Philip MettenC-1072017 - 2023collage on paper27,4 x 27,4 cm
Philip Metten3011222022oil and thread on canvas24,7 x 24,7 cm
Philip MettenB31H202022papier-mâché, acrylic and collage mounted on wood15,8 x 12 x 2,4 cm
Philip Metten1701232023oil and thread on canvas20 x 20 cm
Philip Metten3313022022papier-mâché and acrylic mounted on wood33,1 x 33,1 x 1,7 cm
Philip Metten162000232023polyurethane, wood, oil and thread on canvas15,5 x 15,8 x 4,8 cm
Philip Metten1612222022oil and thread on canvas24,2 x 24,2 cm
Philip Metten2310222022oil and thread on canvas18,3 x 18,5 cm
Philip Metten0601232023oil and thread on canvas18,4 x 18,1 cm
Philip MettenCX-35TK01-062023papier-mâché, acrylic and cardboard mounted on wood41 x 41,7 x 5,5 cm
Philip Metten1201232023oil and thread on canvas26 x 26 cm
Philip Metten1610222022oil, acrylic and thread on canvas26,7 x 26,5 cm
Philip Metten0912222022oil and thread on canvas17 x 17,2 cm
Philip Metten2201232023oil and thread on canvas39 x 39 cm
Philip Metten0803222022oil and thread on canvas35,1 x 35,4 cm
Philip Metten2203222022oil and thread on canvas23,1 x 23,2 cm
Philip Metten5842021paper, polystyrene, acrylic, cardboard, wood, gold leaf36,6 x 34,5 x 9,4 cm
Philip Metten102021paper collage, acrylic, cardboard, wood42,5 x 42,5 x 13,1 cm
Philip MettenP3-402021collage on paper20 x 15 x 1,1 cm
Philip Metten1652021collage on paper31,5 x 33,5 x 6 cm
Philip Metten1BP65Y2021collage on paper22 x 22 x 1 cm
Philip MettenX2H65P2021collage on paper21,2 x 21,7 x 1,3 cm
Philip Metten1204212021collage on paper, polystryrene and artist's frame124,8 x 124,8 cm
Philip MettenQX2-10972021collage on paper, polystyrene40,6 x 37,5 x 18,3 cm
Philip Metten367202020 - 2021cardboard, wood, acrylic, aluminium support79,7 x 79,7 x 15,7 cm
Philip MettenUntitled2020collage on paper27 x 27 x 1 cm
Philip Metten571462020collage on paper, polystyrene64,8 x 57,3 x 9 cm
Philip Metten535912020collage on paper, polystyrene59,4 x 59,6 x 9 cm
Philip Metten50202452020collage on paper, polystyrene48,4 x 42,8 x 10,7 cm
Philip MettenR24-38D2020collage on paper15 x 11 x 1 cm
Philip Metten30H2020collage on paper15 x 11,3 x 1 cm
Philip MettenF2502020collage on paper12 x 7 x 0,5 cm
Philip MettenPP152020collage on paper10 x 10 x 1 cm
Philip MettenD24-302020collage on paper, polystyrene46 x 44,3 x 10 cm
Philip Metten1331522019collage on paper33,7 x 33,7 x 7 cm
Philip MettenC-2405192019collage on paper11,9 x 11,9 cm
Philip MettenC-2803192019collage on paper134 x 134 cm
Philip MettenC-0204192019collage on paper134 x 134 cm
Philip MettenC-1409182018collage on paper41,4 x 41,4 cm
Philip MettenC-0108182018collage on paper34,3 x 34,3 cm
Philip MettenC-2908182018collage on paper32,9 x 32,9 cm
Philip MettenC-0707182018collage on paper32 x 31,6 cm
Philip MettenC-1082017collage on paper54 x 50,6 cm
Philip MettenC-1022017collage on paper53,5 x 49,5 cm
Philip MettenC-1102017collage on paper35,9 x 6,2 x 15,7 cm
Philip MettenC-1052017collage on paper20,9 x 20,4 cm
Philip MettenCINEMA2017aluminium, wood, plexi and fluorescent lampsvariable dimensions
Philip MettenEssen (Installation view Netwerk Aalst)2016800 x 600 cm
Philip Metten153 Stanton, Kai Matsumiya Gallery, New York2015various materialsvariable dimensions
Philip MettenThe Corner Show, Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp2015various materials360 x 540 cm
Philip MettenBar 28 vierkante meter, Sint Paulusplaats 24, Antwerpenvarious materialsvariable dimensions
Philip Metten presents his new publication at BOEKS in KASK, Ghent.
Thursday 2 March, 7 - 9 PM
BOEKS: Godshuizenlaan 2, 9000 Ghent
published by Roma Publications, 2023
Zeno X Gallery Antwerp Borgerhout
February 8 - April 1, 2023
Opening: Saturday February 4, 4 - 7 PM
ROUND ABOUT OR INSIDE
VANDENHOVE Center for Architecture and Art, Ghent, Belgium
October 14 - November 12, 2022
Philip Metten designed the interior of restaurant ESSEN in Borgerhout, Belgium.
Philip Metten: new acquisition
Work by Philip Metten was acquired by the Flemisch Community and is now part of the collection of S.M.A.K., Ghent.
Philip Metten, b. 1977 in Genk (BE), lives and works in Antwerp (BE).
In his practice Philip Metten moves freely between the respective media and regimes of sculpture and architecture, purposefully suspending disciplinary differences. Bringing together sculpture, drawing, interior and building design with kaleidoscopic intensity, the artist develops a visual language that connects the future with prehistory. As he draws upon references ranging from ancient sculpture to modernist and postmodernist architecture via science-fiction film and experimental cinema, Metten presents us with works that can be read as either mask or architectural model, heraldic sign or urban topography, ancient emblem or futuristic insignia.
A daily drawing practice serves as the systemic foundation of Philip Metten’s work. It engenders the basic schemes for his sculptures, prints and wall reliefs as well as for larger architectural projects, such as his solo show at the art centre Z33 in Hasselt (Innercoma, 2010), the much-praised renovation of a bar in Antwerp (Bar, 2013), the scenography for a group show at Extra City Kunsthal in Antwerp (The Corner Show, 2015) and for the facade of the Kai Matsumyia art gallery in New York (153. Stanton, 2015). At Netwerk Aalst the artist showed a preliminary stage of ESSEN, an interior design for a restaurant in Borgerhout that opened its doors in 2022.
Philip Metten joined the gallery in 2018.
Philip Metten (b. 1977 in Genk) presents his second solo exhibition at Zeno X Gallery.
The exhibition offers an overview of the works Metten created in recent years and gives an insight into the different stages he went through. He experimented with different materials and media, ranging from paper collages to wall sculptures in papier-mâché and paintings.
In the first space, an aluminium profile acts both as a zero point and as a thread that connects the various works. This scenographic intervention is characteristic of Philip Metten’s work method: he often sets out a certain system, creating more room for interpretation in the process. In 2015, for instance, he designed a sculpture that could also be used freely as the scenography for a group exhibition at Extra City Kunsthal. Aluminium is ubiquitous in Metten’s architectural practice: the material plays a prominent role in the interior of the ESSEN restaurant in Borgerhout and also recurs as the ‘skeleton’ of his mobile CINEMA. Aluminium is often employed to demarcate a space or to create a spatial drawing. The intervention in the gallery is concise but impactful. The aluminium profile serves as a plinth and emphasizes the sculptural rather than the pictorial qualities of the collages and paintings.
The paintings are visually related to Metten’s paper collages and are constructed in a similar way. Instead of shreds of paper, Metten cuts up painted pieces of linen canvas which he then stitches together layer by layer, like a city expanding from a core. The superposition of layers turn the paintings simultaneously into reliefs. What stands out in these paintings is the fact that Metten stays true to the use of colour in his works on paper. The pastel colours refer to the millimetre paper used to make technical drawings, of which the artist has amassed a large collection. In some paintings, Metten evokes the stitched seams by scratching the canvas with a needle and filling in the grooves with paint.
Philip Metten’s paper collages have become increasingly spatial in recent years. He makes casts in papier-mâché that act as surroundings rather than frames for the collages. The papier-mâché is made with the remainders of the collages, as a result of which the paper is used purely as a material in the cast and applied in a pictorial way in the collage. The casts are made using the plastic packaging of food and consumer items. The design of these standardised packages is reminiscent of Metten’s own formal idiom and also ties in with his interest in the functionality and human scale that usually characterise these objects. Packaging made of polystyrene and cardboard is cut and assembled by Metten. They are both autonomous artworks and preliminary studies or models for possible structures or façades. The assemblages and collages are invariably constructed from separate fragments that Metten brings together without having a predetermined end result in mind. The final image refers to topographical maps, architecture and (pixelated) screens.
Philip Metten’s new book is titled Five Works. It was designed by Joris Kritis and published by Roma Publications. The volume offers an overview of the artist’s architectural and scenographic practice through five cases: a bar (BAR, 2013), the façade of an art gallery (153. Stanton, 2015), the scenography for a group exhibition (The Corner Show, 2015), a mobile cinema (CINEMA, 2017) and a restaurant in Borgerhout (ESSEN, 2021).
“To spend time in a movie house,” American artist Robert Smithson wrote in 1966, “is to make a ‘hole’ in one’s life.” The architecture of modern cinemas, the artist noted, aims at an immersive experience. The black box interior, comfy seats and surrounding sound system disconnect you from the outer world, make you forget your body and lose every sense of time. For the duration of the film a movie theatre suspends both time and space. Nothing of this in Philip Metten’s CINEMA, the modular and transportable apparatus for showing contemporary artist’s films that occupies the central room of Zeno X Gallery. Here films are not projected in a pitch-dark and sound-proof room within the confines of the gallery. Not unlike the lens of a photographic camera, CINEMA unfolds seven rectangular box-like frames into the exhibition space. On one end the interior of the work’s very own wooden shipping crate serves as the projection screen. The other side is closed off by an aluminum-clad square wall panel, adorned with a sculptural octagon relief. The four residual triangular shapes in the panel act as lighting elements that dimly illuminate the back wall of the gallery, as if the structure as a whole functions as a projector in and of itself. CINEMA has no seats of its own. Regular chairs can be put within the skeleton, a decision that rests with the hosting institution.
Sculpture and architecture at once, CINEMA clearly delineates an interior, albeit one that is permeable. The structure has no doors, let alone an entrance. One can enter the structure from the flanks, through the sequence of frames. In fact, one does not even need to enter it to watch the projected film. Image and sound exceed its perimeter and blend with the surrounding environment. No holes are made in your life here. Metten’s CINEMA fully reinscribes the bodily experience of watching a film within the spatio-temporal conditions of the hosting gallery.
On the occasion of the exhibition at Zeno X Gallery, Metten’s CINEMA carries the film Medley 23 Feb. by Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, the other artist exhibiting simultaneously at the gallery. Radiant with fluorescent colors, digitally manipulated images and sampled voices and sounds, the film enters into an electrifying dialogue with its vessel – nothing short of a forceful meeting of like-minded spirits.
In the room preceding CINEMA, Metten presents a series of 12 collages. Different in size, format and shape, these works are the assorted result of a process that is at the core of the artist’s practice. Most if not all of Metten’s work is grounded in a daily activity of collaging bits and pieces of paper into geometrically complex configurations. The resulting graphical compositions serve as the basis for other work, ranging from sculptures, wall reliefs to larger architectural installations. Much-acclaimed projects such the interior of a bar in Antwerp, BE (BAR, 2013), a scenography for an exhibition at Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp, BE (The Corner Show, 2015) to the façade for Kai Matsumiya Gallery, New York, US (153. Stanton, 2015), all stem from extruding, either vertically or horizontally, the outlines of one of the artist’s many collages. The bulky sign that decks CINEMA, for example, also originates from one such collage. For the restaurant ESSEN soon to be opened in Borgerhout, the artist started from a diagram which he folded and then inserted as an interior envelope into an existing building shell.
For the exhibition at Zeno X Gallery, Metten developed a distinctly new body of collages. Playing with both snippets of paper and remnants of old and abandoned models in cardboard, the artist bestowed the inherent materiality of a collage with volume. Innumerable elements of different geometrical shape, stratification, color and texture have been assembled into labyrinthine three-dimensional surfaces. Even though each work has been developed as a mirror-image, established on both sides of a vertical axis, the apparent symmetry is deceiving. Not a single element in any of these collages is actually identical. The frayed edges of the miscellaneous elements, specks of glue, traces of Tipp-ex, as well as the many pencil lines and marks betray the time that went into making these panels. Each work has indeed been painstakingly built up by the artist on a table in the studio, horizontally and layer upon layer, in a process of reverse archeology as it were.
Once the works are mounted vertically on the wall, a fascinating play of scale takes place. While manifestly pictorial from a distance, these works, regardless of their size, reveal a mesmerizing material and spatial depth when inspected at a close distance. The almost digital outlook they possess as a whole is shattered by a close-up view. Tangibility then prevails. Past and future irrevocably meet in this fascinating double play. The diverging images Metten’s three-dimensional collages conjure up range from Mesopotamian edifices to hi-tech cities, art deco ornaments to sci-fi vessels. Their retro-futuristic character is further enhanced by the distinct color scheme the artist deploys. Given his predilection for technical drawing paper and copy machine reproduction, pale pink, orange, shallow blue, gray and black reign. These are not the bright colors of publicity or advertising, but the bland hues of administration and engineering. The ruins and cityscapes evoked by Metten don’t bespeak promise and progress, but dystopia and desertion.
Philip Metten (°1977) lives and works in Antwerp. He is Professor in the sculpture Department and researcher at KASK / School of Arts, Ghent.
At this moment, we leave the frame of the gallery program and go off road to present work by eight artists that are invited for the first time. The selection of these artists was not made to fit any particular concept. Along the way, we travelled around the world to meet the artists who sparked our interest, in their studios. Although we met many artists, at a certain point we noticed that some artists shared a mutual interest in topics dealing with language, space, abstraction and the body. The show ‘Architecture of Life’, curated by Lawrence Rinder at the Berkeley Art Museum in San Francisco provided a clearer direction to our focus. The title of this exhibition encompasses the idea of the architecture of the body, mind, spirit and society but also the architecture of matter, energy and form.
Every artist has a unique way of communicating his or her thoughts and feelings. Although much can be said in words, they often feel more comfortable expressing themselves through painting, sculpture, drawing, installations and videos. This results in a personal vocabulary and a visual alphabet. The traditional categorization based on a utilized medium is becoming increasingly more polysemous. Many artists today are crossing boundaries and adopt a hybrid practice and identity.
We would like to thank all the artists for their generosity and enthusiasm, as well as for participating and making available a selection of beautiful works for the show.
Following is an introduction to each participating artist:
b. 1977, Jerusalem – lives and works in New York
Uri Aran’s work combines drawing, sculpture, collage, text, printing and video. With and through these various elements, he constructs a fluid system of motifs and signifiers. In his work, he examines intersecting themes of genre, gesture and artifice – both as they occur in art and in everyday reality.
In his sculptural works, Aran creates intricate and layered arrangements of symbols, objects and associations – an elaborate language or iconography that resists straightforward decipherment. He himself refers to his assemblages as “a storyboard that might have been taken apart and reorganized in different pieces”. Aran frequently utilizes everyday materials – each of his objects becoming a sculptural readymade – so as to disassociate them from their typical contexts. His disparate items seem to invite radical new functions or possibilities: denuded of a surrounding narrative or context, they enter into a state of free associative play.
Aran describes his works as being based on a kind of “flat logic” (belying their seeming arbitrariness), comparable to how a configuration of objects on a tabletop can be used to indicate routes and landmarks as an improvised means of giving directions. His wall pieces frequently bring together processes of drawing, painting and sculpture: assembled shapes and textures massed together into a synchronic ‘landscape’. Incorporating various media and alternating between printed and drawn markings, or gestural and graphic icons, these works mirror the chains of signifiers and syntactical ‘parcels’ that constitute language. And yet, as in his sculptural work, hierarchies of meaning are being radically destabilized or flattened. We come to project personal associations or emotions onto their free-floating elements; as the critic and curator Fionn Meade has observed: “Aran constructs a shape-shifting language with the most meager means, collecting an uneasy inventory of pathos, absence, and laughter.”
“The discord of meaning in language is something I’m interested in”, the artist explains. “I don’t know if it’s because English is not my mother tongue; I see a delay of meaning. I see things as mediated—almost everything is quoted.” In contrast to the order, regularity and declarative meaning of a letter, his works confront us with inchoate landscapes – visual and verbal, immediate and mediated: “The interest for me is not in creating confusion. I am managing rather than “taming” the stutters, ticks and stammers that jolt along through the processes of thought and emotional response. I am making them visible.”
Uri Aran graduated from Columbia University in 2007, and has since exhibited internationally in many major solo presentations at Kölnischer Kunstverein in Cologne (2016) Peep-Hole in Milan (2014), South London Gallery in London (2013), Kunsthalle Zürich. He has been included in group exhibitions at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Liverpool Biennial 2014, the 2014 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the 55th Venice Biennale Venice, Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. From November 2015 until May 2017, his work will feature in Question the Wall Itself at the Walker Art Center.
b. 1982, Brazil – lives and works in São Paulo
For a long time, the contemporary art field has remained rather skeptical about the integration of textile-based works because of the medium’s strong association with decorative arts. The young Brazilian artist, Paloma Bosquê succeeds in transforming the practice of weaving into a sculptural and spatial expression. The wool gently moves through her fingers and she sometimes uses her whole body to manipulate the soft and translucent structures. With patience and respect for nature, the craft and the organic materials she uses, , she searches for the right scale and size for each work. Her personal involvement and touch is crucial in this process.
Her practice has to be understood in the aftermath of Brazilian Neo-Concrete movements as well as post-minimalist strategies but also shows affinities with the vernacular and local traditions.
Many dualities hold her works together. She has a desire to compose clean and straight forms by using soft, organic, handmade fabrics that are not fixed on or around a frame. She prefers to leave space open. A gently displacement of air can already move the fabric, as if it could dance. This occurrence causes confusion in the viewer as the static looking sculptures seem to come alive. Everything is chosen with great care, including the bar or frame that supports her work. Her main materials are wool, brass rods, bronze, lead and beeswax. Contrary to our expectations, the shiny gold-like color of the supporting structure is actually less valuable than the pigmented beeswax with its modest appearance. She combines organic and inorganic materials that touch each other in a subtle way. Her delicate and sensual works incorporate the space and light of their environment. In a work like Lapse #4, she manages to connect wall and floor. Gravity and balance are key elements in the presentation and make up of her compositions.
Paloma Bosquê has presented work at the Jewish Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit and the Biennial of Mercosul in Porto Alegre.
b. 1980, United States – lives and works in New York and New Mexico
The work of N. Dash emphasizes the primacy of touch, revealing the body’s generative capacity through corporeal contact and haptic engagement to open up forms of communication outside the parameters of language. This is principally expressed in sculptures or “primary source material”-pieces of factory-made fabric that are touched until degraded. They function as an idiosyncratic recording device where information passed from the hands is indexed onto the tabula rasa of cloth. The final vestiges are photographed in order to arrest different iterations of the fabric and to sanitize its abject remains. The artist began making these works roughly 33 years ago—it spans a kind of human geologic time, from the preverbal to the present. Each sculpture is interrelated, networked, and unfolds into the next. Dash began photographing these works in 2002. More recently, photos have been selected from the growing archive to make silkscreens on adobe substrates, utilizing an enlarged scale while embedding the image into a material that connects them directly to their visceral origins and to Dash’s body of work as a whole.
The two paintings in this exhibition use adobe as a ground. Adobe—which is dirt—is excavated from the desert and shipped to the studio in New York where it is rendered to make a mud plaster, at which time the earth shifts from the horizontal plane to the wall. The paintings are further constructed in multiple components, clad in canvas and deposits of pigment. They are built in three units each, standing apart, next to and over one another to create a whole.
N. Dash’s work was the subject of a solo show at the LA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles in 2014-2015 and at White Flag Projects in St. Louis in 2013. She has participated in group shows at the Jewish Museum in New York, Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Berkeley Art Museum in San Francisco and more. This year she will have a solo show at Fondazione Giuliani in Rome and will be part of group shows at the American University Museum in Washington D.C. and Birmingham Museum of Art in Birmingham.
(b.1977, Great-Britain – lives and works in London)
Michael Dean always chooses his words carefully when he speaks in order to articulate his thoughts. Through his voice and his tongue, the words come out of his body in a rhythmic way and the sound of the words resonate in the space. As an artist, he is even more interested in the visual aspect of language and typography and the process of transforming these into physical and fleshy entities, since language in itself has no actual physicality. His writings deal with linguistic aspects such as the sequence of similar written or spoken words. His own sculpting process, as well as his feelings and perceptions of the surroundings when he takes walks can similarly become subjects in his works. He touches universal themes such as life and socio-politic developments but also very intimate ones such as the family unit or the act of speaking and kissing. Words in his alphabet are tongue, bones, fist and shore amongst many others.
There is no desire to please the viewer, but rather to move them or to stimulate reflection. Although as a visitor one could sometimes hide one’s own body behind one of the sculptures, it is impossible to ignore these fleshy structures and the effect they have on one’s own language and body. Looking at them can provoke all kinds of associations: from protection to support to fence, tool or human being.
At a very young age, Michael Dean discovered the possibilities of working with concrete. At that time he mainly chose for this material because it was accessible and easy to work with and source. Working with it for many years, it became for him a fundamental and archetypical material. He casts, folds, bends, wraps it in plastic foil, hits it with a hammer and even embraces the material while shaping it. The interaction between his hands, his body and the concrete is direct, personal, free and fast. Through the process, an abstract shape is constructed and time transforms softness in a hard, static and solid volume. The outcomes are independent units that engage in a dialogue with the surrounding space or a relation with each other. Often the dimensions of his own body or the bodies of his family members inspire the scale of his works. By mixing pigment into the wet concrete mass or by soaking the books he creates in a colorful liquid or infusing them with physical action, he changes the grey and industrial connotation of concrete. He invites the viewer to come closer.
Michael Dean was nominated for the Turner Prize 2016 and has recently had solo shows at the Nasher Sculpture Museum in Dallas (2016), the South London Gallery in London (2016), the Fondazione Giuliani in Rome (2016), De Appel in Amsterdam (2015), Extra City Kunsthal in Antwerp (2015) and more. In 2017, he will present a solo show at Portikus in Frankfurt and take part in Skulptur Projekte Münster.
ANNA MARIA MAIOLINO
b. 1942, Italy - lives and works in São Paulo
At the age of twelve Anna Maria Maiolino leaves Calabria for Venezuela, where she will stay until she is 18. She moves to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, has lived in New York for a while and has never stopped travelling. Her whole life, she has felt like an immigrant. Every time she arrives in a new cultural and socio-political environment, she has to rethink her modes of communication and how to deal with the new language. It is not a natural adaptation since she harbors nostalgic feelings for the places she left and the times that have past. The only thing she can hold on to is her self, her identity and the material through which she can express her thoughts and emotions. Her chosen forms of communication include drawing, sculpture, installation, printmaking, poetry, film and performance.
In the meantime, her oeuvre spans five decades and has been contextualized in relation to the New Figuration Movement and Neo-Concretism in Brazil, but also with New Brazilian Objectivity, Italian Minimalism and American Conceptual Art.
She creates everything herself and defines her work in the studio as labor. Her production has a rhythm and lifecycle that is closely linked to one of the materials she uses, namely clay. It evolves from a wet substance that dries, becomes fixed in the shape it is given, starts to crumble and eventually returns to dust. Other materials that appear are cement, plaster, metal, bronze, raku ceramic and acrylic ink. In the beginning, her work tended more towards figuration but this is soon abandoned in favor of more abstract forms, which create more freedom for both the artist and the viewer. Everything in her work is derived from the material. In conversations, she clearly points out the difference between being a specialist and a master in a medium. She is interested in repeating forms and working in series but each unit remains unique through the touch of the artist. Form, matter, scale, texture and composition are fundamental aspects that are given her full attention. She makes little use of color in order not to distract the viewer from the essential aspects of her practice.
In the early nineties, she was invited for group shows in Belgium at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp and at the Kanaal Art Foundation in Kortrijk. In 2013 she was invited for a presentation at La Verrière Hermès in Brussels. Later her work was part of group shows at Tate Modern in London, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MoMA in New York and more. In 2012, she took part in dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel and in 2010 her work was on view at the Sao Paulo Biennial.
Solo shows were organized by the Berkeley Art Museum in San Francisco (2014), the Malmö Kunsthalle (2011), the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporaena in Santiago de Compostella (2011), the Foundation Antoni Tapiès in Barcelona (2010), the Camden Arts Center in London (2010) and the Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo (2005), amongst many others.
In 2017 a retrospective is to open at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. The artist will also take part in group shows at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, MAR Museu de Arte do Rio in Rio De Janeiro and the LA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. In 2018 she will be part of a group show at the Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn.
b. 1977, Belgium - lives and works in Antwerp
In his practice, the artist Philip Metten freely moves between the respective media and regimes of sculpture and architecture, purposefully suspending the disciplinary differences. In his work he brings together sculpture, drawing, interior and building design with kaleidoscopic intensity. The semantic regimes of art and architecture provide the frames of reference, but the results of his sculptural exploration of architecture, or the architectural exploration of sculpture for that matter, resist simple classification.
A daily drawing practice serves as the systemic foundation of Philip Metten’s work. It engenders the basic schemes for his sculptures, prints, and wall reliefs, as well as for larger architectural projects, such as his solo show at Z33 art space in Hasselt (Innercoma, 2010), the much-praised renovation of a bar in Antwerp (Bar, 2013), the scenography for a group show in Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp (The Corner Show, 2015), as well as for the facade of the Kai Matsumyia gallery in New York (153. Stanton, 2015).
Most recently in Netwerk Aalst (2016), the artist showed a preliminary stage of ESSEN, an interior design for a restaurant in Borgerhout that is currently being built and will open its doors later this year. ESSEN sees Metten returning to a drawing made in 2008, which he implements both sculpturally and architecturally while using the specific space of the prospective restaurant as his point of departure.
For the exhibition at Zeno X Gallery, Metten once again turned to producing wall reliefs, each of which are again derived from elaborate collages and drawings. Painted in silver, these geometrically sculpted works recall ancient emblems as well as futuristic insignia, revealing the artist’s predilection for a visual language that espouses future with prehistory. Drawing upon references from ancient sculpture, modernist and postmodernist architecture, to sci-fi film and experimental cinema, Metten presents us with sculptures that can be read as either masks or architectural models, heraldic signs or urban topography.
b. 1961, Brazil - lives and works in Belo Horizonte
Much of the Brazilian cultural tradition that encompasses music, literature and art, largely emerged from the lands of Minas Gerais. The work by Solange Pessoa is embedded in this context. She lives in Belo Horizonte, one of the larger cities in Brazil.
Since the late eighties, Solange Pessoa developed an artistic career with a core focus on sculpture, but she also works in other media such as installation, ceramic, painting and video. Since 1993, she teaches sculpture at the Guinard School of Art at Minas Gerais State University. Her practice is informed by the Brazilian Baroque as well as other influences from international art history and developments in the contemporary art scene such as Land Art. Spiral Jetty by Robert Smithson moves her strongly.
Her oeuvre is rooted in, and inspired by, the richness and heritage of ancient cultures. With a minimum of technology and without using complex representation techniques, these cultures were able to communicate and express how they envisioned the world and their lives. In a similar way, Solange Pessoa looks at her environment and translates her experiences and emotions in organic forms and compositions. She only focuses on that which is fundamental and essential.
The soapstones are hollow, carved volumes that envelop only air and emptiness. Through an intensive and physically demanding process, the artist brings her whole body into action and repeats destructive movements to create space and form. The texture of the surface is a succession of traces of these actions. Sometimes she creates a spiral on the inside, following the outline of the form as if to reveal a drawing or otherwise inviting the viewer to enter this intimate space. The curved lines in her oeuvre refer to the female body and the lifecycle of nature.
Her sculptures could be containers or relicts of rituals. Actually, they could be many things. The earth is her main resource. It gives her stones, earth to make clay, pigment to paint, copper and tin to produce bronzes and vegetation that embraces her sculptures or fills them such as in the corner piece ‘Untitled’, from 1999. Some of the works only exist a lifetime, others long for eternity. She searches for relations between living and dead materials, between the solid and the fragile, but also explores how her work becomes part of landscapes and architecture. Burle Marx designed a beautiful garden for the Art Museum of Pampulha in Belo Horizonte where some of her sculptures are permanently installed on a hillside nearby the water.
Pessoa has been invited for several solo shows in museums in Brazil but also took part in a number of international group shows, including at the Rubell Family Collection in Miami (2016), CAPS Musée d’Art Contemporain in Bordeaux (2001) and many more.
b. 1952, Korea - lives and works in Hamburg
The roots of Hyun-Sook Song originate in a rural mountain village in South Korea. In her early twenties, she arrives in West-Germany through a scholarship and only returns home occasionally. From 1976 to 1981 she studied at the College of Fine Art in Hamburg. A few years later in the period 1984-1985, Hyun-Sook Song returned to her homeland to focus on Korean Art history at Chonnam National University in Gwangju.
Her attitude is strongly influenced by eastern philosophy and a respect for life, nature, the body and materials. Painting, for her, is a performative action. She positions the framed canvas onto the floor and balances over the painting on a simple wooden plank that is placed over the length of the work. She is conscious about how many brushstrokes she applies to create an image. Often this information is revealed in her titles. Especially when she paints the white stroke, typical of her work, she finds herself in a state between concentration and meditation. This intensity only allows her to paint a few hours a day, yet she needs to practice every day to train her hand. She carefully prepares everything beforehand to have peace and silence in her mind and body. Her vocabulary is limited but variations seem infinite. Every brush stroke is unique and creates another image because the relation with the surface, the scale and the light is different.
The paintings by Hyun-Sook Song have a cinematographic quality; it appears as if the artist has frozen a moving image. She choses a specific moment on the basis of its beauty and sense of harmony. Like a camera, the artist zooms in on her subject to reveal details about the structure and transparency of the material. The wooden sticks and textiles are suggestive and hover between abstraction and figuration. All the images are derived from her memory and imagination. She remembers the eco-friendly and humble lifestyle of her family. As a child, she was fascinated by how her mother spun thread from raw cotton and wove cloth on the loom. With her paintings she revisits the past and honors her background while being so far from home. A white cloth on a wooden stick reveals a trace of human passage. It can be a sign of hope, surrender or grief.
Aside from painting, Hyun-Sook Song has also been working as a documentary filmmaker. Her work has been on view at the Hamburger Kunsthalle (1982), the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul (2014), the Gwangju Museum of Art (2013), the Poznan Biennial in 2008, the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul (2007), the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo (2005), the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco (2003), the Berkeley Art Museum in San Francisco, the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg (1991) and many more.
Philip Metten1611622022papier-mâché, acrylic and collage mounted on wood16 x 16 x 6,5 cm
Philip Metten1510X2021papier-mâché, acrylic and collage mounted on wood16,2 x 16,3 x 3 cm
Philip Metten2711222022oil and thread on canvas38,3 x 38 cm
Philip Metten1671572021papier-mâché, acrylic, collage and gold leaf mounted on wood16,7 x 15,7 x 3 cm
Philip Metten2506222022oil and thread on canvas30,3 x 30,2 cm
Philip Metten1309222022papier-mâché, polystyrene, acrylic and collage mounted on wood23,5 x 22,7 x 6,8 cm
Philip Metten102021paper collage, acrylic, cardboard, wood45,2 x 42,5 x 13,1 cm
Philip MettenUntitled2021paper, polystyrene, acrylic, cardboard, wood, gold leaf60,5 x 50 x 11,7 cm
Philip MettenC-1002017 - 2022collage on paper34,5 x 32,6 cm
Philip MettenC-0972017 - 2022collage on paper43,4 x 43,4 cm
Philip MettenC-0822016 - 2022collage on paper33,4 x 28,2 cm
Philip MettenC-0792017 - 2022collage on paper32,2 x 27,7 cm
Philip MettenC-0942017 - 2023collage on paper42,6 x 40,3 cm
Philip MettenC-0762016 - 2022collage on paper33,4 x 28,3 cm
Philip MettenC-1042017 - 2023collage on paper32,2 x 30,8 cm
Philip MettenC-0832017 - 2022collage on paper32,7 x 25,2 cm
Photo: Peter CoxCourtesy Zeno X Gallery, AntwerpInstallation view
Martin MargielaBodypart b&w2018 - 2020oil pastel on projection screen123 x 222 x 8 cm
N. DashUntitled2022earth, acrylic, canvas, fabric, silkscreen ink, jute151,13 x 78,74 cm59,5 x 31 in
Pietro RoccasalvaStudy for Giocondità2022oil on canvas48 x 64 cm
Kim JonesUntitled2001 - 2007acrylic and ink on photograph45,7 x 30,5 cm
Jenny ScobelAmanda (II)2011pencil, watercolour and wax on gessoed wood81,3 x 61 cm
Pélagie GbaguidiCare2020dry pastel and wool on paper21 x 29 cm
Pélagie GbaguidiCare2020dry pastel on paper29 x 21 cm
Mircea SuciuStudy for "Empathy for Destruction"2022oil, acrylic, liquin, charcoal and varnish on linen70 x 50 cm
Marina RheingantzSexy X2022oil on canvas130 x 110 cm
Jockum NordströmCat Dog Cat2016collage, watercolour and graphite on paper40 x 50 cm
Hyun-Sook Song9 Brushstrokes2017tempera on canvas130 x 70 cm
Jan De MaesschalckImpersonation (based on a photo by Johan Jacobs)2022oil on canvas65,2 x 55,2 cm
Yun-Fei JiThe Dead Are also Moving2007mineral pigments and ink on rice paper89,5 x 97 cm
Grace SchwindtGuard2022ceramic and bronze (edition of 3 + 1 AP)53 x 9 x 9 cm
Kees GoudzwaardOn Display2022oil on canvas70 x 60 cm
Susan HartnettOct. 11 2011 #2, Blue-joint grass (Calamagrostis canadensis)2011charcoal on paper56,5 x 76 cm
Jack WhittenSilver Centerfold2015acrylic on panel3 x (30,5 x 30,5 cm)
Paulo MonteiroUntitled2016oil on bronze (edition of 3 + 1 AP)56 x 2 x 4 cm
Paulo MonteiroUntitled2018oil on bronze (edition of 3)16,6 x 10,5 x 4,8 cm
Paulo MonteiroUntitled2016bronze (edition of 2 + 1 AP)18,5 x 62 x 22,5 cm
Naoto KawaharaNaked Girl2022oil on canvas72,8 x 53,4 cm
Bart StolleUntitled (Heat upon Heat)2022acrylic on canvas40 x 40 cm
Photo: Carl WarnerGriffith University Art MuseumInstallation view Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane, 2021
Photo: Rik VannevelCourtesy the artists and Museum Dhondt-DhaenensInstallation view
Photo: Rik VannevelCourtesy the artists and Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens
Philip MettenC-2811182018collage on paper40,4 x 11,6 x 16,4 cm
Philip MettenC-0904192019collage on paper134 x 134 cm
Philip MettenC-1506182018collage on paper16,6 x 16,6 cm
Philip MettenC-2602192019collage on paper8,7 x 7,7 cm
Philip MettenC-2101192019collage on paper11,3 x 10,5 cm
Philip MettenC-2702192019collage on paper134 x 134 cm
Philip MettenC-1903192019collage on paper45,2 x 11,8 x 18 cm
Photo: Peter CoxCourtesy Zeno X Gallery - AntwerpInstallation view
Dirk BraeckmanP.T.-B.R.-17 #22017gelatin silver print mounted on aluminium support120 x 80 cm (unique)
Kim JonesUntitled2008acrylic and ink on board50,8 x 76,2 cm
Kim JonesUntitled2008acrylic and ink on board50 x 76 cm
Mark MandersFalling Dictionaries2018offset print and acrylic on paper, chicken wire, aluminium
Marlene DumasThe Politics of Recognition / Onze Vaders1991ink on pape
Michaël BorremansThree Degrees2017pencil and ink on paper14,1 x 21,1 cm
Philip MettenC-1012017collage on paper57,5 x 46 cm
Philip MettenC-0572016collage on paper9,4 x 9,3 cm
Patrick Van CaeckenberghDen Beggaard2018mixed media52 x 110 cm
Pietro RoccasalvaStudy for Il Traviatore2017acrylic on paper69,8 x 43,1 cm
Pietro RoccasalvaStudy for Il Traviatore2010acrylic on paper69,5 x 47 cm
Paulo MonteiroUntitled201322k gold and gouache on paper25,5 x 18,5 cm
Paulo MonteiroUntitled201622k gold and gouache on paper14 x 9 cm
Paulo MonteiroUntitled201722k gold and ecoline on pape
Paulo MonteiroUntitled2016gouache on paper31 x 27,5 cm
Hyun-Sook SongUntitled2013tempera on paper25,4 x 34,7 cm
Hyun-Sook SongUntitled2017tempera on paper26 x 32,2 cm
Hyun-Sook SongUntitled2015tempera on paper20,5 x 28,4 cm
Hyun-Sook SongUntitled2012tempera on paper34 x 23,7 cm
Jack WhittenLooking For Bin Laden #8 (Second Set)2008toner on rice paper61 x 82,6 cm
Jack WhittenSpace Flower #42006acrylic, pastel, powdered Mylar on rice paper20,3 x 19,1 cm
Jack WhittenSpace Flower #22006acrylic, pastel, powdered Mylar on rice paper21 x 19,1 cm
Luc TuymansUntitled2017graphite on pape
Jockum NordströmBjörnen sover (the Bear is sleeping)2017collage, watercolour and pencil on paper97 x 71 cm
Jockum NordströmSjukhusparken (Hospital park)2017collage, watercolour and graphite on paper72 x 104 cm
Jockum NordströmSent by Hand2008graphite on paper45 x 60 cm
Jockum NordströmStage Whisper2008graphite on paper42 x 30 cm
Photo: Peter CoxCourtesy Zeno X Gallery - Antwerp
Hyun-Sook Song2 Brushstrokes2013tempera on canvas150 x 240 cm
Hyun-Sook Song5 Brushstrokes2013tempera on canvas130 x 160 cm
Hyun-Sook Song6 Brushstrokes2013tempera on canvas85 x 63 cm
Hyun-Sook Song9 Brushstrokes over 1 Brushstroke2009tempera on canvas180 x 135 cm
Hyun-Sook Song7 Brushstrokes over 1 Brushstroke2016tempera on canvas150 x 200 cm
Solange PessoaUntitled1999bronze, leaves (3 of 7 + 1 AP)40 x 35 x 20 cm
Solange PessoaUntitled2016bronze, moss (1 of 5 + 1 AP)54 x 37 x 19 cm
Paloma BosquéPlumb #32016felted wool, dyed wax egg and brass rod239 x 4,5 x 11 cm
Anna Maria MaiolinoUntitled, from Outros series2000 - 2008molded cement with pigment on metal table85,2 x 47,5 x 44,2 cm
Anna Maria MaiolinoUntitled, from Cobrinhas (Little Snakes) series1993 - 2013molded plaster, acrylic resin varnish41,9 x 142,9 x 8,9 cm
Anna Maria MaiolinoSou um em Oito (I am One in Eight)2012Raku ceramic, cement, acrylic resin varnish on metal table with electrostatic paint (5 of 8)113 x 40 x 72 cm
Solange PessoaUntitled, from Fontes and Tanques series2016soapstone42 x 57 x 36 cm
Paloma BosquêLapse #42016sheep's wool and black thread345 x 35 cm
Paloma BosquêReverse #22016felted wool and brass rod36 x 27 cm
N. DashUntitled2017adobe, acrylic, graphite, linen, oil, string, jute208,2 x 167,6 cm81,97 x 65,98 in
N. DashUntitled2016earth, acrylic, graphite, linen, oil, string, jute213,4 x 127 cm84,02 x 50 in
Uri AranFront2016oil and bronze on HDO59,7 x 36,8 cm
Uri AranAround The World in Eighty Days2016oil, oil pastel, silkscreen, acrylic, graphite, charcoal and mixed media on MDO122 x 81 cm
Uri AranInteriors, Now2017oil pastel, acrylic, water-based ink, china marker, coloured pencil, charcoal, graphite, carbon paper, trim, plastic and mixed media on HDO66,7 x 76,8 cm
Uri AranPrivate Eye2017oil pastel, acrylic, wood stain, china marker, coloured pencil, charcoal, graphite and mixed media on HDO66,7 x 76,8 cm
Uri AranMidnight 4am2017oil pastel, acrylic, water-based ink, polyurethane, china marker, coloured pencil, charcoal, graphite, brass and mixed media on HDO66,7 x 76,8 cm
Uri AranImperative Mood2017misc bronze pieces and velcro (200 parts)variable dimensions
Philip MettenR0-12009 - 2016spray paint on MDF, aluminium support (2 of 3)59,8 x 59,8 x 4,5 cm
Philip MettenR0-22009 - 2016spray paint on MDF, aluminium support (2 of 3)59,8 x 59,8 x 6,8 cm
Philip MettenR0-32009 - 2016spray paint on MDF, aluminium support (2 of 3)59,9 x 59,9 x 3 cm
Philip MettenR0-52017spray paint on MDF, aluminium support (1 of 3)59 x 59 x 5,4 cm
Philip MettenC-0422015collage on paper35,8 x 29,8 cm
Philip MettenC-0182008collage on paper33,2 x 29,2 cm
C-0172008collage on paper25,4 x 18,2 cm
Philip MettenC-0542016collage on paper21,2 x 20,6 cm
Michael DeanFuck Sake (Working Title)2017reinforced concrete and steel171 x 74 x 28 cm
Michael DeanFFFF unfinished notes2016artist book20 x 32 x 20 cm
Solange PessoaUntitled, from Botânica2016oil on canvas120 x 120 cm
Philip MettenR0-42017spray paint on MDF, aluminium support (1 of 3)67,3 x 58,5 x 5,5 cm
Philip MettenC-0742016collage on paper35,2 x 28 cm
Photo: Jan KempenaersInstallation view
Photo: Kristof VranckenCourtesy Z33Installation view
Photo: Roman März
Photo: Roman MärzInstallation view
Museum Middelheim, Antwerp, Belgium
S.M.A.K. Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium
“Out of the white box – Zeno X Gallery x Philip Metten”
Collect AAA, no. 498, article by Bert Verlinden (p.30-31)
“Coming man Philip Metten in Zeno X Gallery: Eigenlijk ben ik altijd op zoek naar problemen”
De Morgen, article by Danny Illegems (online)
“Settle Into Summer With These 5 Shows by Some of Our Favorite New Emerging Artists – Philip Metten at Zeno X Gallery.”
Artnet News (online)
“Beeldhouwkunst in actie – Over de functionele sculptuur in het werk van Philip Metten”
ART, no.155, article by Charlotte Van Buylaere (p.11)
“Sculpture as Social Gesture – Philip Metten’s convivial creations”
Damn magazine, no. 54, article by Sam Steverlynck
Roma PublicationsAmsterdam, The Netherlands, 202380 pages, ISBN 9789464460322
Griffith University Art MuseumQueensland, Australia, 202132 pages, ISBN 9781992361219
Roma Publications 274Amsterdam, Netherlands, 201636 pages, ISBN 9789491843662