It was dark and I needed a nice pot for my flowers. It is all about taste. We open a new exhibition room at 295 Avenue Van Volxemlaan. We occupy the cellar of the building and invite eleven artists to find a home for their works: no thematic line but a title is given, the question here is to create a literary environment, be the host for a contemporary popular fable or let any dark fantasy wander around this concrete garden. Felicia Atkinson is growing clay sculptures on the humid ground and Philippe Van Wolputte proposed the project for an overall intervention; Jurgen Ots built a mirror out of projection screens, Aline Bouvy / John Gillis offer a figure to this cave; Lars Laumann narrates a tricky tale and Kjersti G. Andvig brings "Democracy" down where it belongs… The patterns of the narratives drawn by Steinar Haga Kristensen, Mai Hofstad Gunnes, Gérard Meurant and Zin Taylor. The farewell written by Filip Gilissen: a pigeon taken out of his shinny hat. We interrogate here the exhibition-making by acting a re-appropriation of the most classical approach. During several of Komplot's last projects, the collective has curated shows where the status of the artworks is not contested through a deconstruction, nor a fading of their aura or a material disappearance. Instead, we establish parallelisms between the pieces and other objects around, or we use a declined context, not specially reacting against the spatial white-box but mainly diverting an ensemble of strategies attached to the curatorial enterprise.
BLACK & VASES
18.04.2013 - 20.06.2013