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Elise Eeraerts

Apr 2014
1986 °Mechelen. Lives and works in Antwerp.

Elise Eeraerts is invited for a residency of one month in RAVI (residence de la ville de Liège) in the framework of the exchange project Het Kanaal/ Le Canal.

Through internal relationships and repetition the artworks of Elise Eeraerts constitutes a unity. The system of processes – used from 2007 until the present – consists of a duality of geometric ideas (shapes and plans) and physicial objects that originate from these concepts. Unlike the shapes, the plans have a certain scale because architectural elements are inherent to them. More specifically, entrances, passages and stairs would direct the movement and the field of perception of the person in each self-contained fictive plan. (The plans are conceived in relation to bodily scale, though the measurements are not based on conventional architectural standards.) In the beginning, the system was first applied to two shapes that surfaced. They generate new plans and shapes by the use of fragmentation and geometrical transformations, such as mirroring, rotation and scaling.

When formal concepts are transformed into physical objects, they obtain certain formal features concerning scale, size, material, location and placement. By creating formal oppositions a field is constructed in which pre- cise possibilities become substantial. On the one hand this implies infinite formality (concerning scale, size, material, location, and placement), on the other hand, concrete objects and processes are extracted from this method. The processes and experiments that make a work specific and ‘existent’ create certain interpretations, expressive elements or even narratives within the work. It is not my intention to point those out, but rather to look at the consequences of them.

Elise Eeraerts studied at the Institut für Raumexperimente, Klasse Olafur Eliasson, UdK, Berlin and St Lukas University College of Art and Design, Brussels. Elise Eeraerts was invited for the following solo exhibitions: 2 components, Ghent, 2011; ‘    ‘, Bortier Gallery, Brussels, 2010; Alice & Elise, Quatschbxl, Brussels, 2009. Her work was also shown in the following group exhibitions: Passages, along the north-south train connection, Brussels, 2013; Berlin 2000-2011: playing among the ruins, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2011; Open M, Museum M, Leuven, 2011; Without Destination, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, 2011; 100° Festival, HAU2, Berlin, 2011; Byts, Den Bosch, 2010.