Nieuwsbrief februari 2022

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Bonobithi Biswas  -  'Crescendo: Passion on Wings'


Tentoonstelling van 4 tot en met 10 februari 2022.
Elke dag open van 9u tot 20u.

Crescendo: Passion on Wings is a reflection of the heart. The artworks in this collection are essentially impressions of Nature, where the word “Nature” encompasses all of the living and non-living world around us and including us. In this sense, it is an attempt to understand Life itself. The world passes before our eyes every day. The artist attempts to grasp this transience, the flitting of light, moving shadows, the ever-changing form and hues of clouds, the changing seasons, the impermanence of moments, the ebb and flow of human bonds, and their lasting impression on the heart. “Everything is a sacrifice to your memory.” A piece of art is the hologram of life on the artist’s heart, in passing.

Over millennia of poetic verse, art has been often referred to as a form of cathartic expression. If art is love, the act of artistic creation analogous to the act of love-making, both reach a climax, a crescendo, a point of fulfilment, relief and dissipation. The works in this collection reflect the point where art takes the form of complete communication, a language in its own right. It reaches its peak of passion, the highest note in its musical array, where the colours and the strokes seem to cry out to the world, “Recognise us! Understand the voice that utters us, for it knows no other language to convey what it feels.” This exhibition aims to showcase the source of our passions and their connection with the breathing universe that surrounds us, and to try to understand them without asking for a cause.


Christel Hamerlinck & Kathy Vandamme


Tentoonstelling van 27 februari tot en met 6 maart.
Elke dag open van van 11 tot 19u.

The work of painter Christel Hamerlinck is both varied and diverse. In terms of content, form and technique, this versatile creative artist is fully at home in all aspects of her art. 
On closer inspection, however, the viewer may discover a certain constant factor in her work, one that rests on major elements of creation.
On the one hand, Christel deals with socially linked subjects, conveyed mostly by bright colours, while on the other, she expresses her own womanhood, her feelings, in short: her inner-self by way of soft, predominantly brown-tinted pastel shades.
Hamerlinck shudders at what we are all faced with in this world: the injustice in our world, the inequality, the fear, the injustice, the loneliness, the desolation, the flight from death and danger. In short, everything the media throws at us on a daily basis, and which comes across as morally unacceptable. That, she articulates by means of paint and brush.
From time to time, Christel Hamerlinck plays with linear, geometric and abstract forms, usually in bright colours and black. Black reflects boundary, demarcation or, conversely, it balances the fragments that make up the painting in her own daring way.
What fascinates me most, however, is the expressive power of herself as a genuine woman. The female person becomes a unique earthly being with her own soul: the own self with its own forms... Yet, all the time it is one of a woman vulnerably set in the jungle of contemporary society. 
Christel Hamerlink’s paintings testify to a strongly committed human being who stands up for women in general, for their rights, fears, sorrows, and their loneliness, crying out for support, security and love. 
Strongly devoted to her topic, Christel also puts the strengths of women in the spotlight: empathy, a sense of responsibility, tenderness, sensuality, trepidation, but above all passion. And all this is had from the font of her own feelings. 
At times, the craving for contact -as it were- drips from the canvas.
Christel Hamerlinck knows how to set the right tone in her work. In the expression of her tender and vulnerable subjects, the viewer can almost feel the brush touching the canvas: hesitant, gently vibrating... while certain parts of the painting often remain blank, while the viewer watches with bated breath. 
In her socially critical works, she wields a steady hand and graphically expresses her opinion by way of bright colours and strong brushstrokes often with impasto. These images grab the viewer by the throat: you cannot but become involved yourself. And yet, you cannot flee the scene.
"Art speaks where words are unable to explain"
Among these emotionally laden paintings, one can also find a playful carousel of lines and circles, an apparent 'spielerei'. 
Yet, then again, she refrains from frivolity in other works. 
This is exactly how Christel Hamerlinck works, swaying between seriousness and cheerfulness, between commitment and playfulness, between yin and yang. With her typical dedication she guides the viewer through her works. And thus, along the way, we get a striking picture of an exceptionally talented artist. 

Leo Lozie - October 2021 


De juwelenlijn van Kathy Vandamme

Sultana Jewels staat voor uniek, kwaliteit, geheimzinnig, frivool, pittig, vrijgevochten en gedurfd.
De naam komt van de Bengaalse tijgerkat van Kathy, wiens karakter
precies weergaf wat ze in haar juwelenlijn pleegt te brengen.
Een lijn voor vrijgevochten mannen en vrouwen, die houden van het
leven en af en toe pittig en gedurfd uit de hoek willen komen.

Alle ontwerpen zijn voorzien van meesterstempel depotnr:
Haar ietwat aparte kijk op vormgeving haalt Kathy uit haar andere 
passie: het jarenlang werken met klei... . De keramiek beelden zijn
guitig gedetailleerd met een twist humor, maar vaak ook cru en heel
confronterend... . Het werk met klei geeft haar de uitgekiende blik op
het driedimensionele ontwerp, de ronde zachte vormen neemt ze
vaak mee in het juwelenontwerp. 
De vele omzwervingen in binnen en buitenland om te exposeren,
demonstreren of les te geven, dragen bij om telkens de grenzen te
verleggen en op zoek te gaan naar net dat ietsje anders-gedurfder.


Komende tentoonstellingen :

Jean Van Acker - 'Stilte' (11 - 24 maart)