17, 18, 19, 20 June 2021, Luisterbibliotheek, Rue Gustave Schildknechtstraat 28, Laken, Belgium
Open: 17-18/6 18:00-22:00, 19-20/6 13:00-22:00
About the exhibition:
Labirint is a temporary collaboration between GC Nekkersdal and the artist Yvonne De Grazia.
18 artists, living and working in Laken and the area around the canal in Brussels, present existing and site specific work in the now closed library for blind people (Luisterbibliotheek) in the former buildings of jam factory Materne.
Labirint presents itself as an exponent of the growing and dynamic contemporary art scene in Brussels and aims to encourage encounters with residents and a wider audience.
Anne Marie Finné, Beatrijs Albers, Christian Chatel, Christl Lidl, Colin Waeghe, Francis Denys, Gerald Dederen, Guy Giraud, Hans Verhaegen, Johan Deschuymer, Koen Wastijn, Lucie Malou, Reggy Timmermans, moine de la non existence de la pensée, Tim Dirven, Yves Lecomte, Yvonne De Grazia
About 'James' by Hans Verhaegen:
In the space of the former library for the blind, Hans Verhaegen shows an 18-part work on paper that is the reproduction of the full text of 'Ullysses', the famous book by James Joyce. The text of each chapter has been converted into a homemade font with each character replaced by a figure. The longer the text of a chapter, the more and the smaller the figures. So in total, 1,726,112 figures in 18 rectangles, all lined up and justified. A literary text as an algorithm to fill a sheet of paper with humans, robots, cats and dogs.
From a distance, each of the 18 chapters (Telemachus, Nestor, Proteus, Calypso, Lotus Eaters, Hades, Aeolus, Lestrygonians, Scylla and Charybdis, Wandering Rocks, Sirens, Cyclops, Nausica, Oxen Of The Sun, Circe, Emaeus, Ithaka, Penelope) is a rectangle in a different shade of gray. Up close, the viewer, with or without glasses, can sometimes just make out the playful figures.