Weapon Of Beauty

Veerle Beckers
June 22, 2008, 11:49 pm
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The London Royal Academy of Arts has an annual Summer Exhibition which is the largest open contemporary art exhibition in the world, showing new work by both known and unknown living artists. This year it’s in its 240th year and the exhibition includes around 1,200 works.

Also this year, for the first time a similar event has been held in Belgium. On a much smaller scale though and organised by a television station (Canvas). It was called the Canvas Collectie and out of 17.000 entered works a jury of professionals and artists (including Jan Fabre, Luc Tuymans, Wim Delvoye,…) chose 250 works which were on display at the Bozar museum in Brussels. In the last week of the exhibition there was a public vote for a winner and also a number of prizes from a professional jury.
I went to see the exhibition, and my favourite artist by far was Veerle Beckers. She was one of the few artists who got no less than 3 works into the Bozar exhibition:


Teenage Wasteland

Fake Empire

Slightly disturbing images and painted with great skill (which you are sadly unable to see in the photos that I use here). I couldn’t contain myself -again- and bought this work from her:

When the lights go out – Victim 2

At the end of the Canvas Collection it turned out that my taste actually isn’t so bad, as she turned out to be one of the 5 winners. She won a solo exhibition which will open at the end of August at the KBC tower in Antwerp.


Atelier Elf
June 22, 2008, 2:52 pm
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Atelier Elf is a small collective of jewellery designers based in Antwerp. Although I don’t wear any jewellery myself nor do I have a pierced elbow, lung or other body part, these guys caught my eye because their work it’s so off the beaten path. It comes with a big wink and the tongue firmly placed in the cheek.

Every year they produce a two women and two men collections, with each collection based around a theme. What makes their stuff so much fun is partly because of the materials they use like a smashed Matchbox car or crown cap, a wrench, road map, TV test pattern, guns, buffalo, the USB logo, recycled printed circuit boards, and so on. Great stuff.

The only problem I have is, I can perfectly understand the rings and the key hangers, but does anyone know any guys who wear these kind of necklaces or bracelets? And no: all of your gay buddies – the ones you secretly meet in the park for a quickie before you go home to your wife and children – don’t count.  So surprise me. Hit the ‘About’ button and send in your pictures.

Bonkers BapeSta shoes
June 11, 2008, 11:00 am
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If you want to look as if Roy Lichtenstein puked all over your shoes, this is the way to go:

Daan self portrait in grass
June 4, 2008, 6:28 pm
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Belgian magazine Focus Knack has a weekly item where they ask famous people to draw a self portrait and then ask them some questions about why they portrayed themselves in the way that they did.  This week they asked the same question to Belgian musician Daan Stuyven (of Daan and formerly Dead Man Ray fame). Daan has a history as a graphic designer and as someone who boldly goes where no musician has ever gone before, so they could have known he’d come up with something rather outrageous. And they were so right.
He cut out a massive portrait in the lawn at his country house and ended up with this:

It kind of reminds me of the self portrait he made for his ABC tour a few years back:

The man (more or less) in action:

‘Making of’ right HERE (includes a discussion about whether he should use a lawn mower or do it by hand with scissors).

Daan is currently working on a new (7th) solo album which should be out in the Fall.