Friday, December 14, 2012

Sorry we're closed

Sandwiched between Brussels' Sablon area, the Great Synagogue and the Beaux-Arts Museum complex, “Sorry We’re Closed”, isn't a traditional art gallery. Opened in April 2005 by Sébastien & Rodolphe Janssen, it’s a project room, a white cube (350 x 350 x 350 cm), an ideal blank canvas set up to welcome all kinds of installations and permutations, inviting passers-by to take a peak, even at the darkest hours of night when the neighborhood seems empty. 

Sean Landers.
Various artists exhibit their work for about a month and represent a good mix of local and international talent, all with unusual, contemporary voices. From November 8th to December 21th, it's Sean Landers turn. Coming from New York, he is best known for using his personal experience in his diverse work, so that each painting is sort of a self-portrait:
"Through the use of painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, writing, video and audio, regardless of the medium he chooses, he reveals the process of artistic creation through humor and confession, gravity and pathos. He blurs the lines between fact and fiction, reality and fantasy, sincerity and insincerity, while presenting a portrait of the artist’s consciousness. The twin strategies of personal material and formal multiplicity allow him to infiltrate his viewers’ consciousness with raw truths about contemporary society, and the art world in particular, frankly and fearlessly. A collateral effect is the viewers’ identification with the artist, which allows for a deeper understanding of themselves and their humanity."
His painting of a moose with a Scottish tartan instead of his fur is rather funny! Is the choice of this lonely animal supposed to reflect the author's feelings?

Since 2008, they opened the Gallery Rodolphe Janssen. This an exhibition space that allows the artist who invests the white cube to extend his/her exhibition. As Sean Landers does it until December 21th, so it's very good opportunity to discover worldwide artists, here in Brussels!

Rue de la Régence 65A

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