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Currents #7: Birds of a Feather


group exhibition, Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Hasselt, May-Aug 2020


curated by Melanie Deboutte and Louis-Philippe Van Eeckhoutte
Fewster (oil and beeswax on anodised aluminium, oak frame, steel hooks, 129,5 x 83 x 3 cm, 2020) photo: Kristof Vrancken
Fewster (oil and beeswax on anodised aluminium, oak frame, steel hooks, 129,5 x 83 x 3 cm, 2020) photo: Kristof Vrancken
installation view, photo: Kristof Vrancken
Greencoat Boy (oil and beeswax on anodised aluminium, oak frame, 95 x 55 x 17 cm, 2020) photo: Kristof Vrancken
Ernst (found wood, felt, ribbon, dimensions variable, 2019)
Crellin (oil and beeswax on anodised aluminium, oak frame, steel hooks, 129,5 x 83 x 3 cm, 2020)
Mitre (oil and beeswax on anodised aluminium, oak frame, 87 x 130 x 46 cm, 2020)
This series of paintings is based on the applied painterly tradition underpinning the history and development of British Pub signs, which identified public houses to largely illiterate populations in their early beginnings. Pub names often came after, essentially making them the titles of paintings, rather than the name of an establishment. The presentation method and the iconography both take their cues from this content.



‘Ernst’ is a sculpture consisting of a modified felt hat, which is pinned to the extremities of the exhibition space using a long stick found locally. A new stick is used on every occasion that the work is shown.


installation view, photo: Kristof Vrancken
installation view, photo: Kristof Vrancken
installation view, photo: Kristof Vrancken