My Highlights from Art Brussels 2014

Alain Servais
Apr 14, 2014 7:37PM

I like to mix key historical pioneers of art history with young artists. For me, this is a way to underline the importance of radicality, particularly for contemporary artists, who stand a chance in surviving the test of time. One of the questions I often ask myself is: is there a chance that someone will want to look at these works in 30 years time? I think yes for most of the works selected here, and certainly for the artists in this list. 

My Selection:

Adrian Melis at ADN

We love this Cuban artist’s direct but subtle comment on the terrible lot of Spain. The series consists of 16 photographs taken from homes expropriated by banks. The shots are post-produced to incorporate the date of eviction and the bank owner of the flat. 

John Isaacs, Untitled, 2013, at Aeroplastics

One of the most hard-hitting English sculptors and installation artists.

Matthew Day Jackson, Modern Man, 2011, at GRIMM

We are fans of this artist. His work explores a concept that he terms “the Horriful,” the belief that everything one does has the potential to bring both beauty and horror. 

Tony Oursler, White Light Genieology, 2013, at Albert Baronian

We tend to collect early works by major artists but we love these recent works by the video projection master. Little jewel.

Carlos Garaicoa, Untitled, 2012, at Habana 

The collection has a growing focus toward Latin America. Carlos is a brilliant example of the social conscience that is very present in this part of the world. 

Petr Davydtchenko, All My Failings Exposed, 2013, at Harlan Levy

A very difficult subject using “toxic” material, but no one can read the book under this material— only the “unmovable” object stays. 

Nadia Naveau, Le jeu de bois de St-Bonnet Tronçais, 2013, at Base-Alpha

A very young Belgian sculptor we have had an eye on in the last two years. This is a very engaging piece.

Benjamin Sabatier, Sac IV, 2012, at Bodson 

We love this young French artist’s work, often using very basic, everyday materials but giving them a context and a change of perspective that never stops surprising me.

Mishka Henner, Unknown Site, Noordwijkaan Zee, South Holland, 2011, at Carroll / Fletcher 

We love the program of this gallery, which is deepening into digital art. We discovered Mishka’s work in the groundbreaking Les Rencontres d’Arles show, “From Here On.” These are taken directly from Google Earth and the pixelated parts are secret locations. 

Katarina Zdjelar, Shoum, 2009, at SpazioA

I first saw this video in Rotterdam. What an intelligent way to discuss the problem of integration in our society. A very consistent artist, too.

Leo Gabin, Freshman Recap & More, 2014, at Elizabeth Dee 

We are fans of this Belgian trio, mixing images from the Internet in energetic composition.

Explore Art Brussels 2014 on Artsy.

Alain Servais