liminal lyrics – an exhibition Curated by Hedwig Brouckaert, at Kunstraum Brooklyn

liminal lyrics

 

October 16 – November 20, 2016

KUNSTRAUM

20 Grand Ave, #509

Brooklyn, NY 11205

Open Thu – Sat 12- 6 pm

http://www.kunstraumllc.com

 

An exhibition with works by Nelleke Beltjens (NL), Hedwig Brouckaert (BE), Carol Hepper (USA), Alexander Gorlizki (USA), Stéphanie Leblon (BE), Sofie Muller (BE), Lucy Puls (USA), Max Razdow (USA), Taney Roniger (USA), and Bart Stolle (BE).

Curated by Hedwig Brouckaert

 

A quality of ambiguity and disorientation characterizes the work of all artists in ‘liminal lyrics’. The classic boundaries of the physical body are broken up, a fixed, static image of the figure is lost, and a new frame is not yet defined. Whether representational or on a more abstract level, the artists’ works depict an in-between space or moment, a state of suspense, and also a moment of freedom.

 

Based on swimming figures, the pencil and gouache drawings by Stéphanie Leblon (‘Liquid Bodies’) are dealing with fluidity and transformation. Once under the waterline, the solid body relinquishes its classic boundaries, the figure dissolves and is freed from its representational form. In Psychonomics’ Sofie Muller uses fire and her own blood to create very intricate and expressive images of heads that are in different stages of emerging and dissolving. Hedwig Brouckaert decomposes the image of the figure depicted in all kinds of mass media by extensively layering them. Using drawing, collage and digital processing, she creates a completely new sense of the figure that denies a stable outline. Nelleke Beltjens’ elaborate drawings with pens, reinserted cut outs and tape, don’t have a relationship with the figure, but ‘it is not how I thought #2’ is very much concerned with a transitional state, a sense of liberation from fixed forms. Made from a simple set of bifurcation patterns but configured in complex layering, Taney Roniger’s ‘Inscapes’ seem to hover between realms, the material and the immaterial, the real and the fictive, the finite and the infinite, without ever resolving into either.

 

Alexander Gorlizki’s precise, mesmerizingly detailed works on paper originate from an obsession with Indian Miniature paintings – collaborating with Riyaz Uddin, a master painter in Jaipur, India. With its inspiration from both western and eastern culture, high craft and popular culture, Gorlizki’s work fluctuates between the mythical and banal, the mysterious and the everyday. Imbued with a deep awe for nature and the mythical, Max Razdow’s drawing presents human characters performing certain rituals in phantasmagorical landscapes. Carol Hepper’s sculptures ‘Pet’ and ‘Bison’ combine natural elements with industrial materials, turning them into powerful hybrid beings. The anthropomorphic machines or robot-like figures in Bart Stolle’s animation film ‘Darwinian Symphony’ reflect on our complex relationship with the analog and digital worlds. Stolle’s economical and purified visual language, referring to emoticons, is often in stark contrast with the emotional content of the figures’ narratives. At the height of the mortgage crisis in 2008, the artist Lucy Puls, illicitly entered foreclosed homes in the Bay area and documented signs of forced abandonment, worn carpets, moldy ceilings, scratched wood veneers and faded wallpaper. In her ‘Accumulatus’ series she applied layers of painting on top of these photographs, laying threadbare some of the violence inherent in them, resulting in disorienting and poignant pieces.

 

http://www.sofiemuller.be

www.gorlizki.com

http://www.leblon.be

www.hedwigbrouckaert.net

www.nellekebeltjens.com

http://razdow.org

www.concatenations.org Taney Roniger

www.lucypuls.com

www.carolhepper.com

http://www.zeno-x.com/artists/BS/bart_stolle.html Bart Stolle

 

http://www.kunstraumllc.com

KUNSTRAUM

20 Grand Ave, #509

Brooklyn, NY 11205

Open Thu – Sat 12- 6 pm

 

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