Kaspar Dejong

Kaspar Dejong


23.04 - 18.06 In his exhibition “Reading between the lines” Dejong focuses on our direct surroundings during an average city stroll. Dejong’s work is in line with the semiotic tradition that revolves around the exploring and studying of signs and symbols as a significant part of communication. The traces of life that surround us in our daily habitat are telling us stories of something that once was or one day will become. By lifting mundane/trivial signals and situations out of their initial context, decomposing them and studying them, Dejong intends to raise questions around their original intent and our ways of living

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Ballroom Gallery
Koningsstraat 119–123
Rue Royale 1000 Brussels

Opening Hours
Wednesday — Saturday
12:00—18:00

Joris Vanpoucke

Joris Vanpoucke

°1983, lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium

Through various landscapes, distorted by dreamlike visions of flowers and other realistically drawn flora, Vanpoucke exhibits a world inspired by memories and existential questions, rather than by a visible reality. Like the many walks the artist takes around his studio during sunset or sunrise, Vanpoucke’s paintings appear ever to shimmer between night and day, between being awake and asleep, and between the dream and the mundane. What is real can no longer be ascertained. Surroundings become contexts and the landscape becomes the territory of the mind. Even though, in appearance, Vanpoucke’s paintings seem highly different from his drawings, they both possess a strong sense for modern-day Romanticism. Both are equally vulnerable and demonstrate the artist’s constant sensibilities; melancholic, nostalgic, utopian, and rich with a classical notion of the sublime. Made with great attention to both the art of drawing and painting, Vanpoucke’s works are simultaneously outspoken and quiet, daring to release a sigh when everything around it seems to scream. As such, Vanpoucke presents a sense of wonder not often seen in current times, finding stillness and beauty precisely where others do not, and making his works perhaps all the more welcome because of it. Vanpoucke’s works have been exhibited, among others, at Art on Paper (Bozar, Brussels), Gerhard Hofland (Amsterdam), DMW Gallery (Antwerp) and D’apostrof (Meigem).

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Ballroom Gallery
Koningsstraat 119–123
Rue Royale 1000 Brussels

Opening Hours
Wednesday — Saturday
12:00—18:00

Fia Cielen

Fia Cielen

°1978, lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium

Fia Cielen makes drawings, sculptures, installations and monumental digital prints. An important recurring aspect in her work is metamorphosis. Cielen likes to introduce a natural element in the work that goes beyond her control, in an attempt to achieve a re-enchantment of a disenchanted world. The artist is particularly attracted by in-between states, transitory zones and the uncanny, which becomes evident especially in her drawings. They are populated by creatures that exist on the threshold between the human, the animal, and the elemental; beings on the verge of their next materialisation. An important source of inspiration are masks – carnival masks, old folklore and ritual masks, ritual animal disguises. Masquerade as something that is ingrained in European culture, originating from a time before the christening of Europe, a remnant of times when the wild and magical were still part of daily life. Hiding one’s face behind a mask is also a fitting metaphor for our modern culture, with its thin layer of civilization, the wildness brewing underneath. In an over-regulated world, Cielen wants to depict the states in which we can reclaim a sense of wildness, as a means of expressing an intuitive feeling that estrangement can be intrinsically more natural.

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Fia Cielen

°1978, lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium

Fia Cielen makes drawings, sculptures, installations and monumental digital prints. An important recurring aspect in her work is metamorphosis. Cielen likes to introduce a natural element in the work that goes beyond her control, in an attempt to achieve a re-enchantment of a disenchanted world. The artist is particularly attracted by in-between states, transitory zones and the uncanny, which becomes evident especially in her drawings. They are populated by creatures that exist on the threshold between the human, the animal, and the elemental; beings on the verge of their next materialisation. An important source of inspiration are masks – carnival masks, old folklore and ritual masks, ritual animal disguises. Masquerade as something that is ingrained in European culture, originating from a time before the christening of Europe, a remnant of times when the wild and magical were still part of daily life. Hiding one’s face behind a mask is also a fitting metaphor for our modern culture, with its thin layer of civilization, the wildness brewing underneath. In an over-regulated world, Cielen wants to depict the states in which we can reclaim a sense of wildness, as a means of expressing an intuitive feeling that estrangement can be intrinsically more natural.

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Dries Segers

Dries Segers

°1990 lives and works in Brussels, Belgium

Dries Segers is a photographer, fabulator, storyteller and plant bender. He works with various media and print techniques. His work is centred on photographic fabulation with a main focus on the non-human, invisibles and ecological meltdown. Segers works with the history of photography by activating the use of specific techniques and attitudes. This results in plant based prints, camera-less photographs and extreme close-up photography. His latest project Hotel Bellevue focusses on border trees and a Celtic use of a landscape.

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Caroline Van den Eynden

Caroline Van den Eynden

°1982 - 2022 lived and worked in Antwerp, Belgium

Caroline Van den Eynden creates sculptures and installations imbued with personal memories and crafted through meticulous dexterity. She works by hand using raw and precious materials, often combining steel, brick and glass. The formal result is similar to a model in an architectural context. It seems to meet the architectural rules, but differs at crucial points. Caroline builds a tension field that links transparency to emptiness; she creates a perfectly finished whole that is somehow still inconclusive. Her work stresses passages, evolutions and unspoken possibilities, both in the future and the past. For many, a staircase is functional; for the artist, however, it is fundamental. Without stairs, doors or passageways, one can never achieve a different or higher level.

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Marius Ritiu

Marius Ritiu

°1984, lives and works in Antwerp and New York.

Marius Ritiu is a sculptor, painter and storyteller whose practice questions the concepts of nationhood, borders and nationalism. Ritiu’s works often incorporate copper as the physical material that connects the world. The technological applications of the material in communication and transport have enabled the mobility of ideas, goods and people, impacting the nature and physicality of borders. Copper is important in the artist’s practice for its philosophical connotations as well, drawing on the chemical elements association with human history and the cosmos through alchemy. Ritiu’s own experience as a travelling artist and an immigrant, continuing crossing borders and witnessing variations in culture, religion, nation, race, anchors his practice, and reveals his work as a quest to comprehend and express the global through the local, the universal through the particular, the familiar through the alien.

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Emilie Terlinden

Emilie Terlinden

1983, lives and works in Brussels

The mystifying paintings of Emilie Terlinden, emerge through a careful selection of images from the Renaissance and objects from her everyday environment. Though the images remain recognizable to the viewer as references to a specific era, a series of careful manipulations makes them entirely the artist’s own. Before being given their fixed place on the canvas, the images are transformed by being folded, alienating them from their original form. These interventions strip the subjects of their familiar historical context and promote them to the protagonists in a new, sophisticated staged spectacle.

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