Introducing the boundary-crossing works of six upstart Brussels-based artists, Parallax Scrolling opens today at Galerie 100 titres. Curated by Iris Lafon, the broad-based show presents works which, each in their own way, explore the question of shifts in perspectives. We dropped in on the sextet’s shared studio space located a stone’s throw from Brussels’ Wiels to get a sneak preview of the show.
While the omnipresent gully covers at the side of the street drew Denis to drawings reminiscent of their design, photos of certain architectural sites or public sculptures formed the basis for his monumental 15 meters long drawing of an uninterrupted line. As it is too long to be fully shown at the gallery, visitors can fully discover it with the help of an iPad. “I deconstruct what I see and the edges between the visivle and the invisible are blurry,” he says.
13 of Hébette’s new and captivating etchings will be exhibited during the exhibition although, like most of the artists featured in the group show, he leaves his comfort zone and explores new territory. Collaborating with a musician and working with analogue tapes, Gilles combines his etchings with sound, creating an audiovisual experience that tries to find a certain harmony between image and sound.
Olivia is responsible for more than twenty wall paintings on abandoned buildings throughout Brussels. Her small-scale, rather hidden creations mirror what’s right in front of the house at a given moment. “It’s about the question if my artworks can keep a building from being destroyed or not,” she explains. On 19 May, curious visitors will be able to go on a surveying tour throughout the city when the artist herself takes count of those paintings that remain. (departure at the gallery 14h30).
Élise, who is also a painter, has worked on a series of drawings, mainly self-portraits, for the show. The black-and-white drawing very often only takes up a small spot on a very large-scale white background, emphasizing its relation to the space and reinforcing the notion of lostness. Playing around with a list of emotive words, she visited friends, suggested a certain word that characterizes them and made them pose in their home. “It’s about expressing yourself with your body,” she says. The artist complements the drawings with a video which also explores themes as distance and forlornness.
Born in Luxemburg, Sarah usually calls the paintbrush her weapon of choice. But for Parallax Scrolling she is trying something different, abandoning canvas, colour and paint for tracing paper. Inspired by scaffolding and the way it sometimes blends into an urban landscape, like Brussels’ Palais de Justice for instance, she creates paper-based installations that toy with the viewer’s perception. “I focus on the invisible,” she says.
Britta has a knack for large-scale paintings which examine subjects such as the notion of the tourist and the experience of travelling. For this group show though she reduced her creations to an almost miniature size, creating a series of seven popcorn drawings printed in the format of postcards. The hand-numbered cards are distributed throughout Brussels with a message on its back inviting the finder to send it back to the gallery. “I’m interested in the phenomenon of flyers in cultural places, bars, etc…it’s a permanent exchange,” Britta explains.