Hans Demeulenaere & Meryem Bayram

For years artists Meryem Bayram and Hans Demeulenaere have been working with the posibilities of space. ‘W hole’ is their first collaboration. Starting point was their shared fascination for objects and their relation to their environment. During a Workspace periode in Tique, a six week residency at Frans Masereel Centrum and a two week residency by Bayram at workspacebrussels, the artists collected various objects with holes, ranging from a chair to a piece of jute webbing. With the intention of bringing them together in an artist book, a whole.

Demeulenaere worked with 26 ‘punctured’ objects and their silhouettes. Experiments in the silk screen studio resulted in a play between figuration and abstraction common in his work. Demeulenaere likes to question our perception by isolating objects from their context. So does Bayram, albeit in a different ways. She researches the performative qualities of objects in motion and their relationship to human beings. An artist book thus becomes the possible point of departure for a performance, an instrument or script that she or other artists can work with.

Originally it was Bayram and Demeulenare’s intention to make a book together, but they quickly found that to be an uninteresting approach. It felt more natural to work on their own terms and then combine the results. The outcome is a beautiful artist edition in two parts.