Erwin Clauws

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The Roger Raveel Museum Exhibition – February 2012

exhibition with results from the ARTISTIC RESEARCH / The Conscious Quintessence of the Abstract —
a renewed investigation on hidden meanings behind the abstract visual

22 - 26 februari 2012: Roger Raveelmuseum, Machelen-Zulte,with guided tour on February 26th, 2012

RogerRaveelmuseum, Gildestraat 2-8, 9870 Machelen-Zulte

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At the RogerRaveelmuseum the results of the research domains “the Abstract image and the metaphysical meaning” and “the abstract image and the light as extras” out of the research “The Conscious Quintessence of the Abstractwere on show. The results including paintings, drawings, photographic works, an artist edition and pictorial spatial light works, were cross-linked divided over 6 exhibition rooms.
The first room showed the photographic key-work “A room with a landscape view. It contains two main content-topics that were further explored in the whole concept of the research. First there is the literal meaning of the title: bringing together in a space works that visualize a kind of vision of the landscape. This vision is metaphysical and draws the attention to the unseen but always present powers of creation or destruction in nature. Thirteen paintings show this metaphysical topic on microcosmic and macro-cosmic scale. The second topic on the photographic work “A room with a landscape view”“ is the idea that after every recognizable image there is an abstract thought. This starting point is also a metaphysical one. This theme has been the underlying base for the room-filling projects with light out of the research domain “the Abstract Image and the Light as extras”
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second room showed works that balance between and abstract drawing and a painting. These seven works want to catch the circular movements in the same constructive or destructive powers that give birth to matter and form. Visualizing the invisible or the unseen is one of the main tasks that abstract artists, as well in ethnic cultures or in modern Western Abstract Art, have given themselves as a visionary target. So a lot of the works in the Raveelmuseum fit in with this tradition, but at the same time they look at the contemporary science whom is constantly discovering and mapping new kinds of energies and powers. The abstract is loosing control over his own abstract being by human knowledge and evolution in scientific apparatus.
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third space contained the most intimate drawings about landscape and nature of the research. It are small in open air drawn charcoal drawings with the title “Part of a landscape”. They balance between reality or fantasy, between recognizable or not recognizable and between detail or overview.
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fourth, fifth and sixth space are devoted to the research topic “the Abstract Image and the light as extras.
Room four and five, each contained a spatial work wherein light becomes carrier of a special meaning. This content shift is also the research topic of the stand alone photographic works in the last room.
In these photographic works the light and the often present own abstract works are equally handled in the compositional study of the picture. They are placed next to common objects of daily life. The composition of the photographs is based on a research towards the
pictorial characteristics of digital photography and print and are very well related to the Dutch genre paintings of the 17th century, but without people on it. I call these works “interior-genre-still lifebecause they also contain a compilation of classic style elements.
To close the exhibition, there is one more work. It is a photographic edition with 144 black and white shots that try to link in each picture over and over again the relation “licht-landscape-metaphysics”.

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