The Ballroom; Billytown, The Hague

There is presently a moving bike with a burning candle on its saddle in Billytown.

It turns, moves and makes noise like a spoilt child, constantly trying to catch your attention.

Or is it the embodiment of thinking and creativity, trying to find a way out of the grids, structures and obstacles of life, society and the mind?

As such it could well be the noisy candle-barer of all the works in the present exhibition.

The Ballroom is a show constantly in flux and in the making.

Works may be changed or moved.

Although the exhibition has had an official opening, its end may well be its real opening at the same time.

No names or titles are added, but the works are all made by Billytown’s own artists and are all up to discussion.

One work may be more constant than the other.

The tables can be used for anything, from eating and drinking from, to discussing matters, or just to have a moment of sitting down and looking around.

The works are by Rachel Bacon, Melle de Boer, Kim David Bots, Afra Eisma, Robbin Heyker,

Paul de Jong, Bram De Jonghe, Maja Klaassens, Marius Lut, Bernice Nauta,

Nishiko, Robbert Pauwels, Iede Reckman, Suzie van Staaveren and Marieke van ‘t Zet.

© Villa Next Door 2019

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

Bertus Pieters

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See what you know; Quartair, The Hague

Ilona Plaum

In the present exhibition at Quartair, painting is identified with space, knowledge, the act of painting and the self.

Ilona Plaum
Wieteke Heldens
Wieteke Heldens
Robbin Heyker
Nies Vooijs

In fact this would apply to any discipline in visual and other arts, but of course painting is one of the basic and most traditional of the visual arts.

Pietertje van Splunter
Pietertje van Splunter
left to right: Wieteke Heldens, Pietertje van Splunter
Robbin Heyker
Ilona Plaum
Ilona Plaum

That doesn’t mean that all works on show are paintings in a sense that they are pieces of canvas or panels with pasty pigments on them.

Jeroen Hofhuizen
Jeroen Hofhuizen
Raymond Cuijpers
Raymond Cuijpers
Raymond Cuijpers

For instance André Kruysen’s works are sculptures and Delphine Courtillot makes ceramics.

Raymond Cuijpers
left to right: Nies Vooijs, Ilona Plaum, André Kruysen
Nies Vooijs
Nies Vooijs
Nies Vooijs
Nies Vooijs

Even Ilona Plaum’s painting-like works are in fact prints and in one of her works Wieteke Heldens doesn’t use paint but a marker.

front to back: Nies Vooijs, André Kruysen, Robbin Heyker
left to right: Wietke Heldens, André Kruysen, Robbin Heyker
left to right: Robbin Heyker, André Kruysen
André Kruysen
André Kruysen

Indeed the way paint is used by the other artists is very personal and is very well presented in this spacious exhibition.

left to right: Pietertje van Splunter, André Kruysen, Robbin Heyker
left to right: André Kruysen, Wieteke Heldens
front to back: André Kruysen, Nies Vooijs
André Kruysen
front to back: André Kruysen, Delphine Courtillot, Raymond Cuijpers
front to back: Delphine Courtillot, Raymond Cuijpers

Quartair, with its columns, is not always an easy space to create effective exhibitions but this one makes very good use of all sightlines and there is a very good dialogue between sculpture and painting, or rather between the spacial and the flat.

front to back: Delphine Courtillot, Raymond Cuijpers
left to right: Raymond Cuijpers, Delphine Courtillot, Nies Vooijs
Delphine Courtillot
Delphine Courtillot
left to right: Ilona Plaum, Delphine Courtillot

As for its composition, arrangement, variety and quality this is certainly one of the best exhibitions in Quartair.

left to right: Pietertje van Splunter, Delphine Courtillot, Robbin Heyker

© Villa Next Door 2018

Content of all photographs courtesy to all artists and Quartair, den Haag

Bertus Pieters