Michaël Aerts
Belgian, born 1979
Selected exhibitions
2018
That’s The Way (I Like It),
Galerie Clara Maria Sels
2016
Michael Aerts - Something in the Way,
Galerie Clara Maria Sels
2009
A Night at the Playboy Mansion,
Federico Luger (FL GALLERY)

Deeply attuned to cultural legacies, especially those of Europe, Michaël Aerts is best known for monumental sculptures based on historic models. In reinterpreting classical forms such as busts and obelisks, he explores the relevance of traditional symbols, codes, and forms in the context of the 21st century. In The Obelisk, Home Edition (2009), for example, an obelisk completely loses its original monumental character and purpose as a means of worshiping the gods. In foregoing traditional materials in favor of light-weight industrial material, Aerts renders a typically immobile type of sculpture moveable—stripping it of its permanence and stability, and ultimately stressing the vulnerability of cultures and civilizations.