Aaron Vergult. The Endless Path for the Flow of Current

Place: NUNC Contemporary

Address: Wolstraat 15, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgie

Opening: May 26, 2016 at 18.00

Dates: May 26 – September 3, 2016

 

"For the last years I was attracted to the aesthetics of low-resolution images" - Vergult in his works deliberately neglects the exact fixing of what is going on around with the means of traditional photography. He prefers low quality pictures, which are associated with non-staged and true life depiction. Fast reaction, desire to seize the moment, preference to the essence over the aesthetic and qualitative aspect of the picture - these are the main criteria denoting the works of Aaron Vergult. The double effect of being present and observing from aside - are the feelings we experience when looking at the newest series of Vergult.

 

The image of Edward Hopper's one of the most recognizable paintings of the last century “Nighthawks” involuntarily comes to our mind. It shows a dark deserted street at a late hour with a corner snack bar with large windows, through which several casual visitors can be seen. For a moment, you can imagine that this is also a still from a surveillance camera, located at the adjoining building, so real it seems.

 

Same tension arises when looking at Vergult’s works. Night scenes with usually no people, immediately give us this pressure that something is about to happen, a million stories may come out of his works.


Sonja Vereecken SECOND SKIN

Place: NUNC Contemporary

Address: Wolstraat 15, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgie

Opening: April 22, 2016 at 19.00

Dates: April 22 – May 21, 2016

 

"I am fascinated with the biological forms, the rhythm and the lines in nature and the space between them” - Sonja Vereecken

 

Delicate, translucent, with warm shades in clear transparent minimalistic forms Sonja Vereecken’s sculptures are presented on the first solo exhibition "Second Skin” at NUNC Contemporary. Educated in model drawing and graphic arts at Academy of Visual Arts St Lucas, Kapellen, Sonja started to experiment with a three dimensional forms made from natural substances like cotton, abaca, hemp and flax. As Sonja states “Developing and creating sculptures became my greatest passion several years ago. I always felt the need to add an additional dimension to my graphic work.” When creating her works Sonja brings the natural components to the level of organic fibre, which should be refined to a paste and “the possibilities become endless”. After mechanical beating  during several hours the material is processed with water and then gets different degrees of shrinkage. No additives are needed, forms becoming sensitive when wet and super strong when dry.  The result is to a certain extent unpredictable in details but nevertheless, the general shapes are always created according to the artist’s concept.

 


Ostendo

Place: NUNC Contemporary

Address: Wolstraat 15, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgie

Opening: February 18, 2016 at 18.00

Dates: February 19 – April 19, 2016

 

"Ostendo" (meaning "to show, to exhibit" in Latin) unites works of several artists NUNC Contemporary showed throughout 2015 and summarizes the year's results. Paintings, sculptures and photographic works of Danielle van Zadelhoff, Lukasz Stoklosa, Kate Gottgens, Jonathan Smith, Aaron Vergult, Kurt Stallaert, Zaza and Sonja Vereecken are on view in the gallery until the end of April 2016.


Kate Gottgens: The Rising Sea

Place: NUNC Contemporary

Address: Wolstraat 15, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgie

Opening: October 1, 2015 at 19.00

Dates: October 2 – November 20, 2015

 

“I attempt to create a narrative that has no beginning or ending or clear outcome” - Kate Gottgens says about her work.

A contemporary South African artist, Kate Gottgens regards herself as a conceptual painter, interrogating the how and why of representation and the mechanics of image-making. A lover of paradox and ambiguity she discourages a single definitive reading of her paintings, which are characterised by an atmosphere of half-forgotten impressions re-imagined.

Working from photographic sources, Gottgens manipulates her narratives to express her fascination with history, memory, psychological states, and a quality of mystery and possible disorder that threatens our everyday life. In ‘The Rising Sea” her palette has become muted and subtle. There is a quality of dream-like liminality in the shadowy half-defined figures and scenes that partially disappear and reappear.


Danielle van Zadelhoff: From deep within

Place: NUNC Contemporary

Address: Wolstraat 15, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgie

Opening: June 11, 2015 at 19.00

Dates: June 12 – September 26, 2015

 

Danielle van Zadelhoff is a Dutch photographer, who now lives and works in Antwerp (Belgium). Danielle likes shooting in different genres, but it is portraiture, which brought her recognition. Most of the portraits are created in the classical manner with reference to the paintings of the great masters of the Renaissance. Deep but rather scarce color palette, dark background and play of shadow and light constitute Danielle’s laconic style. However, it’s the essence of the works that doesn’t let you forget her oeuvre.

 

The photographer manages to notice and depict those feelings and emotions that are hidden deeply inside and are not evident. Outer appearance turns out to be just a mask, which on closer examination is dissolved in a storm of emotions that the viewer empathises with the sitter. The latest series of Danielle is called "From deep within" and helps us to peek into the inner world of a person, to feel what he or she feels and share the same sensations. In order to achieve this effect the artist uses her accumulated life experience and favourite shooting techniques.


© Geert Blanchart

Francois Ronsiaux UNITED LAND

Place: NUNC Contemporary

Address: Wolstraat 15, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgie

Opening: June 8, 2015 at 19.00

Dates: May 8 – June 6, 2015

 

United Land is a global photography and visual arts project that explores the notion of territoriality and man’s psychoses when confronted with the possible disappearance of his vital space.  Through out the 21st century, man, with his never-ending drive to control his living environment, finds himself facing the possibility of a temporary existence as well as the potentiality that life on earth could end progressively or even abruptly. We are living this era with a conscious or subconscious long-term insecurity, making it difficult to project into the future. 

The project, without calling for an ecological interrogation engages on the capacity of man to conceive of his existence under an adaptive form rather than an appropriative one or how to reassess the precepts underlying the functioning of contemporary Society.


IN SEARCH OF IMAGINARY WORLD

Place: NUNC Contemporary

Address: Wolstraat 15, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgie

Opening: January 29, 2015 at 19.30

Dates: January 29 – March 7, 2015

 

Exhibition "In search of imaginary world" includes works of Lukasz Stoklosa, Mark Nader, Kate Gottgens, David Ben White and Ivana de Vivanco. Five different artists present their work created using one media – painting. Each of them shows expressive and conceptual intention to share the inner imaginary world full of unreal scenes and characters. The narrative content of these paintings invites us to step into other people’s universe, dissolve in it and overlive one more life. In our days painting has no loner the purpose to provide an accurate record of the observable world, but to create a new one, never seen before.


Three Generations of Russian Postconceptual Drawing

© Pavel Pepperstein, 2014. Courtesy Iragui Gallery and NUNC Contemporary
© Pavel Pepperstein, 2014. Courtesy Iragui Gallery and NUNC Contemporary

Place: NUNC Contemporary

Address: Wolstraat 15, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgie

Opening: October 23, 2014 at 19.30

Dates: October 23 – November 22, 2014

 

Exhibition "Three generations of Russian Postconceptual Drawing" includes works of Nikita Alexeev, Pavel Pepperstein and Valeria Nibiru. Postconceptual (or neoconceptual art) continues to develop the legacy of the conceptual art movement in contemporary art. Artists take a next step in questioning the art itself, politics, media and society. 


“Streams” by Jonathan Smith

Place: NUNC Contemporary

Address: Wolstraat 15, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgie

Opening: September 11, 2014 at 19.30

Dates: September 12 – October 18, 2014

 

The body of work “Streams” was produced in the northernmost part of Iceland during the region's long winter. The work is a response to the meditative landscape of this remote area, at a time of year when it is reduced to an almost indiscernible white space. Only hinting at scale and form, the terrain is cut through by blue mountain streams that start as a trickle, then grow in size, shape, and character as they meander down through the fjords on their way to the Arctic Ocean.

  


Vanessa Colareta: Still life: story behind

Place: NUNC Contemporary

Address: Wolstraat, 15, Antwerpen 2000, Belgie

Opening: May 15, 2014 at 19.30

Dates: May 16 – September 6, 2014    

 

"The still life photography has got a symbolic potential because its component objects. These objects reflect our relationship with the world and through them it is possible to outline a certain lifestyle or a society." Further this theme is unfolded in "Exodus" series. Depicting commonplace objects and using them to bring a message to the viewer, of social and political importance especially, is quite a unique approach in our days. Colareta’s still life works reflect the instability and concern, home sickness and uncertainty towards future, they are very gentle and personal. Their resemblance to the paintings of the Spanish Golden Age only makes these works more tactual and faultless.