Yani Chuang, Anatole de Benedictis & Joncquil, Found Footage; Heden, The Hague

Making an exhibition with three artists is quite a venture, especially if all three show personality in their works.

Yani Chuang
Yani Chuang
Joncquil
Anatole de Benedictis

Often the works of two artists seem to communicate while the third gets isolated in one way or another.

Joncquil
Joncquil
Joncquil

Heden made a show with works by Yani Chuang, Anatole de Benedictis and Joncquil in which this doesn’t happen.

Yani Chuang
Anatole de Benedictis
Anatole de Benedictis

The works are concentrated in the two main exhibition rooms, but they are also presented in the rest of the gallery, more or less embedded in Heden’s collection.

Joncquil

Anatole de Benedictis

Indeed all three artists need space.

Anatole de Benedictis
Anatole de Benedictis
Joncquil
Joncquil

They were brought together as they make use of found objects, found footage if you wish.

Yani Chuang
Anatole de Benedictis
Anatole de Benedictis

Chuang, who graduated last year from the Royal Academy in The Hague (KABK), takes chairs in different types and styles as her starting point.

Anatole de Benedictis
Anatole de Benedictis
Anatole de Benedictis

She transforms them into sculptural characters and even gives them individual names.

Yani Chuang
Yani Chuang
Anatole de Benedictis

Her works function as a kind of beacons in the show.

Anatole de Benedictis
Anatole de Benedictis
Anatole de Benedictis
Anatole de Benedictis

It will be interesting to see how her work will develop.

Anatole de Benedictis
Anatole de Benedictis
Anatole de Benedictis
Anatole de Benedictis

De Benedictis already graduated some years ago and his work has very much grown since.

Anatole de Benedictis
Joncquil
Yani Chuang

In his drawings rigorous precision and a clear graphic pencil line are his hallmarks.

Yani Chuang
Yani Chuang
Yani Chuang

Their  ‘coolness’, completed by objects that reflect the subjects of the drawings, seems to mask a world of falling and rising, including the pains, the joys and the discrepancies.

Yani Chuang
Yani Chuang
Joncquil

Joncquil’s world has expanded gradually octopus-like with the different interests and different disciplines he incorporates in his practice, of which painting, film and on-the-spot happenings are not presented in this show.

Joncquil
Joncquil
Joncquil

But, well, art is always ‘happening’ the moment you see it anyway, especially in Joncquil’s case.

Joncquil
Joncquil

Heden’s choice to make this rich and expanding show with these three artists is a very happy one indeed.

Joncquil

© Villa Next Door 2019

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

Bertus Pieters

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Anne Forest, I am with name; Heden, The Hague

Two years ago Anne Forest (1983) had an exhibition in Heden about which i wrote that her work had “matured considerably,”  that her style was “immediately recognisable” but “also manoeuvrable.”

Well, in her present show at Heden one could say she is still manoeuvring at different levels.

In two paintings she seems to make more of a perspective space around her figures and there she enters uncertain terrain that seems to be alien to her icon-like style.

Are these the margins of her style?

That is all the more important as her best works create a space of their own around them by themselves.

© Villa Next Door 2018

Content of all pictures courtesy to Anne Forest and Heden, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

Kunrad; Heden, The Hague

The works by Kunrad, now presented at Heden, are not easily shown in pictures, as they should be heard and felt as well.

All exhibited works are made of paper, and, except for one work, make noise, very soft to louder.

There is one with two sheets of white paper – i think the most subtle one – that works in a very easy but refined way with daylight, attraction and body movement.

However it is after all better to experience it all by yourself, which i highly recommend!

© Villa Next Door 2018

Content of all photographs courtesy to Kunrad and Heden, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters