In this month’s Leonardo Reviews I write about Jacquelyn Baas’s brilliant book on Duchamp and the more than probable influence of tantric practices on his work and thinking. Robbert Maddox-Harle reviewed Jean De Groote’s book to which I contributed a small text. You can find both here.
After showing the whole BOLERO-archive it’s time to look towards the future and the 10th anniversary issue that will take place in Rouen, spring 2021. During the coming Sunday issues of END we will present the artists taking part, to start with the four that iniated the project and who therefore are invited again, in alphabetical order. We start with Frank JMA Castelyns and you can find his page here.
For the group exhibition Chlorophilia, that looks into the relation between light and the vegetational, Alexandra Dementieva focusses on a plant and a species that are omnipresent: moss and the tardigrade also called moss piglet. Since they have survived all mass extinctions chances are that they will be around forever. Moss and its piglet is a video diptych inspired by their eternity, in which Dementieva shows microscopic images of moss in the process of being saturated with water and a tardigrade searching for moss. Moss and its piglet, Alexandra Dementieva. Video diptych,… Read More
Today we publish the last chapter of BOLERO’s archive in END before continuing with presenting the artists of the 10th anniversary edition in Rouen (2021). In 2017 the Bolero-project was a guest in the Eos Gallery in Athens, coinciding with Documenta 14. For that occasion all artists of the 13 shows that had taken part so far, were mentioned on the invitation. In Athens the following artists joined: BachliTzanakou (Irini Bachlitzanaki & Maria Tzanakou) (GR), Maria Ikonomopoulou (GR/NL), Despina Meimaroglou (GR), Els Vanden Meersch (BE), Bram Van Meervelde (BE), Myrto Xanthopoulou (GR) Find their… Read More
Antony Hudek, the new director of MDD – Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, invited me some months ago to write a text about my time as the first director (1999-2004). This resulted in a really nice series of conversations and a massive trip back down memory lane. And a nice book that accompanies the exhibition Prelude: Melancholy of the Future with texts by Oscar van den Boogaard, Sibran Sampers, Lieve D’hondt, Frank Benijts and me (in Dutch and English). As part of this project I will also take part in the Prelude Talks on Saturday… Read More
Time flies and it’s Sunday again, time to join END and the Bolero-project in Geneva where it was shown in 2016 at the KIOSK at the Place des Augustins. There were five additons by Cci (anonymous collective), Gaëlle Dumas (FR), Roman Gampert(CH), Camille Kaiser (CH) and Peter Schreuder (CH). Find there contributions here.
en français This afternoon at 5pm Hantu‘s exhibition ‘Comme l’herbe pousse’opens at the exhibition space 3, rue Française of Miss China via zoom. Hantu‘s latest works (photographs and drawings) are clearly a call to a rewilding. Objects that serve no purpose, that graft themselves onto the body to constrain it unnecessarily, photographs of performances that grow like these grasses, wise or foolish, insinuating themselves into the few spaces that we are still willing to leave them, the cracks, the gaps, the interstices, inviting us to nourish a ‘Saxifrage’ energy, to blow up… Read More
Version française Long overdue, the second confinement finally is the occasion to publish a series of images that Jean-Louis Vincendeau has been creating in the past half year. These minute, often temporary installations, constitute, in all their ephemerality, beautiful poetic reflections, often referring to literature read, or art seen. Not devoid of a sense of humour, they are made with found materials, whether manmade or natural, and carefully positioned in tiny theatrical surroundings, usually against a background of one or two strong colours. In fact, they seem to be like visual haiku’s,… Read More