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Mark Dion

Mark Dion, Arbeid Adelt, Rectangle, 2020

Mark Dion

Arbeid Adelt

Saturday 21 November 2020
at Waldburger Wouters, Brussels

My relationship with Brussels and rhinoceroses goes back more then three decades. My work, Extinction Series: Black Rhino with Head was produced for a group exhibition at Xavier Hufkens Gallery in 1989. The work was part of a larger series dealing with animals under extreme extinction pressure; animals which probably would not still exist in the wild by the end of my lifetime. This work featured a series of wooden shipping crates, the sides of which became surfaces which displayed information about the natural and cultural history of the black rhino focusing on the historical, economic and ecological reasons animal had become the most critically endangered large mammal species. Each side of the crate employed different types of information: graphic charts, maps, text, photographs. The largest of the crate contained a large black rhino head on a bed of shipping excelsior. It was a quite shocking object to come into contact with.

Interestingly, the Black Rhino is still with us and it was the Northern White Rhinoceros that when extinct in 2018, when the last male died and the two surviving females were too old to breed. Still the Black Rhino remains critically endangered.
This billboard returns my focus to the topic of extinction. Over the period of COVID lockdown I have produced a group of larger drawings which take as their inspiration graphic charts from the early 20th century. Many of these are the largest drawings I have attempted and in some way represent the resilience of artists under restriction and duress. Normally I work on location, in response to context. The lockdown has shown me that I don’t need site visits, large budgets and institutional support to make new work. All I need is some ink and paper. While drawing has always been central to my practice, the drawings have mostly been preparatory for sculptural works. These are the first group of drawings intended as purely drawing.

– Mark Dion

Mark Dion, Albeid Adelt, T-shirt, 2020
Mark Dion, Albeid Adelt, T-shirt, 2020 / 29 Euro
Mark Dion, Dinosaures Rule The Earth, T-shirt, 2020
Mark Dion, Dinosaures Rule The Earth, T-shirt, 2020 / 29 euro
Mark Dion, Arbeid Adelt, Rectangle, 2020

"The lockdown has shown me that I don’t need site visits, large budgets and institutional support to make new work. All I need is some ink and paper."

– Mark Dion​

Mark Dion, Dinosaures Rule The Earth, 2020, red and blue pencil on paper
Mark Dion, Dinosaures Rule The Earth, 2020, red and blue pencil on paper, Edition of 30
Mark Dion, Arbeid Adelt, ink on paper, 2020
Mark Dion, Arbeid Adelt, 2020, ink on paper, Unique

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First Look at Baby White Rhino
Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
1 November 2020.

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Extinction Series: Black Rhino with Head
1989
Wooden crates, stencilled lettering, colour photographs,
rhino head, wood chips, map of Africa
Dimensions variable

Group exhibition at Xavier Hufkens Gallery, 1989

Biography

Mark Dion
Mark Dion. Photo Jorge Colombo

Mark Dion
Born in 1961, United States.
Lives and works in Copake, New York.

Dion’s work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. The job of the artist, he says, is to go against the grain of dominant culture, to challenge perception and convention. Appropriating archaeological and other scientific methods of collecting, ordering, and exhibiting objects, Dion creates works that question the distinctions between ‘objective’ (‘rational’) scientific methods and ‘subjective’ (‘irrational’) influences. The artist’s spectacular and often fantastical curiosity cabinets, modeled on Wunderkammen of the 16th Century, exalt atypical orderings of objects and specimens. By locating the roots of environmental politics and public policy in the construction of knowledge about nature, Mark Dion questions the authoritative role of the scientific voice in contemporary society.

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NADA Member

NADA

new membership!

We are pleased to announce that Rectangle has been welcomed as a new member of the NADA!

The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) is the definitive non-profit arts organization dedicated to the cultivation, support, and advancement of new voices in contemporary art. more info.

List of new members:

1969 Gallery – New York
Nir Altman – Munich
CARVALHO PARK – New York
Fragment Gallery – Moscow
Ginsberg – Lima
Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects – New York
High Gallery – Warsaw
The Hole – New York
Hunter Shaw Fine Art – Los Angeles
in lieu – Los Angeles
Kapp Kapp – Philadelphia / New York
LETO – Warsaw
Mixer – Istanbul
Mother Gallery – Beacon, NY
NIAD Art Center – Richmond, CA
Project Pangée – Montreal
PROXYCO – New York
Rectangle – Brussels, Belgium
Stoneleaf Retreat – Kingston, NY
Ulterior Gallery – New York
Y2K group – New York

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John M Armleder

John M Armleder

Iso-cèle

28 September – 31 October 2020
at Hôtel Manos Premier, Brussels

Rectangle is pleased to announce a collaboration with the artist and co-founder of Ecart Group, John M Armleder. The show Iso-cèle is an initiative of Rectangle imagined in addition to the long awaited exhibition It Never Ends by John M Armleder at KANAL – Centre Pompidou (curated by Bernard Blistène and Yann Chateigné). 

Charivari
2015
Installation, Clear glasses
Variable dimensions

Iso-cèle
2020
pvc, 22 carats golden leaf
244 × 366 cm
(detail)

00
2020
Installation
Shovel, gold paint
125 × 25 × 15 cm

Les Volières, 2020, Installation, Mixed media, Variable dimensions

John M Armleder
Born in 1948, Switzerland.
Lives and works in New York and Geneva.

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Julien Saudubray & Nicolas Bourthoumieux

Nicolas Bourthoumieux, Fatalitas, 2020
Nicolas Bourthoumieux, Fatalitas, 2020

Julien Saudubray & Nicolas Bourthoumieux

Objectives

Wednesday 3 June – 15 June 2020
at Waldburger Wouters, Brussels

We are all literalists most or all of our lives. Presentness is grace.
Michael Fried, Art and Objecthood (1967)

Objectives is a title born from a pleasurable confusion of tongues that is so typical of Europe’s capital, but also doubles as an excuse for two artists (Julien Saudubray and Nicolas Bourthoumieux) to engage in an exhibitionary pas de deux. So perhaps – if we stay on track – there is no two but only one, or not one without the other, as in a dialogue or a dance. In fact, I believe their conversation has been going on for much longer and you just opened it up, dear visitor. So, do you see any common ground, except for the gallery floor you find yourself standing on? Well, let’s at least give it a shot.

Julien Saudubray approaches painting as a verb without a subject, a ceaseless activity, a mechanical process. His works are created through a delicate method of constant effacement – a writerly kind of painting sous rature or under erasure. Consistently combining layers of paint with turpentine, Saudubray constructs his images in an assiduous and laborious way. And since all good things take time, the resulting images are absolutely radiant. You will notice both large-scale oil paintings and smaller pastel drawings on view here, a va-et-vient between different mediums.

And then there’s Nicolas Bourthoumieux, whose minimal sculptures thoughtfully probe and occupy the space. His works seem to revisit the “other” of modernist painting, namely objecthood. What exactly are you looking at? Literal objects or a combination thereof, a gracious presence similar to what you see on the surrounding walls. And don’t be mistaken; Bourthoumieux’s materials (steel, wood, marble, glass, mirror, a meteorite,…) are not frozen in time but rather breathing at their own pace, as poetic fragments of history.

What you see here is what happens when the haphazard flow of things suddenly starts making sense. This is what we need artists for, to let us find pleasure in confusion and let us delight in getting lost. In other words, to let chance succeed. Or, with Samuel Beckett: Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

Pieter Vermeulen

Let us find pleasure in confusion and
let us delight in getting lost

Portrait Julien Saudubray Nicolas Bourthoumieux

Julien Saudubray
Born in 1985, France.
Lives and works in Brussels.

Nicolas Bourthoumieux
Born in 1985, France.
Lives and works in Brussels.

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L’art même n°81

Edited by Jean-Baptiste Carobolante

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Book Launch & Cocktail

Authors:
Sam Steverlynck & Tom Viaene

Illustration book cover:
Pablo Helguera, Artoons. Volume 3, 2010

Design:
Studio Bookworm

ISBN 978-2-8052-0497-5
20 €

 

21 February 2020, 6-10pm
SB34 The Pool, Brussels
Facebook Event / Instagram

Rectangle is thrilled to invite you to the launch of our book that compiles 6 years of activities, more than 30 billboards presented in Brussels’ streets and many collaborations with great artists.

Join us in The Pool for some cocktails & more billboards! 🍹


A special thanks to our friends, co-founders, and collaborators over the years: Cédric Alby, Jérémie Boyard, Pauline Bordaneil.

Of course, we would like to thank all the artists who have contributed generously to our project: Martin Belou, Melanie Bonajo, Philippe Durand, Sookoon Ang, Jesús Alberto Benítez, Peter Scott, Pablo Helguera, Benoît Platéus, Magali Lefebvre, Filip Van Dingenen, Vincent Olinet, Nicholas Knight, Nicolas Bourthoumieux, Jean-Alain Corre, Jacqueline Mesmaeker, Pierre La Police, Francis Raynaud, Chris Martin, John Murphy, Guillaume Petranto, Fresh White, Julien Goniche, Christophe de Rohan Chabot, Mathias Kessler, Victor Delestre, Romain Juan, Ludovic Beillard, Rémi Lambert, Yoel Pytowski, Coraline Guilbeau, Dome Wood, Juan Pablo Plazas and Sébastien Reuzé.

Rectangle thanks all the structures that invited us to participate in their events and program: Kunstvlaai Amsterdam, BCC Cologne, Biennale 9 Louvain-la-Neuve, Wandering Arts Biennial Bruxelles and Brussels Gallery Week-end. Also Michel François and Beaux-Arts de Paris students, MOREpublishers for the edition series by Koenraad Dedobbeleer and Katinka Bock.

All the private partners who have supported us for many events out- side and within their walls: Greylight Projects, Sagacity, Alain Servais. And many others: Wiels, Le Salon, Frédéric de Goldschmidt, Gregory Lang, Angel Vergara & Joël Benzakin, Maud Salembier, Galerie Nadja Vilenne, Waldburger Wouters, and Galerie Rodolphe Janssen.
Just as much and differently for their continuous support Colette Dubois, Saskia Gevaert, Septembre Tiberghien, Antony Hudek, Nicolas Jolly, Tim Wouters, Amélie Micoud, Stella Loning, Marta Saccani, Dragos & Erika Olea.

All Belgian and French public partners: Adera, Sint-Gillis Cultuur, The Walk, FWB for their support and trust.

And finally, thank you to all our fellow friends and family.

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Sébastien Reuzé

Sebastien Reuzé - life II
Sebastien Reuzé - life II

Sébastien Reuzé

life chapitre 2

25 October – 2 November 2019
at Château Nour, Brussels
Sebastien Reuze Profile at Rectangle

Sébastien Reuzé
Born in 1970 in France.
Lives and works in Brussels.

https://sebastienreuze.net