For our participation at Artissima we present a solo exhibition by Pieter Vermeersch, a Belgian artist living and working in Torino, Italy.
Pieter Vermeersch is a Belgian artist, best know for his large-scale, oil on canvas, gradient fades as well as his work with marble. With his gradient technique Pieter Vermeersch tries to capture and represent the passage of time in the form of a static image or experience. He describes this technique more as an instrument used to achieve a soft deconstruction of space’s given architecture. He works often on large walls, in both exteriors and interiors of spaces, being galleries, museums, offices or public buildings. This symbolises a continuous shift between the illusory space of the two-dimensional and its concrete architectural lay-out. He incites an immersive, perceptual experience, flirting with the metaphysical in his ephemeral and sometimes monumental works. This tendency of deviation is countered by the concentrated and more intimate outset of the works on marble. Confronted with these geological cross sections, the artist takes on a humble pose, only to aspire a degree zero of painting, a simple touch. The paint is palpable and complementary to the materiality of the marble, in contrast to the intangible paintings that leave no trace of any artistic gesture. His interactions engage with the characteristics of the stone, reactivate it. It is the artist’s answer to his fascination with time and space.