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.
That part of the super-weakness is lost already in this show, as it lasts some two weeks.
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,
that you will not be overcome by the aesthetic experience,
that you will find no solemn greatness in the works of art,
that you will have no idea of objectivity while looking around,
that you need no hanky for your emotions,
that you will not be knocked out,
that you feel as disconnected as always,
in which the curator has no conductorial aura,
that will give you no view on anything at all,
in which there is nothing to read to tell you what you see, and that doesn’t try to educate you.
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.
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Those who know me, know that i am not enthusiastic about either sports or religious gatherings, yet, i did take part in something like that in an event, a spin-off of the Kifl the Kid Salon, presently at Billytown (Click here to see an earlier report about the Kifl the Kid Salon) .
At Kifl the Kid Salon spontaneous events are being organised and one of them was Robbin Heykers Vogelclub (“Robbin Heyker’s Birding Club”), featuring Arjan Dwarshuis, the man who saw 6852 different bird species in 2016 during a world trip.
The event was in two parts; a film evening featuring Arjan’s Big Year, in which you can see Dwarshuis crisscrossing the world, watching and counting birds, anything feathered in between ostriches and hummingbirds.
The second part was a birding excursion at Meijendel, the coastal dunes near The Hague, led by Dwarshuis.
It was an exceptionally good morning to see bird migration, described by Dwarshuis as “just as spectacular as the big game migration in Eastern Africa,” except that few people in this country seem to be aware of that.
With a moderate south-eastern wind, conditions were very good according to Dwarshuis, which proved to be true.
Dwarshuis surely made us – a small bunch of artists and art-bugs for whom looking and seeing (watching) are cardinal activities – see loads of birds, especially in the sky, but also in the scrubs and in the water, usually unseen, even by artists and the like.
It was indeed extraordinarily exceptional, especially in the beginning of the morning when the sky was full of thousands of migrating birds.
What did we see?
Well, we saw: redwing (loads), fieldfare (loads), song thrush (loads), mistle thrush, blackbird, robin, stonechat, chaffinch, brambling, hawfinch, greenfinch, siskin,
goldfinch, linnet, redpoll, reed bunting, tree sparrow, great tit, blue tit, long-tailed tit,
Indeed the way paint is used by the other artists is very personal and is very well presented in this spacious exhibition.
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.
As for its composition, arrangement, variety and quality this is certainly one of the best exhibitions in Quartair.