About + CV

‘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. 

 


Education

.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


Upcoming expositions


'Passie & Obsessie 2021' / cc Zwijgershoek/  Sint-Niklaas



Past expositions


2021


'Input/output 2022'/ Poorterloge Brugge

https://fb.me/e/1c9ru3ooC


'Onverbloemd #2 ' / Bloemmolens in Diksmuide

https://fb.me/e/2vaN3AlRh



'Generaties Lijmen' /Guislain Museum / Ghent

https://www.facebook.com/museumdrguislain/photos/pcb.10165318415810607/10165318415600607/


'Buy Local' Kunstsalon/ kunsthal Gent


'Homo San'/ Lier


'Hedendaagse Primitieven'/ Exporuimte Burg/ Bruges

https://www.ccbrugge.be/agenda/1426/Hedendaagse_Primitieven/Alex_Vanhee_Benedikte_Van_Eeghem/


'Groupshow What's in it for me'/ Blanco/ Ghent

https://fb.me/e/116Vof39g


2020


Bulp/ Nerdlab/ Brugge


Buy Local/ Zomersalon Kunsthal / Ghent


For a Brief Eternity/ De Tank/ Bruges


Bokashi.be/ duoshow/ Zebrastraat/ Ghent


Inside/out 2020 / kasteel Borluut/ Ghent

https://www.insideout2020.be/


Foundation Andrée & Pierre Arty/ Mechelen

https://fondationarty.com/


'Behind the Glasss' pandemic project from Jonas Vansteenkiste/ Ghent

https://jonasvansteenkiste.wixsite.com/portfolio/behind-the-glass?pgid=k8736n2t-104cbdac-91e1-49c1-b4bd-5136a6bc759d


Vitrines D'amour, Bulthaup, Ghent

https://www.facebook.com/events/gent-linkeroever/vitrines-damour/201932057025229/


2019


WAWWA n°3 Oil/ De Tank/ Bruges

https://www.facebook.com/events/2787426811268358/


Klein Sculptuur/ CC Zwaneberg/ Heist-op-den-Berg

https://www.facebook.com/events/843056022756035/


BYOB Mutation/ Nerdlab/ Ghent

https://www.facebook.com/events/447498319306581/


M/V/X: Het lichaam, een feest?/CC/  Bruges

https://www.facebook.com/events/2496470127242495/


Opening Makerspace/MAM/ Bruges


Kolaj Fest / New Orleans, USA

http://kolajmagazine.com/content/kolaj-fest/donate-yourself/


Ulele Pitch 'BOOK OF BRUISES'/ Antwerp


group project Nerdlab@Tumult/Krook/ Ghent

https://www.facebook.com/events/987560678106963/


World Collage atlas/ Verbeke Foundation/ Kemzeke.

https://www.facebook.com/events/342187649745483/


2018


'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


2017


'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


2016


'Als Ooit' Artforum/ Opek/ in Leuven


'Open Ateliers Nucleo'/ Villa De Wal in Wondelgem


'The Imperfectionists Abroad'/ Design Festa Gallery in Tokyo, Japan


'4de editie KRVN'/ in Roeselare


2015


'Byob'/ Kerk in Ghent


'Byob'/ Tivoli in Utrecht, the Netherlands


'Dis_connected' solo exhibition/ Blanco in Ghent


'TIG # 3'/ Gouvernement in Ghent


2014


‘Hide & Seek’/ Bogardenkapel in Bruges


‘Open ateliers’/ Nucleo, Begga Convent in Ghent


‘ Stimulans’/ Paardenstallen Broelmuseum in Courtray


‘Kunstsalon Sant’/ Stadshallen in Bruges


‘ The Imperfectionists ’/ Galleria Rajatilassa in Tampere in Finland


‘ BEAF ’/ Bozar in Bruxelles (assistence for artist Valery Vermeulen)


2013


‘ Tumult '/ Stukken in Ghent


‘ Trial ’/ CC Meulestede in Ghent


2012


‘ Norda Xposed ’/ Norda in De Haan


‘ Brut-ell ’/ Zebrastraat in Ghent


‘ T-Lab ’/ TOI3 in Ronse


2011


‘ Kaskweek ’/ Kask in Ghent


‘Ausstellung ’ / Leonardo Campus in Münster, Germany


‘ Vierjaarlijkse prijs voor beeldende kunsten ‘/ provincial price West-Flanders ,Venetian Galleries in Ostend


2010


‘ Jonge Zwervers III ‘/ Offoff, lindenlei 38 in Ghent


‘ Exhibition.Wystawa. tentoonstelling ‘/ ccd’Annexe in De Haan


‘ Mayday Mayday ’/ Campo Boma in Ghent


‘ Frappant expo ’/ Diamantmuseum in Antwerp


‘ Jazz & Sounds ’/ Concertgebouw Kask in Ghent


2009


‘ Arnoevoo ’/ Staf Versluys in Bredene


‘ Actuele Kunst Labo ’/ in Ronse


‘ Bijlokedag ’/ Kask in Ghent


‘ Titel# ’/ Hof ter Dampoort in Ghent


2008


‘ Solo project, Het magazijn‘/ JH ‘de Kaarderij’ in Ghent


2007


‘ Kiezen voor kunst ’/ Provincial edition / in Ypres


2006


‘ Curieus ’/ Wielingenbad in Wenduine


2005


‘ Vrouw en geweld ’/ Amnesty International/ in Bruges





Selections and prizes


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/

Ostend


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

Elke Desutter  © Alex Vanhee

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© Alex Vanhee


By using media like video, photocollage and installation, I explore the body in all it forms.'








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