2015 – 2020: “Sculptural Spaces”
Fascinated by the way we construct the world around us and what life this world comprises, I have created sculptural spaces since 2015. They consist of lines, voids and objects. The contact between them and the relationship with the space is a focal point. The meaning of the line is partly determined by what happens around it. When its function as a demarcation is exceeded, a boundary ceases to exist.
Objects almost exist as traces of human activity. They provide line and space with a possible associative function, they disclose an absent action. The void can conjure the image of a spot, a residence, a room or a body, thus referring to a physical, an architectural or a scenic context. I am fascinated by its aspect of temporariness, fragility, volatility.
2020 : “Sculptural Actions”
From the relationship between object and line, a few works created the representation of a moment. The still image (characteristic of sculpture) appealed to movement. The object as the cause of movement became the reason for sculptural actions in a photographic presentation.
I have been exploring the relationship between sculpture and pedestal for some time. Other functions had already taken over the supporting role of the pedestal. The moment my hand began to exist as a pedestal (“Uplifting”, 2020) the photographic image entered my work, allowing the traditional role of the pedestal to change further.
The playful use of materials and the poetic nature of Arte Povera appealed to my attention for sculptural actions with lines and objects and how I see objects as traces of human presence. Our liveliness becomes visible through an object. By sometimes placing the same objects in a different context, new meanings developed. Meaning is never fixed and is therefore temporary in nature.
Series such as “You Look Like Me” and “She Was Here” incorporate objects. The images evoke qualities of older art forms such as painting, architecture and drawing, merging the light-hearted with the serious.
The body acts as a sculptural element that establishes connections. “The body as a bearer of being-in-the-world. To have a body is to connect with a well-defined environment, to become one with certain projects.” Merleau-Ponty, Phénoménologie de la perception, 1945
1987 – 2002 : in situ
2002 – “Shortcut”: Puurs park
Present: a hiker’s trail carved out spontaneously by the park’s visitors.
Positionering: two lines are laid out as an architectural drawing, as fundaments on both sides of the trail.
Exposition: “Fieldwork & Sculpture”
Curator: Francis Van Hoof Gallery, Puurs
1999 – “Tell Me A Story” : Carrara, Italy.
Present: In a village near Carrara there was a vacant lot with an old table in one of its rooms. On one side of this room there was a double window. The village lies in a basin between hills. There were still a lot of TV antennas on the roofs.
Material: a marble statue with a rubber line lying as a transmitter device on the table.
Photographs: a similar transmitter device photographed in a Flemish landscape.
Exposition: “Notte e Giorno”
Curator: studio SGF scultura
1990 – “Tombe – Tempo” : Castle of Halle-Zoersel domain
Present: a crossing of two hiker’s trails
Material: blocks of peat stacked against a wooden frame. Newspapers were pasted randomly against the inner walls as a reference to ancient Egyptian writing. Centrally inside a square has been cut out through which rain, wind and leaves can come in. Outside four oxygen cilinders have been positioned.
Positioning: The art piece has been placed centrally on the trails’ crossing, causing the trails to run through it.
Exposition: “Zoersel ’90”
Curator: Bart De Baere, directeur Muhka
“Tombe – Tempo” overarches a four-armed trail in the woods. Blocks of peat have been stacked against a wooden frame establishing a relation between the living forest and the past. Inside the “mastaba” the present is focused on. Newspapers have been pasted randomly agains the inner walls and are a reference to the more consistent writing of ancient Egypt.”
Luuk Rademakers, 1990
1987 – “Confrontation” : Conscience Square, Antwerpen
Present: crossing of lines on the square.
Material: three identical metal statues
Positioning: statues placed like concentric circles, shadows change in time.
Exposition: “Monumenta” – Beeld in de Stad (Statue in the City), 19de Biënnal Middelheim Museum, Antwerpen
Curator: Menno Meewis, former director of the Middelheim Museum.
“The installation is in a relationship with its environment. It renders an image of the city at its origins. An intimacy, a dialogue is established between the three elements. One can enter the piece of art. Man is placed central between the three constructions which have been placed correctly while influencing and complementing one another. The image of shadow introduces time: the metal plates which have been placed in a sloping way register the Sun’s orbit in their own manner.”
Luuk Rademakers, 1990
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