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Solo show: Jan De Cock - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis - A Commercial Exhibition (over)

15 November 2012 until 19 January 2013
  Jan De Cock
Jan De Cock
JKO Romantik IV
Acrílico, madeira, plástico, metal | Acrylic, wood, plastic, metal 252 x 276 x 53 cm Cortesia | Courtesy Jan De Cock / Galeria Filomena Soares
2012
 
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Galeria Filomena Soares has the pleasure to present the first solo show in Portugal of the Belgian artist JAN DE COCK (Brussels, 1976), titled JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS: A Commercial Exhibition. The show will open at Thursday, November 15th, at 9:30 pm, with the presence of the artist and will be on display until January 12th, 2013. The exhibit works were presented this year at Staatliche Kunsthalle of Baden-Baden, Germany, titled JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS: A Romantic Exhibition. The artist creates his works using a very particular “modus operandi”. The improvisation of suggestive referents interacting with the constant denial of specific concepts and materials, allow him a space of extreme intellectual freedom of artistic discourse. A series of sculptures named as Romantik (Romance) consists of large structures measuring nearly three meters, over which are accurately added different layers of wood and other industrially produced materials. The works recall attention to the artist’s earlier “expansive-objects”, but now seem to have been pushed against the wall, as bas-reliefs. A series of sculptures Krise (Crisis), placed in front of the previous, reproduces fragments of other architectural element. Stairs, small furniture or pedestals that still seem to be part of the artist’s studio are constituent parts of the sculptures. By compressing three-dimensional spaces into bas-reliefs the artist decreases the distance between the studio and the gallery, transforming both into one space. Other elements – architectural ornaments, beads, small decorative elements, wooden modules, floors, several colors paint, or the traces of a plaster cast – reappear in different works. Some elements recur in new ways so that the viewer is forced to decode the small differences and variations in several sculptures compositions that are part of the same series. Thus, the viewer falters from one fragment to another in search of the stable narrative and conscious interpretation. Maybe it’s this endless demand for something unattainable that artist suggests a possible mapping of decadent contemporary society.

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