Annie Gentils GalleryAnnie Gentils Gallery"35 SYNONYMS FOR 'HAMMERED INTO' AND A FAMILY PACK OF YOKES, ONE PUDDLE, A SINGLE SHOT A SINGLE TONE” , AND A FIRM PROMISE OF FUTURE SCHEMES" is the first solo exhibition at our gallery by Stefaan Dheedene (°1975 Kortrijk (BE) who lives and works in Ghent (BE).
Stefaan Dheedene's sculptural 'situations' arise from an artistic process in which the artist uses, imitates, recombines or transforms everyday objects into new forms and connections. His specific interest in 'the aesthetic and political relationship between forms' is mainly expressed in installations and sculptures.
The show is the conclusion and relocation of a previous show that was loaned out to its visitors for a year.
The previous show in Yuri G. Gallery in Antwerp displayed a total of 35 hammers in varying combinations of lengths, weights, heads and handles, and arranged in 9 wooden frames. Additionally, a total of 9 yokes in three variations, were displayed together on a stand.
The hammers and the yokes were loaned out to those who visited the show, resulting in an exhibition of empty frames and gaps. They served as a promise to meet at a future date, when the hammers would be returned.
During the opening (Antwerp Art weekend :13 - 16May) the loan ended and each hammer or yoke was returned to its original frame or stand.
The current show will include a new sculpture "The Puddle" ( The bath of a jacuzzi is reduced to the size of a puddle / A puddle is elevated to the appearance of a jacuzzi). A new series entitled "A Firm Promise for Future Schemes", a series of real, in the sense of correct, calendars of years from the near and distant future, is related to a basic concept of this exhibition: expectation, borrowing, engagement and the idea of promise.
A publication is available as a report of the loan.
The opening of the exhibition "35 SYNONYMS FOR 'HAMMERED INTO' AND A FAMILY PACK OF YOKES, ONE PUDDLE, ONE DRINK, AND A FIRM PROMISE OF FUTURE SCHEMES" during Antwerp Art Weekend was also a performance since the previous owners of the hammers and yokes were returned to the original status quo at the gallery.