Recent Finds

December Finds

Dorothea Dejonckheere
Until 22 December at Salon Si & La, Antwerp — Free entrance

Enter the therapeutic shadow world of Antwerp-based artist Dorothea Dejonckheere at Salon Si & La, the renowned gallery of Werner de Vos, since 2016 relocated from the old spot at the Kaai to the center of Sint-Jansplein in Antwerp. With her pure and simple poetic sceneries Dorothea Dejonckheere investigates the gaps and glitches in our society. She revolts against our current world wherein perfection became the norm, resulting in a growing sense of insecurity and loneliness. Blots in the blackest black, the tactility of the canvas and a multilayered play of shadows and lines immerse you into a profound, time-transcending vacuum that will temper your thoughts and emotions.

STOCK

STOCK is an open space, located in Het Paviljoen at Ghent, which hosts upcoming artists. The project was launched last year by four art students from KASK and is in for its second take-off. This year, STOCK monthly gives one KASK student the chance to be paired up with an external artist in blind date fashion. During a three-week residency, the two are invited to put their heads together and work side-by-side at Het Paviljoen. At the end of the collaboration, the results will be revealed to the public in a week-long expo. Het Paviljoen – a glasshouse in the front yard of KASK – becomes an alternative showroom or extended atelier where two artistic entities with a different background become one. This confrontation of two practices results in an experimental in-situ presentation, from a performance to an edition, from a total installation to a publication. STOCK tries to unite seven art students with seven external artists in order to broaden the cultural field in KASK. Next dates will be Lisa Vantorre x Wim De Pauw on 1 December and Valgerður Sigurðardóttir x Vincent Vandaele on 21 December. It’ll be fun; you should come.

Job Sifre

Steadily on the rise in the Amsterdam underground, Job Sifre has been honing his DJ skills on his ever-exciting Antikunst show on Red Light Radio and in various slots at clubs in Holland and abroad. Fresh from dropping his debut EP on Artificial Dance Records (Interstellar Funk’s brand new label) his star is set to shine even brighter in 2018. His first EP, called Worries, showcases the various influences he also puts in his sets like wave, electro, synth-pop, EBM and  industrial. While drawing inspiration from the past, Sifre’s work also embraces the (dystopian) future he sketches out in his radio shows.

Dub Syndicate

The legendary dub outfit originally centred around Lincoln ‘Style’ Scott and Adrian Sherwood gets the extended reissue treatment by On-U Sound. Originally launched in the ’80s, Dub Syndicate evolved into one of the most prolific acts of On-U Sound. Collaborations with household names like Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Deadley Headley. Supported by outstanding production work from Sherwood and Scientist, Dub Syndicate is one of the more exciting dub acts of past and present. An extra album with nine unreleased and stripped-back tracks called Displaced Masters is a great extra with three tracks featuring vocals from Bim Sherman.

Obsequies

Ten years after Burial’s Untrue, another enigmatic, nocturnal producer emerges from our very own underground. Obsequies is a Late Middle English term for funeral rites, and that perfectly matches his obscure, occult and sparse productions. The composition ‘Gleam’, tagged as a post-Yeezus liturgy, preluded debut album Organn, now out on Knives. At its core, Organn is about love and duality, taking inspiration from Isidore-Lucien Ducasse’s Les Chants de Maldoror, a poetic novel which had major influence on symbolism, Dadaism and surrealism. It’s a remarkable debut for our compatriot given that Planet Mu sister label Knives has dropped game-changing releases from the likes of Jlin, JG Biberkopf and Kuedo in the past.

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