I share – you share, 2014, by Yana Dimitrova
The Accessible Art Fair is already celebrating its 10th anniversary, but the concept is still the same. It’s an art fair where you can buy high quality art for a reasonable price. The artists are not yet known by the larger public, they are still emerging. That’s what makes the art work accessible for everyone who cares about art, even when on a small budget. Actually, that’s what I try to achieve with this blog: to make art accessible for everyone, to convince people to walk into a gallery without hesitating and to talk about art in an understandable way. It’s the second time I visited the Accessible Art Fair and I always feel inspired afterwards. The atmosphere is really positive and there are no snobby people you often see in other art fairs. I love the fact that you can speak to all the artists. When I write a blog post about an exhibition, I feel a bigger connection when I actually talked to the artist. It adds some kind of emotional value. I guess it’s the same thing when buying an art work, knowing the artist a little bit creates a real connection.
So here are my favorite art works of this year’s edition.
L’envol, 2016, by Fabrice Samyn
Fabrice Samyn is a Brussels artist who lives and works in the capital. I think I saw one of his art works at Art Brussels this year, but I am not sure. It was sort of by accident that I discovered his exhibition at Meessen De Clercq during the Brussels Gallery Weekend. I was actually looking for another gallery to visit that day. As you might have noticed by now, I only write about artists or exhibitions that I liked. I very much appreciated the work of Fabrice Samyn, so I thought I should write about him as well.
White Snow, Thumper 1, by Paul McCarthy, 2014-2016
The American artist Paul McCarthy is currently exposing in Brussels! The first time I read something about him was when I did some research for my thesis on public art. Do you know his statue called ‘Santa Claus‘? It’s a huge gnome holding something in his hand that looks like a buttplug. The statue was moved around several times in Rotterdam because a lot of citizens didn’t want it in their neighborhood. They were too shocked by the image. Paul McCarthy also did performances that were often perceived as shocking. For example, one time he showed his buttocks all covered in chocolate sauce! Yummie.
The Great Deal of Pain(t), by El Nino76
Belgian Crew is the name of a street art exhibition that is hold in the Egmont Palace in Brussels. Every summer, the Palace opens its doors to the public when showing the work of different artists. I never noticed this Palace before even though I walk past it every day to go to work. It’s hidden behind the small park of Petit Sablon, the one with all the statues. It’s only because I saw so many pictures on social media of these marble stairs with the yellow paint spilled on it that I found out about the exhibition. (the blue-orange-purple paintings on the marble background are made by the artist Reset’81)
(Left image:Madame La Belge)
Hell yes, we all remember the words of Donald Trump saying that the city of Brussels is a hellhole. I saw a lot of funny reactions appearing on social media at that time, coming from citizens and people who are active in the Brussels creative scene. One of them, Dries Tack, decided to create a website called Hellhole.Brussels to promote local artists abroad.
I recently rediscovered this website and I thought it was about time to share it with you.
Cynthia, 1982, by John Kacere
For the first time, a Belgian museum is presenting a retrospective exhibition about photorealistic paintings. The Museum of Ixelles/Elsene in Brussels tells us the story of Photorealism (also known as Hyperrealism), from its origin in the 60’s until now.
Hello everyone! I’m always happy when someone invites me to a vernissage. Especially when it’s an artist presenting his or her own work. Last Friday I went to the opening of ‘Beholder‘, a collaboration between two artists living in Brussels: Maria Gil Ulldemolins & Juan Cañizares. Maria is Spanish and Juan is from Argentina. They met in Brussels and the friendship between them resulted in a very personal exhibition at TinyMighty, Maria’s studio in the city center.
Did you see the giants yet in the entrance hall of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium? If not, it’s about time you met them! There are six sculptures from the Canadian artist David Altmejd exposed in this room. The first time I saw a work of art from Altmejd was also in Brussels, when I visited the Vanhaerents Art Collection. It was also a giant sculpture, called Figure with Black Arms and Strawberry. It was a bit creepy, but very interesting to look at. The six sculptures in the museum hall are quite impressive, because they match so well with their surroundings.
Hello! This weekend there were no more than 5 art fairs in Brussels! We had Art Brussels, Off Course Brussels, Independent Brussels, Poppostion Off Fair and YIA. All in the same weekend, unbelievable! I managed to visit 3 of them and I want to show you my favorite works of art spotted on these fairs. Hope you like it!
About Peter Kogler
I went to the ING Art Center without any expectations, because the name Peter Kogler was completely new to me. Since I usually appreciate the exhibitions organized by this art center, I had high hopes. And yes, I have no regrets at all. It was a strange experience, like walking into a different world! Peter Kogler is an Austrian artist who lives in Vienna. It was Jan Hoet that sort of ‘discovered’ Peter Kogler as an interesting artist years ago. He’s a multimedia artist who uses computer technology to make most of his work. Inspired by architecture, he has the habit of transforming whole rooms into his own universe. That’s exactly what he did this time. The whole exhibition space is now one big piece of art. There are curved lines everywhere: on the wall, ceiling and floor. Inside this piece of art, he exposes his sculptures, videos, collages and printed drawings.