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Fabric Spaces [Make City]
Finissage 18/12/2015 -19h
Friday 02/10/2015 > saturday 19/12/2015
Monday to friday: 09:00 - 20:00
Saturday: 09:00 - 14:00
brings together seven artists who investigate various concepts of space. At the juncture of craft and architecture, they employ diverse materials and skilled processes to create structures and articulate spaces. Next to the artists, collectives are invited to shape the exhibition’s public programme and present projects that look at relations between art, making and the city. The observation that physical and social spaces are emerging within the urban fabric thanks to a regained interest in craft serves as a starting point for this extended invitation.
The exhibition includes new and existing work in various media: sculpture, drawing, installation, video and performance.
Participating: Elise Eeraerts (BE), Lauren Glaçon (FR), Surya Ibrahim (BE), Naomi Kerkhove (BE), Emma Saunier (FR), Emily Speed (UK), Jonas Vansteenkiste (BE) Craftspace (UK)
Curator: Sevie Tsampalla (GR/UK)
Material investigations and a well-defined methodology underpin Elise Eeraerts’ practice. Sculptural objects, installations and site specific interventions are morphologically interrelated as they trace their origins in shared geometric sources. A system of shapes, plans and processes, which the artist has been developing since 2007, constantly generates new configurations. By scaling, mirroring or refracting them, shapes appear as ‘mutated’ versions of themselves across works. The ability of certain objects to alter their form is sometimes inbuilt, explored through modular design, while others come with a set of instructions to modify and transform them. Using a range of material, such as earth, wood, metal or paper, works vary from small to large scale. Elise studied at the Institut für Raumexperimente, UdK, Berlin (2009-2011) and St Lukas University College of Art and Design, Brussels (2005-2009).
Combining craft with the politics of public space, Lauren Glaçon’s work invites discussions about materiality, object hood and identity. The body in her practice is a site where the polarities of private/public are challenged, and a vehicle to investigate how the sense of self and the other is shaped by moving in the city. Material given to the artist or found is kept in plastic zip lock bags, which are then mounted and arranged on the wall, becoming a latent archive of personal gifts and anonymous detritus collected from the streets. This heteroclite mix is incorporated in intricate masks that the artist wears in public. The masks and the wide array of associations they carry - from ritual and theatre, to carnival and riots - re-enter the sphere of urban mythology, protecting its wearer and attracting the attention of the other’s gaze. Lauren studied Fine Arts and Art in Public Space at the Académie Royale des Beaux arts, Brussels (Master 1 2013-2015, and Baccalauréat 2011-2-12).
In his practice Surya Ibrahim questions the modelling and codification of the environment. He deconstructs our way of conceiving or inhabiting space and time by transforming building materials or everyday objects into metaphors that sit between nature and architecture. Fragments of landscapes are devised through an interplay between inside and outside, organic and geometric, text and image. A space of cohabitation emerges, one where “microcosm and macrocosm communicate”. The artist refers not only to nature and its ever changing organisation, between environment, space and matter, but also to the suspended state between the space and time of forms and models. Surya Ibrahim is a graduate of the Brussels Royal Academy of Fine Arts, and a laureate of the 2013 Serrure Prize and the 2008 Dany Vienne Prize.
Rendered in black and white, Naomi Kerkhove’s three dimensional works resemble miniature theatre and film sets made of fabric that often form the basis for large scale multimedia installations. Immersive environments animated by light, soundscapes and motion, they are containers of urban narratives, with objects and figures that the public can interact with. Often filmed as she draws live in her sewing machine, her work brings machine embroidery, commonly seen as a domestic craft activity, in an interdisciplinary space where textile design, film, comics and performance all meet. A play with textures and scales is also applied to two dimensional works, where architectural settings built with threads seem to be inhabited by semi-fictional characters. Naomi studied multimedia design at KASK in Ghent.
Emma Saunier works primarily with drawing and sculpture. Departing from the notion of the border, she examines how surfaces and skins function as boundaries and delineate spaces and situations. Her visual research often focuses on natural and marine elements, such as the fish and its skin, heads of animals or carcasses. These recurrent motifs are explored in series and displayed with an almost taxonomical intention, often as two-dimensional installations with three-dimensional objects. An ongoing investigation in the textural qualities of her principal materials has led the artist to the combined technique of paper- clay. Emma studied sculpture at the Académie Royale des Beaux arts in Brussels (MA 2013) and at the Ecole Supérieur d’Art de Rueil Malmaison in Paris (2010).
Relationships between architecture and the body are explored through ideas of sheltering and inhabiting in Emily Speed’s practice. Bodies and buildings often merge in drawing-based work or constructions that incorporate architectural elements (facades, walls, balconies…) and function as portable wearable habitats. Temporal animated buildings take shape as choreographed movements of dancers or acrobats. Uniting various practices spanning art, craft, architecture, city planning, sculpture, installation and performance, her works are made of ephemeral or recycled material, such as cardboard, recycled packaging and textile. Emily studied drawing at the University of the Arts London: Wimbledon College of Art (MA, 2005-2006) and drawing and painting at the Edinburgh College of Art (BA (Hons), 1997-2001). Her studio is based at the artist-led space The Royal Standard, in Liverpool.
Research and making are intertwined in Jonas Vansteenkiste’s approach to space. His works, often founded on a personal experience, are the outcome of a mental and physical exercise in designing and building spaces. Domestic architecture is central to his practice. Departing from the notion of home as a container of memories and a site for emotional projections, his series of house constructs appear to be in-the-making or at the aftermath of a violent act, sometimes semi-transparent and other times trap mechanisms. More than architectural models, his houses are loaded spaces and offer versatile interpretative possibilities. Jonas works in an array of disciplines, including installation, video, sculpture, photography and drawing. He holds a Master in Fine Art (2009) and has studied New Media in KASK, Ghent (2006-2007, 2008-2009).
Sevie Tsampalla is interested in art that reflects on issues of space, place, collective identity and socio-political imagination. She is currently assistant curator at the Liverpool Biennial and a Curate Archive resident at the MOP Foundation. She has initiated public interventions and socially engaged actions as founding member of the collectives AAA (Brussels) and Reconstruction Community (Athens) and led projects of the city-wide exhibition TRACK by S.M.A.K (Ghent). Sevie studied Art History at the University of Athens and Cultural Studies at the KU Leuven. Exhibitions include: Archiving the online witness, MOP Foundation (2015) small change, AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent (2013); Some Misunderstanding, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2013); sitePARAsite, L’ecurie, Brussels (2008); Extra Muros, Koninklijke Ganderijen, Ostend, (2008).
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