Is it possible to limit the essence of the artistic act to the control of a specific material? First of all, the painter is not necessarily an artist whereas lot of artists do not define their practice in relationship to a particular material. However, there is no artist who does not work a material, might it be, paradoxically, immaterial.
The center of this relation is not thus...
Nine and a Half Weeks project was an attempt to make the gallery live outside the casual openings. Every day was an opening, a residence, a workshop, an event or a meeting there. The function of the gallery was then widely surpassed by practices which were outside the assigned frame. Permanent Vacation lays the foundations of another experiment within the «gallery» device by taking...
Book Of Brilliant Things is a collection of images. Drawn or painted, they are fragile and preciously handled relics. Apparently, Steven Baelen, Francisco Valdès, Jean-Luc Verna and Simon Willems share a certain practice of the image, where collection and repetition are driving forces: quotation of popular imagery, reference, diversion, self quotation, cropping etc…