ARE BLYTT | DIRK STEWEN
Brussels – Tomorrow, February 28, 2019
6 – 9 pm
MLF l Marie-Laure Fleisch is pleased to announce the exhibition BEAUTIFUL WRECK, a duo show with Norwegian artist Are Blytt and German artist Dirk Stewen. This is not only the first occasion the artists have had to exhibit together, but also the first time they are each showing in Brussels. Both using photographic, text-based, and abstract materials, Blytt and Stewen are keen observers of the world around them, presenting their findings to the viewer without judgement, preferring to create an opening to the world outside of the gallery. These two artists bring our attention to certain aspects of humanity, such as desires, flaws or quirks. Working primarily with paper, in the case of Dirk Stewen, or with painted canvas, in the case of Are Blytt, neither artist limits himself to traditional methods, addressing their support with a mixed media approach which creates delicate and poetic relationships and tensions between the various elements.
This exhibition was born from Blytt’s recent residency at WIELS in 2018. Intrigued by his studio practice and also by his recent curatorial ventures, the gallery invited Blytt to show at the gallery alongside an artist of his choosing. While the two artists had never met, their similar preoccupations create a coherence between the two bodies of work, while remaining each distinct and unique. Alongside Blytt’s newest series of works, which is considerably darker in palette than his past works and is strongly inspired by his time in Brussels, Stewen is showing two works from his newest series, as well as two works from his archives… read more
Are Blytt (1981, Bergen, Norway) lives and works in Oslo. His solo exhibitions include: Eight Paintings, Galleri K, Oslo, Norway (2017) ; Red Sun Rising, Kunsthalle CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain (2015) ; Are Blytt, Trafo Kunsthalle, Asker, Norway (2014) and ABSTRAKTIONEN DES BUCHERREGALS, Noplace, Oslo, Norway (2013). His group exhibitions include : når himmelen klarner, Kunsthalle CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain (2018) ; Truckene Suser Frem og Tilbake, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen, Norway (2018) ; Neolithic Graffiti, QB Gallery, Oslo, Norway (2015) ; Performa 13 w/ Entrée, New York City, USA (2014); Limits of My Language, Platform Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden (2013); The National Annual Autumn Exhibition, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway (2012) ; Norwegian Drawing Biennale 2012, Oslo, Norway (2012) and KOBE Biennale 2011, Kobe, Japan (2011).
Dirk Stewen (1972, Dortmund, Germany) lives and works in Hamburg. His solo exhibitions include: Transition, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York City, USA (2018) ; Dirk Stewen – Negative, Galerie Karin Guenther, Hamburg, Germany (2017) ; Dirk Stewen: Glückliche Stunde, Gerhardsen Gerner, Oslo, Norway (2016) ; Dirk Stewen, The Locker Plant, Chinati Foundation, Marfa/Texas, USA (2013) and The Exhibition Formerly Known as Passengers 2.3: Dirk Stewen, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA (2008). His group exhibitions include: Germany is Not an Island, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany (2018) ; Tjorg Douglas Beer / Ulla von Brandenburg / Dirk Stewen, Produzentengalerie Hambourg, Hamburg, Germany (2017) ; The Day Will Come When Photography Revises, Triennale of Photography, Hamburg, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Germany (2015); Boesner Art Award 2014, Märkisches Museum, Witten, Germany (2014); Collection Tedeschi, Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Canada (2012) ; The Anxiety of Photography, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, USA (2011); Art on Paper 2010: The 41st Exhibition, curated by Xandra Eden, Weatherspoon Art Museum of Greensboro, North Caroline, USA (2010) and privat – Wuppertaler Sammler der Gegenwart, Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, Germany (2009).
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