ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Group Show - Harlan Levey Projects - September 13th - September 14th Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:55:21 +0000 Chaim van Luit - Meessen De Clercq - January 9th, 2015 - February 7th, 2015 Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:02:14 +0000 Kelly Schacht - Meessen De Clercq - January 9th, 2015 - February 7th, 2015 Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:02:00 +0000 Hreinn Fridfinnsson - Meessen De Clercq - January 9th, 2015 - February 7th, 2015 Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:01:50 +0000 Cris Brodahl - Xavier Hufkens - January 15th, 2015 - February 14th, 2015 Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:53:50 +0000 Jack Greer - Galerie Rodolphe Janssen - Livourne 32 - January 15th, 2015 - February 20th, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;">Just as friendships float in and out of focus, so too do the objects that spur memories of them. Photographs, scribbled notes, and scraps gradually become totems to the people we care about - as if all one&rsquo;s friends have been assigned corresponding imagery to be framed, repeated: an ode in the form of a mantra.<br /> <br /> In graffiti culture, a writer&rsquo;s name rarely appears alone; a piece is always flanked by dedications to the writer&rsquo;s community: His or her crew, lovers, landlord, parents, pets. Names become nicknames, nicknames become inside-jokes, inside jokes become fodder for new imagery, and thus a visual language to describe and pay homage to friendships crystallizes.<br /> <br /> This dialogue between relationships and mark-making, objects and memory is central to Jack Greer&rsquo;s approach, and forms the basis for the works he will present in his first solo exhibition at Galerie Rodolphe Janssen.<br /> <br /> The exhibition unfolds with a photo-realistic painting of a quintessential American landscape: a mountainous Colorado valley foregrounded by ice-age boulders. But here, these ancient rocks are interrupted by spray-painted tags, indelible reminders of a passing youthful presence. Painted from a photograph taken while Jack was traveling to see his parents in California, the meticulous process required to portray the scene became a quest to understand why Jack has held on to the photo for so long. As it turns out, the painting is a dedication to his mother, a Colorado native and an artist in her own right, who is the lush backdrop to his defaced rock.<br /> <br /> Other works similarly unpack the importance of relationships to Greer. Patchwork canvases, sewn together from friends&rsquo; discarded works at the Still House Group studio in Brooklyn, are as much anthropological studies of collective processes as they are portraits of friends. The form these works take is determined by past processes of his artist subjects: scraps and discarded versions of Louis Eisner&rsquo;s <em>Mountain Stream Ringtone</em> works (recently exhibited at Rodolphe Janssen) impose gradients of blue throughout some works in the series, while others take on the uncanny hue of oxidised pennies from Nick Darmstaedter&rsquo;s Penny Pieces.<br /> <br /> Still other works more directly reference the places that germinate Jack&rsquo;s community. Marble pedestals engraved with anecdotal phrases and jokes stand in honour of a spot in Tompkins Square Park where Jack&rsquo;s friends gather to skateboard and hang out. Meanwhile, enlarged &ldquo;neighbourhood watch&rdquo; icons, a ubiquitous reminder for would-be burglars that a house is collectively surveilled by neighbours, were given to friends and impromptu assistant&rsquo;s to color in as they chose - a testament to Greer&rsquo;s commitment to fostering and protecting his own community.<br /> <br /> Ultimately, Jack Greer prescribes to a peculiar form of rather Wildean optimism, of trudging through the gutter but stopping to look up at the stars and reminisce, aspire, seek renewal and transmutation through the power of friends.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>About the artist :</strong><br /> Jack Greer (born 1987, Los Angeles, CA) lives and works in New York City. Recent solo exhibitions include <em>Inside the White Cube</em> at White Cube (London), and <em>Art in General Presents: Jack Greer + Freeman/Lowe</em> at +1 in New York City. He has recently participated in group exhibitions at the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens (Deurle), the Arts Club (London), and Bugada &amp; Cargnel (Paris). Greer is a member of the Brooklyn-based Still House Group.</p> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:47:34 +0000 Aleksander Hardashnakov - Galerie Rodolphe Janssen - January 15th, 2015 - February 20th, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;">It wasn't a choice. He fell in love with an escort and could not afford her time. He began robbing banks to pay for it. He robbed something like 12 banks before turning himself in, knowing his capture was imminent. I didn&rsquo;t see him for a while. One day walking to the store I heard my name called. I turned back, saw him and walked over to say hi. He had gained some weight. Before I could say hello he said excitedly, &ldquo;I recognized you by your gait!&rdquo; It was strange, in a nice way. No one had ever said that to me. I looked back to where I'd just been walking and tried to see myself walk away from myself, hoping to see with his eyes.<br /> <br /> I remembered how when I was 13 or so, having a particular gait&mdash;especially a cool one&mdash;was important. You must have style and grace in everything you do. It can&rsquo;t be too affected but it has to be slick nonetheless. I remembered when I was 8, watching an older kid walk around the playground pigeon toed. Despite his awkward gait he was cool. He had confidence. I went home and toyed with the idea of adopting his style, knowing full well that he hadn't chose to walk that way. I thought better of it: no, I need my own style. I hadn't recognized that I already had it.<br /> <br /> I wondered how he had served such a short prison sentence. I think it was something about using a note and no weapon. something about a mood disorder.<br /> <br /> Aleksander Hardashnakov&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>About the artist :</strong><br /> Aleksander Hardashnakov (born 1982, Toronto, Canada) lives and Works in Toronto, Canada<br /> Recent and upcoming exhibitions include Tomorrow Gallery (New York), <em>Doom: Surface Control</em> at Le Magasin (Grenoble), <em>For This World </em>at Galerie Rodolphe Janssen (Brussels) and <em>From Whose Ground Heaven and Hell Compare </em>at Croy Nielsen (Berlin). Along with Tara Downs and Hugh-Scott Douglas, Aleksander was one of the founders of Tomorrow Gallery, Toronto, Canada. </p> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:46:47 +0000 Christian Flamm - dépendance - January 17th, 2015 - February 28th, 2015 Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:42:28 +0000 Michel Frère - Albert Baronian - January 16th, 2015 - March 7th, 2015 Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:40:02 +0000 Jean-Marie Buchet, Lucile Desamory, Peter Finnemore, Emilio López-Menchero, Messieurs Delmotte, Ria Pacquée - Argos Centre for Art and Media - December 21st 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Some fifty countries worldwide participate at <strong>Le jour le plus court</strong>. This year the Centre du Cinéma de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles joins the initiative and organises its own short film day on December 21, the shortest day of the year. For this occasion, Argos presents an exhibition that lasts one day! <strong><em>What a day</em></strong><em> !</em> combines short Belgian fiction films - supported by the Centre du Cinéma de la F&eacute;d&eacute;ration Wallonie-Bruxelles - and a selection of short works from the Argos collection.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Short videos by (among others): Jean-Marie Buchet, Lucile Desamory,&nbsp;Peter Finnemore, M&eacute;ryl Fortunat-Rossi &amp; Xavier Seron, Emilio L&oacute;pez-Menchero, Messieurs Delmotte, Pablo Munoz Gomez, Ria Pacqu&eacute;e, Val&eacute;ry Rosier.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Check the complete program:</p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: justify;">Une cinquantaine de pays du monde participent au festival&nbsp;<strong>Le jour le plus court.</strong> Cette année le Centre du Cinéma de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles se rallie à l&rsquo;initiative et organisera sa propre fête du court métrage le 21 décembre, jour le plus court de l&rsquo;année ! A cette occasion, Argos pr&eacute;sente une exposition d'un jour ! <strong><em>What a day !</em> </strong>associe des court-métrages de fictions belges - soutenus par le Centre du Cinéma de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles - &agrave; une s&eacute;lection de court-métrages de la collection d'Argos.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Avec des court-m&eacute;trages de (entre autres): Jean-Marie Buchet, Lucile Desamory,&nbsp;Peter Finnemore, M&eacute;ryl Fortunat-Rossi &amp; Xavier Seron, Emilio L&oacute;pez-Menchero, Messieurs Delmotte, Pablo Munoz Gomez, Ria Pacqu&eacute;e, Val&eacute;ry Rosier.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Consultez le programme complet :</p> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:36:31 +0000