Studio Visit #12. Hgtomi Rosa

Last week the artists of Hgtomi Rosa organised an open studio event from Thursday to Sunday.

Hgtomi Rosa are Jan-Dirk Adams, Daniele Formica, Jiao Jiao Li, Yukari Nakamichi, Constantijn Scholten, Laura Snijders and Alex Webber.

They are artists who are not just making art to show it in a gallery, hoping to sell it at a nice price to a nice art lover or collector.

They are artists who are interested in the making of art as a process related to the appreciation of art.

Their works of art are not just developed to become autonomous and authoritative objects; the relations between the viewer, the space, other objects, the reason why a work of art is presented in a certain way, are just as important, if not more important.

To them making art is not just a material process, it is an intellectual or emotive experience in which the viewer can take part.

Within that context these artists don’t just make paintings and drawings, they also make installations, do performances, and they organise situations in which the viewer can feel free to participate and have his/her own experience.

As a viewer you need not feel compelled to participate, but the artists are as interested in your experience with their work as you are in their work.

To them art is something to be shared.

For the occasion each artist presented a new work of art in the front space of the building.

As usual the artists were hospitable, and their studios showed almost inexhaustible streams of ideas and inspiration.

It is important in a city like The Hague to have a bunch of energetic and talented young artists around who want more than the aesthetics of autonomous art.

It is all the more disappointing that in a city like The Hague, with its cosmopolitan aspirations, giving opportunities to these artists isn’t high enough on the agenda, in spite of the things that have indeed been achieved.

Of course, as a young artist you are perfectly well aware of the fact that being an artist is not the easiest way of life.

However, building a normal life is a complicated and expensive business these days, let alone if you want to build a life as an artist.

The tyranny of the market has penetrated all veins of life, it is preached as the common religion of our society, and it wants young artists like these to be competitive, instead of doing what they are good at.

But let’s not get too gloomy (being gloomy definitely doesn’t help), as, after all, the energy and inspiration given by people like these artists is valuable, and it was there to be experienced during the open studio days.

So, if you missed this, be sure to attend next time Hgtomi Rosa presents something!

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Art in corona times 79. Show curated by Robbin Heyker; Superweakness, The Hague

Anatole de Benedictis

What is a strong exhibition?

Anatole de Benedictis

Is it an exhibition in which the audience is enriched with knowledge and philosophy?

Mara Alsters

Is it an exhibition in which the audience will be completely overcome by an extraordinary aesthetic experience?

Mara Alsters

Is it an exhibition in which all works of art take their proud place in a solemn parade of greatness?

Daniele Formica

Is it an exhibition in which all works are hanging and standing orderly in line to give the audience an idea of objectivity?

Daniele Formica

Is it an exhibition in which the audience will be so terribly moved by what they have seen, that a selling point of handkerchiefs at the exit will be commercially viable?

Bram De Jonghe

Is it an exhibition in which the gloves will be off and the audience will be knocked out?

Bram De Jonghe

Is it an exhibition in which the audience will feel socially and democratically connected and will be better citizens?

Bram De Jonghe

Is it an exhibition in which the curator will lead like an autocratic Mahler-conductor?

After a lost but a zillion times copied painting by Jean-Jacques Henner (1829-1905)

Is it an exhibition which gives a view on post-colonialism, gender-inequality, the destruction of ecosystems and blackness and whiteness?

Mirthe Klück

Is it an exhibition which proves its integrity by unreadable introductions which include all words necessary to be contemporary?

Bernice Nauta

Is it an exhibition which is so exhaustively educational that the audience will feel happy like in a kindergarten?

Bram De Jonghe

At Superweakness curators are asked to make a “weak” exhibition.

Wim De Pauw

In this case it was artist Robbin Heyker’s (1976) turn.

Wim De Pauw

The original idea of the series at Superweakness was to make exhibitions without much fuss, and that will be on show for only one or two days.

Wim De Pauw

That part of the super-weakness is lost already in this show, as it lasts some two weeks.

Philip Akkerman

Besides, it is of course up to you as an audience to see if this exhibition is so weak that it will not enrich your knowledge, philosophically or otherwise,

Camila Oliveira Fairclough

that you will not be overcome by the aesthetic experience,

Robbin Heyker

that you will find no solemn greatness in the works of art,

Ton Schuttelaar

that you will have no idea of objectivity while looking around,

Daniele Formica

that you need no hanky for your emotions,

Wim De Pauw

that you will not be knocked out,

Wim De Pauw

that you feel as disconnected as always,

Wim De Pauw

in which the curator has no conductorial aura,

Wim De Pauw

that will give you no view on anything at all,

Henk Visch

in which there is nothing to read to tell you what you see, and that doesn’t try to educate you.

Henk Visch

Go and tell me later (why should i always do the dirty work telling you); it is at Willem Dreespark 312, The Hague and open on Saturday June 26 13:00-19:00 hrs; Thursday July 1 13:00-18:00 hrs and on Friday July 2 13:00-19:00 hrs.

Henk Visch

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