1988-1992: HIBK, Higher Institute for Visual Arts (option painting), Sint-Lucas, Ghent
Program / Degree
1992-1995: HISK, Higher Institute fot Fine Arts, Antwerp/Ghent
If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
°1970, Dendermonde, Belgium
Lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium
About my artwork
It's like standing with your nose against the wall. You can see the wall, yet at the same time you can't. You can see its colour, its structure, but the wall itself remains hidden. This brings to mind another situation: it's possible to focus so hard on something, that you no longer know what you are focussing on—the image in your mind does not become clearer, rather it tends to become blurred. It's like when you concentrate very hard on a particular thought, and as a result you lose it, like it detaches itself from you. Actually, blurriness need not be the contrary of clarity: it can also be an extension of clarity—an emphatic clarity that results from an utterly consequent form of thinking that causes the clarity to evaporate.
A similar structure underlies the art of Stefan Annerel (b. 1970). Annerel isolates motifs he borrows from everyday images (advertisement photographs, patterns of textiles,... i.e. all sorts of images trouvées) and blows them up to such a size that they are no longer recognisable. Or rather: to such a size that they just become unrecognisable, because looking at these images amounts to balancing between seeing and not seeing, to anticipating the slight shock of sudden recognition, which, however, usually does not follow—but only just. Annerel's images are like words that are on the tip of one's tongue. And there they stay, eluding us. It's like being almost happy, because we almost overcome a failing memory.
But in Annerel's game of knowing and recognizing, the stakes are much higher. The fundamental issue in this instance, is how art relates to reality—how the image relates to the object that is being depicted. It's about the illusion that causes fiction and reality to merge seamlessly.
Gosh if only....How nice it would be to leave for a day or so! Sadly the foundations would give way. I can only say how i envy you!! I hope it all goes smoothly and bring back the lowdown.OH and of course...put in a good word ;) keep in touch