GUY MEES

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The different phases along the course of the career of Guy Mees (1935-2003) from the 1960s up to his final works on paper affirm the clarity of his intuitive and poetic program. The works in this exhibition - from the earliest lace pieces of the 1960s generically titled Verloren Ruimte (Lost Space) and works belonging to the film series Niveauverschillen (Differences in Levels), the photographs Portretten (Portraits) of the 1970s, and the paper cutouts also called Verloren Ruimte (Lost Space) from 1983 - illuminate the artist's intent.

His non-authoritarian attitude and particular conceptual approach to deconstructing any form of classification engage him in a liberation of working systems, structures and medium in behalf of a freedom and openness that is idiosyncratic yet always tangible. The interest and particularity of his work rests in the interdependence between its unpredictable and constructed form and the fragility and transience of the elements which are its only constants. Whether it's the white faux monochromes made from industrial lace of the early 1960s mixing minimalist forms with sensual if not erotic textures exposing a varied interior space or rather these more volatile shapes of cutouts pinned to the wall from the 1980s whose fragmentary colors sculpt the forms and voids of the architecture and "picturalise" space [1], the Verloren Ruimte (Lost Space) represent the beginning and the culmination of conceptual and poetic reasoning by Guy Mees, "... filled with that of which he is its outcome, filled with its loss." [2]

In January 2017 Galerie Micheline Szwajcer closed it's Rue de la Régence exhibition space in Brussels and relocated to it's former location in Antwerp. The art exhibition space main activity has now shifted toward the promotion of a more succinct number of artists selected from the gallery's past programmation. To view the current installation about Belgian artist Guy Mees (1935-2003) please contact the gallery to book a private viewing.