor, which houses the Billytown-artists’ studios and the impressive Peter van Beveren Library, the exhibited works merge with the other objects.

Books Are Bridges

In spite of the two titles it is difficult to see the two shows as separate.

left to right: Sepus Noordmans, Jeroen jacobs, Books Are Bridges

There is of course a higher density of objects in Skroderider and one doesn’t have to search for the works like in Palm tree.

Jeroen Jacobs

After the quest for objects in the main show the almost overcrowded Skroderider show confronts you with objects that are emphatically present.

Marius Lut

That is a good strategy to shift the emphasis of the context that objects and space create, to the actual appearance of objects and their meaning.

Nishiko

As such both shows are together almost classical Billytown exhibitions in that as a twofold unit they deal with space and how objects behave in it.

Nishiko

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