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June 20 - Aug 11, Genk

Jan Leenders is an emerging artist from Limburg (Belgium), known for his work that often features distinctive, recurring motifs. One of his most striking features is the playful portrayal of buttocks, serving as a subtle critique on the often excessively intellectual nature of the art world. In his latest exhibition “Nothing But Stares”, Leenders cleverly leverages the theme of the “Butt” that catapulted his art into the spotlight on Instagram, captivating art collectors globally. Through the title’s juxtaposition with “Stares”, Leenders taps into the viewers’ curiosity and contemplation as they find themselves intrigued by the provocative and cheeky elements of his work. Moreover, the term “stares” assumes a dual significance as it hints at the staircases in Leenders’ artworks. This clever interplay evokes Marcel Duchamp’s iconic “Nude Descending a Staircase”, infusing Leenders’ pieces with an additional layer of historical context. With the staircase, Leenders introduces a new motif in his oeuvre. It not only delves into the artist’s personal reflections on ambition, the relentless pursuit of advancement and the struggle to rise above, but also sheds light to the ups and downs individuals encounter on life’s journey. Leenders’ new works resonate with a profound sense of introspection, inviting viewers to contemplate the complexities of human existence and the quest for transcendence.

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