opening times. open.

During shows every week Thursday to Sunday 1pm till 6pm Thurs–Sun,
1pm – 6pm

we are in.

Boekhorststraat 125
The Hague, NL
Boekhorstst. 125, The Hague, NL

support.

How?

newsletter.

Subscribe.

follow us.

BEFORE AND AFTER THIS.

18 Oct - 16 Nov 2013

The hand, the eye and it

The hand, the eye and it

The hand, the eye and it

an exhibition by Hedwig Houben
Hedwig Houben plays with concepts of good and bad, art and not art, the presence of the object and the absence of the object, the present and the past, black …

Hedwig Houben plays with concepts of good and bad, art and not art, the presence of the object and the absence of the object, the present and the past, black and white, artist and spectator.

Houben’s work is informed by a constant evaluation and reflection on the artistic process. Instead of presenting the confident attitude of the finished art object, Houben invites the viewer into an analysis of her own process of creation, showing her doubts and deliberation concerning the object made. Houben uses this analysis as a new moment of creation. The form that this takes varies from lecture to public intervention, from sculpture to video. While the physical object provokes reflection and reevaluation on the artistic decisions that determine the character of the sculpture, the shapes of the physical objects are also influenced by the reinterpretations, as if Houben’s thoughts are given a tangible dimension. Her work hovers over the gap between the physical experience and the rational thoughts it triggers, between the intuitive activity and the self-conscious awareness, simultaneously showing the inseparability of the physical and the mental aspect and the impossibility to bridge the gap in between.
 
In 1646 Houben will present three new works that continue in this practice, in which she reflects on presentation and the space of presentation, especially focusing on the increasingly prominent role of the performer within her lectures. Houben examines how the script relates to the execution (live performance), and how the performative actions relate to the object. The constant change between subject and object is enhanced and the blurry distinction between who the artist is and what the artwork, is further investigated.