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INSIGHTS #8 Interview with gallerists about their upcoming SOLO presentations at Art Brussels


As part of Art Brussels Insights, we spoke with gallerists about their upcoming SOLO presentations at the fair.

Harlan Levey, owner Harlan Levey Projects

What will be the focus of your SOLO at Art Brussels?
We will present a SOLO Project by Emmanuel Van der Auwera: VideoSculpture XX (The World’s 6th sense). This is the latest in Van der Auwera’s ongoing series of VideoSculptures, which he began in 2015 while at the HISK. This type of work has since been acquired by the Kanal/Centre Pompidou, the Dallas Museum of Art, The Stockholm School of Economics, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum and many private collections in Europe and the United States.

What other current/upcoming projects by Emmanuel Van der Auwera are you excited about?
He currently has a solo exhibition titled “White Noise” at 214 Projects in Dallas, Texas. The Dallas Museum of Art recently acquired one of his video sculptures. Emmanuel has been working on a new body of films relating to the notion of the “Crisis Actor” and investigating the school shooting phenomenon. This work builds on his previous film trilogy and involves similar technologies to previous works and continued collaborations with neuroscientists and the United States Department of Homeland Security who are developing first person active shooter games to deal with the school shooting epidemic. These new works will premier in a two venue show during Brussels Gallery Weekend with two films presented as part of his solo exhibition at the Botanique Museum and the third in the gallery.

Do you have any advice for young, aspiring art collectors?

Collecting is so personal and collections tend to find their personalities over time like a writer finds his voice. Build relationships and lines of inquiry, research the artists you want to acquire work by.

Image above: Installation view "White Noise”, 214 Projects, Dallas, Texas, courtesy Emmanuel Van der Auwera and Harlan Levey Projects


Patrick De Brock, owner Patrick De Brock

What will be the focus of your SOLO at Art Brussels?

The presentation will focus on Cook’s most recent ‘band’ paintings. These works are characterised by their horizontal, repetitive compositions that use space more sculpturally, implying mass and gravity. 

What other current/upcoming projects by Ethan Cook are you excited about?
Ethan’s current solo exhibition at T293 in Rome, running through April 27th. 

Do you have any advice for young, aspiring art collectors?
Buy quality. 

Image above: Ethan Cook, Untitled, 2019, Hand woven cotton canvas, 208.3 x 193 cm

Ebony Hayes, director Martos Gallery

What will be the focus of your SOLO at Art Brussels?
The focus of our Kayode Ojo solo presentation at Art Brussels will be an extension of Ojo's first New York solo exhibition that he had at Martos Galley in November 2018. The work considers with luxury signifiers; playing with both illusions and delusions of glamour, all the while embracing the grandeur of it all. It considers: to whom is the commodity marketed, and what of the emotive gestures it eludes.  We will show a series of new self-portraits and sculptures, including an, almost, shimmering necklace sitting atop a high pedestal - almost as though on display in a museum of fine artefacts, or a Tiffany's showroom.

What other current/upcoming projects by Kayode Ojo are you excited about? 
He is currently in a group show at Praz Delavallade in Los Angeles. And he will be in a show hosted by Flash Art and the Ethical Fashion Initiative in Milan, opening April 8 and on through April 26.

Do you have any advice for young, aspiring art collectors?
Buy what you love! Don't buy a piece of art because someone has convinced you it's something you must own. You should own art works that you want to live with and look at, by artists and galleries you like and want to support.

Image above: Kayode Ojo, Closed Audition: ASOS Snow Leopard Fur Coat - Cream, 2018, inkjet print mounted on museum board, 43 × 32 inches (111.44 × 81.28 cm) (framed) Edition of 3 plus II AP

Eduardo Secci, owner Eduardo Secci

What will be the focus of your SOLO at Art Brussels?
For Lea Guldditte Hestelund’s solo-presentation there will be a focus on her interest in how fiction and science fiction can be used as a mean to discuss bodily otherness, and to suggest alternative ways of looking at identity and gender. There will be a series of smaller marble works and leather carriers, which are also worn by the marbles. Some hanging some belted.  These works are somehow hovering between something humanlike and something more alien; a different kind of bodily presence. 

What other current/upcoming projects by Lea Guldditte Hestelund are you excited about? 
Arken Museum in Denmark has recently acquired two outdoor sculptures of Hestelund for their sculpture park in the landscape surrounding the museum, and these will be revealed in May. In October she will take part in a traveling exhibition evolving around post humanism, first opening at Bornholm Art Museum in Denmark, and afterwards at Muzeum Narodowe (The National Museum of Stettin) in Poland. 

Do you have any advice for young, aspiring art collectors?
We believe that young collectors should try to really understand the work deeply and not focus on just the name of the artist or who is selling that work… They should not only get intrigued by what they like but they should try pushing their boundaries further and try to understand the works deeply.

Image above: Lea Guldditte Hestelund. Courtesy Eduardo Secci Contemporary

Laurent Mercier, co-owner Maruani Mercier

What will be the focus of the solo at Art Brussels?
The focus will be on Jaclyn Conley series All The President’s Children that started in 2016. In the series of paintings All The President’s Children, she references the archived photographs of First Ladies and Presidents sourced from Presidential Library collections in order to reimagine the American First Family as a symbol of the “American ideal”. In this series, rather than creating a likeness, she uses the materiality of paint to communicate an inability to recognise these photographic images of the idyllic American life in contrast to the ever-present coverage of national conflicts and internal divisions. Jaclyn was raised by an American mother in a border town in Canada, into a household where the Kennedy/Camelot narrative loomed as the aspirational ideal. Her mother defined herself by a uniquely “American patriotism” which always was discordant to her, despite her efforts to wedge their family into this foreign mould. As a Canadian living in the United States, she finds herself without the ability to influence the political decisions that impact her family’s life and bear daily witness to the unfulfilled promises of the American dream. This exploration of Presidential photography and her fractured and shifting painted surfaces reflect this internal conflict.

What other current/upcoming projects by Jaclyn Conley are you excited about? 
Her recent selection among 200 contenders into a residency at; a project originated by Titus Kaphar.

Do you have any advice for young, aspiring art collectors?
Buy Jaclyn now because prices will be increased after Art Brussels.

Image above: Jaclyn Conley, Easter Sunday Oval Office, 2019, oil on panel, 244 x 162,5 x 5 cm (96 x 64 x 2 in)

Julia Moreira, Gallery Manager Mendes Wood DM

What will be the focus of your SOLO at Art Brussels?
The Brazilian rainforest is one of the world’s most valuable treasures. Yet, it is also one of the fastest disappearing ecosystems on Earth. For Rio de Janeiro-based Catalan artist, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané (b. 1977) the Mata Atlântica — a rainforest stretching along the Atlantic coast of Brazil — has long been the focus for much of his work. Inspired by Amerindian cosmologies, Steegmann Mangrané challenges the binary oppositions regulating Western ontologies, such as the object versus subject or nature versus culture dichotomies, by creating situations within which he pairs seemingly inverse elements together. At Art Brussels, separated by a metal curtain, Steegmann Mangrané will create an immersive environment, evocative of the Mata Atlântica. Placing sculptural pieces sourced from natural materials alongside photographic works depicting luscious vegetation of the rainforest, the artist blurs the distinction between organic and geometric shapes, inviting us to look at the world from another perspective.  

What other current/upcoming projects by Daniel Steegmann Mangrané are you excited about? 
Currently, Steegmann Mangrané has two great solo shows on view — at Nottingham Contemporary (until 6 May) and at IAC Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes (until 28 April). Later this year, in September, he is opening his largest project so far, a survey exhibition at Pirelli HangarBicocca, in Milan.

Do you have any advice for young, aspiring art collectors?
Spend as much time as you can with artists, curators and gallerists.

Image above: Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, installation view, Infinite Garden: From Giverny to Amazonia, 2017, Centre Pompidou-Metz. Courtesy the artist and Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brussels, New York

Maëlle Ebelle, director of Ceysson & Bénétière Luxembourg

What will be the focus of your SOLO at Art Brussels?
Ceysson & Bénétière has chosen to present a solo show with Roland Quetsch, a Luxembourgish artist based in Luxembourg. Roland will present a gathering of his panels, hanging on the wall and placed on the floor. The solo will be the extension of what he already started working on: destroying regular paintings and considering them as new elements. The skeleton of the painting is visible. You can read it by the front, the side or the backs you can open a door and see what is beyond, creating a new space, a vision, a double side. In much of Quetsch’s work, the choice of materials, the means of manipulating them, and the spaces created by them are considered their content.

What other current/upcoming projects by Roland Quetsch are you excited about? 
There are shows planned in Europe, in the coming year in Belgium, Luxembourg and probably in France as well. In the meantime, Roland is working on a new series of compressions using resin and elements of our daily life such as clothes.

Do you have any advice for young, aspiring art collectors?
As Roland Quetsch combines all processes of creativity in the painting field, his work is a very good first piece for a collection. 

Image above: Roland Quetsch, IF503833, 2017, 46 x 28 x 30 cm, wood, fabric, epoxy resins. Copyright: Studio Villaggi, courtesy Ceysson & Bénétière

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