Under Line

Quartair proudly presents seven Hong Kong artists, first time in The Netherlands: Tsang Chui Mei, Jamsen Law, Julvian Ho, Lee Suet Ying, Tap Chan and Vee Leong / Li Tzimei. Curated by Jamsen Law/nProject

Lee Suet Ying: latex works

Opening 2 Feb 2019, from 6 pm to 9 pm
Exhibition from February 3rd to 9th, 12pm – 5 pm
(closed on Monday & Tuesday)

Under•Line is an ongoing project taken form as experimental exhibition-in-progress. The exhibition in The Hague is the second edition, after the debut in its home, Hong Kong. The show explores the concept of the lines, to reflect on how it is visually presented and what it usually represents. The interconnected artworks in Under•Line look underneath the told. Poetically re-placing in the bits and pieces, the artworks can be viewed as a whole, as well as individually.

Lines in us. Lines of territories. Lines in battles. Lines of the terms of reference. Lines in the sails. Lines of the crossings. Lines in the script. Lines of the ordinary people and objects. Lines in the imageries of the spoken words. Lines of the colours and layers of sensibilities. Lines in the interpretations of the expressions. Lines under the currents. Lines in the memory of the stories. Lines of the fiber. Lines in the knots of psyche. Lines of thoughts flowing in front of the site and veneer of the confusion. Lines in the artificial lighting. Lines of remarks to the understandings.

Julvian Ho: III – no.6 ”幻”

Looking out to the sea, waves under the waves, flipping over each other, they visually create sequences of lines, interact with the lines above and below. Like an undercurrent, the possible unknown hidden in the blackest black are reviewed/recreated with Julvian Ho’s marks of charcoal, pencil and graphite, awaiting lights to penetrate. The organic lines forming a seascape would as well capture the softened shapes of others, all would be merged and unified. Visit also: cargocollective.com/julvianho

A line is a path for Lee Suet Ying, but it is a path to track down the particular moment in the obscure childhood turned out to be a re-cast path defining differences and changes at the present. Every brush stroke visible in her latex objects is a record of repetitive crafting, overlapping with the lines tracing the patterns of tiles of the old days, they gave organic transformation extended from the artist’s memory.

Tap Chan explored the physicality of material and nature of flows. Batches of fibre became batches of lines of thoughts. Natural flows of air give breath to the flows of emotion and subconsciousness. Spirits and energies stored in the mass radiate vibes through its weightless matter. A waterfall is an emblem of continuous motion, an emblem of the world in which the elements change ceaselessly while its shape remains the same.

Vee Leong and Li Tzi Mei revisited the theatre text Fragments of Stones and Gold (2014), an examination of failure in the neo-liberal society, through the act of drawing and sound. In the auditory scenery composed of layers of sounds that emit unspoken words of the protagonist, a female security guard, voices shriek and murmur under the fading and entangled lines. In the course of keeping themselves straight, the lines deform and defy. Together with the erroneous lines they form an everyday record of people struggling for a living; the modern offerings, if not sacrifices to the deity of prosperity.

Jamsen Law

Jamsen LAW, the curator, and also one of the participating artists, uses the arrangements of each venue, selection of artworks, lighting, additional objects and decorations, as well as a new set of artwork(s) of his, to create unique experiences for each edition. Treating each exhibition site as a new canvas or a white theatre, more possibilities are attempted to be discovered from the expandable artworks created by other participating artists.

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This exhibition was supported by

Talking with Hands / Turin, Italy

The second part of our cultural exchange with Fusion Art Gallery / INAUDITA takes place now Turin, Italy. With artists: Harold de Bree, Geeske Harting, Wieteke Heldens, Erik-Jan Ligtvoet, Astrid Nobel, Jessy Rahman, Mike Rijnierse, Ludmila Rodrigues, Pietertje Van Splunter, and Thom Vink.

Pietertje van Splunter

“The hand of the human may be distinguished by the precision grip; however, the humanity of the hand, Heidegger argued, lies in its possession by the word. ‘Man does not “have” hands, but the hand holds the essence of man, because the word as the essential realm of the hand is the ground of the essence of man’ (Heidegger). Thus language holds the hand, and the hand holds man.” – Tim Ingold (Making Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Architecture, 2013)

Mike Rijnierse: installation Soundman. Photo: Katja Goljat

Fusion Art Gallery / INAUDITA is a gallery, project space and artistic residence, run by Barbara Fragogna, artist and former curator of KunstHaus Tacheles, Berlin.

Astrid Nobel ‘Bedroom’ detail

Opening: Friday, Nov 9th at 19:00
Visit: Thursday until Saturday, from 16:00-19:30
until November 30th, 2018

Fusion Art Gallery / Inaudita
Piazza Peyron, 9G
Torino, Italia

With thanks to Barbara Fragogna and Stroom Den Haag:

Reykjavik Stories

Een tentoonstellingsproject bij kunstenaarsinitiatief Quartair met acht IJslandse kunstenaars: Jón Óskar, Hulda Hákon, Finnur Arnar, Jóhann Ludwig Torfason, Ragnhildur Jóhanns, Dodda Maggý, Guðmundur Thoroddson en Sindri Leifsson

IJsland spreekt tot de verbeelding. Het is een land vol verhalen, met een uitzonderlijk landschap, een weerbarstig klimaat en een vooruitstrevende hoofdstad. Maar, de laatste jaren is er veel veranderd, o.a. veroorzaakt door de ineenstorting van het bankensysteem in 2008 en de daaropvolgende politieke kwesties. Quartair organiseerde eerder tentoonstellingen met IJslandse kunstenaars en vroeg zich af ‘Hoe is het nu in Reykjavik?’ Rondom deze vraag ontstond de tentoonstelling ‘Reykjavik Stories’ die 26 september opent in Quartair; de presentatie van het werk van acht hedendaagse IJslandse kunstenaars samengesteld door Tim Junge, initiator en producent van de Reykjavik Kunstkalender

De tentoonstelling laat werk zien van kunstenaars die niet alleen deze ontwikkelingen in hun werk gebruiken, maar tevens als meest representatief voor de hedendaagse ontwikkelingen in de IJslandse kunstscene gelden. Zij vertegenwoordigen twee generaties en hun interesse gaat enerzijds de harde realiteit van het hedendaagse leven in Reykjavik aan, maar put ook inspiratie uit IJslandse literatuur en Noordse mythologie. Dat uit zich onder meer in videowerk, performance, schilderijen en sculpturale gedichten.

Opening: Zaterdag 26 september – 17 uur door Ambassadeur Bergdís Ellertsdóttir in aanwezigheid van de kunstenaars

Expositie: van 27 september t/m 17 oktober 2015
van donderdag t/m zaterdag 13 tot 17 uur
Hoogtij en finnisage: vrijdag 16 oktober – van 19:00 tor 23:00 uur

Met dank aan

About the artists:

Dodda Maggý

While exploring the emotional language of video and music mediated through performance Dodda Maggý creates lyrical work portraying invisible or mentally projected elements such as perceptual experiences and altered states of consciousness. Producing audio/visual installations, purely sound based work or silent moving images Dodda Maggý attempts to externalize the internal dimensions of dreams, memories and imagination.

Dodda Maggý b. 1981 is an Icelandic artist and composer living and working in Reykjavík, Iceland. She has a BA in Fine Arts from The Icelandic Academy of the Arts and an MFA in Fine Arts from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and an MFA in sound art from the Nordic Sound Art program.


Finnur Arnar Arnarson

Finnur Arnar’s art constantly refers to aspects of Icelandic reality. As an artist he has worked with installations, made use of textual material and found objects and produced numerous video pieces. His exhibitions often feature all of the above. The artist creates a space for the viewer to enter and vitalize through his presence. This is where we come across a story, at least the intimations of a narrative: someones just been here, now he’s gone, is he coming back? And who is he?


Hulda Hákon

From the start of her career, Hulda Hákon has displayed a knack for presenting everyday life as a heroic enterprise. Her works commemorating small victories, mishaps or just curious incidents in tableaux, images and text that show them to be, in their small way, dramatic and noteworthy.

Hulda Hakon has a career of 30 years. Her wall reliefs can be found in public and private collections around the world.

Jón Óskar

“From the beginning, Jón Óskar’s art set him apart, even on Iceland’s sometimes chaotically diverse art scene. His paintings, always confidently executed, managed to balance a high modern sensibility with something quintessentially contemporary, quite edgy without tying into trends.

If we are to look to art history for parallels to Jón Óskar’s work, we can stop both at Diego Velásquez’s painting Las Meninas and René Magritte’s picture of the pipe, two classic examples about the conflict between presence and absence in figurative imagery. Jón Óskar’s parallel in contemporary art can be found in Anselm Kiefer, who in his historical paintings has shown us the surface of the painting as the battlefield between nothingness and being.”

Jón Óskar studied at The Icelandic School of Arts and Crafts in Reykjavik, and School of Visual Arts in New York. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, 1954. Lives and works in Reykjavik and The Westman Islands, Iceland.

Jóhann Ludwig Torfason

The art of Jóhann Ludwig Torfason reflects his attitude to social issues. Imagery is applied to the pop and consumer culture and is the focal point often from the perspective of children, by the use of images created for training and games. Principles of the art market are also the center of his work with the operations of Torfason’s “faux business”, the company Pabbakné that produces his works.

Torfason was born 1965 in Reykjavík, Iceland and studied Printmaking, Drawing and Multimedia in The Icelandic College of Art and Crafts 1985­90. He has held solo exhibitions and participate in numerous exhibitions in Iceland and internationally. Co­founder of Comic Magazine Gisp. Founder of art­project/company Pabbakné. Teacher and Head of Printmaking Studio in Iceland Academy of the Arts since 2006.


Guðmundur Thoroddsen

Gudmundur Thoroddsen (b. 1980) graduated with BA-degree from Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2003 and an MFA-degree from School of Visual Arts in New York in 2011. His work glorifies, makes fun of and criticizes men and patriarchy in mediums such as drawing, painting, ceramics and wood. Gudmundur has taken part in many group and solo exhibitions in Iceland, New York and Europe and his work been reviewed in publications such as Artforum, The New York Times, Time out New York and Dazed digital.

Gudmundur is represented by Asya Geisberg Gallery in New York.

Ragnhildur Jóhanns

Ragnhildur Jóhanns (b.1977) works with language, text and performance and seeks to create poetic objects, collages, drawing or print making to name a few. Jóhanns works books and poetry into most of her work. she is a sculptural, visual and physical poet, unhindered by convention. She works with text, with performance but seeks to create poetic objects, pure concrete poems, that is literally fashioning books out of her work and embodying the text.

Ragnhildur Jóhanns graduated from the Icelandic Art Academy in 2010. She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions in Iceland and internationally. Jóhanns has been involved in various creative projects such as exhibitions, readings and publishing.


Sindri Leifsson

Sindri Leifsson (b. 1988) graduated from Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2011 and earned an MFA degree from Malmö Art Academy in 2013. He works in between sculpture and performance where the process takes him from labour to material traces. Recently he has been based between Reykjavík and Stockholm where he has both shown his work and is associated with participatory projects PHENOMENAL and artist run space Kunstschlager.



Astronautas is a performance which departs from existential questions present in the study of Physics: why is something out there and not the void? The performance combines extracts from lectures, poetry and films with live music. This interaction between science, music and moving image is a collaboration between music duo Duplexx (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and theatermaker, physicist and cosmologist Maria Borba (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).

Doors open 20:00 | Performance 20:30 | Surprise Acts 22:00

About the artists
Graduated in Physics with a Master in Cosmology (at the Brazilian Center for Research in Physics) Maria has navigated from concerts to operas and exhibitions.Duplexx is an experimental music project initiated by Bartolo and Leo Monteiro, based in São Paulo, Brazil.

The evening continues with surprise acts until 23.00
Supported by The Hague’s Municipality.