Conrad Willems is a visual artist making drawings, sculptures and performances, with interests in construction and deconstruction. Starting from architecture as a reference point of these changing structures, he alienates the recognizable. He uses familiar actions and materials, acquiring on a new meaning through their intensive use and specific context.
Geometry, repetition and modularity are three basic principles in all of his works,
resulting in a unique visual language that is highly recognizable.
The drawings show the repetition of figures, varying in shapes and sizes. They are made with freehand and without a predetermined plan: every drawn line is a permanent one. This method of freehand repetition generates patterns, disturbed by imperfections in the repetition process.
The sculptures share the same basic principles. Earlier works explored simple geometric shapes, blurred or emphasized by adding light. Later sculptural works are constructed with freestanding pieces. These modular installations are often constructed live.The building process thus becomes a performance, the resulting construction an installation work.