Datum - 09/04/2023 - 07/05/2023

Artists: Johan Clarysse, Wanda Tuerlinckx and Thijs Linssen

Clarysse shows portraits of writers, thinkers and artists who fascinate him and who explore the limits of the human spirit.
Portraits of Freud, Jung, Lou Andreas-Salomé, Nietzsche, George Sand, Baudelaire, Van Ostaijen, Courbet, Camus… By painting their portrait, he places them – in line with an age-old tradition – on a pedestal, but at the same time he problematizes them through interventions or additions to that portrait, which are at odds with the organic of the painted portrait. Although the choices for these motifs are not arbitrary, the painter leaves all associations or connections to the viewer’s imagination. Clarysse has received several awards and his work is included in several museums.

Wanda Tuerlinckx photographs androids.
Natsume Sōseki, a 19th century Japanese poet, lived at the dawn of a time when technology captured people’s fascination and imagination. 140 Years later, Sōseki incarnates as an android who, in his original attire and with his own voice, is able to hold conversations and give lectures. Most androids act on the edge of the “uncanny valley. There is a relationship between the degree to which an object resembles a human and the emotional response to the object. Humanoid objects can evoke “uncanny” or strangely familiar feelings of unease and disgust in observers, real people. Last year, Tuerlinckx exhibited her robots next to old 19th century portraits at the ‘Dutch National Portrait Gallery’ in Amsterdam: surprising similarities!

Thijs Linssen is showing publicly for the first time “De Dinsdagavonden,” a work about a group of men who have been playing indoor soccer with each other for more than 20 years.
Always the same time, in the same hall and the same people, with the same rules. Here time stands still for a moment and the outside world does not exist: more than 20 years captured in a split second through 600 cameras. The men are no longer boys. As the work progresses, we see that time does not leave them untouched. “Like statues that are rusting. Thijs participated in the Gelderland Biennale and UNFAIR Amsterdam.