Exhibition 24 March – 17 April : Andy Wauman “Black Fall”
Thursday 24 March : Vernissage + Drinks 6pm – 10pm
White Sentenced. Lacquered Aluminium. 199,4 × 158,2 × 4 cm.
Courtesy DEWEER gallery, Otegem, België
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Andy Wauman’s works speak about the possibility of freedom. They are messages with a romantic sense for anarchy and love. In his statements, he often uses images that have been violated, multiplied and copied by commercial media. He recuperates common metaphors and symbols and gives them back their original romantic touch or even ideological meaning. The poetic quality is striking.
Within an upcoming movement of new young artists using the language of the social context they grew up in, with the so-called popular culture and media as basic ingredients, Andy Wauman’s feeling for materials and authentic meaning is a marker.
In a personal statement, Wauman comments on the nature of his artistic personality: “Generally my work has it’s origins in my conviction that a truly living culture can only arise from social structures and that the only theory a contemporary artist can feed on is necessarily a social one. I do not recycle existing forms, I try to make new ones based on my own background. Which is what distinguishes an artist from a marketeer. I try to inject the spontaneous energy from the street into my artistic practice, and I create my own contribution to the ‘revolution of everyday life’ in the shape of texts and objects. Therefor, a recurrent element in my work is my protesting against cynicism and a preference for the sensuality and romantic value of the materials of the street, the ones the vagabond knows better than the bourgeois. But rather than a political activist, I like to call myself a poetical terrorist. “
Andy Wauman was born in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1975. He currently lives and works in Antwerp. He was a resident at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 2009. He has exhibited solo at Bourouina Gallery (Berlin), Open Art Space (Stuttgart, Germany), Art Statements Gallery (Hong Kong) and DEWEER gallery, who showed his work in 2007 and 2009. Upcoming solo projects for 2011 are with Secondroom in Antwerp at Magazin Vienna and with Art Statements in Hong Kong.
Wauman took part in group shows at Expodium (Utrecht, The Netherlands), Analix Forever (Geneva, Switzerland), Error One/Extra City (Antwerp, Belgium), 1st Brussels Biennial (off program at YUM 21C), Museum Küppersmühle for Modern Art (Duisburg, Germany), Martha Herford Museum for Contemporary Art (Herford, Germany), Space for Contemporary Art (Pesc, Hungary), Lokaal 01 (Breda, The Netherlands), Sant’ Agostino Exhibiting Space in cooperation with GAMeC Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art (Bergamo, Italy), Gallery of Contemporary Art of Przemysl (Poland), Vis à Vis Art Lab (Xiamen, China) and in SuperHasselt at Z33 Centre for Contemporary Art (Hasselt, Belgium) and others.