With an architectural background, artist Stijn Ank from Belgium was known for his openness and strong structural architect before he shifted his path to become an artist. We could see Ank’s sensibility to space and environment from both his works in 2012, ‘Folding’ in Aspelare and ‘Vision’, a design for public school in the north-west of Brussels, thus allows his work to generate an art-space conversation with a sense of spirituality.
It is not rare to cross from architect to fine art, for instance Tony Smith who extended Minimalism to sculpture and Modernism architect Frank Gehry who is known for his irregular lines. To Ank, it is the same reason to create art and architecture – it is not just an object, but a window that leads to interaction with people.
Works that will be showing in Nunu Fine Art, also express Ank’s strong bond between the work and space. Some of the works will be created site-specifically, following the artist’s own interpretation of spatial features in Taiwan since his arrival.
Unlike other artists, Ank chose not to take full control of how his work will result. The key of shaping Ank’s works is artists’ instinct in that moment and patience in time. Using plaster, which he is familiar with as an architect, as the main medium, Ank pours the pigmented plaster that he picked by intuition earlier into molds layer by layer, giving the medium maximum autonomy and discretion, then waits until the work forms naturally. The uneven surfaces and the layered lines that were drawn by gravity, are all proofs of visualizing time and spirit.
Just like the contrast between ‘light’ and ‘dark’, ‘cold’ and ‘heat’, making the void visible through the solid is the core concept in Ank’s works, the process of ‘visualizing the void’ always touches people’s sensibility to space. Conquering and visualizing the void within space that was never noticed before brings out the relationship between the art piece and space – the stance that shapes space and spirit through time.
This time in Asia, Ank not only will be showing in MOCA Taipei, he is also expected to be showing in Nunu Fine Art in September, presenting the latest work of his. Works will include big scale fresco installations, fresco sculptures etc. The press conference and pre-exhibition tour will be held on 1st Sept (Fri) 15:00, the public opening will be on the 2nd Sept 15:00. The artist talk will be on 9th Sept (Sat).