12/02/20 - 28/03/20
A SIGHT FOR SORE EYES
KABK OUDENAARDE, [by'ro]
Maagdendale 31 - 9700 Oudenaarde
Curated by Philippe Braem
In the work of the last five years, Wannes Vanwijnsberghe (° 1992, Ypres) shows himself to be a versatile painter. He plays with distance and proximity, creates open or closed spaces, conceals, makes cut-outs, vistas and adds decorative elements here and there.
With light brush and paint strokes he suggests movement derived from nature (wind, waves, etc.). The reality that Wannes Vanwijnsberghe shows us is, however, a painterly construction. He leaves it to the viewer to appropriate this pictorial reality and give it its own interpretation.
The most recent works show us a realistic and graphic image, similar to the comic strip and with a fascination for the clear line. At first glance this seems contradictory, but they are equally virtuoso made with ink on paper, in which the tension between open and closed, between far and near, between movement and stillness can also be strongly felt. The black and white images are intrigued by the strange mix of public and private actions and by the subtle reversals in the image. Here you clearly feel the influence of the study trip to Japan, where Wannes Vanwijnsberghe investigated the work of Hokusai, among other things. The lush interpretations of bushes, of rippling and splashing water, in fine pen strokes and hatches continue to linger.
All these works are building blocks of a work in the making. The title of this exhibition "A Sight for Sore Eyes" means as much as "a feast for the eyes". With his paintings and works on paper, Wannes Vanwijnsberghe wants to "light up a room, make a room shine".