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Exit Strategy
Chris Gillis, Zena Van den Block
With additional works by Jef Meyer

27 April - 1 June 2024


Friday & Saturday 2 to 7 pm

and on appointment

 

PREVIEW / VERNISSAGE

Saturday 27 April 2024, 2 to 7 pm

ANTWERP ART WEEKEND

Thursday 16 May 2024, 12 noon to 9 pm

Friday 17 May 2024, 12 noon to 6 pm

Saturday 18 May 2024, 12 noon to 6 pm

Sunday 19 May 2024, 12 noon to 6 pm

Exit Strategy is about how we always find a way to shift perspectives, to move from one project to the next.

 

In Chris Gillis' work, visual elements are taken out of their original context, recycled and deconstructed to ultimately form the foundation for a new story. She works with paper scraps, ready-made images, and textures from printmaking. Chris draws from a variety of sources. Aspects of biographical and everyday perception, elements from landscape and culture. These become intertwined with each other or are reduced to abstract areas of colour. All these sources undergo a recycling process. In a collage-like manner, reality is dismantled and reconstructed at will. The means have become the motif.

 

Zena Van den Block's work is a perfect match for Chris’s. It reflects her fascination with popular culture and the do-it-yourself ethos. She is drawn to seemingly banal aspects of everyday life that often go unnoticed. Her work spans multiple mediums, as she explores which materials best convey her underlying ideas. Zena incorporates jigsaw puzzles, commercial printed matter, building materials, and digital images amongst others. Photography is also often present in both the process and the final product of her work, but she approaches it as a medium similar to paint or clay. Her goal is to draw attention to the beauty in our everyday environment and expose absurd situations through humour.

Includes works by:

 

Geneviève Claisse, Filip Collin, Gilbert Decock, Chris Gillis, Jef Meyer, Bruce Nauman, Zena Van den Block, Guy Vandenbranden

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