Wernier Cuvelier at Galerie Nadja Vilenne


With this formidable exhibition, Gallery Nadja Vilenne brings in combination six primary our bodies of labor from the Nineteen Seventies and ’80s via the Ghent-based Conceptual artist Werner Cuvelier. The display makes a speciality of Cuvelier’s photography-based “Statistic Tasks,” which incessantly incorporate drawings and sketches that divulge the stern protocols he advanced inside of his observe. Bruggen van Gent, 1981, paperwork each bridge in Ghent, with out each revealing the titular buildings; as a substitute, Cuvelier advised a photographer buddy to seize the perspectives from the center of every bridge. The artist later juxtaposed the images in lengthy vertically-oriented sequences organized on tables or alongside the partitions. The ensuing compositions are summary and officially compelling, obscuring their matter however successfully bringing the tale in their making to the vanguard.

The photographic collage Retrato de L.N, 1980, organizes small portraits of all 129 population of the Spanish village of Las Negras right into a grid, a type of periodic desk of faces. Right here, the viewer is faced with a piece this is without delay clinical—journalistic, even—and totally poetic and inventive. Cuvelier paid nice consideration to paperwork. He selected his colours sparsely and stuffed the gaps within the grid (representing the ones electorate who didn’t want to the be photographed) with glue patterns impressed via the artwork of Dan Van Severen. Even supposing algorithmic in nature, Cuvelier’s paintings in the end addresses the intangibilities of the human enjoy.