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Building Blocks for Bucolia


This group of works was developed within the framework of the group exhibition and residency project 'Waldeinsamkeit', curated by Koi Persyn


Beernem, West-Flanders, June-Aug 2020
Xypy (black locust wood, rhododendron wood, steel, sticks, dried grass, rainwater, rabbit skin glue, 230 x 150 x 130 cm, 2020) photo: Chantal Van Rijt
Xypy (black locust wood, rhododendron wood, steel, sticks, dried grass, rainwater, rabbit skin glue, 230 x 150 x 130 cm, 2020) photo: Chantal Van Rijt
Xypy (black locust wood, rhododendron wood, steel, sticks, dried grass, rainwater, rabbit skin glue, 230 x 150 x 130 cm, 2020) photo: Chantal Van Rijt
Xypy (black locust wood, rhododendron wood, steel, sticks, dried grass, rainwater, rabbit skin glue, 230 x 150 x 130 cm, 2020) photo: Chantal Van Rijt
Xypy (black locust wood, rhododendron wood, steel, sticks, dried grass, rainwater, rabbit skin glue, 230 x 150 x 130 cm, 2020) photo: Chantal Van Rijt
Xypy (black locust wood, rhododendron wood, steel, sticks, dried grass, rainwater, rabbit skin glue, 230 x 150 x 130 cm, 2020) photo: Chantal Van Rijt
Xypy (black locust wood, rhododendron wood, steel, sticks, dried grass, rainwater, rabbit skin glue, 230 x 150 x 130 cm, 2020) photo: Chantal Van Rijt
Untitled (pencil on paper, rabbit skin glue, 25 x 35 cm, 2020) photo: Chantal Van Rijt
Untitled (charcoal on paper, rabbit skin glue, 25 x 35 cm, 2020) photo: Chantal Van Rijt
Shakstak (oil and beeswax on anodised aluminium, black locust frame, 200 x 135 x 150 cm, 2020) photo: Chantal Van Rijt
Untitled (pencil on paper, rabbit skin glue, 25 x 35 cm, 2020) photo: Mark Grootes
Untitled (pencil on paper, rabbit skin glue, 25 x 35 cm, 2020) photo: Mark Grootes
Untitled (charcoal on paper, rabbit skin glue, 25 x 35 cm, 2020) photo: Mark Grootes
‘Xypy’ is a sculpture with a rocket stove compartment bored into its core, which burns itself from the inside out when set alight. The fire heats a steel pot perched on top, in order to cook rabbit-skin glue. This is then used to paste drawings and sketches from the project on trees and surfaces in the surroundings. The pot can be taken off in order to carry the warm glue around the domain, using the handles made from rhododendron branches found in the forest. Every time the sculpture burns it edges closer to self-destruction. Many of the drawings were left to gradually decay through exposure to the elements.

‘Shakstak’ (scroll down) is a painting made en-plein-air, in the bucolic environment of the wooded country estate. The chosen materials ensure that it can survive outdoors. The black locust support structure was made on site using very basic wedging techniques to hold it together. The painting is based on the drawings made in the forest. Various elements found their way into the images, including trees and dilapidated agricultural buildings from the surroundings, and images of primitive wooden shacks often found in paintings of rural bucolic scenes.