Art in corona times #18. Janice McNab, Richard Sluijs, Lawrence Malstaf & Marjolein van Haasteren, A new world; Stroom, The Hague

Janice McNab

Stroom asked artists in The Hague which more or less recent exhibition or work of art they would like to see under the present circumstances and why.  The present exhibition shows proposals by Annechien Meier, Janice McNab, Richard Sluijs and Jorrit Paaijmans.

Janice McNab

McNab shows paintings by herself. She made them twenty years ago as a project called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity – The Isolation Paintings.

Janice McNab

These paintings deal with people who are extremely allergic to chemicals, and who have to live a life in isolation. Indeed these are moving works under the present crisis, although isolation doesn’t seem to be much of an issue anymore.

Janice McNab

Which goes to show that even a crisis itself is an historic construction with different phases of intensity and remembrance.

Richard Sluijs

Designer Richard Sluijs proposed to show again his book about suicides during the Banking crisis Complete Lexicon of Crisis Related Suicides – 2008-2013 / Volume 1.

Richard Sluijs

Leafing through the book may give you the idea of walking in a very sad graveyard, almost a war cemetery.

Lawrence Malstaf

Jorrit Paaijmans suggested SHRINK 01995 a performance piece by Lawrence Malstaf in which a person (in this case the artist himself) is vacuum-drawn in between two plastic sheets.

Lawrence Malstaf

Watching man, helpless in his own protective isolation, indeed gives an extreme idea of the oppressiveness of the human condition.

Marjolein van Haasteren

Annechien Meier suggested a painting by Marjolein van Haasteren: The Storm. The work reminded Meier of the present situation the world is in.

Lawrence Malstaf

Due to the refurbishment of the gallery (a great improvement indeed) which allows more light and sensitivity, the works in the exhibition are even given a sense of isolation.

Richard Sluijs

Sluijs suggested to give his book a place near Stroom’s entrance but has now been given its own place, its own chapel so to say, in Stroom’s main gallery.

Janice McNab

As for my own private suggestions for works that are revalued by the present crisis, i refer you to four articles (in Dutch) in Villa La Repubblica: click here, here, here and here .

Janice McNab

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to the artists, the owners of the works and to Stroom, Den Haag.

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Tirzo Martha, The Dematerialisation of the Five Commands in the Five Senses; Public Sculpture Gallery, The Hague

Today a new work was installed in the public sculpture gallery in the city centre, commonly known as the Sokkelproject (“Pedestal Project”).

The work is by Tirzo Martha (1965) (you may remind his wonderful show at Museum Beelden aan Zee last year) and is called De dematerialisatie van de vijf geboden in de vijf zintuigen (“The Dematerialisation of the Five Commands in the Five Senses”)

It promises to be a valuable addition to the whole series.

It is a collage of different objects, that could be seen as a totem amidst the crowd in the city centre.

With its guardian on top it may in a way remind you of Femmy Otten’s And Life Is Over There in the same gallery.

The sculpture will be officially unveiled next Thursday (29 August 2019) in front of Town Hall and the Public Library.

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to Tirzo Martha and Stroom, Den Haag

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Evelina Rajca, Speculative Ecologies and Intelligent Energy Harvesting Entities; Stroom, The Hague

In Stroom’s Ondertussen (In the Mean Time) series Evelina Rajca (1984) shows some of her works of her project Speculative Ecologies and Intelligent Energy Harvesting Entities.

I must say i didn’t fully grasp the exhibition’s accompanying text.

As far as i can correlate the text with the works on show she is interested in self regulatory systems in non-living objects, or the systems that keep them “alive”, and how these systems can be improved, and especially how they can improve themselves.

The objects on show are interesting and may give you a taste of what she is working on.

Some of you may have experienced the wonderful noise making work on the wall already in 2016 at the Amsterdam Rijksakademie.

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to Evelina Rajca and Stroom, Den Haag

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Nishiko, Repairing Earthquake Project; Stroom, The Hague

I visited Nishiko’s presentation of her Repairing Earthquake Project at Stroom to write a review for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

As i’ve written extensively about the show in VLR, i leave you here with some more pictures without further comment, with the remark that if you didn’t see the exhibition as yet you should do so soon.

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to Nishiko and Stroom, Den Haag

 

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Lawrence Lek, Nøtel; Stroom, The Hague

I visited Lawrence Lek’s (1982) new multimedia installation Nøtel at Stroom to write a review for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

As I have written quite extensively about the presentation in VLR, I leave you here with some impressions of the show.

Of course it is best to see and experience the real thing at Stroom, but make sure you plan enough time for your visit as this is not a show to hurry through.

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Content of all photographs courtesy to Lawrence Lek and Stroom Den Haag

Bertus Pieters