LE SUD; Twelve twelve gallery, The Hague

Johan De Wit

The Dutch and the Flemish share a common language, but the histories of the areas they live in are quite different.

Johan De Wit
Gert Scheerlinck
Johan Gelper

Their minds are shaped differently by cultural, political and economic developments, by different landscapes and by different geographical contexts.

Gert Scheerlinck
Rein Dufait

For the Dutch it seems easy to understand the Flemish, but there also seems to be something ununderstandable in the Flemish way of thinking or in the Flemish human condition.

Rein Dufait
Gert Scheerlinck
Gert Scheerlinck

The same can be said about Flemish art.

Gert Scheerlinck
Gert Scheerlinck

The Dutch usually have admiration for the sincerity, lyricism and spirituality in Flemish art, aspects that don’t immediately spring to mind when thinking about Dutch art.

Nicolás Lamas
Nicolás Lamas
Johan De Wit

In an earlier exhibition at Twelve twelve gallery Gert Scheerlinck already showed his very personal ways of seeing.

Johan De Wit
Gert Scheerlinck

He addresses his audience in an almost private way, inviting you to come very near and to challenge your imagination.

Gert Scheerlinck
Johan Gelper
Johan Gelper

There is a sense of absurdism in his works but they don’t deceive you, they are as honest as their simple materials.

Nicolás Lamas
Nicolás Lamas

For the present exhibition Scheerlinck was invited to put together a presentation of works by himself and by Flemish artists of his own choice.

Johan De Wit
Katleen Vinck
Katleen Vinck

This resulted in a small but wonderful show with mostly lyrical works by, apart from Scheerlinck himself, Nicolás Lamas, Johan De Wit, Rein Dufait, Katleen Vinck and Johan Gelper.

Katleen Vinck
Katleen Vinck
Katleen Vinck

On one hand one would wish to see solo presentations of each, on the other hand this group show is a very well composed treasure-trove, circling around Vinck’s robust and marvellous Plano and even going underground in the dark of the gallery’s cellar.

Katleen Vinck

© Villa Next Door 2018

Content of all photographs courtesy to all artists and to Twelve twelve gallery, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

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