Music Stands Still: A Major Exhibition at S.M.A.K., Showing Work by Jorge Macchi

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GHENT.- ‘ Macchi refuses to let himself be pushed into any art history category. The quality of his work lies in an openness that is absolute and without complexes. He achieves maximum perception using a minimum of form: the viewer should not try to interpret the work, but simply to experience looking at it. His images (in the form of watercolours, sculptures, installations and videos) are often delicate and austere, but with the implication of a compressed and sometimes almost unruly emotionality. In Incidental Music, for example, this ‘unmannered’ theme is expressed in the sentences cut out of newspaper articles on murders and accidents, whose form inconspicuously transforms into musical staves. The work called 5 Notes also combines fragile elements with blind aggression, in the form of an empty score pierced by steel cables. The longest distance between two points was made especially for S.M.A.K. Several hundred