KRIS VLEESCHOUWER (1972) designs and produces sculptures where, via means of high-tech and low-tech, a junction is formed between knowledge and skepticism, relativism and absurdity. The sculptures seem most akin to factory production lines, but without the production of anything "useful". They are aesthetically charming and robust in their finish, aggressive in their action, and melancholic in their concept. They contain the drama and symbolism of unintentional accidents, with a lot of noise, dangerous broken glass and unnerving alarms. Small, trivial occurrences (for example, a meandering goldfish, consistently engender violent and clamorous consequences. The unpredictable connection between a (seemingly) trivial cause and the explosive effect is utterly fascinating, from a philosophical as well as a political point of view.
In his installation «Gun Shot» he connected the idyll of the Lucerne lake esplanade with moments of terror. A shooting device was exhibited at the Kunsthalle Lucerne, which was driven by people sitting on a park bench at the lakeshore. The bench at the lake was made interactive by a sensor placed next to the bench. A signal was send via mobile phone to the installation in the exhibition space each time the bench was occupied by a passer-by: the bullet started to move slowly towards the explosive part of the device. After a certain number of people have taken a seat on the park bench a shot was fired. With this site specific and interactive installation the artist constructs an unforeseeable connection between two completely different worlds: an innocent passers-by trigger an aggressive act without knowing it. The trivial tourist idyll is charged with moments of danger that are omnipresent but not visible.
A variation of the first edition of Gun Shot will be exhibited at the gallery and at the Hong Kong art fair in May.
In 2005 Kris Vleeschouwer was awarded with the prize Bozar (Young Belgian Contempary Art Award 2005), Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels with his installation Glassworks I.
Glassworks II was exhibited at Palais de Tokyo in 2007 and is part of the collection of MONA, Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania.
Kris Vleeschouwer is currently exhibiting at Membra Disjecta for John Cage. Wanting to Say Something About John., (1912-1992), group show organized by Jozef Cseres and Georg Weckwerth, Quartier 21 International, Museum Quartier Vienna, 16.02 – 06.05.2012
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