‘The Human Condition‘ duo show by Tom Poelmans and Michaël De Clercq
opening September 6 (7-9 PM)
1984, lives & works in Antwerp
Tom Poelmans operates in a pictorial no man’s land of sorts. His paintings function as depictive pin-pricks to the traditions of the art of painting, but appear to escape every conceptual or pictorial frame. ‘Style’, for one, does not seem to interest the artist. Repetitive, abstract, almost painfully ‘decorative’ compositions pop up next to hyperfigurative scenes where captions would seem to undermine every form of gravitas.
MICHAEL DE CLERCQ
1981, lives and works in Antwerp
Michaël De clercq gets a lot of his influences from everyday objects surrounding him, dreams, experiences from the past, science. Travelling has a big part to play. Nature has a profound effect on his need to recreate and understand what he sees. The many fruits and vegetables he sees passing by, thanks to his girlfriend’s fascination for food, are surly an inspiration for colour and form. He likes food in general. The characteristics of paint itself and the medium of painting as a whole are undeniable at the base of his work but he gets also a lot of influences from his other occupations in the world of printing and graphics.
He likes to create small scenes filled with figures. These forms are in a constant search for balance. Communicating within themselves, others and their surroundings. They are floating, falling or leaning against each other. Sometimes lifting off into the air, other times subject to a fierce gravitational force. Only to eventually stretch into a fading reality. An alternative memory.
– Bendt Eyckermans, solo @ De Vereniging van de Vrienden van het SMAK, Ghent, opening September 21, 2018 (8-11 PM)
– ‘Soft?Tactiele Dialogen’ @ Maurice Verbaet Center, opening September 27 (7-10 PM)