Benoit Platéus (BE)
21/09 — 21/12/2018
Benoit Platéus (°1972, Liège) is a Belgian artist who uses various media to investigate the disappearance and (re)appearance of the image. He starts from clichéd – typical and recognisable, easy to read – images, which he then distorts and makes difficult to read in different ways, giving them a completely different, open meaning.
The result of this process can be a drawing, collage, photo, sculpture or painting. This is because Platéus really digs into the specific characteristics of each medium or technique, in order to explore their limits. Once he feels that he has reached those limits, he continues with another medium. Because of the different media Platéus uses, it may seem as if his different series of works deal with different issues, when in fact, the works always focus on the same thing: making an image disappear and appear simultaneously, in order to expand its content and our reading of it …
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Max Pinckers (°1988, Brussels) is a Belgian artist whose work reflects on the credibility of the image, and the impossibility of documentary photography to claim its place in a changing world – where the authority of the photograph has disappeared as an independent document in the midst of the proliferation of digital images, ‘fake news’ and Photoshop. Pinckers is part of a new generation of documentary photographers who consciously use means such as theatrical staging, image manipulation and conscious recontextualisation – instruments previously regarded as taboo.
Max Pinckers’ work develops into series: images that he brings together in exhibitions and self-published artist’s books. His most recent series – from which the image of this Billboard Series is …
David Horvitz (° 1982, Los Angeles) is an American artist who works between the realm of the virtual and the physical, exploring the boundary where these two spheres meet. It is very difficult to explain what David Horvitz does exactly, and what makes him such an interesting artist. He often jokes about how his wife and friends think he is lazy, while actually, he is constantly working. You could say that through his work, Horvitz creates a caption for the world rather than a new image for it. Through various conceptual strategies, he reflects in a poetic, visual way on how we occupy a place in the world – be it digitally or ‘in real life’.
David Horvitz uses different media and distribution methods to share his ideas: from photography and performance to books, conceptual websites, online interventions, and ‘mail art’. In many of his work …
This Billboard Series is a tribute to the painter Lucas Devriendt, who unexpectedly passed away on 8 November 2017, at the age of 62.
In a very accessible and recognizable, figurative style, Lucas Devriendt focuses on the essence of painting: on the canvas, brush, paint, model, and studio – through contemporary versions of classical genre paintings such as still lifes and landscapes, but especially portraits. In an interview in the art magazine H-ART Devriendt says: “I do not comment on the contemporary, but rather on the classical. When you visit the Louvre or any other museum with classical paintings, you notice which works really fascinate the visitors: the landscapes and still lifes, of course, but especially the portraits seem to take up a lot of attention. I want to reflect on …
Martin Belou (FR)
14/10/2017 — 14/01/2018
It is difficult to categorise Martin Belou’s practice – though it’s certainly clear that process of gathering and connecting around primary elements such as fire and water plays an important role. Belou stages the codes of this gathering, he recontextualises and re-activates them – not to create contemporary rituals, but to enable new ways for people to come together and connect. The imagery that he uses for this is linked to the iconography of shamanism, alchemy and other pre-scientific systems of thinking and knowledge.
Every ritual has a transformative moment, and this is also reflected in Belou’s sculptural practice. He experiments with materials and how they change over time – under the influence of water, air (oxidation) or fire. His way of working – though extremely coherent – generates very different outcomes …
Nel Aerts (BE)
10/08/2017 — 08/10/2017
The works of Nel Aerts (° 1987, Turnhout) move freely and intuitively between different media, such as painting, collage, video, performance, drawing, sculpture, and textile-work. Within Nel Aerts’ organic and layered practice – where elements from older works often return to new work – the theme of the portrait has become more and more important in recent years. Her previous series of portraits show expressive characters, in simple colors and shapes. They are anonymous characters inhabiting undefined spaces – apparently naive, colorful shapes on carved wooden panels or canvas.
A 2015 residence in the Van Gogh house in Zundert (NL) heralded a new phase in this series of portraits. Where the previous characters of Nel Aerts implicitly embodied …
Oriol Vilanova (ES)
06/05 – 09/08/2017
Oriol Vilanova (°1980, ES – lives and works in Brussels) visits flea markets all over the world to collect antique postcards. The cards he buys can depict everything: from kittens to architectural highlights and from archeological artifacts to sunsets. These postcards can be seen as mass-produced reliquaries, tangible memories or souvenirs from places or periods.
Vilanova’s collection contains over thirty-four thousand postcards, which he classifies in over one hundred sections, and presents …
Sanam Khatibi (IR/BE)
With Tenderness and Longing
05/03 – 05/05/2017
The work of the Iranian-Belgian artist Sanam Khatibi (° 1976, Tehran) explores power structures and primary instincts which are situated on the divide between human and animal. In her paintings, embroidery, tapestries and ceramic sculptures she questions our relationship to excess, loss of control, dominance, submission, and the male-female relationship.
The female figure takes central stage in Khatibi’s work. The artist calls these figures ‘nymphs’, and portrays them naked in Arcadian landscapes …
Aline Bouvy (BE)
Heavy Fuckry / I don’t need you to feed me
19/11/2016 – 28/02/2017
Aline Bouvy’s multidisciplinary practice is a way of expressing her refusal to compromise and adapt to systems in our society which aim to regulate our longing, conforming it to the norms and values which shape that same society. Bouvy questions and denounces how the images we have of ourselves and of humanity are determined by this morality. In this way, Bouvy is attracted to the non-conventional – not to fetishize elements from the margins of society, but from a wish to normalise what is considered out-of-bounds, and thereby adjusting the prevailing …
Nástio Mosquito (AO)
The practice of Nástio Mosquito (°1981, Luanda, Angola) deals with cultural inheritance in the broadest sense of the term, addressing problems of identity, contemporary culture, politics and post-colonialism. He approaches these issues in a multi-disciplinary way; floating freely between installation, performance, video and music.
His practice often is a collaborative one. Having started as a cameraman and director, Mosquito understands the necessity of exchange and communication to create. Performance, however, remains to play an important role, and …
Kasper Bosmans (BE)
Smalt (Cobalt Filter and Cream)
07/05 — 07/08/2016
Kasper Bosmans (°1990, Lommel) dives deeply into the rich cultural history of materials, objects, traditions and customs. The references in his work betray a broad spectrum of sources, from folkloristic stories and cultural practices to historic research on painterly techniques or botanical cross-breeding. He continuously expands on his interests, subjecting them to careful scrutiny. Legends is a series in which this affluence of references is clearly visible. The title refers to both a story of the past, as well as a brief explanatory text …
Dirk Zoete (BE)
31/01 — 30/04/2016
The artistic practice of Dirk Zoete (°1969 Roeselare) is circular. He makes models, photographs, drawings, sculptures and installations, all resulting from and influencing each other. A model setting sometimes becomes a drawing, which might result in a large sculpture, which in its turn can function as an element in a larger installation or a prop in a new photographic series.
A term he often uses himself for this practice is Brincadeira, the Portugese word for ‘play’. Dirk explains: “ It’s a term I picked up from a Brazilian who …
Catherine Biocca (DE/IT)
18/09/2015 — 29/01/2016
In her work, Catherine Biocca (°1984, Rome) merges different levels of dimensions, reversing and swapping diverse media to generate an unfamiliar reality. The result is a mix of bi- and tri-dimensional elements dealing with displacement, layered with cartoonish imagery and details from science fiction, and boasting a view on human brutality throughout our cultural history.
The characters in Biocca’s works call to mind cartoons or animated figures that are embedded in uncomplicated events and simple settings, burdened by the comic brutality …