In this exhibition Tinus Vermeersch (°1976, Kortrijk) reveals his own surreal universe to us, by means of drawings, paintings, sculptures and ceramics. In this universe we often find traces of a human presence, yet it is characterized by a sense of seclusiveness.
Both his visual language as well as his chosen materials, remind us of a long-lost time. His technique recalls the drawings and paintings of Jheronimus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel. The origin of the figures who inhabit his paintings and drawings can be found in anthropology and more specifically in the old animistic and shamanic traditions of the indigenous peoples. Tinus Vermeersch calls these figures ‘Tegumen’, meaning ‘cover’ or ‘shell’ in Latin.
Tinus Vermeersch distinguishes himself from many other contemporary artists by his affinity for the craftsmanship that is so specific to the traditional media he works with. The hundreds of ceramic tiles presented in the exhibition were drawn by hand. Producing this elaborate collection of unique tiles is a very time-consuming endeavor.
This affinity for craftsmanship can also be observed in the work of Santiago Borja (°1970, Mexico City). In his oeuvre, Borja refers to the traditional Saltillo serapes of Northern Mexico, modern patterns that were inspired by the Bauhaus and various motives that refer to needlework samplers.
The ideas on totemism as discussed by Claude Lévi-Strauss in his work ‘La Pensée Sauvage’ (1962), form a common thread throughout his installations, rugs and drawings.
Borja also reflects on the nomadic existence of the contemporary artist and the role played by family life in this particular context.
For this exhibition, both artists have produced a body of new work, which will be shown in the Paardenstallen (Korte Kapucijnenstraat z/n) and Broelkaai 6, Kortrijk.
Art Paper Editions will publish a new artist book on Tinus Vermeersch’s most recent work.
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