ABOUT THE FAIR
Galerie Ron Mandos
Art Brussels 2019
Galerie Ron Mandos proudly presents Daniel Arsham, Hans Op de Beeck, Mohau Modisakeng, Troika, Renato Nicolodi, Levi van Veluw and Katinka Lampe. Their works represent some of the most prominent artistic currents of the moment. Dealing with the fragility of the constructs on which early 21st century society is based, the works range from the political to the nostalgic and show us how rapidly the world is changing.
With an output ranging from drawing and sculpture to film and architecture, Daniel Arsham is a truly cross-disciplinary artist. Taking iconic objects from the millennial age as a starting point and rendering these in geological materials such as crystals and volcanic ash, he creates sculptures that seem familiar yet alienating. New in Arsham’s formal vocabulary are wrapped sculptures: pop cultural icons seemingly covered in fabric.
Daniel Arsham (US, 1980) is based in New York. His work has been shown at PS1, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; The New Museum, New York; The Athens Biennale and Carré d’Art de Nîmes. He currently has a solo exhibition at Modern Contemporary Museum, Amsterdam.
HANS OP DE BEECK
The latest work of Hans Op de Beeck is inspired by Renaissance Wunderkammers: collections of seductive curiosities. Op de Beeck stripped the objects bare of their beguiling colors and glaze: everything is a monochrome, matte ash-grey. The artefacts resemble fossilized gems or archaeological finds. Op de Beeck reflects on our complex society and the universal questions of meaning and mortality that resonate within it.
Hans Op de Beeck (BE, 1969) is based in Brussels. Previous solo shows were held at i.a. Art Unlimited, Basel; MOCA Cleveland; Sammlung Goetz, Munich and Tampa Museum of Art. The artist has participated in group shows at Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels; PS1, NY; Centre Pompidou, Paris; The Reina Sofia, Madrid; ZKM, Karlsruhe; MACRO, Rome; the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London and many more.
Multi-award winning artist Mohau Modisakeng explores how we understand cultural, political and social roles in post-colonial Africa. During Performa 17 he choreographed Zion: a street procession through public spaces in New York, related to the city’s African-American communities. With this body of work Modisakeng draws parallels between experiences of displacement within the context of South Africa’s history of racial segregation and forced removals with the current global climate of mass migration.
Mohau Modisakeng (SA, 1986) studied at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town. In 2015 and 2017 he represented South Africa at the Venice Biennale. He has exhibited at MOCADA, NY; Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town and IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town. His work is included in collections such as the Johannesburg Art Gallery; Saatchi Gallery, London and Zeitz MOCAA.
The collective Troika investigates the ways in which the digital world crosses over into the physical one and how technological advancement influences our lives. For the series Borrowed Light, they take colorful gradients on photographic film as a starting point. The choice for film betrays Troika’s interest in the evolution of image-making techniques. The series follows their large-scale installation Borrowed Light commissioned by The Barbican, London.
Troika is formed by Eva Rucki, Conny Freyer and Sebastien Noel. Their work is part of the permanent collections of M+, Hong Kong; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The Art Institute of Chicago; MoMA, New York; the Israel Museum, Jerusalem and Centre Pompidou, Paris. They produced installations for the UK Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo and their work Dark Matter was shown at Unlimited, Art Basel. Borrowed Light is currently on view at the Barbican.
The paintings and sculptures of Renato Nicolodi refer to archetypical buildings from past times and cultures. By stripping them from their original function, ornament and dogma the artist creates monuments, relics, and shrines that function as visual anchors, inviting visitors to reflect and meditate. In his works, there always is an element of the unknown beyond that which is visible.
Renato Nicolodi (BE, 1980) received his education at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts, Gent, and Sint Lukas, Brussels. His work is included in the collections of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the provinces of Oost-Vlaanderen and Vlaams-Brabant; the city of Genk; Achmea and the former Design Vlaanderen, as well as in many international private collections.
LEVI VAN VELUW
In his recent work, Levi van Veluw investigates the relation between the rational, the spiritual and the material. Even if spirituality is ultimately immaterial, most people practice their faith in places of worship, using sacred objects and performing holy rituals. What is this human desire to add a tangible dimension to faith? Where does idolatry begin?
The work of Levi van Veluw (NL, 1985) is collected by numerous museums in The Netherlands and he made installations for clients such as Hermès. One-person exhibitions were held at Marres (NL, 2016) and Domaine de Kerguéhennec (FR, 2018). This year, the artist has solo exhibitions at Tenuta Dello Scompiglio (IT) and Museum Het Hem (NL). His exhibition Beyond Matter is on view at Galerie Ron Mandos until May 11th.
Katinka Lampe explores questions of identity and origin. Inspired by the diversity on the streets of her home town Rotterdam and by Herman Pleij’s writings on identity, her new series of portraits takes on questions of appropriation, shared history and lived experience. Lush in tonality, the works stay true to the artist’s ethereal style of portraiture. Lampe: ‘My goal is to make connections. I want to question, unsettle, move, and comfort.’