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Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven's "Love and Insight in Trendy Places" opens at Galerie Barbara Thumm
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BERLIN.- In 2002, a sunny day in Berlin. I was killing time, sitting on the corner of the Dircksenstrasze, reading a belgian newspaper article on "the archfiend of matter": in the CERN in Switzerland, an international team of scientists just succeeded in creating a relative high amount of antimatter. This breakthrough was going to open the way to exhaustive research on this enigmatic mirror picture of everyday matter, but also could wipe the floor with the standard model of physics.

Sunstruck, focusing in the shadow of the Funkturm, I saw the content of the article melting into a sharp and striking insight in western creative activity since 1945. An insight in what art actually is doing at society today, what society is doing with art, is doing in spite of art, and thanks to art. Two hours of concentration transformed a media-generated insight in the opposition matter-antimatter into a clear prognosis on the opposition art-antisade. My text got the title ECFK, European Centre for Futuristic Art. Because futuristic art is what comes out, when artists create under the influence of the theory revealed in my article.

“Antisade is the mirror picture of everyday progressive art. It doesn't occur in the art world, but it can under extreme circumstances be created. Art and antisade work supplementary. If they come in contact with each other, the reality concept changes and they can destroy each other. […]”

Antisade deals with the ugly, the perverse, the wrong, the satanic, the frightening. 200 years ago Baudelaire opened the gate for what art still deals with today. Enlightment, modernism and abstraction lead to a common western hysteria that found its climax in the explosion of the first atom bomb. Since then history runs on two parallel tracks.

I decided to use fragments of the ECFK text for the main works I made for my show "In a Saturnian World" in the Renaissance Society in Chicago (Sept – Dec 2011), later for "Mistress of the Horizon" in Ostend, B (Feb – May 2012). The works altogether were named "Nonzero/pastime" and they classified the drawings and other works on view. These drawings / prints / film.… transcend mixed feelings of erotic appropriation and artificially aroused indignation (fashion, perversion, money, sex) into a possiblity of transmitting values and conclusions. The combinations of image, text and appropriated content provide instruments that can give universal insight in realities and reasons of existence.

Today's News

October 31, 2012

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum makes its digital collection of 125,000 masterpieces free to all

"Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present" opens at the National Gallery in London

Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven exhibition makes its triumphant return to Canada

Xavier Veilhan's first major U.S. museum presentation at the Phillips Collection this fall

Celebrated memorabilia charting the history of film and music at Christie's in November

75 years after the outlawing Degenerate Art, Neue Pinakothek exhibits Berlin sculpture find

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen announces "Digitising Contemporary Art" project exceeds expectations

New Pocket Art Gallery app extends the legacy of the Great British Art Debate project

Stunning triptych by Greek master of abstraction, Spyropoulos, leads Bonhams Greek Art Sale

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art adds four new employees to museum relations team

The Museum of Everything curates exhibition in an ex Catholic school in St Germain

Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven's "Love and Insight in Trendy Places" opens at Galerie Barbara Thumm

Schantz Galleries opens exhibition by the best glass blower in the world: Lino Tagliapietra

The 25th London Art Fair announces Art Projects

Chinese table screen sets record at Chartres auction house

Canadian Museum of Civilization acquires Empress of Ireland collection

Shirin Neshat: Games of Desire opens at Art Plural Gallery in Singapore

Bush library to feature park recreating prairie

Superstorm deflates Intrepid's shuttle pavilion

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