Art Brussels alterna art fair spin-off Poppositions spent the weekend at the art deco Brass venue, a former brewery a stone’s throw from contemporary art mecca, Wiels. Founder Liv Vaisberg‘s stated intent is to turn the art fair concept on its head, and the first thing visitors were greeted with were the event’s signature cloth bags with the slogan “Fairs are for art what porn is for eroticism”. And with that stinging indictment in mind, we went on a spin and found that this indeed was no ordinary art bazaar. For one, everybody seemed to be wondering the same thing: who are the audience, who are the artists and who are the galleries? Is everyone a participant? The usual barriers done away with, there wasn’t a white cube in sight…
Belgian collective Prestige presented the project ‘Echange’, for which the artists went around to local shops and businesses seeking to swap a piece of their own art for an object cherished by the business owner – including strange sculptures, dolls heads, old-style weighing scales and a lost cat poster. The audience were also invited to have a wander around the neighbourhood using the map provided to find the artists’ pieces.
Conny Kuilboer, represented by Belgian Actionfields gallery, worked with old blankets to create a strikingly bright and colourful central landscape piece covering a piece of industrial machinary no longer in use.The patchwork textile giant’s size is highlighted by a teeny tiny wheelbarrow containing a glittering bead, hidden underneath.
French moveable art association Thankyouforcoming presented several installations by Maxime Bondu, including a post-apocalyptic video piece shot in a empty and eerie basalt landscape in Idaho. The big blue map uses classified documents to develop Philip K Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” while “The bulb of Livermore” burns on bleakly in the middle of the room, as it has been doing for the last ten months.