In the midst, part 2 – Gallery Sanaa

Vincent Goes To China, oil on canvas, 110 x 90 cm, 2020

Vincent Goes To China, oil on canvas, 110 x 90 cm, 2020


In the midst, part 2 – Gallery Sanaa (Utrecht, NL)

Gallery SANAA decided to invite artists to send in work they either made during this period of isolation or work they connected to these covid-19 times. To develop the first digital exhibition in 10 years, to connect through art and to give way to the imagination, the creativity – because this can not  be locked down.

In part 2 presents Anna Frydman new aquarelles and introductory self-portraits in the series Verzweiflung, verliebt in die kleinen Unvollkommenden, und eingesperrt. Maarten Dekker’s work is about  touching, making contact and being absent. The iconic red-blue chair of Rietveld and, more specific, the scale model is his point of departure. He tries to find new depth in surrendered surface and to open new space.

Vincent Goes To China, by Ton Kraayeveld, mingles cultures and -isms; modernism, buddhism and maoism. Ton’s inspiration is an orientation journey  to China in 2018, long before Covid-19 spread around the world.

All works will be delivered at home free of charge (in NL) and the Mondriaan Kunstkoop is available.

Nothing but good art

Lobby. Richard Hamilton, 1987        Chinese Lobby, oil on canvas, 150 x 200 cm, 2019

Ton Kraayeveld / Richard Hamilton

Nothing but good art – blog

‘Lobby’ is a painting by Richard Hamilton that shows the foyer of a hotel, with floors covered with greenish carpet, a large vase of flowers in the forefront, mirroring walls and a free-standing mirror-faced rectangular column in the middle of the room; stairs leading upward.  The source for the painting was a postcard of a Hotel Europa in Berlin that the painter received from a friend round 1974. The painting is fascinating because it is very difficult to actually read the space. The space is empty, however there is a person visible in the back of the scene, but only as a suggested reflection of another space. The pictorial sense of the work being very retinal and illusionary. In 1993 to my surprise at visiting the Venice Biennal exhibition of Hamilton in the British pavillion the painting appeared to be a central object in an installation-like setting similar to the imaginary space of the painting, thus in a hallucinatory way connecting painterly space to real presence.

Laid-back designed interiors often appeared in my work for a long time, often referring to historic spaces in Berlin or former Eastern Germany. In 2014 working as artist-in-residence in Pilotenküche in Leipzig I made my own version of ‘Lobby’, based on the entrance room of a Berlin based Hotel Europa of which I found photographs on the internet. During a visit to China in 2018 I have spent one night at a hotel in a village in the region of Fujian. The hotel entry appeared to have remarkable similarities to the atmosphere and space in the works mentioned above here.
‘Chinese Lobby’ is a recent work shown at my exhibition ‘Labyrinth’ at Gallery Helder (The Hague, NL, Nov. 2019), based on photographs taken of this hotel lobby in Fujian.
Ton Kraayeveld, 2020

Roots & Routes – 10 years Galerie SANAA, Utrecht

Opening Saturday 7 December by Bart Rutten (director Centraal Museum).
Exhibition 7 Dec. 2019 – 1 Feb. 2020
Jubileum exhibition of Gallery SANAA, Utrecht (NL): contemporary art of African, Dutch and artists of the Middle-East in 1 show. SANAA shows this combination already for 10 years and brings together cultures and visual languages – hybrid, dynamic and divers.
Artists: Anneke Wilbrink (NL), Ato Malinda (Kenia/UK), Atta Kwami(Ghana/UK), Carina Ellemers (NL), Fatima Barznge (Irak Koerdistan/NL), Halina Zalewska (Polen/NL), Isabel Ferrand (Portugal/NL), Jessica Skowroneck (NL), Joel Mpah Dooh (Kameroen),, Joyce Overheul (NL), Jouni Toni (Finland), Maarten Dekker (NL), Mariaan van den Berg (RSA/NL), Michael Tsegaye (Ethiopie), Myriam Mihindou (Gabon/ Fr), Nan Groot Antink (NL), Option Dzikamai Nyahunzvi (Zimbabwe), Rabi Koria (Syrie/NL), Ton Kraayeveld (NL)

LABYRINTH – the exhibition- Galerie Helder, Den Haag

LABYRINTH – the exhibition – Galerie Helder, Den Haag – 23 nov. t/m 21 dec. 2019

‘LABYRINTH’ is de titel van de eerste solotentoonstelling van Ton Kraayeveld bij Galerie Helder.

Er worden recente schilderijen getoond met een onmiskenbaar retro-futuristisch karakter. De titel voor de tentoonstelling werd ontleend aan een gelijknamig schilderij met voorstelling van kloksgewijs over het doek roterende woorden. Van een klassiek doolhof waarbij een wandelaar als vanzelf geleid wordt naar een enkel eindpunt of uitgang is in de tentoonstelling geen sprake. Wel van een imaginair labyrint met onverwachte doorkijkjes, in- en uitzichten die uitnodigen tot reflectie.

Taal en tekst – met name woorden met betrekking tot tijd en ruimte – zijn een wezenlijke component in een aantal van de getoonde werken. Als kijker wordt je uitgenodigd mee te dwalen door dit anachronistisch labyrint; nu eens als ‘Vincent in China’ dan weer om uit te komen bij ‘now-here’ of bij ‘nowhere’.

Galerie Helder, Tasmanstraat 188, 2518 VT Den Haag

LABYRINTH, Ton Kraayeveld, recente werken, 23 nov – 21 dec 2019.

Opening za 23 november, 16 u.