Kris Van Dessel
°1967 Antwerp, Belgium
lives and works in Antwerp
After an intense period of painting, Van Dessel – having profoundly explored the medium of painting and feeling constraint by its very precepts – takes up the challenge of freeing himself from the (exclusiveness of) the medium, techniques and conventions. There is nothing impetuous in his decision and with ultimate dedication and precision, he embarks on a renewed quest. Through mapping, measuring and recording he allows the overlooked to take centre stage in his work. Out of the everyday elements are tested on their potential to generate and crystalize into visual recordings of actions in time and space.
Van Dessel’s work interlocks as a complex matrix of action and reaction, places and coordinates, time and duration. One element unravels another one and yet one more, as in a fractal structure. Consequently the exhibition itself is part of its development. Van Dessel’s work probes the object status of art, the role of the spectator and above all the intrinsic meaning of the artist’s function. To experience his work demands an engagement, an interaction with it that somehow goes beyond comprehending it as a mere work of art. In his own quiet but convincing language, Kris Van Dessel creates open structures enabling new realities, which eventually open in the world a wider perspective.