‘To Titillate’ trtrlert/
arouse (someone) to interest or mild excitement
'The body embodies many aspects in my work. It is used as a model, an object and medium. '
The disconnection from ‘the body’ as we know it fascinates, attracts and invites to look closer.
Using media like video, photocollage and installation, I explore the body in all it forms. The body is literally objectified. This time NOT as a lust-object.
By reinventing the way we look at the body and how it takes shape, I research what happens through recognition and abstraction. Using skintones and imperfections of the body as fundation, the body is pulled apart from its known form and image of the body is recreated. Imperfections of the body and the skin are investigated and made into a Body of Bodies. I take pictures of the models and search for the right perspective and details to use in my collages.
As a spectator we all search for recognition. This urge makes us see things that aren’t really there. We tend to see ‘Pareidolia’, this literally means looking beside the image and seeing something that is not there. Our brain is used to recognise things quickly. This is a basic reflex which protects us from danger and helps us read people’s expressions.
The body respresents EVERYBODY and becomes ONE trough collages. Gender, race and age are put in one bundle of bodies. Which parts of the body we see isn’t clear. As a spectator you tend to try and figure out which parts you are seeing. We see the body in its purest form. Nude and with all its imperfections. Shown as it is but out of its context. Through this the phenomenon of pareidolia can take place.
.2009-2011 Master in free-arts, School of arts, Ghent
2006-2009 Bachelor in free-arts, School of arts, Ghent
2002-2005 Artistieke opleiding, Jan Van Eyck academy, Bruges
'How to titillate a space' Gildhof TIelt
'Exposure' groupshow/ 4-5, 10-12 june Kasteel Borluut, Ghent
Residency @ KAOS FESTIVAL/Kranj/ Slovenia 1-14june
''Corporeal Gestures' / Portland United States 04/04- 29/04
'Loss' /Site Sanitary Zottegem 06-05 until 08-05 https://www.kunstenfestival-loss.com/
'Passie & Obsessie 2021' / cc Zwijgershoek/ Sint-Niklaas
'Input/output 2022'/ Poorterloge Brugge
'Onverbloemd #2 ' / Bloemmolens in Diksmuide
'Generaties Lijmen' /Guislain Museum / Ghent
'Buy Local' Kunstsalon/ kunsthal Gent
'Homo San'/ Lier
'Hedendaagse Primitieven'/ Exporuimte Burg/ Bruges
'Groupshow What's in it for me'/ Blanco/ Ghent
Bulp/ Nerdlab/ Brugge
Buy Local/ Zomersalon Kunsthal / Ghent
For a Brief Eternity/ De Tank/ Bruges
Bokashi.be/ duoshow/ Zebrastraat/ Ghent
Foundation Andrée & Pierre Arty/ Mechelen
'Behind the Glasss' pandemic project from Jonas Vansteenkiste/ Ghent
Vitrines D'amour, Bulthaup, Ghent
WAWWA n°3 Oil/ De Tank/ Bruges
Klein Sculptuur/ CC Zwaneberg/ Heist-op-den-Berg
BYOB Mutation/ Nerdlab/ Ghent
M/V/X: Het lichaam, een feest?/CC/ Bruges
Opening Makerspace/MAM/ Bruges
Kolaj Fest / New Orleans, USA
Ulele Pitch 'BOOK OF BRUISES'/ Antwerp
group project Nerdlab@Tumult/Krook/ Ghent
World Collage atlas/ Verbeke Foundation/ Kemzeke.
'CENSORmeTHIS'/ solo expo/ Blanco in Ghent
'Projector'/ Audiovisual Festival/ Haar in Antwerp
'Ongezien 3'/ Dopplatform/ BP building in Antwerp
'More = More'/ Groupshow/ CC Sint-Niklaas
'Overspel deel II'/Project Prevenda/Antwerp Central Station
'Overspel'/Project Prevenda/Antwerp Central Station
'The inhabitant Body'/ Groupshow 300jaar academie/ Schipperskapel in Bruges
'The first on the left'/ Sponsored project with musician Laurens Van Bouwelen/ Kouter in Ghent
'Kunstenlab'/Passage/ Bogardenkapel in Bruges
Selections and prizes
2020 'Input/output 2022'/ Selection Groupshow/ Poorterloge Brugge
2019 ‘Klein Sculptuur’/ Selection groupshow/ CC/Heist-Op-Den-Berg
2019 'KolajFest'/ project 'Donate Yourself'
2014 ‘Stimulans’/ Selection/ Broelmuseum/ Courtray
2014‘Kunstsalon Sant’ / Selection/ Stadshallen/ Bruges
2011 ‘Provincial price for fine arts'/ Laureate/ Venetian Galleries/
2010 'Frappant expo’/ Preselection/collaboration with Wesley Van Gaever /Diamantmuseum in Antwerp
2009 ‘Arnoevoo’/3th place/ Staf Versluys in Bredene
2006 ‘Curieus’ in Wenduine/ Selection for the final in Ypres
© Alex Vanhee
By using media like video, photocollage and installation, I explore the body in all it forms.'
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