Elias Ghekiere (1991°) works and lives in Hasselt, Belgium

His practice is largely shaped by the stylistic and technical side of making and how these can inform art and life. Fluctuating between painting, drawing, photography and sculpture, he attempts to structure tensions that exist between modes of representation, materiality and technique.

What started as a fascination for texture and form, has since moved to a systematic focus on the perception of crafts and its place in modern and postmodern narratives. The term craft can signify two different fields within visual culture. On the one hand it refers to the professional occupation of researching and developing techniques related to a medium or material. On the other hand, it can summon the idea of handicrafts which developed as a form of leisure within a social framework.

The stubbornness to retain a plenitude of styles and modes of expression in an attempt to achieve a harmony, root in a desire to question taxonomies that lead to cultural hierarchization. By including techniques and styles from decorative arts (amongst others) into my personal syntax, he proposes a composition that is built on principles of relationality/proportionality between components rather than on stylistic compatibility.

Elias exhibited at Do boomerangs always come back, Rekem, BE (2016) PARKSTAD LIMBURG PRIJS, SCHUNK*, Heerlen, NL (2016), The Grid and the Cloud (HISK laureate exhibition), Brussels, BE (2017), Apparatus: Ovum, NICC project Space, Antwerp, BE (2021), Apparatus 2, Fred and Ferry, Antwerp, BE (2022).

Published on

17 June 2022