to the artists, designers and craftspeople who think I call their work kitsch... this is NOT the case, it refers to my own work

Oct 29, 2010

last weekend in heaven ...


last days
October 30 and 31 - 2010
from 14.00 until 18.00 (clocks back one hour on Sunday!!!)

detail view on my Honderdwater columns (left) and on Philip Van Hoeck's work (right)

more posts on the exhibition HERE - HERE and HERE

Galerie De Ontdekking van de Hemel
Brusselsesteenweg 72
1500 Halle - Belgium

Oct 28, 2010

Veerle Beckers - captivating canvas

As promised in yesterday's post,  here is the forgotten post ... pictures taken at the solo show in August 2008.

Veerle Beckers was one of the five finalists in the Canvascollectie 2008.  She was winner of  the KBC price, which was a solo exhibition in Antwerp - Belgium.  An impression at the opening of the show ... I loved her work.  I is beautiful and disturbing at the same time, it gets under my skin.

Teenage wasteland - (with shadows of speecher at the vernissage)


Fake Empire
more info on the works above HERE

When the lights go out

Oct 27, 2010

WARP - portfoliodays

COUP DE VILLE - part 14 (last one)
Contemporary art in private houses, gardens, museums and public space.
More than 40 international artists on more than 25 locations.

Somewhat apart from the list of participating artists in the tour.  On one of the locations a selection of artists from the WARP portfolio days.

Katie Lagast (BE) - Pavement I

Yvan Derwéduwé - Netherworld installation

I must apologize for the fact I haven't registered the names of the above artists.  They show on the list (bottom - selection) HERE, but I can't work out who made what.  If someone knows I'll be happy to fill in the gaps.

I recognized this instantly.  I could not find the name of the artist next to it.  I have seen this intriguing painting more than two years ago at an opening of a solo show of the artist.   I was convinced I had done a post on this show, I looked on my blog, in vain.  It is with shame that I have to admit I forgot to post this artists' work I really liked, but then - looking back - it was a difficult period where other things occupied my spirit.  I will post the pictures of the exhibition tomorrow, with a delay of 2 years!! 

The portfolio days, organized by warp-art, are a boost to young artists' careers.  In the international artists' village, young artists are given content-based feedback by professionals in the art world.  Look for all the info HERE.

On the marketsquare at the artists' village ...

Karl Philips

Coup de Ville

View all 14 posts on the art tour HERE

Oct 26, 2010

COUP de VILLE - the last ones

COUP DE VILLE - part 13
Contemporary art in private houses, gardens, museums and public space.
More than 40 international artists on more than 25 locations.

In a beauty salon ...

not a work, just a local detail


In the attic of a castle ...

Haifeng Ni (China) - Para-production

In a former textile workshop ...
where the structured glass panes in the window prevented the workers from looking into the garden of the factory owner.  The artist replaced two panes by clear glass and placed a mirror facing the garden thus confronting the 'privileged' persons in the garden with their own image..

our friend Charlotte is demonstrating the mirror facing the garden
Katinka Bock (Germany) - Aussicht zu zweit

At the same location ...

Johan Creten (Be) - The Community (part of it)

 In an architect's workspace...

Hans Demeulenaere (BE) - re-flex/flex/re-flection
A model of the interior of the house is built at a scale of 60%.

In a tiny little house ...

Nezaket Ekici (Turkey) - Private Objects
The artist removed objects - important to the owners - and replaced them by a white box.

In a garden shed ...

Bart Stolle (BE) - Objets trouvés

Through the back gate of a beautiful garden ...
in the garden stands a revolving tree.  It was supposed to do so according to a video visible in the house, but the electric system failed.

Honoré d'O (BE)

In the courtyard of another castle ...

Veronika Tzekova (Bulgaria) - Switchables

Coup de Ville

View all posts on the art tour HERE, a final one tomorrow.

Oct 25, 2010

sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't

COUP DE VILLE - part 12

In this tour were quite a few video-artists.  I'm not a big fan of video but sometimes is surprises me and convinces me it is great work. 
But you can only tell if the video is playing ... which is not always the case.

An empty shop; at first sight there is nothing but construction works going on.  But in a small corner under the stairs...

... an unexpected installation.  A video is projected on the tiny space behind the small door.  The 2D work becomes 3D. Funny, it made us laugh out loud and we loved it. 
Egill Sæbjörnsson (Ysland)

An imposing villa in the centre of the city, a large room overlooking the big garden.  Temporary setting of ...

... the hilarious film Drama Queens made by Elmgreen & Dragset (Denmark - Norway).  I'd love to see the whole video one day, it takes about 45 minutes, and we wanted to see the rest of the tour.  View a trailer HERE.

A black monolith in a small front garden. 

From the street one can see the projection of Finis gloriae mundi by Flavio Cury (Brazil).

In the back of a parking garage is a dark space with a large screen ... nothing happening.  We've waited quite a few minutes to see if the film was going to start, searched a button to start the video, looked around if there was someone that manipulates the machine ... nothing.  It was half an hour before closing time ... but still, it is sad for the artist - Guido Van Der Werve (Netherlands)- that his work is not shown.

On another location, we stood before a closed door.  A note mentioned that the exhibition space was closed on several days during the tour.  I think, that if one decides to open his/her space to welcome artists and visitors, it should be open all the time.  First of all it is disrespectful towards the artist who made the effort to think of a work that suits the place and misses many interested viewers.  We travelled more than 400 KM to see the whole tour in two days, we were not coming back for the ones that were not open. 

Coup de Ville

Contemporary art in private houses, gardens, museums and public space.
More than 40 international artists on more than 25 locations.

View all posts on the art tour HERE, more in the next days