Adrian Ghenie at Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp

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ANTWERP.- Tim Van Laere Gallery presents an exhibition of new works on paper by Adrian Ghenie. Staking out an area between painting, collages and recently even a three-dimensional installation (The Dada Room), Ghenie’s work draws from source material ranging from personal narratives, to historical references, to popular culture (e.g. Laurel and Hardy, slapstick), to artistic connotations (e.g. the Dadaists, the renaissance painting). For Ghenie this source material is part of our collective memory. The artist arranges elements from this collective memory into new compositions, creating visual gestures that feel familiar yet eerie to the experiencing subject. According to Ghenie, it is only through the juxtaposition of these images that new symbolic meanings emerge. Moreover, a powerful compositional contrast is established that bypasses the spectator’s consciousness. “Nothing is really interesting in itself. It’s th