Living in Dreams – images

Tekst & foto’s van de tentoonstelling Living in Dreams, samengesteld door Els Fiers en Frank Koolen, van 18/2 tot 23/4/2017 in CC De Bond in Brugge.

Text and images from the exhibition Living in Dreams, curated by Els Fiers & Frank Koolen, from the 18th of February until the 23th of April 2017 at CC De Bond in Bruges, BE

Uitnodiging/ Invitation

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image: still from Flexure, 2016, by Bedwyr Williams

 

Living in Dreams

Door Els Fiers

Living in Dreams: de woorden komen uit Sputnik Sweetheart van de Japanse schrijver Haruki Murakami. In het boek vindt een meisje een manier om zonder aanvaringen verder te leven. ‘Het antwoord is dromen’, zegt ze, ‘leven in dromen en blijven dromen’. ‘Je stapt de droomwereld binnen en gaat er nooit meer weg.’ Dezelfde nacht nog verdwijnt het meisje. Ze gaat zomaar in rook op. Logisch, want Living in Dreams is gevaarlijker dan je denkt.

De tentoonstelling Living in Dreams gaat over verbeelding, droom en werkelijkheid. Wie in een droom leeft, moet af en toe weer terug. Kunstenaars verplaatsen zich naar hun verbeelding en zien er de meest fantastische dingen. Yogameesters zweven boven de daken, aardappelen worden mannetjes, een paars monster heeft touwen om zijn enkels en nek. Verbeelding en droom hebben een sterke aantrekkingskracht. Maar de realiteit laat zich niet wegdrukken. Ontsnappen aan conflicten, verdriet en verlies is ondanks alles niet mogelijk. Kleine en grote problemen scheuren door de droom als straaljagers door de lucht. Alle 26 kunstenaars van Living in Dreams gaan om met die tegenstelling. Ze duiken diep in hun verbeelding en kijken tegelijk naar de werkelijkheid. Die mix van werelden willen we laten zien op de tentoonstelling. Hoe kunstenaars droom en realiteit samenbrengen, is moeilijk uit te leggen. Maar je kunt het wel zien, en het is ook heel bijzonder. Soms leidt de versmelting tot een drama, soms tot humor of een absurde situatie. Een werk is vaak dubbel, confronterend en grappig of juist troostend en hard. Het fijne is dat alles mogelijk is, net als in een droom.

In haar film Night Soil #1 volgt Melanie Bonajo een meisje dat deelneemt aan een indiaanse ayahuasca-ceremonie. Bedwyr Williams vertelt in zijn film Flexure over een hypnotiseur die probeert te dealen met zijn agressieve buurman. Tom Dale toont een harige opblaastafel op zes grote poten, en Laurent Jourquin maakte monumentale kartonsculpturen die allemaal verdwenen zijn, op Michael Jackson & Bubbles (naar Jeff Koons) na. Reset of de Hitler van Roy Villevoye is dakloos, wat hij vrijwel zeker ook echt een tijd is geweest nadat hij als kunstenaar werd afgewezen aan de Weense academie. Bij John Isaacs haalden we een kapotte vlag en een afgehakt been, en een lederen fauteuil die kan worden voortgetrokken door een kind op een fietsje. Tragiek en suspense, we brachten het onder in een setting met deuren en venstertjes die verwijzen naar Giorgio de Chirico, de Italiaanse surrealist (1888-1978) die het raadsel van de droom als geen ander kon schilderen. (E.F.)

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Giorgio de Chirico, Piazza d’Italia, 1969

Er is werk te zien van Nel Aerts (BE), Feiko Beckers (NL), Morgan Betz (NL), Pim Blokker (NL), Sara Bomans (BE), Melanie Bonajo (NL), Kim David Bots (NL), Vaast Colson (BE), Anton Cotteleer (BE), Tom Dale (GB), Bas Fontein (NL), Kendell Geers (ZA), HeHe (GB, DE), Gerard Herman (BE), Laurent Jourquin (BE), John Isaacs (GB), Frank Koolen (NL), Jaap Kroneman (NL), Nishiko (JP) Erkka Nissinen (FI), Sarah & Charles (BE), Savage (GB), Lieven Segers (BE), Dennis Tyfus (BE), Roy Villevoye (NL), Heidi Voet (BE) en Bedwyr Williams (GB).

Tijdens de vernissage vinden er in de centrale ruimte performances plaats van Feiko Beckers, Vaast Colson, Gerard Herman, Frank Koolen en Jaap Kroneman. De overblijfselen vormen een nieuwe in situ-installatie die tot het einde van de tentoonstelling te zien zal zijn.

Living in Dreams is samengesteld door Frank Koolen en Els Fiers

Van 18/2 tot 23/4 in De Bond in Brugge

 

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Living in Dreams: the title of our show comes from Sputnik Sweetheart, by Japanese author Haruki Murakami. In this novel, a girl finds a way to live a life without conflict. ‘The answer is dreams,’ she says, ‘dreaming on and on. Entering the world of dreams and never coming out.’ That same night, the girl disappears. Just like that. It’s no surprise, Living in Dreams is a dangerous idea.

The exhibition Living in Dreams is all about imagination, real life and dreams. You can’t live in a dream for ever. You have to come back to the real world. Artists create imaginary worlds and find the most wonderful things out there. Yoga masters are floating over rooftops, potatoes transforming into little men, people are lost in a strange, other world. Imagination and dreams hold a strong appeal, but reality can’t be ignored. There’s no escape from conflict, sorrow and loss. Problems from the real worlds will enter your dream just as they get into your real life.

We’ve invited 27 artists to our dream salon, a place where imagination and reality are standing side by side. All the artists dive deep into their imagination but are keen observants of reality too. Living in Dreams is all about these two worlds. It’s hard to explain how artists blend them, but they do, all the time, and the result is extraordinary. We’ve selected touching, funny or absurd artworks for our exhibit, some explicit and confronting, others comforting and amusing, often the art is everything at once. Just like in a dream, anything is possible.

In her film Night Soil #1, Fake Paradise, Melanie Bonajo tells the story of a girl participating in the Indian ceremony of Ayahuasca (see below). Flexure by Bedwyr Williams is about a hypnotist trying to deal with his aggressive neighbour. Tom Dale displays a hairy inflatable table on six large legs, and Laurent Jourquin created monumental cardboard sculptures that have all disappeared, except for Michael Jackson and Bubbles (inspired by Jeff Koons). Reset by Roy Villevoye shows Hitler as a homeless man, which he almost certainly was for some time after being rejected from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. John Isaacs made a torn flag and a severed leg, and a leather sofa that can be pulled by a child on a bicycle. Tragedy and suspense set against a background of doors and windows that is reminiscent of Italian surrealist painter Giorgio de Chirico (1888 – 1978), master at painting the mystery of dreams. (E.F.)

Living in Dreams includes work by Nel Aerts (BE), Feiko Beckers (NL), Morgan Betz (NL), Pim Blokker (NL), Sara Bomans (BE), Melanie Bonajo (NL), Kim David Bots (NL), Vaast Colson (BE), Anton Cotteleer (BE), Tom Dale (GB), Bas Fontein (NL), Kendell Geers (ZA), HeHe (GB, DE), Gerard Herman (BE), Laurent Jourquin (BE), John Isaacs (GB), Frank Koolen (NL), Jaap Kroneman (NL), Nishiko (JP) Erkka Nissinen (FI), Sarah & Charles (BE), Savage (GB), Lieven Segers (BE), Dennis Tyfus (BE), Roy Villevoye (NL), Heidi Voet (BE) and Bedwyr Williams (GB).

On the occasion of the opening there will be five performances, by Feiko Beckers, Vaast Colson, Gerard Herman, Frank Koolen and Jaap Kroneman.

The show is curated by Frank Koolen and Els Fiers.

 

 

Foto’s/ Images/ Catalogue

 

 

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Feiko Beckers, A disappointment you can rely on, 2017, performance on the 18th of Feb 2017, 15′
…On baking pancakes, parents acting weird and failure as a good thing, something you can hold on to.

 

 

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Vaast Colson, Séance, 2017, performance on 18/2/2017, 7′
…On how to make new words and sentences with Lieven Segers’ mural work and words (Her dreams and hallucinations were visually boring) in 7 minutes. Including an overhead projector and shades.
Lieven Segers, Dreams and hallucinations, 2017, written on the wall (back)

 

 

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Frank Koolen, Something like a Phenomenon, 2017, performance on 18/2/2017, 15′
…On hypnosis, falling over, being asleep on two chairs and let someone stand on your lap!

 

 

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Gerard Herman i.s.m. Milan Warmoeskerken, Vijf liederen voor het weekend, 2017, performance on 18/2/2017, 15′
…on irony, pretend play and making everyone smile.

 

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Jaap Kronenman, 5 slag 1 wijd, 2017, performance on 18/2/2017, 10′
…On recording your music over and over, playing with sound and throwing old cassettes around.

 

 

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Dennis Tyfus, Dreadwhip, 2017
Conceived as a torture instrument, made by real whip makers ( in Antwerp) with real human hair. The idea popped in Dennis Tyfus’ mind as we were having a conversation about art criticism.

 

 

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Anton Cotteleer, Put your green Head on my Shoulder, 2016, mixed media
…Is quite a new work in which Anton switches from alienation to love. (At least that’s my theory)
Anton Cotteleer, same work, seen through the legs of Tom Dale’s installation Last Night was Different (see below)

 

 

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Anton Cotteleer, Untitled (bucket), 1998, mixed media
Displayed as an ordinary, left behind bucket but really a work on animals in the human world, has a stuffed squirrel inside.

 

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Anton Cotteleer, Bevalligheden, 2014, mixed media
Two and a half human figures on a table, all with ‘flocked’ skin, as is often the case in Anton Cotteleer’s work.
Zaalzicht met Savage, I will stop when I find a matching Pair, 2003 – ungoing, gloves, mixed media (see below)

 

 

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Bas Fontein, Copyright in Dreams, 2001 – 2015
Bas Fontein wrote down six dreams he had about Frank Koolen and both their work and shows. Written in Dutch.

 

 

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Bedwyr Williams, Flexure, 2016, video, 25’04”
…On a hypnotist terrorized by the neighbour. He constantly yells horrible things through the chimney, also when ever the hypnotist has visitors or clients in his living room. In the end the hypnotist realizes the aggressive neighbour lives in his own mind. He is his own agressor.

 

 

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Erkka Nissinen, Polis X, 2012, video, 28:03
Absurd yet ingenious and complex film set in another city, another world, another another, Polis X. Erkka Nissinen plays different parts in different costumes. No one ever finds purpose in life in Polis X, yet the journey – also depicted with marvelous computer animation – never ends.

 

 

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Tom Dale, Last Night was Different, 2015, mixed media
Huge, monumental object covered with hair and filled with air, makes a terrible noise but is gentle and soft. Kind and lovely to cuddle, good title also.

 

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HeHe, Air de Paris, 2009, inkjetprint on dibond (front)
Laurent Jourquin, Michael Jackson & Bubbles, Memento Mori (back) (see below)
Paris under a poisonous red sky, once you’ve seen it, you never forget.

 

 

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Lieven Segers, Dreams & Hallucinations, 2017, written on the wall
New work for Living in dreams and a response to the concept, some people do have boring dreams. Left hand written for extra clumsiness, projected on the wall and written with black felt tip pen.

 

 

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Frank Koolen, Dubbelnoot, 2016, plated steel
Large and very heavy musical note, has a beautiful form, works perfect as a dreamlike image in a white space.

 

 

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Roy Villevoye, Reset (Vienna 1909, 20-year-old Adolf Hitler is Homeless), 2016, mixed media
…After being rejected as an arts student at the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna, Adolf Hitler wandered around for a while, with no money or roof above his head. The course of history could have been different, it could have been ‘Reset’. Standing upright cause the homeless in Vienna were not aloud to sit on a bench.

 

 

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Nishiko, Things around us, 2017
#2 Rotating Bean
#3 Glue in a box
#5 After postponed eating it for more than a year (mandarine)
#6 Pearl found in an oyster
#7 A pole in front of a garage tilted at 21 degrees (wooden object)
#8 Five words that I picked during a five hours event in the Netherlands 1
#9 Five words that I picked during a five hours event in the Netherlands 2
#10 Five words that I picked during a five hours event in the Netherlands 3
#11 Five words that I picked during a five hours event in the Netherlands 4
#12 Five words that I picked during a five hours event in the Netherlands 5
#13 Styrofoam installation found on street
#14 Unknown object found on beach
#15 A vast expanse of ocean on a wood piece

 

Nishiko made a careful selection of 15 objects an spread them all throughout the exhibition, often stealing some  light that shines on an other work. Some of the objects have a special meaning – like the Five words that I picked during a five hours event in the Netherlands, others are found somewhere, or chosen for some reason. You can only find the objects if you look close enough, a proces that might alter your idea of art and wether it should be obvious or not.

 

 

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Zaalzicht met Frank Koolen, Dubbelnoot, 2016
Morgan Betz, Harmony Park, 2016
Roy Villevoye, Reset (Vienna 1909, 20-year-old Adolf Hitler is Homeless), 2016

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John Isaacs, Today I started loving you again, 2003 (leg, front)
John Isaacs, This is the Place, 2016 (broken flag, back)
John Isaacs, Past errors of judgement made real in the future lives affected, 2010

 

…On broken dreams, fear and the darkness of men, it would be a tragedy if it wasn’t so absurd.

 

 

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Heidi Voet, Shoot & Sprout, 2012, print on archival paper
John Isaacs, Past errors of judgement made real in the future lives affected, 2010 (front)

 

…potatoes made into men, made into a series of photographs, made into a work that will vanish after the show is over and the dreams is gone.

 

 

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Heidi Voet, Fruit & Vegetables, 2010, ultrachrome prints on archival paper (1 of 4)

 

…On pin-ups from Chinese magazines glued and melted together with fruit and vegetables, very elegant yet there’s a sharp edge to it. Femininity and nudity reconsidered.

 

 

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Kendell Geers, Wretched of the Earth, 2016, rust on paper
…A series of drawings made with rust, referring to the book by Frantz Fanon and the trauma of colonization.

 

 

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Kim David Bots, Zonder Titel, 2016
Kim David Bots, Zonder Titel, 2016
Kim David Bots, Zonder Titel, 2016
Kim David Bots, Zonder Titel, 2016

 

 

 

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Laurent Jourquin, Michael Jackson & Bubbles, Memento Mori, 2013, cardboard
A huge cardboard sculpture referring to the Michael Jackson and Bubbles sculpture by Jeff Koons, yet made in a cheap material and pointing out the inevitable decay. Michael’s face and hand is decomposing and his monkey is a skeleton already. This work is about glory and death, all earthly goods will come to an end, even the most expensive and celebrated ones. Memento Mori.

 

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Melanie Bonajo, Still from Night Soil #1, Fake Paradise, 2016, video, 32:04

 

… on life, death, change and taking part in an ayahuasca ceremony, or, drinking ayahuasca and change, and life and death. Yeah, that’s more like it. On stepping out of the real world and living in dreams, quite literally.

 

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Morgan Betz, Harmony Park, 2016, paper, cotton, linoprint ink & gesso (back)

 

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Morgan Betz, Untitled (17 drawings), 2015-2016, ink on papier

 

 

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Morgan Betz, Untitled, 2015, chair, leather, cotton

 

 

 

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Pim Blokker, Stealing all the Light, 2016
Pim Blokker, Snake, 2016
Pim Blokker, Mermaid, 2016

 

 

 

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Sara Bomans, Secret Thoughts, 2016 – 2017
…On being an artist and an observant, on motherhood, work, love, illness, fears, joy and every day life, just as it is, no excuses.

 

 

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Sarah & Charles, Structures, 2016, mixed media
However sculptural and formal, these Structures always seemed like people to me, standing with their feet pointing at each other and revealing their faces, hidden in the wall.

 

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Savage, I will stop when I find a matching Pair, 2003-ungoing (gloves)
Anton Cotteleer, bevalligheden (see above) (front)
Detail, tunnelvision, with Copyright in Dreams (text) by Bas Fontein

 

Ever since 2003 Savage is collecting gloves he finds, in the streets of Bristol where he lives, in Ghent and Antwerp where he used to work, and pretty much everywhere. He will stop whenever he finds a matching Pair. Which is very hard but not impossible. As is life. An eternal search. For a matching Pair.

 

 

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Nel Aerts, Spanish Cowgirl, 2016, balpoint op paper in selfmade frame (1 of 6)
Nel Aerts, Bon Vivant, 2016, (1 of 6)

 

Nel Aerts made a large series of ballpoint drawings ‘about the most important person in the world’ (herself). A large selection of them was on show @Living in Dreams.

 

Press reviews in
Knack nr. 10 van 8 maart 2017  ‘O paradox,’ door Hans Boffel
(H)art #168 van 23 februari 2017 ‘Hoe overleven?’ door Johan Debruyne
Elle België van april 2017 ‘Op de grens van de werkelijkheid’ door Jozefien Van Beek

 

 

 

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The end, see you at the next level,
Els x

 

 

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