Tucked away in an unassuming courtyard in Wedding, Erik van Lieshout‘s latest exhibition JANUS at Galerie Guido W. Baudach is not to be missed. Featuring two videos entitled “JANUS” and “Jail,” the Dutch artist presents his work within a massive colorful spacial installation which on first view reminded me of a large scale tree house, the collection of child like primary colours and card juxtaposed with the grittier content of the video pieces.
The first film JANUS focuses on a man who has just died, interviewing his relatives and neighbours in the run down housing estate of Rotterdam South to piece together his story. “Jail” is a shorter film with more of a DIY feel featuring the artist and his assistant turned lover/actor Marien Jongewaard, who the viewer immediately warms to with his affable and open disposition. As the two protagonists talk about life their conversation is spun out into an erratic brainstorming session, punctuated by odd but captivating stop motion absurdities. It’s true when Jongewaard states “My life is chaos,” but we wouldn’t have it any other way.
JANUS is currently on until 27th October and upcoming group exhibitions Lieshout is involved with include “The New Public” at Museion, Bolzano and ‘Beyond Imagination’ at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
Guido W. Baudach ”Janus”, September 11th – October 27th
Article written by Marie J Burrows