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, cultural references and psychological spaces.
05.06 – 04.07 2010
Charlott Markus’ work is firmly rooted in photography but has recently developed towards site-specific, spatial installations. Her working method thoroughly and intently investigates the well-known, yet allways evasive fine lines between space and surface, subject and object, abstraction and figuration.
For her photo works Markus collects old furniture, left over wood, pieces of carpet and old garments, preferably from the direct surroundings of where she happens to be working.
Kunstvlaai: Floris Bovée
16.5 – 23.5.2010
Floris Bovée creates a world in which he communicates a romanticized notion of technology and mechanic processes. He investigates the principles of matter, such as force, balance and movement, light sound and electricity. These principles are translated into analogue systems that interact with the characteristics of a given space: minimal interventions which intensify their architectural surroundings and evoke a new experience of space and time.
At the Kunstvlaai he presents a new work which is designed for the specific context: a scale model of the booth, mechanically folding and unfolding itself from a two into a three dimensional space.
Na Kim, Karl Nawrot, Our Polite Society, Hilde & Janna Meeus, Nina Støttrup Larsen
08.04 – 02.05 2010
The Situation Room is a 150 square meter temporary set up and documentation center in the main hall of the gallery space P/////AKT. It is run on the occasion of a three weeks exhibition to monitor and deal with crises and to conduct communication with the outside. The Situation Room is equipped with communication equipment in order to re-project and re-produce.
Long Short -Term Memory
06.2 – 07.03 2010
Simon Kentgens toont in P/////AKT een installatie met nieuwe beelden, waarbinnen een aantal min of meer recente ontwikkelingen binnen zijn werk worden samengebracht. Site-specific ingrepen maken de ruimte tot een decor voor (ready-made) objecten en sculpturen uit veelal vergankelijk materiaal.
Wat deze elementen met elkaar gemeen hebben is dat ze zich begeven op een overgang: tussen het echte en het geconstrueerde, het origineel en de reproductie, tijdelijkheid en permanentie.