Presentation Thomas Raat (NL), Stian Ådlandsvik (No) & Lutz-Rainer Müller (De)
We have the pleasure to invite you for presentations of Thomas Raat and Stian Ådlandsvik & Lutz-Rainer Müller. The presentations are on Saturday 27 June at FLACC, Andre Dumontlaan 2, 3600 Genk (Belgium). It starts at 13.00 and we end the day at 16.00 with a glass of Norwegian beer.
Thomas Raat (NL)
The project of Thomas focuses on the distribution of the modernistic visual language. This experimental visual language, which started in a small circle of avant gardist artists, became the conventional form in de fifties and sixties, because many artists and mainstream designers used it as examples for their own work. And thus a twilight of art historical derived movements and uses. Raat takes this twilight, which stresses from furniture design to book covers, as the starting point. Using a combination of quotations and imitations Raat simulates authentic looking “modernistic” images that position on the moment of the tipping point. The moment that the experimental new visual language becomes conventional, the moment that avant garde becomes homely.
Stian Ådlandsvik (No) and Lutz-Rainer Müller (De)
Reflection upon their collaboration in itself becomes one of the core elements in their expression, both as a duo and as individual artists. At FLACC the artists researched their collaboration by using a circular motion. A hand dough form of a shovel was filled with plaster and used to make a bronze version. This somewhat blind way of tentatively shaping a sculpture would be closely connected to the idea of a handmade hybrid form that wavers between artistic thought and practical use. A digger’s strong mechanical arm will then be used to move the shovel, possibly altering a landscape or simply digging a hole. But the digger will also function as a temporary sort of carrier for the sculpture, shaping it further by affecting traces of physical work.
The reception is made possible by the Norwegian Embassy and Marlou Dranken.