Hammond, Chris and Bodart, Pauline. 2014. ATLAS. In: "ATLAS", Mot International Brussels, Belgium, 13 November – 20 December 2014. [Show/Exhibition]

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Creators: Hammond, Chris and Bodart, Pauline
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MOTINTERNATIONAL Brussels is delighted to present its first exhibition showing three young belgian artists Nel Aerts, Kasper Bosmans and Julien Meert. An Atlas: a book taking us back to childhood; leafing through pictures of travel, mysteries, and worlds unknown; operating as a large collage of images cut from photographs and documents; used to retrace history, boundaries, facts and beliefs.

Atlas takes its title from Jorge Luis Borges’ 1986 book of the same name, in which, he compiled fragments and musings from his journal alongside material from poetry, literature, and images. Evoking cartography, Borges created a personal geography. It is precisely this idea of cartography, cherished by the writer, that gathers the three young Belgian artists presented at MOTINTERNATIONAL Brussels: Nel Aerts, Kasper Bosmans and Julien Meert. All three pay particular attention to line, shape and graphic outcome, sharing an interest in enduring, antique imagery and signs, alongside incisive engagement with popular culture.

Julien Meert’s portraits explore precisely this boundary. Constructed from numerous layers of paint, the artist builds multiple surfaces, reflecting his search for perfect accordance within his images. Meert’s paintings result in intense, anonymous faces, which stare down the viewer with intimidating gazes.

Nel Aerts similarly works with the idea of layers. However, while it is difficult to ascertain the laborious processes that produce Meert’s smooth, confident canvases, Aerts presents us with vibrant etched patterns. Covering both wooden panels and curtains, she scratches, chisels, pits, and sews to create motifs including raindrops or tears in her paintings and textiles.
This decorative aspect of painting is also reflected in the work of Kasper Bosmans. With an intuitive and functional approach, he explores remnants of local traditions and mythological iconography, investigating the spaces between nature and fiction, art and craft.

Through Bosmans’s singular observations of the world, the awkward presence of Aert’s tragicomic characters, and Meert’s fascination for inscrutable images of faces, a strange territory is built, in which the borders between refinement and everyday life are eroded.

Nel Aerts ( 1987) lives and works in Antwerp. Current shows include Europe, Europe, Astrup Fearnley Museet (group show curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Thomas Boutoux and Gunnar B. Kvaran), De Vierkantigste Rechthoek, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort (group show curated by Tom Barman), VIRUS, groupshow at Netwerk, Aalst, Doppelgänger, Trampoline Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium. Recent shows include Lord Nelson’s Portrait Gallery, Carl Freedman Gallery, London (2014), Nel Aerts, Liste Basel solo presentation, 2013, Nel Aerts, Art Brussels solo presentation, 2013, Post, curated by Jacob Fabricius, Kunsthalle Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, DA (all 2013).
Kasper Bosmans (b. in 1990) lives and works in Ghent. Upcoming shows include Red Dawn, final show HISK curated by Gertrud Sandqvist, Hisk Ghent, November 2014; Correspondence, Duoshow with Rafaella Crispino, Unosunove, Rome; Duoshow with Marthe Ramm Fortun, curated by Stefaan Willems, KOMPLOT, Brussels; Beaufort 2015, Beyond Boundaries, curated by Hilde Teerlinck, Lorenzo Benedetti, Philip Van Den Bossche and Patrick Ronsse; Soloshow at P///akt, Amsterdam, (all 2015)
Recent exhibitions include Coming People, S.M.A.K., Ghent, Summary; fox, milk, smoke, Kasper Bosmans, Galerie Tatjana Pieters, Ghent, Het kanaal – Le canal, Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp (all 2014)

Julien Meert (b. in 1983) lives and works in Brussels. Upcoming show crox 478 BASED PAINTING at Croxhapox, Ghent, November 2014. Recent exhibitions include Chorus Art & Music festival curated with Jonathan Poliart, HEKLA & “La Charcuterie”, Brussels; Portraits Residency, Le Vecteur, Charleroi; Men with broken hearts, De la charge, Brussels; Des chevals, Bodson Gallery, Brussels; Youth, portait of artists between freedom and fight, Maison particulière, Brussels (all group shows in 2014).

Contributors: Aerts, Nel (Artist); Bosmans, Kasper (Artist) and Meert, Julien (Artist)
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Departments, Centres and Research Units: Art
Date range: 13 November – 20 December 2014
Event Location: Mot International Brussels, Belgium
Item ID: 21462
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2017 15:46
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2017 15:46


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