For a group exhibition Hans Verhaegen has drawn his human figures directly on the gallery walls, executing instructions he wrote previously for a computer program and using custom made tools.
The in-situ art work might change every time he walks by and feels like adding to it. Since it will disappear after the exhibition ends, it can also be considered a remnant of a (drawing) performance.
The tools and instructions allow him to concentrate more on the ‘now’ while drawing. He does not have to think about what to draw or how to draw it. Making these drawings might be considered therefor as a form of meditative performance that can be done anywhere.
By just following a handful of simple self-made rules, it’s almost impossible to make ‘mistakes’. Each drawing is completely unique and because they are made on the walls, they cannot be sold. They will most probably simply disappear after the exhibition and only exist briefly in the memory of the visitors.
Trying to follow a set of rigorous rules and at the same time trying to draw like a plotter or a printer, of course, gives these drawings a humorous undertone. This is reinforced by the uninhibited use of very banal and limited drawing materials.
“Perhaps I could add some more art historical or philosophical references, but that is not my job. And there is perhaps nothing to add. I was in that space and I drew. Then time erases everything neatly, as it should. So that subsequent generations can do their thing and then the next. Until the last line has disappeared and the last color has faded away. We are here and now.”