During her residency at FLACC, Hedwig Brouckaert is developing work for an exhibition Re/Pro/Ducing Complexity. At FLACC's digital studio, she is exploring the possibilities of digital processes and media for her work, mainly drawings on paper based on mass media and advertising imagey. She is creating a site specific-installation for the museum’s glass entrance and windows, and a series of large digital prints on paper on which she continues to draw. In these works on paper she layers processes of photography, digital printing and drawing; repeating these processes numerous times on a single work. The digitalization has considerably broadened the repertory of her possibilities as a drawer, enabling her to treat the pictorial language of the advertising and mass media in such a way that new and hidden dimensions come to light.
The mass media images Brouckaert uses in her drawings and installations are meant to disappear quickly and to become trash, to be replaced by the latest fashion or the most recent up-to-date information. Brouckaert’s work refers to the culture that produced them, but totally transforms the original narrative. It asks viewers to reread their narrow, commercial script.
RE/PRO/DUCING COMPLEXITY presents drawings and drawing-related works by three young women artists from three European countries: by Nelleke Beltjens (°1974, the Netherlands), Hedwig Brouckaert (°1973, Belgium) and Jorinde Voigt (°1977, Germany). In recent years all three artists have emerged on the international scene with demanding and innovative approaches in the medium of drawing.
The fact that our society is characterized by rapidly increasing complexity manifests itself not only in such important sectors as the economy, science and technology, where even experts have trouble keeping abreast of developments. The growth of complexity may be felt on down into our daily lives, changing all areas of life. This constitutes at once both enrichment and mental overload, a broadening of our horizons and a loss of orientation. Beltjens, Brouckaert and Voigt address this theme of complex and intricate reality and the perception of it, each using their own means. Nelleke Beltjens understands her drawings as metaphors for the incomprehensibility of life, human existence and its conditions; Hedwig Brouckaert works with redundant visual material, such as that disseminated by the mass media, which she alienates and “neutralizes” with her selections and layerings; In diagram-like drawings, Jorinde Voigt develops new structures of order and relationships between selected areas of reality, creating spaces for the viewer’s imagination in this way. As different as the respective artistic approaches of the three woman artists are, they are equally highly complex, in keeping with the famous statement by the sociologist and systems theorist Niklas Luhmann who said: “Only complexity can reduce complexity.” Peter Lodermeyer (Bonn, Germany) will be curator of the exhibition.