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PAUL GEES
BEIJING CHINA WORLD 

 

"GORDIJN-GEVEL", 2012 MIXED MEDIA WOOD

BORN IN 1949 IN AALST, BELGIUM, PAUL GEES GREW UP IN AN ARTISTIC ENVIRONMENT AS HIS FATHER WAS A RENOWNED PHOTOGRAPHER. HE STUDIED INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE BETWEEN 1969 AND 1973 AT SINT-LUKAS SCHOOL OF ART BRUSSELS. PAUL GEES WAS ONE OF THE KEY ARTISTS TO CONFRONT AND RENOVATE THE PRODUCTION OF SCULPTURE IN BELGIUM, INTRODUCING INTO IT A SENSE OF PRECARIOUS INSTABILITY AND EPHEMERALITY THAT REFLECTED THE VERY SOCIAL RESTLESSNESS OF THE CULTURAL MILIEU IN THE WAKE OF THE 1968 STUDENT UPRISINGS.

WAS ONE OF THE KEY ARTISTS TO CONFRONT AND RENOVATE THE PRODUCTION OF SCULPTURE IN BELGIUM, INTRODUCING INTO IT A SENSE OF PRECARIOUS INSTABILITY AND EPHEMERALITY THAT REFLECTED THE VERY SOCIAL RESTLESSNESS OF THE CULTURAL MILIEU IN THE WAKE OF THE 1968 STUDENT UPRISINGS. PAUL GEES IS ONE OF THE PRIMARY SCULPTORS IN BELGIUM. HE TOOK PART IN INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS. WORKS BY PAUL GEES ARE INCLUDED IN MANY PUBLIC COLLECTIONS SUCH AS THE FLEMISH COMMUNITY, BRUSSELS (BE), STAATSGALERIE STUTTGART [GRAPHIC SAMLUNG] (DE), M HKA, ANTWERP (BE) AND MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, BRUSSELS (BE). IN ASSIGNMENT HE PLACED A LARGE NUMBER OF WORKS IN THE PUBLIC SPACE.

A MONOLITHIC WOODEN VOLUME OPERATES HERE AS AN IMAGINARY COMPACTED SCULPTURAL MASS. OPEN VERSUS CLOSED, INSIDE VERSUS OUTSIDE ARE CALLED UP BY THE USE OF MASSIVE AND BENDABLE ASH WOOD. THE MASS AND THE VOLUME BECOME, AS IT WERE, PRESSED OPEN BY A STONE PEG. THE ASH WOOD BENDS AND MAKES THIS TENSION VISIBLE. THE DEPLOYMENT OF ROUGH STONE ACTS AS A SYMBOL FOR NATURE AND FORCE AND MAINTAINS THE PRESSURE ON THE ENCLOSING MATTER.

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