Filip Vervaet - Up On The Hill, Down By The River
Filip Vervaet's new solo exhibition is running in the Expozaal of the Warande.
This sculptor creates an upper and an underworld on the two levels of the room.
Visitors are taken through a separate universe.
Vervaets work is a passionate plea for the survival of the ancient medium of sculpture.
His work is consistent with a long tradition of sculptors such as August Rodin or Medardo Rosso.
But his examples also come from the broader field of the visual arts, with names such as Turrell, Kapoor, Rothko and Malevich.
Filip Vervaet has developed its own signature due to its unusual combination of materials, the interaction between two- and three-dimensional elements and merging sculptural traditions and aspects from popular culture. He uses aluminum and bronze as well as glass with dichroic coatings and foils.
He fully embraces the creative process by showing this in his sculptures. His works therefore exude enormous dynamics. This is sometimes reinforced when he adds elements such as light, sound and wind.
Most of the sculptures in this exhibition show traces of the creative process.
You can see how he forcefully pressed his fingers into the clay. Vervaet places the human being central in all his works. In the artificial landscape in the Expo hall, the visitor walks around between works that are about their own size.
More abstract works are interspersed with works that refer recognizable to plants or other natural elements. Works that radiate immateriality interspersed with works in which materiality is emphasized. The basic picture of these different works is often the same. But by making positive and negative interchangeable, the form can be in between these two extremes vary.
This exhibition will be a total installation in which the visitor is immersed in the world of Filip Vervaet.