Roofing

The Recyclable Refugee Camp, a group of biodegradable objects, tackles the ethical imperative that encourages art to intervene in the world, localizing the epicenter of a new utopia inside the boundaries of the art world itself The Recyclable Refugee Camp, a group of biodegradable objects, tackles the ethical imperative that encourages art to intervene in the world, localizing the epicenter of a new utopia inside the boundaries of the art world itself

Resin, hemp, pigment

Unique

183 x 222 x 10 cm

2007

Content

In this exhibition RRC functions as a firm that develops products and offers them for sale as it is the case in any casual store. All by all, the works that are shown in Roofing appear to belong to a shop for Minimal Art. Out of the formal aspect of curved, colorful rectangles appears a sort of one-person shelter for protection against all weather conditions. Precisely what Penthouse, the title of the work, etymologically means. In this ironic and irritating exchange between severe artistic formalism and practical functionality, ROOFING, a larger shelter that can provide protection to a complete body, refers to the Painted Planks of John McCracken, while the Shelters remember us of the Single Stacks by Donald Judd. The RRC Store presupposes a gallery space to function. It does not only question the given subject of the white cube, but it also moves about in the tension field between socially engaged art and commercial practices. The potential of different connections and coherences within the work is very high which makes it readable on different levels. This group of works unites an ironic context and the most minimal form of expression with a complex engagement to highly actual political and social thematics.

Excerpt from the text ‘Protect me’ by Stefanie Kreuzer

PROJECT

With his RECYCLABLE REFUGEE CAMP project, Ives Maes probed the derailment of contemporary hyper-ethics. His latrines, wells, shelters and coffins, fabricated in a natural resin, raise ethics to a manic state. The Recyclable Refugee Camp tackles the ethical imperative that encourages art to intervene in the world, localizing the epicenter of a new utopia inside the boundaries of the art world itself.

Excerpt from the text ‘An economy of truth’ by Wim Peeters, published in Flash Art nr. 235, 2004

EXHIBITION

Roofing

Koraalberg Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

25/01/07 – 10/03/07

Solo exhibition

 

Art Nouveau de la Belgique

Galerie Christian Nagel, Antwerp, Belgium

25/07/10 – 05/09/10

Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen, Vaast Colson, Isabelle Copet, Xavier Mary, Ives Maes, Daniel dos Santos, Dennis Tyfus