Nadia Naveau

Nadia Naveau


23.04 - 18.06 In her studio, Nadia Naveau often collects and finds fragments, small items or parts of objects; elements of unfinished thoughts. She brings them together into three-dimensional collages. It is her way of thinking: with memory, association and play. Clay is her main material: she uses it to sketch ideas, which may or may not be given a more 'final' elaboration. She often plays with the perception of materials, something rarely really is what we think we see. In terms of content, Naveau finds crossovers between art historical influences and pop culture (she makes references to figures from Greek mythology, the Baroque and presentations in archaeological museums, but also to The Simpsons and Disney). Naveau distances herself from an academic method (the strictly defined sequence of ideas, drawn sketches and sculpted and glazed final results). The artist's liberation occurs at the breaking point of conformity and finding a method all of one’s own. During the creation process, the clay often takes the lead: the image itself will evoke certain associations or coincidences.

Works

Ballroom Gallery
Koningsstraat 119–123
Rue Royale 1000 Brussels

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

Denitsa Todorova

Denitsa Todorova


23.04 - 18.06 Denitsa Todorova works almost exclusively with graphite on paper. Her method could be called quasi-sculptural: after she has completely blackened the paper with graphite, she reveals a composition (usually based on a photo) by removing the graphite in very precisely defined places. The whole process is time-consuming, intensive and not all too different from a sculptor who distills a shape by cutting away marble or wood. Due to the high degree of abstraction, it is tempting to think that her images are created almost effortlessly, as a result of intuitive artistic gestures, but in reality, Todorova leaves relatively little to coincidence. In her abstract drawings Todorova strives for a certain isolation of the viewer – a reduction of sensory stimuli in favour of a pure confrontation with the imagination. She compares it to staring into the sun for too long: you see black and colourful spots, distortions; shapes and images become more difficult to distinguish in a kind of dizzying mirage.

Works

Ballroom Gallery
Koningsstraat 119–123
Rue Royale 1000 Brussels

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

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

Works

Ballroom Gallery
Koningsstraat 119–123
Rue Royale 1000 Brussels

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