Hedwig Brouckaert - Uprooted – P
Brouckaert uses mass media images in her work, images that often have extremely high production value. Magazines arriving as pristine, glowing objects in the mail or on the newsstand yet meant to disappear quickly and to become trash, to be replaced by the most recent up to date information. Her work on the contrary, is the result of an antiquated and slow process. It refers to the culture that produced these images, but totally transforms the original narrative; it asks viewers to re-read their narrow, commercial script. More info
Hedwig Brouckaert – Re/Pro/ducing Complexity
The exhibition Re/Pro/ducing Complexity opens at the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens on October 23rd with work by Nelleke Beltjens, Hedwig Brouckaert and Jorinde Voigt. Hedwig Brouckaert’s contribution was produced with the support of FLACC. The exhibition can be seen until January 8th 2012.
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Hedwig Brouckaert (1973, working in Ghent and NYC) is a Belgian artist who has focused her practice on drawing working with imagery of mass media. She obtained an MFA from the University of California, Davis after completing a Master’s Degree in Sculpture at the Sint-Lukas Hogeschool in Brussels and a Postgraduate Degree at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK) in Belgium. Brouckaert received numerous artist grants from the Flemish Government in Belgium, and fellowships of the Rockefeller Foundation - Bellagio, Liguria Study Center - Bogliasco, Yaddo, Anderson Ranch Arts Center in the U.S.A. Hedwig Brouckaert presented her work in numerous solo shows and group exhibitions in Europe and the US. Currently she is preparing an exhibition called Re/pro/ducing Complexity that will open on October 23 at the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens in Deurle, Belgium. One may read the title of the show as reducing, producing or reproducing complexity. German art historian and independent curator Peter Lodermeyer conceived this exhibition of work by three artists who work extensively with drawing: Jorinde Voigt (Germany), Nelleke Beltjens (The Netherlands), and Hedwig Brouckaert.
At Flacc Hedwig Brouckaert is exploring the possibilities of digital media for her work; the interweaving of manual and digital processes interest her. The digitalization has considerably broadened the repertory of her possibilities as a drawer, enabling her to treat the pictorial language of the advertising and entertainment media in such a way that hidden dimensions come to light.
For Re/Pro/Ducing Complexity she is developing a site specific-installation for the glass entrance of the museum Dhondt-Dhaenens. This way she wants to activate the whole exhibition space and to extend the idea of drawing beyond the edges of the paper. Brouckaert also created a series of large digital prints on paper on which she draws again. She layers processes of drawing, photography and digital printing; repeating these processes numerous times on a single work. The images Brouckaert use often have extremely high production value. Magazines arrive as a pristine, glowing object in the mail or on the newsstand yet are meant to disappear quickly and to become trash, to be replaced by the most recent up-to-date information. Her work, on the contrary, is the result of an antiquated and slow process. It refers to the culture that produced them, but totally transforms the original narrative. It asks viewers to reread their narrow, commercial script.