Filip Vervaet, Nick Geboers
Johan Pas interviews Filip Vervaet and Nick Geboers about their exhibitions in the Warande.
The new solo exhibition of Filip Vervaet runs from 25 May in the Expozaal of the Warande. On the two levels of the room, this sculptor creates an upper and an underworld. Visitors are taken through a unique universe.
Vervaet’s work is a passionate plea for the survival of the ancient medium of sculpture. His work is consistent with a long tradition of sculptors such as August Rodin or Medardo Rosso. But his inspiration also comes from the wider field of the visual arts, with names such as Turrell, Kapoor, Rothko and Malevich. His work therefore exudes a contemporary character, and even offers us a glimpse of the future.
Filip Vervaet has developed his signature style by the unusual combination of materials, the interaction between two and three-dimensional elements and the merging of sculptural traditions and aspects from popular culture. He uses aluminum and bronze as well as glass with dichroic coatings and foils. He fully embraces the creative process by letting it show in his sculptures.
Nick Geboers (° Herentals, 1987) graduated in 2014 as a Master of Photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. As a photographer, he explores the medium through various instruments and techniques to generate different photographic image types. Nature is a broad and overarching topic that Geboers returns to. He photographs places that contain traces, places in which different layers of time often come together.