Michael Aerts explores the way in which humanity develops culturally through mobility.
Mobility as a driving force behind our cultural development.
Within this context mobility is investigated on a physical, intellectual and mental level.
Michael Aerts is in the first place a sculptor. All works, both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional, start from the parameters of sculpture; light and dark, open and closed volumes; visible and invisible; space and place,…
An important aspect is the fact that we can not see everything at once. To view an object in space we have to move around it. It is impossible to see everything at the same time.
In order to try to understand reality, people have developed abstract thinking models.
Whereas in the past sculpture was often concerned with the influence of the object on space, Michael Aerts’ work focuses more on the influence of space on the object.
He developed ‘The Obelisk’, a mobile obelisk that has been traveling to various places and contexts all over the world.
Going from New York, the city of freedom to Minsk, a city in a dictatorial regime. Going from a castle park to the bustle of London.
In this way he investigates the shift of meaning of the symbol according to the place where it is shown.
The work also examines how people control and display their environment through abstract models such as the map and the perspective.
The oeuvre is composed of a simple iconography that can be understood from different cultural backgrounds; a cardboard box, an obelisk, a map, ….
upcoming: duo exhibition @ Kusseneers Gallery, Brussels
Inauguration monument Bobbejaan Schoepen, Lichtaart, Belgium (forthcoming)
Comme à Ostende, Salon Blanc, Ostend, Belgium
Something in the Way, Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Düsseldorf, Germany
Michaël Aerts Would Like to Use Your Current Location, Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Düsseldorf,
It was like so, but wasn’t, Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium
Project Space, ART13, London, UK
Club 7.5, Paris, France
Everything Will Burn Baby Burn, Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Düsseldorf, Germany
New Positions, Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Buy it, use it, break it, fix it, trash it, change it, mail it, upgrade it, Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium
Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours!, Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Düsseldorf, Germany
An O’Neill Drama, A Whistler’s Mama, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Please Please Me, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ridge Ecstacy – New drawings and paintings, Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium
A Night at the Playboy Mansion, Federico Luger Gallery, Milano, Italy
Solo Show, Art Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
The Immaculate Collection, Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium
Onetwenty Gallery, Ghent, Belgium
Galerie C. De Vos, Aalst, Belgium
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Utopische Ruïnes, curated by Filip Luyckx, Coudenbergpaleis, Brussels, Belgium
Under the Parachute of Shapes and Colors, Artworks Advisory, New York, USA
Metaphora, Kunstroute maART, curated by Monia Warnez, Waregem, Belgium
On the Go, Kunstroute maART, curated by Monia Warnez, Waregem, Belgium
Coup de Ville, Triënnale for Contemporary Art, curated by Stef Van Bellingen, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
@yourservice, Egmontpaleis, Brussel, Belgium
Sweet 18, Kasteel d’Ursel, Hingene, Belgium
The Drawing Room II, Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium
Het Portret van een familie, De Directeurswoning, Roeselare, Belgium
Another Dream, Another Sense, Another Mind, Bibliotheek Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, KU Leuven,
Capita Selecta, curated by Monia Warnez & Jan Leysen, Broelmuseum, Kortrijk, Belgium
Collector’s Room #5 – Pleasure, Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium
Middle Gate Geel ’13, curated by Jan Hoet, Geel, Belgium
Kunst uit privé-bezit, Stadsmuseum ‘t Schippershof, Menen, Belgium
Cultural Freedom in Europe I Europe (to the power of), curated by Filip Luyckx, Goethe-Institution
Save Europian Home, curated by Marina Martiæ, Belgrade Cultural Centre Art Gallery, Serbia
West of East – An Exhibition on Europe in 6 chapters, Gallery for Contemporary Art «Y», Minsk,
België – Take Over 01, Galerie J.J. Heckenhauer, Brussels, Belgium
Szenarien über Europa (III), curated by Filip Luyckx, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig,
Tender Buttons – Becoming Gertrude Stein, curated by Guy Bovyn, University Ghent, Belgium
Kunst moet rollen, curated by Elias Tieleman, Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Utrecht, Netherlands
RAW, curated by Chris Driessen, Lustwarande 2011, Tilburg, Netherlands
When the fairy tale never ends, curated by Lara Pan, Ford Project, NY, USA
FAKE!, Zomerproject Beeldende Kunst Stad Aalst, Belgium
Young Collectors #2, curated by Johan Delcour & Monia Warnez, Sign, Groningen, Netherlands
Atmospheres, curated by Lara Pan, Galerie Pangée, Montréal, Canada
No Contemplation, Federico Luger Gallery, Milano, Italy
30 Years Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium
Arrivals and Departures Europe, curated by Andrea Bruciati & Walter Gasperoni, Mole Vanvitelliana,
Pandora’s Sound Box, curated by Lara Pan, Performa 09, New York, USA
Update, Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium
Cuesta, curated by Frederik Van Laere, Tielt, Belgium
Amusez-vous, curated by Johan Delcour & Monia Warnez, Galerie Koal, Berlin, Germany
Ephemeral Fringes, curated by Filip Luyckx, Art Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
Versus4, curated by Christophe De Jaeger, Olivier Deprez & Bjorn Scherlippens, Site Pamele-
Maagdendale, Oudenaarde, Belgium
Nighthawks, curated by Christophe De Jaeger, Acec Dok Noord 4 hal 20, Ghent, Belgium
Carte blanche à l’Atelier 340 Muzeum, Comptoir asbl, Liège, Belgium
Ephemerality, curated by Christophe De Jaeger, Menen, Belgium
Filiaal van de Hemel, Lokeren, Belgium
Talentbeurs, Atelier 340 Muzeum, Jette, Brussels, Belgium
Missies, curated by Stef van Bellingen, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mo(nu)ment@bornem, Bornem, Belgium
De Alpen, Netwerk, Aalst, Belgium
Vierkantswortel van het geheugen, curated by Filip Luyckx, Huis Van Winckel, Dendermonde,
Fame Happening, Festival van Vlaanderen (S-L Platel), Ghent, Belgium
Collectzie, Museum van Deinze en de Leiestreek, Deinze, Belgium
M/V, Kunst-Zicht, Ghent, Belgium
The Pizza Project, curated by Yasmine Nessah, Thermische Centrale, Ghent, Belgium
Sint-Lukasgalerij, Brussels, Belgium
Coming People, S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium