Ton Kraayeveld, Labyrinth; Galerie Helder, The Hague

Ton Kraayeveld (1955) presently shows works at Galerie Helder.

It is not a big exhibition.

There are four more or less monumental works, a few smaller paintings and some drawings, but their great quality makes well up for their small number.

The exhibition seems to be composed around the four bigger works of which each shows a different aspect of Kraayeveld’s art.

The drawings appear to tell quite a different story.

Where the paintings are quite controlled, the drawings have a more expressive outlook.

Some of them are re-workings of (much) older drawings.

However, when looking at them closely, they show the same idea of constantly balancing between order and chaos, both in their compositions and in their ideas.

In Kraayeveld’s works there may be artistic and literary connotations of the modern and postmodern world, with sometimes peculiar contradictions.

In Kraayeveld’s works these contradictions translate into compositional contradictions, which gives them a slight sense of absurdism.

This is a compact showcase of Kraayeveld’s wonderful artistry.

Be sure to go and see it, as this is the last week of the exhibition.

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to Ton Kraayeveld and to Galerie Helder, Den Haag.

Bertus Pieters

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Anachronisms; Galerie Helder, The Hague

Tan ja Smit

The present exhibition at Helder is curated by Ton Kraayeveld (1955), who combined works by himself with works by Tonio de Roover (1973), Tanja Smit (1961), Maarten Janssen (1960) and Jean-Pierre Zoetbrood (1950).

Tanja Smit
Tanja Smit
Tanja Smit
Tanja Smit

In spite of the title the works on show are all but anachronistic.

Tanja Smit
Tanja Smit
Tanja Smit
Ton Kraayeveld

It is difficult to find a common denominator for the show but the combination works very well and makes for an interesting exhibition with very different perspectives.

Ton Kraayeveld
Jean-Pierre Zoetbrood
Jean-Pierre Zoetbrood
Jean-Pierre Zoetbrood

All five artists have a kind of stubbornness in the way they make their work without showing off with that stubbornness.

Tonio de Roover
Tonio de Roover
Tonio de Roover
Maarten Janssen

They are all masters of their practices.

Ton Kraayeveld
Ton Kraayeveld
Maarten Janssen
Jean-Pierre Zoetbrood

Rather than anachronistic they seem to hover along time.

Jean-Pierre Zoetbrood
Tanja Smit
Tonio de Roover
Tonio de Roover

Even Kraayeveld’s paintings, which might be called the most historically retrospective in the exhibition, show modernism as a presence and not as a reflection in time.

Maarten Janssen

© Villa Next Door 2019

Contents of all photographs courtesy to all artists and to Galerie Helder, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters