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

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