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Darkness is needed to see the stars

Darkness is needed to see the stars

From 25/09/2022 To 19/11/2022

«The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters». (Genesis 1:2) The first creation narrative in Judeo - Christianity begins with darkness, into which is introduced the creation of light, and the separation of this light from the darkness. Thus, although both light and darkness are included in the works of the almighty God—darkness was considered «the second to last plague» (Exodus 10:21), and the location of «weeping and gnashing of teeth» (Matthew 8:12). As a poetic term in the Western world, darkness is used to connote the presence of shadows, of evil, or in our modern world, to connote that a story is grim, heavy, and/or depressing. However, a quote by Ursula K. Le Guin rightly states “When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.” and as we chose to call this show:  A certain darkness is needed to see the stars. In this new group exhibition, we see how various artists interpret black and darkness through their own eyes: as a colour, as a means to meditation, to illustrate how darkness can be present in the adorable, or how the monstrous can find an exit from its somber caves. Black isn’t a primary, secondary, or tertiary colour. In fact, black isn’t on the artist’s colour wheel and usually isn’t considered a colour at all. In certain ways, black represents space, specifically outer space and infinite space. There’s also a mystery to things that can’t be defined, or seen, and the colour black often accentuates anything with those mysterious or indefinable qualities. Artists: Jean-Paul BLAIS (CH), Beth CARTER (UK), Maarten CEULEMANS (BE), Alessandro FILIPINNI (IT), Xavier le Normand (FR), Yaël OHAYON (BE), Maria RUBINKE (DN), Michel TOMBROFF (BE). Don’t miss this dark and surprising exhibition, on view until November 30, 2022.

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Hanneke BEAUMONT • the quiet between

Hanneke BEAUMONT • the quiet between

From 24/04/2022 To 17/09/2022

Sculptures of the past and of an uneasy present “The quiet of Beaumont’s art is about the space, physical and psychological, between states of being. (...) The sculpture is a snapshot moment in time.”(J. A. Becherer) The world of today is certainly not the one we have been used to. There is at the moment a sense of uneasiness, uncertainty and instability. When looking at Hanneke Beaumont’s recent sculptures we might detect this feeling. Her work is and always has been very intuitive, expressing as it is correctly put in the above quote by Joe Becherer, states of being. Snapshots of todays world. There is a strong connection between the artist and the medium she works with (earth / clay) expressing the strength and yet fragility of the human race. Her sculptures represent Man in the broader sense; Man in all of its humanity. Many of her figures appear neither male nor female, neither young nor old. They do not appear as portraits of particular individuals, nor are they modeled after idealized human forms. Physically, they are approximations of human beings, and as such, they provide a way to consider, from a distance, general ideas about the nature of the human race. Their positions are not aggressive or provocative, but neither are they resigned. Fragile but strong, motionless but ready to move, these figures, seem in a weightless spatial equilibrium - their human character tied to a string of thought. Dressed in timeless «clothes», partly structured material, intertwined with the body, they defy our perception without shocking our sensibility. In this new catalogued exhibition, LKFF Art Projects is proud to present both older sculptures dating back to the year 2000 alongside the very last creations by Hanneke Beaumont, among which some new explorations with composite materials that offers her new possibilities.

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At my window... A XXIst century vision of landscape art.

At my window... A XXIst century vision of landscape art.

From 30/01/2022 To 12/03/2022

The famous Flemish author Herman Van Teirlinck enjoyed sitting at his window in Beersel and describe the Pajottenland. This was over 50 years ago. Today, LKFF invited 10 artists to express the landscapes they saw or imagined through their own windows. Drawings on paper, oil on canvas, wood sculpture, blown glass, digital art, photography, steel sculpture, bronze and wrought iron are among the many mediums used in this very unique exhibition. Featured artists: Jeroen BEIRENS (BE), Vins BLAKE (UK), Maarten CEULEMANS (BE), Alessandro FILIPPINI (IT), HyunJoung LEE (KR), Søren MARTINSEN (DK), Xavier LE NORMAND (FR), Arnaud RIVIEREN (BE), Henk VAN RENSBERGEN (BE) & Velasco VITALI (IT).

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Before the last cut • Maarten CEULEMANS

Before the last cut • Maarten CEULEMANS

From 14/11/2021 To 22/01/2022

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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Presence is more than just being there

Presence is more than just being there

From 05/09/2021 To 30/10/2021

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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