Johan Gelper & Wannes Lecompte: ‘Borrowed forms’

14 October 2016- 13 November 2016

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‘Borrowed forms’ is an exhibition in which Johan Gelper entered into a dialogue with Wannes Lecompte. The collaboration was documented and collected in an edition limited to 10 copies. It was presented at the finissage on 13 November 2016.

Johan Gelper (B, °1980) lives and works in Ghent, Belgium. On show is a selection of recent sculptures created by the artist, resulting from a serendipitous process where found objects are combined with each other to forge a new state of affairs. The sculptures link the immaterial realm with the reality of tangible things through borrowed forms that have temporarily and inconspicuously assembled themselves into a novel yet entirely plausible actuality.

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The artist has received numerous awards for his works, including the 2008 Young Ones Award, the 2007 and 2008 Prize Young Artists and the 2007 Nomination premium, Provincial prize for visual arts. His many solo and group exhibitions include shows in Berlin, Ghent, Hasselt, Amsterdam and Brussels. He studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Higher Institute for Visual Arts Sint Lucas in Ghent.

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Wannes Lecompte (B, °1979) lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. Invited by Johan Gelper, the artist’s paintings and in situ installations manifest themselves as a natural complement to the sculptures of Johan. The artist’s conscious manipulation of a coincidental creative process results in paintings whose forms are not so much created as they appear to be thrown into this world, their meaning left open to interaction with the viewer as well as the selected sculptures. If the works of Wannes and Johan occupy the space in drastically different ways, the artistic process behind them is instinctively similar, resulting in a dialogue that is both esthetically harmonious and substantively complementary.

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The works of Wannes Lecompte have been presented both in solo exhibitions and group shows throughout Europe, including displays in Brussels, Berlin and Ghent. He was an Artist in Residence at both the Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee and in Medana, Slovenia.

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