Space is a Word is the first edition within the current presentation format on art as a Mental Space. Art (or P/////AKT) as a mental space consists of a serial solo presentations, each triology connected to a specific focus-point is connected to the previous or coming series. Moreover, each series is involving a moderator as a fourth participant. The role of this moderator is to follow the process and to generate conclusions, output and / or new ideas.
Space is a Word featured Gino Saccone, Jean Bernard Koeman and Frederik van Simaey. Each artist presented his view on the connection between art, architecture and language in a wider sense. The artist Hedwig Houben moderated this series.
Frederik van Simaey
Hiding in Plain Sight
Space is a Word III
11.12 2010 – 16.01 2011
Frederik van Simaey was invited to realise the final exhibition of the Space is a Word series. A worthy candidate in the sense that he literally gives meaning to its subject. “Being literal” may be suggestive of an approach that is too direct, but in this case the suggestion is by no means a disqualification. Van Simaey is an escape artist – even a bit of an alchemist- creating something out of nothing and capable of making things appear and dissapear . The space behind the word (and vice versa).
Jean Bernard Koeman
‘DISPLAYS ( a Temporary but Willing Suspension of Disbelief )’
Space is a Word II
24.10 – 21.11 2010
For his solo exhibition at P//////AKT Jean Bernard Koeman brings together a selection of new and existing works. As one might expect from the artist’s own words, the exhibition will turn out to be more than the sum of its parts: “I construct the installations as a parcours for the audience. An associative walk or tour, in which scale, form and meaning are generated simultaneously and on top of each other. The installations represent a “mental architecture”, meaning they are structures or buildings with human or thinking properties. They tell a story, invite to participate, doubt themselves, define or ventilate feelings or thoughts.”
Space is a Word I
05.09 – 04.10 2010
Gino Saccone is occupied with making sculptures, images and films that explore the basic mechanics of language and how information can be formulated and expressed. The works are the result of both symbolic and intuitive processes that are concerned with the potential for movement and metaphor to engender meaning and inspire a feeling. Through a process of inter-relating different elements Saccone intends to open up potential fictions, cultur