Sergio De Beukelaer - (cat.)

ISBN number: 9789077207765
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The Belgian artist Sergio De Beukelaer (°1971, Antwerp) has been working on a self-confident and uncompromising oeuvre of paintings for over twenty years. The work of Sergio De Beukelaer appears simple and colourful but unites all kinds of apparent contradictions. Although his painting looks sleek, formal, geometric and abstract, it always starts out from a strong desire for reality. It is not the reality itself that interests him. He is concerned with a translation thereof. Sergio De Beukelaer does not seek to imitate or emulate in that regard. Through visual thinking and acting, he always achieves a certain form of abstraction within the formal framework of painting. Seemingly effortlessly, his art navigates between surface and space, text and image, intellectual seriousness and playful irony, painting and sculpture. Via the original and inimitable concept of the fat canvas, a three-dimensional painting, the artist breaks down the boundaries of classical painting. His paintings appropriate the space and generate a powerful visual impact on their environment. (cat.) is a bold and beautiful monograph of paintings and installations that look simple but combines a variety of paradoxes. 

De Beukelaer uses numerous codes of post-modernistic art from the 1960s and 1970s, such as abstraction, geometry, monochrome, and the “hard edge” technique but he does so with an irony and playfulness that cannot be reconciled with the attitude of minimalists and fundamental painters. Apparent contrasts, such as figuration and abstraction, flat and spatial, word and image, painting and sculpture, both contaminate and fertilise one another. In the concept of the “fat.canvas”, a three-dimensional painting, the artist leaves the field of classical painting and conquers the painting the space. The shapes, colours and dimensions of De Beukelaer’s works are tempting, but behind the power of these compact images, a surprising impact lurks on closer inspection.
Solo shows include: 2019 NO POP- NO UP, Gent (BE) - 2017 On.Titled, PLUS-ONE Gallery, Antwerp, (BE) - 2016 Sub.Titled, PLUS-ONE Gallery, Antwerp, (BE) - 2015 THE.SEQUEL, Galerie Annie Gentils, Antwerp, (BE) - 2013 The.Target.Series, Galerie Ronny Van de Velde, Knokke, (BE) - 2008 Format, Galeria Ramis Barquet, New York, (US) - 2007 Watch More Canvas, ABA Art, Palma, (ES) - 2004 Roomservice, Galeria Ramis Barquet, New York, (US) ARCO, Madrid, (ES) - 2003 Processing, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, (BE) - 2001 At Random, Procinciaal Centrum voor Beeldende Kunsten, Hasselt, (BE) - Space Location, Van Laere Contemoprary Art, Antwerp, (BE) - 2000 Oil On Fat.canvas - Objects & Drawings, Van Laere Contemporary Art, Antwerp.
Binding : Hardcover
Size: 224 x 228 mm
Weight: 1,8 Kg
Language: EN, FR
Number of pages: 324
ISBN: 9789077207765
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