Katrein Breukers & Lily Lanfermeijer, I Laughed “To Hell With Them” I Said; Billytown, The Hague

In Billytown’s Kitchen Katrein Breukers and Lily Lanfermeijer have created a crime scene.

Reminiscences of what might have happened are there, but to reassure you, there are no traces of bloodshed.

The scene is based on amongst others detective stories and the Cluedo detective game.

Some aspects may refer to earlier events, but you may as well find yourself in your own detective story.

And, as said before, there is nothing to worry about.

© Villa Next Door 2019

Contents of all photographs courtesy to the artists and Billytown, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

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Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, There is only one art … L-if-E; Billytown, The Hague

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (1950) seems to be a bit of a blind spot in modern and postmodern art history.

Genesis P-Orridge is generally seen as one of the founders of Industrial music with his bands Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV.

Already by the end of the 1960s he founded the artist’s collective COUM Transmissions.

Genesis P-Orridge has been active ever since, preferably in co-operation with likeminded people, to seek the extremes of existence and indeed of aesthetics in music, art and design.

Billytown has given Grauzone a platform to organise a retrospective exhibition about Genesis P-Orridge’s work.

Art historically long overdue though the exhibition might be, the relatively peaceful white cube-like presentation which isolates every individual work from its context may not fully confront the visitor with the overwhelming impact of the aesthetics of the work and life of the artist and his many collective projects.

© Villa Next Door 2019

Contents of all photographs courtesy to Genesis Bereyer P-Orridge, Grauzone and to Billytown, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

Manor Grunewald, Laura Jatkowski & Ricardo van Eyk, Be My Billy; Billytown, The Hague

Manor Grunewald

At first sight one may not think of Manor Grunewald (1985), Laura Jatkowski (1990) and Ricardo van Eyk (1993) as partners in a group show.

Manor Grunewald
Manor Grunewald
Manor Grunewald
Manor Grunewald

However, in Billytown’s new gallery space they seem to be the perfect trio to open a potentially challenging program of exhibitions.

Laura Jatkowski
Laura Jatkowski
Laura Jatkowski
Laura Jatkowski

The emphasis of the show is characteristically on the merging of making and thinking and its spatial consequences.

Left to right: Manor Grunewald, Laura Jatkowski, Ricardo van Eyk
Ricardo van Eyk
Ricardo van Eyk
Ricardo van Eyk

All three artists focus both on the overall impression of their works as well as on the details.

Ricardo van Eyk
Ricardo van Eyk
Ricardo van Eyk

Conceptual thinking is mixed with the possibilities of the used materials, in Jatkowski’s case even acoustics and video.

Laura Jatkowski
Front: Laura Jatkowski; back: Manor Grunewald
Left to righ, Ricardo van Eyk, Laura Jatkowski
Front: Laura Jatkowski; back: Ricardo van Eyk

The day i visited to make these photos the autumn weather was grey and gloomy, which made it next to impossible to make some clear pictures in spite of the building’s  big windows.

Front: Laura Jatkowski; back: Ricardo van Eyk
Ricardo van Eyk
Ricardo van Eyk
Left to right: Manor Grunewald, Ricardo van Eyk, Laura Jatkowski

On the other hand, it gave the works and the space a more monumental and concise character.

Left to right: Ricardo van Eyk, Manor Grunewald
Laura Jatkowski
Laura Jatkowski
Laura Jatkowski

On the whole it is a very promising first show in a new chapter of Billytown’s existence.

Laura Jatkowski

© Villa Next Door 2018

Content of all photographs courtesy to the artists and Billytown, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters