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Vanishing Points

Fabrice Samyn (b. 1981) takes over the entire building for his third exhibition at the gallery. Entitled Vanishing Point of View, this exhibition builds on the concepts of point of view and vanishing point to support the artist’s propositions. Like the title, which is a contraction of two key terms, all the work weaves links, fits in, continually interacts with itself, whether in a clear manner or sometimes more secretively. We can start out from the observation that the adoption of geometric perspective by artists of the Italian Renaissance is one of the most critical contributions to the pr... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 1/21/12
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Abstractly Figurative

For his second solo exhibition at the gallery Bruno PERRAMANT presents eight new paintings under the title 8 squares, 8 objects which constitute the fourth instalment of his cycle History of abstraction, originally started in Berlin and Paris. The Brussels proposal is unusual in so far as Perramant is not showing a diptych, triptych or polyptych and furthermore, the eight paintings are in a square format of 180 x 180 cm, which is rather rare. This format was chosen to emphasise the most radical form of abstraction. Bruno Perramant, Installation view of the exhibition "History of abstraction IV... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 12/17/11
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United Enemies and Old Friends

The choice to show a complete set of recent engravings by Thomas Schütte was conceived as an echo of the Bruno Perramant exhibition. The Alte Freunde ("Old Friends") series is based on the famous eponymous series (see illustration below) consisting of small sculptures in Fimo polymer clay that Schütte made in the early 90's. Mounted on small wooden stilts, dressed in a tunic and positioned on a tall pedestal, each sculpture has a very expressive coloured face with pronounced facial expressions (anger, anxiety, surprise, fear, complacency, etc.). Schütte acknowledged having found that the busts of R... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 1/8/12
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As I Walk I Do Not Think

It could be seen during the Francis Alÿs retrospective at Wiels that he is one of those artists who have made participatory action a central feature of their artistic work. That is to say that he activates mechanisms that require the participation of others to assume their full poetic-political scale. The drawing shown in the Wunderkammer highlights another recurring phenomenon in Alÿs: walking, strolling. We see this wandering in the many works and we can only attempt to draw parallels with certain philosophers who have elevated walking to the status of process essential to the practice of philosop... [more]
Posted by Ben Original on 1/8/12
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Parmiggiani at Meessen De Clercq

"My work seeks and finds its soul in life, and that is the only time dimension where what I do can be recognised, and the word "life", this desire for art to be reflected in life, encompasses everything: past, future and distant present, ethics and aesthetics that are specifically "star, blood, spirit" C. Parmiggiani, Mamco, p.13 By linking the various works presented by Claudio Parmiggiani for his second personal exhibition at the gallery, we could get a picture of a constellation that we could make out in the dark skies of summer nights. Anyone who opens their eyes and puts their mind on a st... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 11/5/11