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Belgium Art & Design
Home of a statue of impressionist painter Emile Claus and one of the scenes of the World Exhibition of 1913, the Citadelpark in Ghent has always been closely linked to art. This October, the parc’s Floraliënhal becomes the location of Belgium Art & Design. The event stirs the boundaries between art and design, while bringing buyer and dealer together as this year’s theme is ‘start to collect’. With workshops and info sessions, BAD wants to push gallery-phobia and auction anxiety out of this world. From botanical forms to digital collages: we’ve selected five artists worth a visit.
Text by Gerlin Heestermans
Cléo Totti lives and works in Liège. Her work is comprised of a sort of hybrid universe, and often deals with the human body. That body is transformed and turned into an object, using various types of material like collage, wax, painting, sculpture etc. The form is both liquid and solid and completely androgynous, reinforcing the idea of the fluidity of genres and sexualities. Cléo finds inspiration in biotechnology, as a gateway to the manipulation of bodies and the result is striking and often unsettling.
Veerle Verschooren specialises in a very specific and niche craft: stained glass. If you’d consider that technique as dated or old fashioned, then Craft Industries will definitely change your mind! Veerle makes bold, graphic and contemporary work that becomes even more magical once the light hits it. For Inteireur 2018 in Kortrijk she collaborated with DIFT designer Fien Meelberghs and made a stunning and unique piece of art that transcended the stereotypical use of the craft. Next to her own designs, she also does commissioned work and restauration.
Photos shot by Wouter Rawoens (left) and Bram De Muynck (right, top)
Elke Van Kerckvoorde
Elke Van Kerckvoorde is no stranger to Subbacultcha. Having been featured in our magazine before, it’s fascinating to notice how her work has evolved over the years. From classic painting techniques she has moved to a more graphic approach, often working in combination with digital media. This results in glossy, figurative work that still manages to look completely unique and contemporary. A while ago, she started working in an enamel factory and it looks like that has influenced her work in the best possible way. We’re forever fans!
Jonas Vanderbeke graduated with a degree in painting from KASK 3 years ago and has been steadily making a name for himself. He uses iconography and recognisable motifs but presents them in a new context, where they take on another meaning and become almost larger than life. His work can be defined as collage, but not in the classic definition of the word; Jonas creates digital collages and then paints on canvas, on linen, wood or carpet. In doing so, he creates a new harmony, between different iconographies, times and aesthetics, while at the same time celebrating those frictions. His research is characterized by a sharp aestheticism that culminates in a celebration of the artificial, the ogling emptiness of beauty, of painting that holds up a mirror to itself.
Joke Raes worked in theatre for several years as a designer and performer before gradually moving to visual arts. She started focusing on her own work, following an under-water exhibition in the Red Sea and a residency among indigenous people living deep inside the Peruvian Amazon. Her work is imposing, but extremely detailed upon closer inspection. Joke is clearly obsessed with the surface, specifically with texture, evoking botanical forms derived from unspoilt nature. As beautiful as her work might be, Joke doesn’t necessarily tell us a pleasant story. Dynamics bring along resistance and stagnation and decay is always lurking somewhere.
Belgium Art & Design
10-13 Oct - Floraliënhal, Ghent
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