Art in corona times 52. A Finger In Every Pie, pre-graduation exhibition, students of the Royal Academy (KABK), The Hague

Venue at Binckhorstlaan. Left: the big sausage-like installation by Biko Wouterse and Maartje Balkestein

In these times of crisis and other turbulence one would almost forget that students at the art academies are actually working hard for their graduation due by the end of next spring.

Sienna Matijas – This seems to be a prelude to something interesting

Students of the Royal Academy of Art (Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten – KABK) in The Hague showed some work last weekend in a pre-graduation exhibition.

Sienna Matijas

The show was spread over three venues.

Zowie Smeets – Shows a modest exercise in wall sculpture.

Due to the fact that i had left my phone at home (i seem to be one of those rare persons who don’t feel the urgency of being constantly accessible or on-line) i wasn’t welcome at the third venue, but well, one adapts.

Zowie Smeets

Part of the curriculum for professionalism is that the students have to organise their own exhibition.

Laura van den Enden – Nice collection of smaller pictures, which is a good base for further study. But please skip the adolescent graffiti with its messy style and spelling. It’s terribly distracting.

Which is good, but one must bear in  mind that most students are still developing things.

Laura van den Enden

The two venues i visited are on one hand far from ideal for a proper exhibition, on the other hand the rawness of the two places may add to the fact that the ideas on show were still in the making.

Biko Wouterse, Maartje Balkestein – Part of their big black pudding.

As such one can also doubt if it is worth saying something critical about the exhibition.

Venue at Jupiterkade

At the same time, showing something in public also means that your work becomes part of the knowledge and taste of the viewer. Exhibiting means you don’t want the viewer to be indifferent.  

Ellen Yiu – Very intriguing installation with textiles and other materials. Promising, i’d say.

Indifferent i never am concerning art, but the actual show did make me ambivalent.

Ellen Yiu

Whether it is the influence of the present crisis or anything else, i felt a general atmosphere of bleakness in the parts of the exhibition i saw, maybe even a bit of a lack of commitment to the handicraft of the trade.

Joseph Thabang Palframan – Intriguing installation with painting and objects. This guy can do probably a lot more than this. Again, promising, i’d say.

More than ever this felt like an interlude.

Joseph Thabang Palframan

In the mean time i wish all students and KABK the very best in these troubled times, and that we will all be able to see your graduation show by mid 2021!

Yota Karas – Intriguing collection of photography and painting.

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to the students and KABK, Den Haag

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Art in corona times 11. The Ongoing Conversation #7 (and Unlocked/Reconnected); 1646, Page Not Found, Stichting Ruimtevaart, The Hague

Mazen Ashkar

Doing a Master in Artistic Research is not an easy matter, as what is “artistic” and what is “research?”

Mazen Ashkar

Mazen Ashkar

Generally too many artists are claiming to be researching.

Georgie Brinkman

While art can be the result of inner or outer research – or one may need to research in order to make art –, stressing the research in art means the research itself is emphatically part of the art you show.

Georgie Brinkman

However, in the end it is just the materiality of what you show that should make the difference.

Georgie Brinkman

As a viewer you don’t give a damn if a work of art is the result of any research; that only starts to matter if, as a viewer, you become part of the research.

Daphne Monastirioti

To engage the viewer you need all the conventional conditions and techniques.

Daphne Monastirioti

There is the material object you want to show, there is the space you want to show it in, there are the acoustics of the space and there is time, the space of time you want to engage the viewer in.

Daphne Monastirioti

Whether you are good at Mid-Atlantic English non-speak or not, doesn’t make any difference.

Carmen Roca Igual

When showing your work as an artist, you are in fact artistically naked, you can hide almost nothing, and even if you do, the hiding itself becomes part of your artistic nakedness.

Carmen Roca Igual

That counts for any artist, whether you are a conventional painter or a maker of intricate video installations.

Carmen Roca Igual

(Well, that was Dad’s sermon, i guess)

Serene Hui

Ten students of the Royal Academy’s Master Artistic Research department showed their work last weekend.

Serene Hui

Under the title The Ongoing Conversation 1646 usually co-operates with the Academy to give the MA students a platform.

Serene Hui

This time 1646 expanded the co-operation with its neighbours Page Not Found and Stichting Ruimtevaart which worked out very well.

Leonie Brandner

At 1646 itself Mazen Ashkar, Georgie Brinkman, Daphne Monastirioti and Esther Arribas presented their works.

Leonie Brandner

There are no pictures of Arribas’ work here as she had organised a digital performance with sound, however, her website gives you some idea of what she is up to.

Leonie Brandner

1646 is also taking part in the national artistic online Unlocked/Reconnected show, with a work by Carmen Roca Igual (scroll up for pictures), which came out a bit shallow in combination with the works of the students, apart from its less than perfect presentation with too much reflections on the video screen.

Lena Longefay

Serene Hui showed her work in Page Not Found, and works by Leonie Brandner, Lena Longefay, Giath Taha, Juliana Martínez Hernández and by Leos were on show at Ruimtevaart.

Lena Longefay

Referring to what i preached before, i must say not all exhibiting students really engage you in their artistic research, although all do make interesting works.

Lena Longefay

One of the most interesting works was shown by Giath Taha.

Giath Taha

The work looked quite simple and open in the beginning, but looking at it in a darkened room made it haunting and even a bit spooky.

Giath Taha

A work about space, presence and absence, it engages the viewer completely.

Giath Taha

At least that is what happened with me.

Giath Taha

Another very interesting presentation was Serene Hui’s at Page Not Found. (scroll up for pictures of her work)

Juliana Martínez Hernández

In her work different ideas come together, from the manipulation of Google’s algorithms to truth and fake behind language in a post-truth society.

Juliana Martínez Hernández

The different voices filled up the space from different speakers, making it also a work about time and space, while the book titles of the shop seemed to illustrate the whole work.

Leos

Leos

Generally i admire the way these mostly international students have coped with the present situation, cut off from their friends, families and homes (some may have been in that situation already before) and finding themselves in a world that is suddenly less international in many ways.

Leos

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On Your Own; Haagse Kunstkring, The Hague

Maja Pop Trajkova; in the background Katarina Juricic

Thirteen artists who graduated this year from different departments of the Royal Academy in The Hague (KABK) are exhibiting their work at Haagse Kunstkring (HKK).

Katarina Juricic

Katarina Juricic

They were free to make their own exhibition co-operatively and (as it looks like) in full respect for each other’s work.

Katarina Juricic

Filippo Maria Ciriani

Filippo Maria Ciriani

It has become a well staged, even quite coherent show.

Filippo Maria Ciriani

Stella Hyunji Kim

That in itself is quite surprising considering the very personal content of some the works.

Stella Hyunji Kim

Stella Hyunji Kim

Catherine Ostraya

The works on show vary from the relatively simple intervention by Maja Pop Trajkova, which creates, amongst others, a special space for Katarina Juričić’s work, to the sophisticated machinery by Louis Braddock Clarke of which, admittedly, i personally understand not even half, but which gives listening to the world quite another dimension.

Sophia Wester

Sophia Wester

Two artists are as lucky as to have a single space for their own.

Sophia Wester

Pien Kars

Pien Kars

Catherine Ostraya has the rarely used attic to show her performance (as i was a bit early only a countdown for the action was on show) and Linhuei Chen has the gallery’s kitchen and part of the staircase where she gives a compelling account of the constantly changing position of an artist and a mother raising a family in a foreign country.

Pien Kars

Erik van Schaften

Technically speaking the back space of the gallery is probably the most challenging as it contains more or less monumental and very different works by four artists.

Erik van Schaften

Erik van Schaften

Suzette Bousema

There are the stereoscopic encounters with nature by Sophia Wester, the colourful altars for the feminine by Pien Kars, the omnipresence of the giant hogweed by Erik van Schaften and the cyanotypes (a technique which seems to gain popularity again amongst artists) of plastic waste from the sea by Suzette Bousema.

Suzette Bousema

Linhuei Chen

Of course all four works have something to do with nature and archaeology but still the results are quite distinct.

Linhuei Chen

Linhuei Chen

Louis Braddock Clarke

The combination is however quite successful.

Louis Braddock Clarke

Louis Braddock Clarke

One could even claim the works by both Filippo Maria Ciriani and Stella Hyunji Kim are about archaeology, the first photographing the small mining town of Kelmis in German speaking eastern Belgium (just south of Dutch Vaals) and its surroundings, a mining place where they are prospecting again for riches, and the latter looking for what seemingly destructive burning can in fact recreate out of what we once owned.

Huaxin Zhang

Huaxin Zhang

Huaxin Zhang

Both Huaxin Zhang and Moe Kim are trying to create a new kind of authenticity, Zhang extracting a kind of softness from local carpentry in textile, and Moe Kim in a more individual way with her familiarity with artificial light of the high tech world she is used to, processed in textile.

Moe Kim

Moe Kim

I didn’t visit the show with the intention to make a report about it, but the young artists made such a wonderful effort that i couldn’t resist showing you some aspects; if you want to see the real thing however, you have to hurry, as next Sunday is the last day of the show (it was opened yesterday).

Moe Kim

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Graduation Festival 2019; Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague

I visited the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague to write a review about the graduation exhibition for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

At the moment the original Academy building is being restored.

It is a state monument built in the 1930s and as such it needs to be handled with the utmost care.

As i have written quite extensively about the show in VLR i just leave you to see this visual safari in the building. Enjoy!

Diego Grandry

Diego Grandry

Diego Grandry

Stella Hyunji Kim

Stella Hyunji Kim

Stella Hyunji Kim

 

Hein Budding

Alex Avgud

Alex Avgud

Pien Post

Pien Post

Jamy Osinga

Co Knol

Co Knol

Co Knol

Daniela Rosca

Nael Quraishi

Nael Quraishi

Linnéa Gerrits

Miriam Schreiner

Miriam Schreiner

Aliaksandra Puhachova

Rinella Alfonso

Jinbin Chen

Jinbin Chen

Jinbin Chen

Boris Windmeijer

Boris Windmeijer

Boris Windmeijer

Evy van Schelt

Evy van Schelt

Ziko Assink

Sonja Steiner

Sonja Steiner

Zahar Bondar

Zahar Bondar

Zahar Bondar

Zahar Bondar

Natasha Rijkhoff

Natasha Rijkhoff

Natasha Rijkhoff

Natasha Rijkhoff

Natasha Rijkhoff

Natasha Rijkhoff

Nils Addink

Natasha Papika

Natasha Papika

Alfons Nauw

Alfons Nauw

Alfons Nauw

Yukari Nakamichi

Yukari Nakamichi

Yukari Nakamichi

Ana Oosting

Ana Oosting

I-Chieh Liu

I-Chieh Liu

Jonathan Cho

Jonathan Cho

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A Foreign Affair; Helena van Doeverenplantsoen 3, The Hague

Sophie Beerens

The midterm presentation by the last year’s fine arts students of the Royal Academy of Arts (KABK) in The Hague takes place this weekend (today until 6 pm.)

Sophie Beerens

Sophie Beerens

The show is in the former school where Billytown  and Stichting Ruimtevaart have settled down recently.

Miriam Schreiner

Sara Bouwens

Sara Bouwens

This is clearly a good environment for arts students to present their work.

Nils Addink

Alexander Webber

Alexander Webber

In spite of the enormous variety of voices, ideas, styles and disciplines they seem to have co-operated well in sharing the space.

Andrea Ball

Nanhee Kim

Zahar Bondar

That doesn’t mean the different spaces and rooms are ideal; especially the lighting is problematic in many places.

Zahar Bondar

Athina Yannoukaki

Athina Yannoukaki

However, as the students are still in a stage of development for their graduation show this kind of improvisatory space may work inspiring.

Søren Nellemann

Alfons Nauw

Jinbin Chen

I especially missed some performances as i always seem to be too early or too late for them, but the whole show can easily be seen in a relatively short time.

Boris Windmeijer

Boris Raugul

Boris Raugul

Quite a few works are clearly in a state of development, but then any work of art is a development, even if it looks finished.

Linhuei Chen

Linhuei Chen

Linhuei Chen

When i visited yesterday, one of my best experiences was a completely unphotographable work by Yukari Nakamichi in which the concentration of making is transferred very closely to the visitor, although i think the experience is best when entering Nakamichi’s work on your own, without company.

A Foreign Affair 25 Michelle-Ann De Coeyere
Michelle-Ann De Coeyere

Nadja Nevina Temper

Sonja Steiner

The whole show is an excellent appetiser for next year’s graduation show, and as such shouldn’t be missed.

Simon Fitskie

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