07 Imaginary nature in paper 18 01 > 28 03 2020 Alice Bakker, Loes Schepens, Mark de Weijer As a sculptor Alice Bakker (nl) works with various materials such as steel, copper, silver and paper. She is inspired by movements in flowing water or the capricious network of mosses or tree branches and the fibre…
08 In Between
04 04 > 04 07 2020
Man finds itself in the midst of a rapid change in the natural environment. As humans, we know the rock-solid effect of nature on our bodies and minds. Being surrounded by nature gives us security, happiness, calmness and freedom. At the same time nature also reflects transience and change for us. Because of the changes that occur in nature, people get changing sensory experiences.
The (wall) sculptures that Schepens makes, using purely natural materials, convey these sensory experiences. They are not directly recognizable forms; they are amorphous, abstract, seemingly simple. The works can be traced back to natural environments, animals, plants and their structures. With these objects, Schepens wants to slow down the detachment that we experience with nature. They make us aware of references that we ourselves experience on a walk by the sea or in the woods.
The materials used by Schepens are an important part of the sensory experience. The tactility they radiate feeds the feeling that you want to touch the objects. At the same time, the labour-intensive creative process is also a first step towards awareness, deepening and appreciation.
09 A Spark of Joy
18 07 > 03 10 2020
Ilse Pierard | Gabi Rets
How complex is the core of life, how complex its representation? In her artistic paper works llse Pierard focusses on the abstracted form of a cell, the basic and the smallest unit of life. Her intriguing and fragile paper works in their reduced oval shape are an ode to the cell. The artist’s concern is to represent the timeless aesthetic harmony and beauty of an existential truth with a simple yet intense distillate of her own artistic material and language.
In her working process she explores a wide range of everyday handicraft paper and wrapping material: transparent paper, silk paper as well as craft paper, metal foil or cellophane sheet. Accepting wear marks alongside the edges and corners – traces of use and handling – the artist emphasizes their fragility and liveliness.
Gabi Rets plays with everyday paper. Torn and glued newspapers form airy line constructions that cast their own shadow. Packaging and cardboard, stamped and cut, work like enlarged clichés. Together, all elements form an expanding visual vocabulary, with which Rets assembles her figurative visual stories. Depending on space or theme, the variable parts are differently combined, sometimes literally and figuratively in several layers.
Gabi Rets has made two new series for the gallery space, holders and beholders, in which color plays a role in addition to material and structure. While the attuned hues of the beholders subtly hint at the shadow as theme, the material colors black, white, gray and brown of the holders refer to their own symbolic value.