April 2nd - May 24th 2020
Presenting Adriaan Diedericks - ‘Allegorical Elegies’
South African artist impresses with bronze sculptures
Great news for art lovers! The Uitstalling is excited to host once again an international reknown artist. This South African sculptor mimics, as it were, the vast landscape of his youth. This can be clearly seen in the way in which his working method continuously develops into a unique three-dimensionality. Using sculptures, he manipulates these messages with, among other things, found wood and plastic that ends up in amazing bronze works of art.
Adriaan Diedericks explores the human body as a vessel where power, glory and inevitable humiliation are being transformed to key concepts in his work, a thought that connects his reflections on masculinity and heraldic history.
“Visually, Adriaan Diedericks’s _Absorption_ strongly recalls Michelangelo’s _non-finito_ slave statues, wherein a human form is only partially carved from a block of marble in order to thematically convey the challenge and burden of individuation. Diedericks’s bronze shifts Michelangelo’s philosophical inquiry into the realm of power dynamics inherent in Hegel’s Master/Slave dialectic, by depicting two figures – who are either embracing or tussling – locked in a struggle of perpetual ‘becoming’. The seeming liquidity of the bronze suggests a certain inversion of Michelangelo’s marble, the fusing of mind and consciousness, and self and other into a singular consolidated entity.”
“Allegorical Elegies”: a personification of abstraction.
We kick-off “Allegorical Elegies” with an opening night together with the artist, on Thursday April 2nd from 5 pm to 10 pm in our gallery at Marcel Habetslaan 26, 3600 Genk.
Starting at April 3th, the exhibition will be open for public on Saturday and Sunday from 2 pm to 5 pm and on weekdays during office hours.
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