‘Watercolours from Mill’s Creek‘
by Jan Lauwers
opening Thursday, October 25, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
(exhibition runs until Nov. 17)
After the opening in the gallery continuation at MILL (Needcompany, Gabrielle Petitstraat 4, Sint-Jans-Molenbeek) for EXPLO I (performances, exhibitions, movies and a concert) info: MILL – Needcompany
Jan Lauwers (Antwerp, 1957) is an artist who works in just about every medium. Over the last thirty years he has become best known for his pioneering work for the stage with Needcompany, which was founded in Brussels in 1986. In the course of this period he has also built up a substantial body of art work which has been shown at BOZAR (Brussels) and McaM (Shanghai) among other places. From 2009 until 2014 Needcompany was artist-in-residence at the Burgtheater in Vienna. Jan Lauwers was awarded the ‘Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria’ in 2012. In 2014, he was rewarded with the ‘Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the Venice Biennale. He is the first Belgian to receive this prize in the theatre category. In 2018, the Salzburg Festival presents ‘L’incoronazione di Poppea’, the first opera staging by Jan Lauwers.
Jan Lauwers studied painting at the Academy of Art in Ghent.
Jan Lauwers does drawings, small-format watercolours, like A4s that make a world of difference. Drawing is a one-to-one affair with the empty paper. Drawings are the scribblings of the mind. Drawing is the rapid and direct tracing out of the imagination. Raw ideas that flow onto the willing paper in just a few movements like streams of unprecedented, unvarnished and unfiltered thoughts. Jan Lauwers’ drawings are regal. They act as the proud bearers of an unrestrained geology of what does not yet exist. Drawings are gifts from god; unpolished images that even the artist often cannot fathom, because they stroke these unbridled thoughts so directly and impulsively onto the paper. In an artist’s oeuvre there is a clash between the drawings and the rest, which usually emerges from them. Drawings are like outline agreements for an artist; they point to a possible outlet towards art that is more monumental, such as a painting, an installation or a video film. The drawing is the template for thought, a ‘mould’ that enables an artist to tap a source of images, in the same way as many painters took photography – their competitor – as ‘inspiration’. All the possible research involved in avoiding reality, its recording and fixing, turns out to be and remains a means that can fight merciless reality. The result is poetry; for lack of other words.
– Bendt Eyckermans, solo @ De Vereniging van de Vrienden van het SMAK, Ghent, opening September 21, 2018 (8-11 PM) exhibition until November 4, 2018
– ‘Soft?Tactiele Dialogen’ groupshow with Ermias Kifleyesus @ Maurice Verbaet Center, Antwerp