Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Avant la Lettre. Vernissage at K.L.8, Brussels 29.10.22

Avant la lettre

OPENING: 29 October 2022, 18h

Open 30 October, 1, 4, 5, 6 November 2022, 13h - 18h

From press release: Written Word and Image: these are two fundamental components of the known history of art. Both possess different powers, connotations, impediments, advantages, and have different ways of establishing meaning. Whenever they are brought together in a work of art, tension is inevitable, and throughout various cultures their relationship has taken on surprising shapes.



 























For our newest exhibition, Avant la lettre, we will show the work of 19 artists who incorporate (hand)writing / type / text into their practice, and who explore the interaction between the written word and visual art.

 

The Image came first, without a doubt. Our ancestors left paintings on cave walls, carved animal bone into effigies, thousands of years before the invention of the first writing systems. But writing got the upper hand, myths and holy Scripture came to determine how human beings related to their surroundings and to each other. We explored the world and aimed to capture all of creation in taxonomies, botanical treatises, laws of physics. Only the supposed truth was ever written down.

 

In the Modern age however, the power balance started to shift. The written word no longer maintained its precedence over other modes of representation, and the author (who was of course white and male) was  no longer accepted as the all-determining voice, whether in academia, film or journalism. Now, under the aegis of new media like television and the internet, the Image appears to have emancipated itself, and has gained an unprecedented ubiquity in all parts of the cultural landscape.

 

None of us have been taught as children how to interpret images, but reading and writing on the other hand are acquired skills. Does this mean that looking at a painting requires more spontaneity? Is reading more challenging? Can written words offer more meaning than images? We are curious what associations or prejudices contemporary artists have about these two extraordinary human devices. What are their respective powers and shortcomings? And what processes are set in motion when the two are combined into one single piece of art?


































With works by Algolit, Andrey Rylov and Maxim Mezentsev, Ash Bowland, Christina Mitrentse, Christine van Poucke, Daniel Arthuus, Daniëlle Raspé, Éanna Mac Cana, Gabriel René Franjou, Hyunbok Lee, Jing Wang, Laurence Petrone, Laurent Fiorentino, Leda Woloshyn, Maarten Inghels, Marija Rinkevičiūtė, Martina Stella, Oliver Doe & Teresa Weißert.


K.L.8

What remains... Vernissage. Gallery Nostrum, 22.10.22


from press release:

Gallery Nostrum presents: What remains…

22.10.22 – 23.12.22

Vernissage: Saturday 22nd October 15hr -18hr.

Participating artists: Dilum Coppens, Hadrien Loumaye, Axelle VM Philtjens, Mathieu V Staelens, Francesco Strizzi.

With the question, what remains…? Comes the insinuation that something has been lost, removed, destroyed or forgotten.

What that could have been, be it corporeal, spiritual or temporal, was at the forefront when selecting the work for this first, group exhibition at Gallery Nostrum.

 What remains… is an exhibition of five artists living and working in Belgium.

 




















Dilum Coppens (1993 Asse, Be) is preoccupied with meaning and the search for its true nature. He intertwines text and imagery, mythology and modern references. From the surviving fragments of ancient texts (the rest being lost or deliberately destroyed) he invites multiple interpretations that refuse to be tied down. It appears at first glance, many elements or distractions have been removed from these paintings by Hadrien Loumaye (1999 Brussels, Be). The saturated colour palettes and the delicate nervousness of the gestures, creates an ambiguity to produce canvases that defy their scale. What remains of you, by Axelle VM Philtjens (2000 Alken, Be) was the starting point for this exhibition. She views the world in layers and transient parts.To her, photography is a tool to expose and dissect these layers. With the destructive techniques of her experimental polaroids, she exposes facets to the viewer of themselves and the world that surrounds them. Mathieu V Staelens (1980 Ostend, Be) has a long history of investigating the figure, exploring identity and the personality industry. With his recent subjects, the mask, the costume, the meat has be stripped away. In this exhibition, two of Mathieu’s recent skeletal works are shown alongside two older pieces, where the figure is absent, leaving small but grandly poetic works. The sculptor Francesco Strizzi (1990 Guissano, Italy), captures the folded stages of origami shapes. It is what remains of this meeting that is framed by the light and shadow on the white plane of the plaster.

Gallery Nostrum



 

Saturday, October 29, 2022

A New Gallery in Town

Gallery Nostrum is a new contemporary art space in Wavre, less than 30 mins from the centre of Brussels.












It promises to show a regular program of group and solo shows by international artists and accepts submissions on an ongoing basis. Guidelines can be found here.











Gallery Nostrum

Rue Florimond Letroye 13, bte 25

1300 Wavre BE                                                    

gallerynostrum.com

gallerynostrum@gmail.com



Friday, October 21, 2022

So, this happened...

 'Hello?'












« Hello ? » - Peintures de Chris Dennis.

Septembre  3 – Octobre  15,  2022.

(EN)  ‘My paintings are produced in lieu of a 'real' conversation and display a preoccupation with surface and texture. The figures in these ‘Therianthropic’ pieces, are not some other-worldly creatures from Science fiction. The narratives have been carefully obfuscated and the likeness hidden.  The Suffocates and The Aviarist series are two sides of a manufactured fugue state, from where, I explore ideas about biography /autobiography, authorship and the unreliable source.

The ʻPlease Be Quiet, Please’ paintings are continual. The title comes from the first short-story collection by American author, Raymond Carver called: Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (1976). The paintings are the essence of the larger, more narrative paintings reduced back down to just paint. Like speech or thought bubbles, it spills into, or regurgitates out of disembodied heads from previous works.

‘Things you should have said and the things you wish you hadn’t’.

 

Chris Dennis (1974) grew up in England. He studied at Bournemouth Arts University, completed his BA (Hons) at the University of Wolverhampton and was awarded his MFA from the University of Art in San Francisco (USA). He has lived and exhibited across the United States, New Zealand and Europe. In 2021, after 5 years living and exhibiting in Berlin, Chris moved with his family, to Belgium.

(FR) « Mes peintures sont réalisées en lieu et place d'une “vraie” conversation et témoignent d'une préoccupation pour la surface et la texture. Les personnages de ces oeuvres “thérianthropiques” ne sont pas des créatures d'un autre monde issues de la science-fiction. Les scènes représentées ont été soigneusement obscurcies et les ressemblances voilées. 

Les séries The Suffocates et The Aviarist ont été élaborées en contrepoint et m’ont permis d’explorer les idées de biographie/autobiographie, de paternité et de source non fiable.

Les peintures rassemblées sous le titre de Please Be Quiet, Please en découlent. Le titre est emprunté au premier recueil de nouvelles de l'auteur américain Raymond Carver intitulé : Will You Please Be Quiet, Please ?, (Tais-toi, je t’en prie, [1976] ). Les peintures de cette série agissent comme une représentation condensée et réduite à l’état de pure peinture, là où les autres œuvres sont plus grandes et plus narratives. Comme des bulles de parole ou de pensée, elles débordent alors, ou sont régurgitées par les têtes désincarnées des œuvres précédentes.

 “Les choses que vous auriez dû dire et les choses que vous auriez souhaité ne pas dire”. »

Chris Dennis (1974 - ) a grandi en Angleterre. Il a étudié à l'Université des Arts de Bournemouth, a obtenu son Bachelor of Arts (Hons) à l'Université de Wolverhampton, avant de recevoir un Master of Fine Arts à l'Université d'Art de San Francisco (USA). Il a vécu et exposé aux États-Unis, en Nouvelle-Zélande et en Europe. En 2021, après avoir vécu et exposé pendant 5 ans à Berlin, Chris s'est installé avec sa famille en Belgique.















Wednesday, September 8, 2021

UNBLOCK fair artfair. BERLIN sepember 2021

I'm really looking forward to and proud to be part of, the UNBLOCK fair artfair, in Berlin.

It spans the next two weekends in September, and runs parallel with Berlin Art Week.

A lot of people have put a lot of time and effort into the planning and organization and much credit should go to the curators, Denis Leo Hegic and Jan Gustav Fiedler for their enthusiasm and faith in the Studios ID collective.



I hope to see you there,...

ESPECIALLY, AS IT WILL PROBABLY BE ONE OF THE LAST THINGS I DO BEFORE I LEAVE BERLIN.

UNBLOCK fairartfair presents the work of 100 artists from the Studios ID complex in Lichtenberg. Based at the former Operative Technical Sector of East-German State Security, the site consists of two connected block buildings spanning a total of 11 floors, as well as an art garden area, offering a unique art experience with plenty to discover. The fair is curated by Denis Leo Hegic and Jan Gustav Fiedler, with the aim of transforming the former place of restriction into one of free expression. During the opening of the fair on September 10th, UNBLOCK Art Awards and the Nerma Linsberger Art Award will also be presented to the winning artists. With its open studio setting, UNBLOCK facilitates direct exchange with artists at the point of creation, offering an art fair as a bridge between artists and art lovers, and direct access to Berlin’s creative scene.

September 10.  Official public opening 19:30 -
with performances and light projections.  
September 11-12 & 17-18-19, 2021. Hours 12:00 - 20:00.
Studios-ID, Genslerstraße 13-13A, 13055 Berlin.
Entry is free

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: CHRIS DENNIS,  ANNE WUNDRAK, FREDERIC WRITER, CHRISTIN WANKE, SASCHA WALMROTH, DANIELA VON WABERER, TIJANA TITIN, YUKEN TERUYA, ALEX TENNIGKEIT,YUKIHIRO TAGUCHI, BERTOLD STALLMACH, KAZUKI SHIBATA, JULIA SCHRAMM, GUNTER SCHÖNE, MICHI SCHNEIDER, TIM SCHEELE, SILVIA SARSANO, WALTER SANTONI, MATHIAS ROLOFF, ANNA RICHERT, DARJA PREUSS, LIBBY PAGE, JANKIMAN OMAR, MARIE-CHARLOTTE NOUZA, YOTARO NIWA, CELESTE NAJT, JUSTINAS MILIUS MILIAUSKAS, BEN MERGELSBERG, MIGUEL MARTÍNEZ, DORIS MARTEN, MARINA MARKOVIC, LARISA MAMONOVA, CHRISTINA MALLET, RONNY LICHTENBERG, MARCO BASTIAN LENGER, LEA & ADRIAN, CATI LAPORTE, VILLE KYLÄTASKU, KLAUDIA KRYNICKA, DAVID KODAK, SUSANNE KNAACK, ANN KIERNAN, CHRISTOPH KETEL, KAIN KARAWAHN, STEFANIE KABITZKE, JETOSHI, KARL HEINZ JERON, JOHANNES HUNTENBURG, PAUL HÜBNER, RAHEL HEGNAUER,
LINDA HAVENSTEIN, HH ZWANZIG, JESSICA GROSSMANN, PABLO GRISS, VICTOR GOUNEL,  ADAM GOLDSTEIN, DAGNA GMITROWICZ, FRANCESCO GIOACCHINI, GIDI GILAM, LUKAS GECEVIČIUS, CHRISTIAN FICHTL, SARA FERRER, DOGAN DOGAN, JOACHIM DETTE, SIMEON DECKER, ELENA COSTELIAN, JUHEON CHO, PHI CHACON, PASHA CAS, ARILD BROCK, JORGE BRISENO, FLORIAN BREETZKE, BETH BRAUN, IGOR BLEISCHWITZ, EMILY BLAND, RAFAEL BILIO, MAIA BEYROUTI, BERØ, FLORIN A.G.O. BEHRENDT, SOPHIE BANDELIN, MILANA ALARO, ERIK ANDERSEN, MICHAEL ADAM.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE EVENT AND ARTISTS HERE- 

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Lange Nacht der Bilder 2021

 I have never visited an animal shelter, but I imagine it's a little bit like visiting an open studio: a vague sense of  desperation, surrounded by the smell of shit.

In spite of, or because of that feeling,  I'll be in mine all night (maybe), on September 3rd, as part of the newly formed Studios ID Collective , for this years' Lange Nacht der Bilder , 






3.9.201

18.00h - 24.00h

Haus Y, Studio 621 | Genslerstraße 13 A
13055 Berlin 

https://www.langenachtderbilder.de/

Ortstermin 21 - Kunstfestival.

Has it been that long?

Anyway, this weekend (27-29.08.21) I had some work in a group show as part of the ortstermin kunstfestival. 


















It featured the work of: 
Kira Aguilar, Stefan Boness, Florian Conrads, Chris Dennis, Patrycja Frey,
Annegret Haße, Zdenek Konvalina,
Sven Roger Langer, Hannah Perla Niedermann, Francesca Pegorer,
Karin Shikata, Joram Schön,
Rahel Schöppenthau.

Rostocker Strasse 35, Berlin (no. 41 on the map).









ortstermin 21