As I mentioned in the previous post, I went to multiple art fairs and an exhibition on Friday, one of these art fairs was Art Brussels. Everyone knows this art fair, it was already it’s 35th edition this year and as always packed with people. I went in alone, strolled around for two and a half hours and eventually walked out the doors with a mind full of inspiration.
When walking around in these art fairs it’s hard to give every booth as much attention as it deserves, so you immediately just look for the pieces that peak your interest and you eventually walk towards. The biggest disadvantage is that the conceptual side of the work loses its power and the visual becomes more dominant.
There were so many pieces that really interested me and others that I didn’t know what to think. Here are the galleries and artists that stayed with me the most and are, in my opinion, worth sharing. It’s personal for everyone, so I wonder, which pieces fascinated you?
Austrian gallery Galerie Krinzinger showed a work by Martha Jungwirth. I loved the expression of the paint, the texture and the colours.
Walking along I try to look at every corner of every booth, I don’t want to miss anything. I am glad I did, because tucked away around a corner of the booth of Galleria Continua was a piece by Berlinde de Bruyckere. It’s always nice to see a familiar face.
I stumbled upon two pieces by Helena Almeida throughout the fair. The first one at the booth of Galeria Filomena Soares and the second one at Les Filles du Calvaire. I saw her exhibition at WIELS last year, without knowing who she was, and I immediately fell in love with her oeuvre.
Ceysson & Bénétière dedicated three walls of their booth to the work of Nicolas Mornein. When I walked by I was fascinated by the colours, but when I came closer the material in itself peaked my interest. It felt like a serie, yet every piece had enough space to breath.
One of my absolute favourites was the booth of Rodolphe Janssen. The work of Léon Wuidar made me so happy. At the risk of repeating myself, I love colour. I love simple shapes that are able to tell a story so vividly. Léon Wuisar did that for me. The white walls reinforced the strength of the colours and it was all so perfectly placed.
Josh Sterling, I came across his work on instagram a little while ago and when I heard he was going to have a big part in the booth of the gallery Sorry, We’re Closed I got really excited and they really didn’t disappoint. The gallery got a big booth, so they showed multiple big pieces. On the other side of the wall opposite of the crinkly shapes of Josh Sterling was a piece by Paul Kremer present aswell. He is most known for his use of the colours black, blue and red/orange.
The Dutch gallery, Flatland Gallery, painted their booth completely pink and it reinforced the pieces by Guy Yanai very well. It always makes me happy seeing his work passing by on social media, but finally seeing it up close triggered a stronger fascination. It’s something else looking at the paintings from a distance than looking at it up close. His technique is so recognizable and that’s what I love about his pieces.
Galeria Javier López & Fer Francés showed multiple artists but the one painting where I stood several minutes staring at was one by Todd James. At first my mind goes several places, my brain wants to understand what it’s seeing. Eventually it looks like an abstract tea party scene, there are so many elements to discover, like the two shapes that look like bottles at the bottom, the black key, the white tea pot, and so on. I love the indirect narrative.
And ofcourse, once I saw a piece of Ann Veronica Janssen at the Axel Vervoordt Gallery booth I had to go for the most cliché (/slightly sarcastic) photo as an art student, a selfie in the reflection. It doesn’t take away the fact that her work is great.