Karolien Chromiak, Isabel Fredeus, Nadia Guerroui, Felicitas Rohden and Benjamin Verhoeven
/// is a group exhibition with Karolien Chromiak, Isabel Fredeus, Nadia Guerroui, Felicitas Rohden and Benjamin Verhoeven.
The exhibition opens on Thursday 26 April at 19.00 hrs and runs until Saturday 12 May.
For this exhibition, Karolien Chromiak has invited colleague artists that, in one way or another, deal with the same artistic curiosity.
/// is based on perception. It deals with the concept of reality and how this concept nowadays is or can be experienced, with a focus on disruptions and exceptions in our day-to-day reality experience. Examples of these disruptions and exceptions are, for instance, optical phenomena such as prisms, rayées on a screen or window but also digital glitches in computer programs and on a less visual note even the philosophical train of thought behind quantum mechanical concepts. All participating artists have found their own unique way in translating their artistic interest in a visual and poetical output.
Participating artists are Karolien Chromiak, Isabel Fredeus, Nadia Guerroui, Felicitas Rohden and Benjamin Verhoeven.
Karolien Chromiak (°1989), based in Antwerp and Brussels, creates works that’s situated on the intersection between object and event. Her work investigates the connection between digital and physical space and often takes the form of mixed media installations. In these installations she works with light and light sensitive media. Through her actions she unveils the borders of these media where representation disappears and a more abstract aesthetic becomes visible, with a focus on materiality.
(written by Alan Quireyns)
Since her graduation at St Lucas School of Arts, Antwerp in 2012 her work was shown at, amongst others, SMAK Ghent (BE), MHKA Antwerp (BE), Rundum Art Space, Tallinn (EE), WiE Kultur Berlin (DE), Art Rotterdam (NL), Villa Fleming, Beirut (LB), Crosley Gallery, Florida (VS). She was selected by an international jury to participate in the first edition of STRT Kit, a new initiative by AIR Antwerpen and Extra City Kunsthal Antwerp. She is supported by the Flemish government.
Isabel Fredeus (°1991) is an Antwerp-based artist. She works with installation, sculpture, painting, video and interventions. Fredeus is mainly interested in materials that are elastic, manipulative and flexible. Within her artistic practice she tries to follow signs, investigate the origin of their attraction and search for alternative meanings within them. For these reasons Fredeus works process oriented. She started off as a painter, and still thinks as one. In her practice she is mainly occupied with natural processes, physical laws and the symbolism they create. She considers her atelier as a place to explore various methodologies where irony goes hand in hand with spirituality and scientific approaches are confronted with poetic layers.
She obtained a Master in Fine Arts and a Master of Research in Art & Design at St Lucas School of Arts in Antwerp. Her work was shown at Intershop, Leipzig (DE), Extra City Kunsthal (BE), Goldwood Gallery (BE). In 2015, she was a resident at Villa Ruffieux residence, Sierre (CH). She won the De Lucas award 2015, awarded by Sint Lucas University College, Antwerp (BE). She was currently selected as a finalist for the Middelheim Museum Young Artist Price.
Nadia Guerroui (Born 1988 in France, lives and works in Brussels) obtained a Master in Textile Design from La Cambre, Brussels. In 2014 she was selected for Coming People, S.M.A.K. Ghent and her work was exhibited in CAB Art Center, Brussels. Her recent solo exhibitions include “Blink” (DAC Dolceaqua, Dolceaqua, Italy, 2017) and “Impostor Syndrom” (SNAP Projects Gallery, Lyon, France, 2016).
Nadia Guerroui creates poetic-abstract works in which she explores everyday phenomena and concepts from our complex, contemporary world. An intense reflection process and experiments with unconventional materials are at the basis of her creation process. The dialogue that her work brings about with the observer and the space, and the well-considered choice of materials, textures and shapes link Guerroui’s work to minimalism. Her works are able to transcend the personal, the anecdotal and as a result layers of meaning and imagination are given free play.
(Written by Charlotte Crevits)
Felicitas Rohden (°1984) is a visual artist living and working in Düsseldorf and Brussels. Her installation based work addresses the shift between image-planes and space and aims to turn mathematical space concepts into pictorial images. Scientific theories and close collaborations with scientists form the starting point of her artistic interests. This results in a visual language where she unfolds, deconstructs or alienates diagrams and formulas such as e.g. the topological theories of Henri Poincaré.
Rohden achieved her Masters in Fine Art in 2009 at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and has since been exhibiting internationally. She received a studio grant from “Kunstverein für die Rheinlände und Westfalen” between 2011-2013 and participated in residency programs such as “FAAP-Residência Artistica” in São Paulo, and “Kuntstiftung NRW-Atelier Galata” in Istanbul. Currently she is an artist in residence at MASS MoCA Museum, Massachusetts, USA.
She is also a lecturer at the Fine Art department at St Lucas School of Arts in Antwerp, Belgium.
Benjamin Verhoeven (°1990, Belgium) is an installation and video-artist who lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. He studied at the Gent Royal Academy of Fine Arts and is a laureate at the HISK. In his current work he deals with the action of scanning moving images and putting them back into an animated film. He participated in various national and international exhibitions; among them at Mu:ZEE, Ostend(BE), Cinematek(BE), University Art Gallery Irvine, California(US) and the 6th Moscow Biennale, special program (RU).