15 February till 27 March 2012

A THEATER OF NAKED MEN

Review by Rosa Juno Streekstra

translation: Jenny Wilson The house has become a set. The stage for a play where the spectator, as well as the artist himself Matthew Lutz-Kinoy (1984), look on with slight amazement. Whoever walks into SYB during Lutz-Kinoy’s stay will encounter a house full of (half) naked men. Erotic photographs, delicate drawings, intimate paintings and baroque […]

4 January till 14 February 2012

A GOLDEN LUNCH DOES WONDERS

Review by Rosa Juno Streekstra

translation: Pieter de Bruyn Kops It is a white, winter scene: the bread in Kunsthuis SYB is made of gold. The Italian artist Francesca Grilli has invited us for a remarkable lunch. As small gifts, golden bread buns have been placed between glasses of water on a long table. Subtle, and with an amount of […]

28 October till 9 December 2011

OF GREEN WITCHES AND GLITTER SPIT

Review by Yasmijn Jarram

translation: Pieter de Bruyn Kops With a shock the jammed front door of SYB springs open, a mad laughter echoes through the darkened space. The voice turns out to be that of a woman with an apple green face, the leader of the Apocalyptic Community that currently live in the building. The beginning of 2012 […]

21 September till 25 October 2011

THE ‘U-TURN’

Review by Suzanne Rietdijk

translation: Pieter de Bruyn Kops “The U-turn, the turning of a vehicle in a U-shaped course so as to face in the opposite direction.” Kunsthuis SYB is my U-turn. After a 3 hour trip from Amsterdam to Beesterzwaag, it is there where I slow down to assess my surroundings and successfully complete the turn. It forms […]

1 till 21 August 2011

THE LINE WITHOUT AN END POINT 

Review by Rosa Juno Streekstra

translation: Pieter de Bruyn Kops A memory of 10 years SYB There is a virtual line between Beetsterzwaag and Amsterdam. In East-Amsterdam it turns into an old train track that then abruptly comes to an end. The connection is made, the destination seemingly reached. There, a small, deserted stationhouse stands, where Kunsthuis SYB’s ´forward-looking retrospective´ […]

19 May till 28 June 2011

NOCATION: HELLO TO THE PEOPLE

Short texts by Lars Brekke, Edward Clive, Edmund Cook, Jane Fawcett, Toon Fibbe, Anna Okrasko, Anouchka Oler, Catarina de Oliveira, Kirsty Roberts, Deniz Unal

The project ‘Nocation: Hello to the People’ has been a co-operation with the Piet Zwart Institute, Master of Fine Art Program, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam. For six weeks Kunsthuis SYB has functioned as a laboratory for education and active reflection. The location and the area often function as preconditions for artists to develop and […]

6 April till 17 May 2011

ELKENIEN IS WOLKOM

Review by Suzanne Rietdijk

translation: Pieter de Bruyn Kops ‘De Stille Revolutie’ (The Silent Revolution) by Rory Pilgrim (Great Britain, 1988) begins in Beetsterzwaag. In the windows of Kunsthuis SYB posters hang with slogans carrying an evangelical under tone. One poster reads – “My House is Your House, Come Inside, You’re Welcome”. Passersby are provoked to come inside and […]

23 February till 5 April 2011

BACKSTAGE WITH WALTER VAN BROEKHUIZEN AND ARJEN DE LEEUW

Review by Aafke Weller

translation: Pieter de Bruyn Kops ‘The landscape painter uses the figures of men to mark a road. He would not make that use of my figure. I walk out into a nature such as the old prophets and poets Menu, Moses, Homer, Chaucer, walked in.’ – Henry David Thoreau, Walking (1862). ‘Walking’ is Thoreau’s glorification […]

2 January till 22 February 2011

(AB)FAB HOLIDAY?

Review by Laurie Cluitmans

translation: Pieter de Bruyn Kops “Exaggerated friendship Adventure How men tell it Heroin Survive, energy, swap Tested to its very limits Fill your volume with air Further” The weblog of the Israeli, Noa Giniger (1977), is filled with a seemingly random selection of words, pictures, film clips and videos. Only the titles of the material […]

4 August till 6 September 2010

VELDWERK

Takako Hamano, Erica van Loon

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  Usually, Erica van Loon works in her studio on artificial landscapes in set-like constructions. She alternates building, painting and photographing, using wooden constructions and transparent plastic, whether painted or not. The alienating new landscape that comes into existence in this way is often shown by Van Loon as pictures in light boxes. Recently, Van […]

8 January till 5 February 2010

GOOD MORNING FRIESLAND

Residency Nina Yuen

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The American performance- and video artist Nina Yuen will enter the new decade in Beetsterzwaag through a thorough analysis of the morning ritual. First, Yuen observes the morning habits of friends and strangers in great detail, such as waking, brushing teeth, stretching and breakfast. Then she attempts to reenact these actions in her own decors, […]

9 October till 8 November 2009

PEEPED DRAWINGS

Mariusz Tarkawian

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The Polish artist Mariusz Tarkawian always carries pen and paper. He notes down life around him in an endless stream of intricate little sketches called Peeped Drawings.  During conversations with friends and appointments with gallery owners he sketches away relentlessly, also recording fragments of dialogues. His report in drawing, reads as a succession of awkward […]