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Jessica Baxter

   

Jessica Baxter, from Brussels, is not the latest star of Flemish pop music or of institutional criticism. In 'Jessica Baxter Kills The Minutes' she presents her new interpretation of the culture of open-air festivals. You might call it a sort of Land Art without the links with nature, but brilliant and picturesque in all its details. This new work will be able to rely on the participation of a willing and enthusiastic public. Live music, the very latest in the form of ‘art and cooking’ and a huge mural that tells us what’s still to come. Straight out of the New York DIY underground, Jessica Baxter breaks with tradition, knocks holes and creates openings where they are needed… Baxter has previously collaborated with Komplot on projects in Hamburg, Ystadt (Sweden) and Paris.

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Astrid Bossuyt (°1989)

   

The autonomous actions by this young artist are clearly interwoven with her everyday life. The work itself is a snapshot of part of a process extending over a long period. The work she is doing for Freestate is the sequel to an action in Brussels, when she randomly scattered coleseed, some of which germinated and grew into plants that lived on. As a student, for a year she sabotaged the entry system with identification badges by keeping the doors open wherever possible using wooden wedges, which she later showed in her end-of-year exhibition. As well as showing several new works, she will also infiltrate the Freestate exhibition as an attendant.

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Delphine Deguislage (°1980)

   

Delphine Deguislage creates illusory spaces that swallow up their visitors so that the body in movement becomes a figure in the image. She evokes a third dimension using coloured planes and explores the relationships between colour and light, as in the work of modern landscape painters. These interactions between colour and form recur in her drawings and sculptures and also in her installations, some of which are made kinetic by their transparency or the movement of the viewer’s eyes. Her fascination with means of transport and, recently, with narrative objects and textures is part of her visual study of perception.

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Nick Ervinck (°1981)

   

Nick Ervinck’s oeuvre is an endless quest for a new language of form. To start with he looks for interactions between real and virtual worlds. For instance, he designs ‘clean’ forms on the computer and then makes them in real materials. Or else he tries – in the reverse direction – to make a virtual imitation of a very awkward real object. His present work is at the intersection of architecture, design and art. It consists mainly of animation, sculpture, prints and drawings, a sample of which he will show at Freestate. Nick Ervinck has carried out numerous solo projects in Belgium and has taken part in group exhibitions here and abroad. He has recently exhibited at Museum M in Leuven, SMAK, MOCA in Shanghai, Zebrastraat in Ghent, MARTA in Herford, Kunstverein in Ahlen, Superstories in Hasselt, the Brakke Grond in Amsterdam and the Vanhaerents Collection and MAMA in Rotterdam.

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Patrice Gaillard & Claude (°1974-1975)

   

This duo is fascinated by psychedelia and the eighties, and their work refers as much to sculptural tradition as to electronic music. Their objects are magnified, their forms broken apart and their colours almost acidic. They reveal an approach that one might call anything from chic to hyper-contemporary, with elements of both classical and pop culture. You can distinguish the structures, as you can the material, which changes with the light. The distortion of these objects gives them either a narrative or an abstract impact. Patrice Gaillard & Claude showed their word among others in the Galerie Micheline Swajcer (Antwerp), at the Biennale de Lyon and in the Museum of Fine Arts in Hô Chi Minh city and are represented by Galerie Loevenbruck in Paris.

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Mekhitar Garabedian (°1977)

   

The oeuvre of Mekhitar Garabedian can only be experienced fragmentarily: each work is an element in a complex and ambiguous whole. His personal story (born in Syria, lives in Ghent) provides a basis from which to bring up a number of universal topics concerning origin, identity and artisthood, among other things. He uses the widest possible range of resources: video, installations, neon, writing, photography, publications, archive items, and so on. In this way his work is an attempt to approach what determines our existence. Mekhitar Garabedian has recently exhibited at, among other places, BE-PART in Waregem and the Hoet-Bekaert Gallery in Ghent. In autumn 2011 he will have an individual exhibition at SMAK in Ghent.

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Pieter Geenen (°1979)

   

After his photography course at Limburg Catholic College, Pieter Geenen took the Transmedia postgraduate course at St Luke’s in Brussels. His work focuses on seemingly banal but often politically-charged landscapes and spaces. They reject any tendency towards analysis or emotion and slowly take their place in the imagination of anyone who absorbs them. This experience lies in the area of tension between the visual and the auditory, the static and the mobile. The attention becomes more focused, the experience slows; looking and listening become intense, intimate, curious, reflective and almost tangible. His work has been shown at the New York Film Festival and Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid. Solo exhibitions of his work have recently been held at Strombeek cultural centre and the Annie Gentils Gallery in Antwerp.

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Filip Gilissen (°1980)

   

For the preview of Freestate he will be engaged in installing 'It’s All Downhill From Here On' from sunset to sunrise. This is a rotating, flickering golden light sculpture, dangling from a gigantic construction crane. In its turn, this work refers to 'The Only Way Is Up', his performance in the entrance hall of the Fine Arts Museum in Antwerp. This is actually his alter ego – a theatrical character in a glittering golden jacket – who for five hours enthusiastically promotes the fact that from now on it’s downhill all the way. These two works fit perfectly into his purpose of bursting the bubble of success. In 2008 he obtained a Master’s degree in Fine Art at St Luke’s in Brussels. In 2010 he opened the Liverpool Biennale with 'The Winner Takes It All'. His work has recently been shown at the Torrance Art Museum in Los Angeles, the Brakke Grond in Amsterdam, at 211 Elizabeth Street in New York, The Woodmill in London and Neue Brug in Vienna.

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Kati Heck (°1979)

   

Kati Heck creates monumental compositions in which she combines various motifs, painting styles and storylines. She alternates a manically precise way of painting with quick and impulsive brushstrokes in the true Kippenberger style. The effect is overwhelming and brings us face to face with a comically obscene world charged above all with an absurd visual logic. At Freestate she will be showing a series of three recent paintings. In this bizarre threefold scene, the strange protagonists are a friendly couple of corpulent people and a dead dove.

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Jimmy Kets (°1979)

   

Jimmy Kets works not only as a press photographer, but also follows his own, individual artistic course. The thread running through his work is ‘the life of Western man’. How does he make ends meet and how does he spend his hard-earned leisure time? Kets’ pictures go beyond pure documentary and become metaphorical. In his photography, he displays a distinct feeling for colour, a sense of detail and a hint of surrealism. Jimmy Kets graduated from the Graphic Design and Illustration Department at St Luke’s in Antwerp in 2001. He then immediately started work as a press photographer on De Morgen, until he moved to De Standaard in 2009. There have been solo exhibitions of his work at the FoMu in Antwerp, the Flanders Centre at Osaka in Japan and at the Brakke Grond in Amsterdam, as well as at the photo festival in Breda.

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Jasper Rigole (°1981)

   

Jasper Rigole studied in the Film Department at the KASK and then took a postgraduate course at the HISK in Ghent. He founded the ‘International Institute for the Conservation, Archiving and Distribution of Other People’s Memories’ (IICAVAH), which in fact is the umbrella organisation for his artistic practices. The memories from this fictional institute – consisting mainly of found documents from the private sphere – are then used as the basis for his audiovisual projects, which exist in the form of installations, screenings and performances. They are essay-like explorations that comment critically and poetically on contemporary notions of the archive and memory, fiction and document/documentary. His work has been shown at the Brakke Grond in Amsterdam and the SMAK in Ghent, and was recently also given a place at Manifesta 8 in Murcia.

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Matthieu Ronsse (°1981)

   

In his paintings and exhibitions, Matthieu Ronsse takes his lead from a purely ‘plastic’ intuition. Time and impatience collide in the many images that he positions over, next to and opposite each other, also invisible to each other. Subjects from art history fuse with motifs from earlier work, with visual scraps from the private sphere and from books or architecture or photography. In the interplay between the works you notice constant shifts of subject, composition, brushstroke, colour and quality. This makes each of Matthieu Ronsse’s exhibition projects a surprising new chapter in an oeuvre whose complexity continues to expand. As we shall see at Freestate.

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Sarah & Charles (°1979 en °1981)

   

The artistic duo Sarah & Charles create worlds which are both recognisable and odd, and are populated by invisible protagonists. Their installations consist of stage sets that evoke dream-like images where reality and fiction meet. The visitor himself also plays a part in these settings and is as it were directed by the set. The interiors display a considerable sense of design and detail, which reveals something about the characters. It is not without reason that one series is called 'Props for Drama'. In 2007 Sarah & Charles were prize-winners at the HISK. Sarah had previously graduated from St Luke’s in Brussels. Their work has been shown at such places as the Brakke Grond in Amsterdam, the Klingental in Basel, De Garage in Mechelen, Lokaal 101 in Breda, Watou and MARTA in Herford. They recently designed the set for the opera 'Blond Eckbert' at the Flanders Opera.

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Ief Spincemaille (°1976)

   

Ief Spincemaille studied philosophy at the KU Leuven and music and technology at L’aula de Musica in Barcelona. He has worked on numerous stage productions as a set- and sound-designer, among others for Het Toneelhuis and Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Since 2010 he has coordinated the Werktank, a production centre for media art, together with Kurt d’Haeseleer. The border regions between ‘old’ and ‘new’ media, and also between ‘onstage’ and ‘offstage’ provide a natural habitat for his work, which he himself describes as a form of sculpture for the multimedia age. Every possible medium and tool is employed in orchestrated situations and constructed narratives that question and challenge the spectator’s perceptions. His work has recently been shown at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam, at the Verbeke Foundation in Kemzeke and at Almost Cinema in Ghent.

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Ante Timmermans (°1976)

   

With incredible drive, Ante Timmermans does drawings that record human existence, with an eye for both the tragedy and the humour of the human condition (and of his artisthood). His drawings may be on paper or on the wall, in the form of an animated film, a light projection or three-dimensional. His endless interplay of lines depicts every possible form of human activity and thereby transcends observable reality. In this way his oeuvre becomes the genesis of one huge and inextricable network of lines and meanings. For Freestate, Ante Timmerman is working on an ensemble of new spatial drawings.

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Dennis Tyfus (°1979)

   

Dennis Tyfus is busily engaged in a number of activities, all of vital importance to him: music, drawing, magazines, posters, LP covers, radio programmes, concerts and performances. In this way his fascination for visual poetry and noise, the Situationists and their radicalism, and the punk scene of the 70s and 80s, all end up in his programme on Radio Centraal. Together with Vaast Colson, he also organises acts and performances at ‘Gunther’, a place somewhere in Antwerp, and for the Ultra Eczema label, which he set up himself, he brings out publications and LPs by artist and musician friends. From all this emerges a coherent set of finely executed drawings, collages and videos with shimmering colours and textures. His work has been shown at Deitch Projects ( New York), Haus de Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Bozar (Brussels) and the Brakke Grond (Amsterdam). He recently had a notable solo exhibition at Be-Part Waregem.

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Philippe Van Wolputte (°1982)

   

For Freestate, Philippe Van Wolputte will be creating a new T.P.E.S., the sixth in a series that started in 2005. These ‘Temporary Penetrable Exhibition Spaces’ consist of site-specific interventions in vacant and unused spaces that are often to be found in an urban setting. He will in this instance completely re-clad an abandoned structure in the old part of the harbour in the form of a white cube, around a found interior which is also a work of art. In this way a previously ‘useless’ site is given a temporary function as an imaginary exhibition space. In addition, his fascination for asbest leads him to a new intervention in the warehouse. Philippe Van Wolputte has previously exhibited at the Chert Gallery (Berlin), the Zentrum Paul Klee (Bern), the Mukha (Antwerp), Liste (Basel) and Objectif Exhibitions (Antwerp). He was artist in residence at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam until 2009.

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Vadim Vosters (°1979)

   

Vadim Vosters is a painter, photographer and media artist. One of the factors that recurs constantly in his work is the contrast between light and dark, and between seeing and not seeing. Historical and art history references provide the occasion for a more profound reflection on the essence of an image. By integrating new technology he often brings about a form of interaction between viewer and image, and a renewal of the medium of painting. Vosters studied Mixed Media at the Academy in Ghent. He has exhibited at the Ensor Museum (Ostend), in Fantastic Illusions (Kortrijk - Shanghai), and at Performa 2009 (New York).

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Leon Vranken (°1975)

   

Leon Vranken has among other things studied for the Master’s degree in Autonomous Visual Arts in Breda (2005) and in 2007 he graduated from the Higher Institute of Fine Art (HISK) with solo exhibitions at the Stella Lohaus Gallery and elsewhere. Most of his work is three-dimensional. He uses objects that appear to have been taken out of context, or forms and volumes that may or may not be geometrical. They are shown individually or combined in an installation. But they are not simply found objects. Vranken makes his objects and forms himself, with a marked attention to materials. The perfect finish and tactile nature of his work are of prime importance. His work always has an alienating effect and also displays great craftsmanship. This was made clear in a recent work consisting of twelve pedestals arranged according to the increasing complexity of the woodwork. They call for a new interpretation of the pedestal, somewhere between a functional article and an architectural object.

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Freek Wambacq (°1978)

   

Freek Wambacq establishes a critical link between the world of art and the world outside it. Brief encounters and idiosyncratic discoveries are the inspiration behind his art. Wambacq’s extensive sculptural vocabulary makes use of found objects and everyday materials to which he gives new life in surprising combinations. The artist collects and arranges objects in an associative manner so as to form aesthetically challenging constructions. Wambacq visits the borders of art and he does so with a subtle and often humorous undertone. This subtlety manifests itself both in the care the artist takes to position and present his sculptures and installations and in the titles he gives them. This year he has already has a solo exhibition at the Museum M in Leuven and a place in the Crossroads group exhibition in Düsseldorf, and he is also one of the winners in the Prix de la Jeune Peinture Belge.

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Sung-A Yoon (°1977)

   

Sung-A Yoon studied art at L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy and film-making at INSAS in Brussels. Navigating between the fields of cinema and contemporary art, her films and videos have been shown at numerous international film festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival, as well as art centres (Jeu de Paume, Palais de Tokyo, Le Plateau,...) and events such as the Busan Biennale. At Freestate she will present a new video installation, part of the ongoing project 'Les lieux du son' which explores the relationship between music and public space, focusing, on this occasion, on the notion of labour, as well as 'Adieu je pars et dans mon coeur j’emporterai' and 'Elle peut pas oublier le sentiment toute la vie', a video diptych on displacement, collective memory and the emotional power of sound and language, shot among the Chinese community in Liège.

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