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Presence is more than just being there

Presence is more than just being there
From Sunday 05/09
To Saturday 30/10
Open Thursday to Saturday
Hours: 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
or by appointment

2020-21 has been challenging... In the name of common good, we have been completely isolated from each other; this made us value what we took for granted - the simple fact of spending time together, the joy of a hug, the reassurance of a presence. LKFF invited a pool of international artists to propose artworks revolving around the theme of «presence». H. Beaumont (NL), B. Carter (UK), M. Ceulemans (BE), Atelier les Deux Garçons (NL), A. Filippini (IT), X. le Normand (FR), M. Tombroff (BE), H. Van Rensbergen (BE), V. Vitali (IT) & Shui-Lyn White (South Africa). Each artist invited came with his/her own view regarding the theme, illustrating the strong connection, yet individuality of human beings, our need for protection, for reassuring company, the overwhelming presence of absence, the desolation of empty places, the strangeness of an intruding gaze, or even perhaps how something very small can hold a tremendous presence. But most of all, LKFF would like to celebrate its own new presence in the cosy town-center of Beersel and bring contemporary art to this place we love.

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Before the last cut • Maarten CEULEMANS

Presence is more than just being there
From Sunday 14/11
To Thursday 23/12
Opening on Sunday 14 November from 3:00 to 6:00 PM

It all starts with a large tree stump that the artist slowly dismantles with a chainsaw. With «before the last cut», Belgian artist Maarten Ceulemans (1983°) refers to a special moment in the creation process of his wooden sculptures. Specifically, the moment when the labor of sculpting suddenly is ceased. Those who are familiar with the artist’s oeuvre immediately know why this moment is so important to him. His subjects, in which humans, animals and nature are central, are often depicted in a badly fragmented way so that the work appears to be unfinished. The artist plays with contrasts. He combines unprocessed wood blocks or rough surfaces with meticulously worked-out details. It is a three-dimensional snapshot from a creative process with which he almost forces the viewer to complete it in his/her imagination. The artist works primarily around the figure. For several years now, wood has been his main medium. He shapes his sculptures with traditional tools (chisels, gouges, knives...) and techniques. The ever-changing experience of a sculpture during the creation process is for him a fertile breeding ground and generates new ideas. In 2018, the Aarschot Cultural Council (ACR) awarded Maarten Ceulemans for his sculpture in limewood ‘Mister Grandjean’. This beautiful statue now adorns the town hall. That same year, ‘De Bleiter’ (slang for cry-baby), a 300 kg colossus head in bronze, is unveiled right in front of the gate to the Aarschot city’s park. Maarten Ceulemans - who also teaches sculpture at the Hagelandse academie voor Beeldende Kunst (HABK) - participated in numerous group exhibitions throughout his young carreer. Today, LKFF Art Projects is very proud to present hist first major catalogued solo show. The exhibition will present a series of +/- 15 recent sculptures, in wood, resin and bronze, alongside a charcoal drawings on paper.

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