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Valdés, Manolo
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016

Born in Valencia in 1942, he lives and works in Madrid and New York.

Together with Spanish artists Juan Antonia Toledo and Rafael Solbes, Manolo Valdés formed Equipo Crónica, a Spanish manifestation of the Pop Art movement of the 1960s, which lasted until the Solbes’ death in 1981. Today, Valdés’ paintings, sculptures and graphic work are heavily inspired by Old Spanish Masters, particularly Baroque painter Diego Velázquez and Romantic painter and printmaker Francisco Goya, seamlessly combining traditional motifs and compositions of art history in his contemporary work.


 
Valentine, DeWain
"From here to eternity" october 2016 - april 2017

Born in Fort Collins (Colorado) in 1936, he lives and works in Gardena (California).

DeWain Valentine started to make art in plastic while making a living in boat shops. He is associated with the 1960’s Light and Space movement, and was an early pioneer in using industrial plastic and cast polyester resin for making monolithic sculptures, although he also employs translucent glass, fiberglass, stone, bronze and steel.

Valentine’s sculptures look misleadingly like machine made objects and are recognisable by their sleek surfaces, minimalist forms, translucence, and hues that shift in the light. His inspiration comes from the sky and the sea, and Valentine’s work captures them in a “transparent colored space”. Always in search for stronger building materials, he developped a plastic named Valentine MasKast which is used commercially today. Valentine received a fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1980.


 

 
van de Moortel, Joris
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1983 in Belgium. Lives and works in Antwerp.

Joris van de Moortel constantly explores, in his works, the dualities between creation and destruction, order and chaos. He creates musical performances and assemblages, which often look like stage sets or the remains of his acts. Architecture is one of his main concerns, as an important medium of one’s mental and physical experiences of space. For his sculptural and installations’ works, van de Moortel uses pedestals, walls, boxes and other small objects that seem to have been found by chance, like lamps, beer cans or old cooking pots. The artist often ‘recycles’ his works at the end of an exhibition: destroying and constructing new ones with the resulting trash, thus emphasizing the ideas of demolishing and rebuilding.

 

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Van De Velde, Rinus
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1983 in Belgium. Lives and works in Antwerp.

Rinus Van De Velde creates large-scale figurative charcoal drawings on paper. His works have always been based on photographs, and more recently on images in which he stages. He prepares the scene, writes a scenario, takes the picture and then, starts to draw. In the end, as he says, “drawing is just a small part of my work.” Van De Velde is collaborating with a friend, Koen Sels, who writes the texts that accompany each of his pieces. These captions are really important to Van De Velde because he wants to create a narrative, his own fictional universe. Without these texts, his artworks would be “just pictures without any context, and everything would be just about the quality of the picture,” as he testified.

 

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van der Werve, Guido
"Obsession" january - march 2015 

Born in The Netherlands in 1977, he lives and works between Finland, The Netherlands, and Germany.

Guido van der Werve is known for his video work; the incongruent interruptions of the sublime punctuate the Romantic grandeur with wry humor and signal the inner turmoil of the artist, approaching art as therapy. In his videos, anxiety and irony mix, with past traditions serving as both clutch and foil. When talking about his own art, van der Werve says: “I’m not trying to be an artist or to make art, but I just try to live my life in a way that I can make things that touch other people in the same or bigger way that some things touched me.”



 
van Elk, Ger
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1941 in the Netherlands and died in 2014.

One of the pioneers of conceptual art in the Netherlands, Ger van Elk deals with the meaning of the images, the gaze, the art history, the ingrained habits and the clichés. The theoretical foundation underlining his career is the rejection of conventional views of the art object and the production of art in general. “Van Elk rejected traditional notions related to painting and sculpture, the illusionism of the former and the materiality of the latter, although much of his work has a strong three-dimensional component,” explains art critic and curator Javier Hontoria. The dualities of reality/imagination, representation/abstraction and presence/absence are continuously part of is his work: “what I want is a realistic representation of non-realistic situations,” says the artist.

 


 
van Empel, Ruud
"States of Mind" january - march 2014 

Born in 1958 in The Netherlands. Lives and works in Amsterdam.

Ruud van Empel is a photographer, but his working technique resembles more that of a painter who creates his pieces adding layer by layer, using a camera and a computer instead of a brush and paint. His hyper-realistic images are digital collages of hundreds of photographs taken by the artist himself. This allows him to create images that would be impossible to capture in only one film exposure. “Van Empel's photographic works are both reserved and abundantly detailed, and deal with a wide range of human emotions and yearnings: from angst and uncertainty to dreams of everyday happiness and pure beauty,” says art curator Ruud Schenk.

 

 
Van Hove, Francine
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016

Born in Paris in 1942, she lives and works in Montparnasse.

Francine Van Hoven is well known for her drawings and paintings of partially clad young women, as well as the refined details of her artworks. The skin tones of her nudes have a delicate transparence, and are a truly remarkable expression of beauty and sensuality. What adds an additional dimension to her work, is knowing that Van Hoven only works with life models, caught lounging in their cozy apartments or gardens, sunbathing, reading, playing checkers and drinking tea. According to Van Hoven, the true subject of her artwork is intimacy. Like no other, she finds an aesthetic interest in everyday gestures, giving her works a timeless appeal.


 
Van Imschoot, Jan
"States of Mind" january - march 2014 
"
Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

 Born in 1963 in Belgium. Lives and works in Ghent.

The work of Jan Van Imschoot is characterized by its social criticism, cynicism and irony. His subjects are often very dramatic and strongly narrative – the artist explores the sharp edges of the society and has a preference for historically loaded themes. For Van Imschoot painting is at the same time medium and message. "Notions of representation and linguistic confusion are constants in my work. The confrontation between the intuitive, the evacuation of accumulated knowledge, the linguistic constructions of painting, photography, film, and literature provide the possibility to play with these notions. Painting - by its ability to operate at different scales, by the use of layers of paint from the most transparent to the most opaque, thanks to a complex set of meanings, forms and associations - is a medium that allows to make connections with other languages and media."

 


 
Van Ofen, Michael
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 
"
Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1956 in Germany. Lives and works in Düsseldorf.

Michael van Ofen’s paintings might, at first sight, look like abstract works of art. Indeed, his work is abstract but the narrative is not, it is connected with reality. Portraits or landscapes emerge, arisen from a collective memory of pre-20th century art. Actually, he chooses subjects – animals, still lives, hunting or religious scenes – that were commonplace in painted art until the modern age. Nowadays, these classical topics seem to be declined by the artists. Van Ofen deconstructs this type of historical paintings into their painterly elements and reassembles them, creating a new work that expresses the essence of the original picture in minimum brushstrokes. This way, his paintings seem familiar in their allusion and simplicity; they indicate but do not disclose too much.

 

 
Van Oost, Jan
"States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1961 in Belgium. Lives and works in Ghent.

The imminent presence of death is a central idea in the work of Jan Van Oost. He approaches both the awareness of mortality and impermanence, as the fragile nature of beauty. “Irony is the strategic finesse inherent in my works, the complex ambiguity between horror and seduction, between reality and fantasy. Art reveals things that are not usually within one’s consciousness range,” explains the artist. Van Oost draws inspiration from 19th century Belgian symbolists like Antoine Wiertz, Léon Spilliaert and James Ensor. Although educated as painter, his preference for sculpture is evident. He uses rich and durable materials such as silver, marble, crystal, silk, and pearls, at the same time contrasting with and emphasizing his subject matters. Charged with symbolism, his works inspire a certain melancholy about the volatile existence of man.

 


 
Van Thulden, Theodoor
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in The Northern Netherlands (The Netherlands) in 1606, he died in 1669.

While still a teenager, Theodoor Van Thulden moved from ‘s Hertogenbosch to Antwerp, where he began an apprenticeship as a painter. He became a Master of the Saint Luke Guild in 1626, and subsequently was elected dean in 1639 and 1640. His style was highly influenced by the Baroque style of Pieter Paul Rubens, with whom he often collaborated. Rubens and Van Thulden for example collaborated on the decoration of the city of Antwerp for the visit of the Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand, Governor of the Spanish Netherlands. Van Thulden was especially famous for his historical and mythological paintings. After he moved back to his hometown in 1644, he painted several group portraits, a genre that was typical for the region at the time, while continuing to create altarpieces for churches in the Spanish Netherlands (Belgium) as well as a series of allegorical paintings.

 

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van Veluw, Levi
"Obsession" january - march 2015
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013


Born in The Netherlands in 1985, he lives and works in The Netherlands.

Multidisciplinary artist Levi van Veluw combines sculpture, photography, installation art and video to create works that are often self-portraits. All his works are the result of a one-man process; he is meticulously involved at all stages of creation. The artist creates images that often consist of illogical combinations of materials, patterns, and colors. Van Veluw says: “By playing with the value of each material and by using them for a purpose that was not originally intended for them, I construct within the image, in a very small way, a different perspective on the world. (…)” In his recent series of drawings van Veluw depicts rupturing into chaos and disintegration of control and order. Human constructions find themselves undermined by forces of nature; they are, in a way, rearranged into a more natural order of being.


 

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van Woert, Nick
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1979 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

Nick Van Woert studied architecture and now creates sculptures. He believes in the semantics of material. Common materials are impregnated with meaning all through our daily relationship to them, which have nothing to do with the context of art. He connects anachronistically recent and ancient methods of production to discuss the notion of timelessness in art. By considering art as an essential language, Van Woert is fascinated by the evolution of these ancient supplies, from monolithic stones to modern mass-produced goods.

 

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Vance, William
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in Belgium in 1935, he lives and works in Santander.

William Vance started his career as an illustrator in advertising. His first job in the world of comics was as a collaborator on the series Bob Morane, which he would then take over in 1967 for a total of eighteen albums. He also worked for the magazine Journal de Tintin. His first series, Howard Flynn, tells the story of a young officer in the British Royal Navy. He then worked on other series, such as Ringo and Bruno Brazil. His most famous oeuvre is the series XIII, which he created together with writer Jean Van Hamme. The espionage series revolves around an amnesiac man who has the Latin number XIII tattooed on his body.

 

 
Vanderheyden, JCJ
"Lightness?" january - march 2012

 Born in 1928 in The Netherlands and died in 2012.

JCJ Vanderheyden has built a diverse œuvre consisting of paintings, photographs, videos, graphics and installations. The artist subtly explores the basis of painting and the perception of phenomena such as light, space and time. His works are characterized by the use of minimal resources like divisions on the canvasses, illusionistic surfaces, gradual shifts and contrasting color fields.

 


 
Vassileva, Mariana
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1964 in Bulgaria. Lives and works in Berlin.

Mariana Vassileva’s body of work includes sculptures, videos, photographs and drawings. Her creations are inspired by personal experiences and feelings she underwent on her move from East to West. Her videos take the viewers on meditative journeys through space and time. Curator Ralf Bartholomäus explains that “with simple but nevertheless symbol-laden pictures of great beauty, the artist succeeds in transporting such complex themes as fear, escape, orientation and the search for freedom. At the same time, Mariana Vassileva always manages to subliminally counteract the seemingly harmless casualness of her works.”

 

 
Venet, Bernar
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in France in 1941, he lives and works in New York.

Bernar Venet started his career as a painter and performer. He then turned to conceptual art and moved to New York in 1966, encouraged by his friend Arman. His art is strongly influenced by mathematics and science, and sees Venet occasionally collaborating with scientists. Venet started focusing on sculpture in the 1970s. He is most famous for his series Undetermined Lines, giant sculptures made out of Corten steel (which is easily recognizable because of its rusty color); his sculptures have been installed in cities, public parks and museums worldwide, including in the gardens of Versailles. Aside from his work as a visual artist, Venet has also taught art and art theory at the Sorbonne. He also composes music and has created Graduation, a ballet that is performed on a vertical space.

 

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Ventura, Paolo
 "La Gioia" october - december 2014

Born in 1968 in Italy. Lives and works in New York.

With a passion for the art of dioramas Paulo Ventura’ stories are hybrids between fact and fiction, the present day and the past, all tinged with nostalgia. After Ventura imagines a narrative, he then makes watercolors that will guide the construction of three-dimensional sets, with a unique eye to details. The results are theatrical images that evoke a magical, mysterious atmosphere. The artist started working with miniatures. Recently he has been using life-size sets and inserting himself as well as a member of his family in the photographs.

 

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Vercruysse, Jan
"States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1948 in Belgium. Lives and works in Brussels.

Jan Vercruysse’s visual work evolved from his poetry, without ever leaving poetic references or influence aside. He tries to delve deeper into relevant questions about contemporary art, both in terms of form and content. His art investigates the way we see and understand it in today’s visually overcrowded life. It is an art that seeks to find, and to define, its own philosophical place within a rapidly evolving world. “I never wanted a ‘heavy’ presence,” explains him. “I want a ‘strong’ presence, which goes precisely against how a society dominated by spectacle and media works. (…) As always, I use physics to mean metaphysics.” Vercruysse’s body of work can be divided into different series – combining sculpture, photography, writing, and installation – each of which pushes the limits of worthwhile meaning and visual possibilities of the chosen theme.

 


 
Verkerk, Emo
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1955 in the Netherlands. Lives and works in Den Helder.

Emo Verkerk’s body of work comprehends mainly portraits and landscapes. Recurring theme in his paintings and drawings, the image of boats at the sea always suggest a situation, tells a story beyond the simple representation of an object. Verkerk also makes sculptures with painted pieces of canvas, wood or cardboard that he assembles so creating pieces filled with humor that pays tribute in the power of imagination.

 

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Vermeersch, Pieter
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1973 in Belgium. Lives and works in Brussels.

Pieter Vermeersch’s body of work primarily consisting of paintings, also incorporates photography, video and projections. Time, space and colour are the elementary building blocks of his creations. It is the viewer who, through the physical act of looking, combines these different elements and, more importantly, combines with them. Vermeersch’s ethereal paintings may seem abstract, yet they are not. In a way light, colour, paint and space are not just the works’ mediums, they are the subjects.

 

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Vezzoli, Francesco
 "La Gioia" october - december 2014

Born in 1971 in Italy. Lives and works in Milan.

Francesco Vezzoli is mostly interested in questions around contemporary media culture. His work includes satirical trailers of films that will never be produced or advertising campaigns for fictional products. By emulating different formats of media, he addresses ongoing preoccupations: the fundamental ambiguity of truth, the seductive power of language, and the instability of the human persona. Though Vezzoli employs a wide range of media, he remains known for his embroidery pieces in which he engaged with the cult of fame through well-known female figures.

 

 
Viallat, Claude
"Obsession" january - march 2015 

Born in France in 1936, he lives and works in France.

Attracted to abstraction early in his career, Claude Viallat worked towards creating a new formal language questioning the conventions of classical painting. Therefore he started working systematically with one shape fixed on a canvas without frame. Claude Viallat initiated and aesthetically influenced the Supports/Surfaces movement in Paris. After his first trip to the USA, Viallat discovered Jackson Pollock’s paintings and the art of Native Americans, which greatly influenced his own visual language.



 
Vic, Marie
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1982 in France. Lives and works in New York.

Marie Vic creates photographs, sculptures and videos that draw on the world of fashion, art history and literature. She frequently uses everyday objects to make assemblages and unusual juxtapositions, which she will later photograph as some sort of still life, exploring their impact on our culture. "I like the irony of having a Polaroid of a unique object that's being repeated in a series,” explains Vic. “I like plastic very much, objects that are made in China. It's probably because I despise them so much. It's something evil that western culture has produced. At the same time I find them very appealing and graphic." Her aim is to seek modes of individuation in the midst of global consumption as well as singularity in the digital age of reproduction.

 

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Villalba, Dario
"States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1939 in Spain. Lives and works in Madrid.

The dualities of photography and painting, figuration and abstraction are integrated in Darío Villalba’s body of work. “The restlessness and curiosity that characterizes Villalba has led him to conciliate different plastic techniques in a syncretic way, introducing both photographic images as fragments of real materials in the field of painting, endowing it with three dimensionality and mobility,” explains art critic Javier Maderuelo. About his choice of subject matters, the artist has a preference for themes around the human condition, especially for people in helpless situations like the homeless, the poor or the insane.

 


 
Villiard, Sabine
"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011

Born in 1972 in London. Lives and works in France.

Fashion photographer for 15 years, Sabine Villiard has photographed campaigns for Bourjois, Clarins and L'Oreal, among others. Particularly inspired by the surrealist movement, she enjoys playing with her models and exploring their funny side. 'Femiman' is how the fashion world calls the phenomenon of androgynous and transsexual models like Andrej Pejic, 19 years old serbo-croatian. "Andrej Pejic is very photogenic. He has a beautiful skin, almost translucent, which takes the light very well. It was really easy to photograph him. He has an innate easiness and a playful personality. (…) When I first saw him coming, I knew of course he was boy, but he had a very natural presence, that I found he expressed certain femininity. I photographed him just the way he was, spontaneously.  I’ve never thought to make the session highlight a more masculine or feminine side. During the photo shoot I guided him for the poses, but I let him express the side he wanted." Sabine Villiard

 

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Vingerling, Evi
"Lightness?" january - march 2012

Born in 1979 in The Netherlands. Lives and works in Amsterdam.

Evi Vingerling focuses on minimalism. Her paintings, mostly in gouache or oil, explore the structures and patterns in the world around us; the forms are stripped off their context and reevaluated. Vingerling plays with movement and distills the forms of symbolism, leaving in the end only recurring patterns and directional lines washed with thin layers of color.

 

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Vinken, Huub
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1967 in the Netherlands. Lives and works in Antwerpen.

Hair is at the core of Huub Vinken’s body of work. He created a whole series of photographs that he carefully covered with hair, exploring not only its texture but also different nuances, from blond to grey or black. The artist enhances eccentric or humorous details of his images. Vinken’s practice is inspired by the 19th century tradition of hair work.

 


 
Viola, Bill
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1951 in the USA. Lives and works in Long Beach.

Bill Viola has been instrumental in the establishment of video as a form of contemporary art. He has created videotapes, architectural video installations, sound environments, electronic music performances and works for television broadcast. His works focus on universal human experiences, like birth and death, and have roots in Eastern and Western art as well as in spiritual traditions, including Zen Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and Christian mysticism. Viola's video installations — environments that envelop the viewer in image and sound — employ advanced technologies and are distinguished by their precision and direct simplicity.

 

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Vitone, Luca
 "La Gioia" october - december 2014

Born in 1964 in Italy. Lives and works in Berlin.

The work of Luca Vitone is centered in the idea of the place, inviting the viewer to re-cognize something he already know by challenging the faded memory symbolizing the present. Particularly interested in the way places are created through cultural production, like art, cartography, architecture, political associations, and ethnical grouping, Vitone’s paintings and installations explore elements from disciplines like geography, anthropology, sociology, music and literature. He bridges the gap between the sense of loss of place typical of the postmodern and the ways in which feelings of belonging occur in the intersection of personal and collective memory.

 

 
Von Heim, Nicolas
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016

Born in Czechoslovakia, he died in 2002.

Nicolas von Heim joined the resistance during the Second World War but was caught and sent to a prison camp by the Nazis. During the Siege of Leningrad, where he was forced to fight at the German side, Von Heim was taken prisoner by the Russian army and sent to Siberia to work at a butchery. He escaped during the 50s and fled to France, where he settled in Saint-Tropez. Von Heim created mystical and fantastical paintings with remarkable precision, straight from his own imagination. He was a member of the Vienna School of Art History, and several of his paintings are exhibited in museums in Stuttgart and Munich.


 
Von Unwerth, Ellen
"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011

Born in 1954 in Germany.

Ellen Von Unwerth worked as a fashion model for ten years before starting to photograph. She also directed short films for fashion designers, and music videos for several pop musicians. Her work has been published in magazines like Vogue, Interview and Vanity Fair. Working with both black and white and color, Von Unwerth celebrates, through her photographs, sensuality, femininity, romance, fetishism, humor, kitsch, decadence and ‘joie de vivre’. The models, dressed only in lingerie or with a bright smile, are always remarkable by their deep humanity; some reveal intimate fantasies, others are more reserved.

 

 

 
Værslev, Frederik
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1979 in Norway. Lives and works in Drøbak.

Painter Fredrik Værslev uses products that are primarily not employed for artistic purpose; actually, he finds his material in the garage of his parents. He explores everything he can lay his hands on, from industrial spray paint to rust remover, including fixative or liquid tarmac. The artist applies all these different substances on raw linen, and then leaves the canvas outdoor, subject to weather changes. This way, he tries to recreate the look of used drop cloths. Værslev’s main interests depend on the relationships between abstraction and ornamentation, monochrome and monotony. Moreover, he submits his all-over compositions to elements of chance giving them, this way, some kind of history.