Palimpsest. Sébastien Capouet. Théophile’s Papers & MER. Paper Kunsthalle

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Sébastien Capouet’s Palimpsest gathers a body of photographs taken between 2011 and 2014, in parallel with the artist’s pictorial practice. This object-book induces, via playful folds and successive intervals, rhythmic gestures in the reader. The principle is that of the palimpsest, in which successive strata echo both the different layers enveloping the characters staged in the photographs, and the deserted landscapes – sites of memory – in which they evolve. Within Sébastien Capouet’s oeuvre, the body of photographic images presents itself as a transitory, liminal space, as a condition for the abstraction of the painted canvas. The chosen abstraction allows the artist to concentrate the attention of the spectator on the processes at play. These processes of effacement, in his paintings just as much as in his images/photographs, depend less on subtraction than on additions, superimpositions and saturations.
Co-published with MER. Paper Kunsthalle

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The Borrowed Gaze – Variations GTB. Karin Hanssen. MER. Paper Kunsthalle.

Posted in art, distribution, writing on May 12th, 2012
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The Borrowed Gaze – Variations GTB. Karin Hanssen. MER. Paper Kunsthalle.

The Borrowed Gaze/Variations GTB, a series of paintings created by Karin Hanssen, reappropriates the female Rückenfigur (back figure) of the famous work Paternal Admonition (1654) of Gerard ter Borch. Almost identical replications of ter Borch’s paradigmatic image of a woman in a satin dress circulated on the market already in the 17th century. Today, in the era of technical reproduction and digital simulation, this practice acquires new relevance. By transferring the image to the here and now, and by producing new variations, the art of Karin Hanssen critically examines concepts of authorship and appropriation. Moreover, her extensive replication also fundamentally alters the status of ter Borch’s image. The tension between old and new more specifically creates the background against which the iconic woman from the past truly comes alive, for the first time displaying the complexity of her individual identity.

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Hands of Time. Johan De Wilde. MER. Paper Kunsthalle.

Posted in art, distribution, drawing on May 12th, 2012
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Hands of Time. Johan De Wilde. MER. Paper Kunsthalle.

For many years now, Johan De Wilde’s work has been praised for its meticulous drawing style. The many solemnly applied layers that compose the works also hide in their folds, ever shrinking never to vanish, the Great Irony of our existence and its languages. This first monography presents over 500 drawings, prints and collages from the early nineties to today, concluding with the epic series Hands of Time. The book includes an essay by Hans Theys. A must for those acquainted with De Wilde’s works and a perfect introduction for all others.

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TRA – Edge of Becoming. MER. Paper Kunsthalle

Posted in art, exhibition catalogue, exhibitions, photography on February 23rd, 2012
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TRA – Edge of Becoming. MER. Paper Kunsthalle

Exhibition catalogue for the exhibition TRA at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice
June 4 – November 27 – 2011

D 49€

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Oops Wrong Planet by Anouk De Clercq. Published by MER, Paper Kunsthalle

Posted in art, Motto Berlin store, video on April 25th, 2011
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Artist book Oops Wrong Planet by Anouk De Clercq, published by MER, Paper Kunsthalle in 2009.

Edited by Edwin Carels, Anouk De Clercq, Jan Knops, Landschip.
Bookdesign by Boy Vereecken and Kasia Korczak.

In English, French and Dutch.

D 20€
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Objects of Vertu, Artist Instruments and Thingamajigs, HAP. Published by MER. Paper Kunsthalle.

Posted in art, Motto Berlin store, sculpture on April 15th, 2011
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HAP: Objects of Vertu, Artist Instruments and Thingamajigs.
Published by MER. Paper Kunsthalle.

HAP is an artist group founded in 1999 in Ghent, Belgium.
All objects in this artist book were manufactured in the studio of HAP. They are parts of installations, tools or study objects.
By conceiving this publication as an auction catalogue, the objects claim the status of autonomous sculptures.

HAP is: Jens De Schutter, Piet Mertens and Wim Waelput.
Text: Dieter Roelstraete.
Design: Boy Vereecken and Kasia Korczak.

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