The garden of Castle Geeraard the Duivelsteen is the setting for the third edition of Yart; contemporary installations in the (semi-) public space.
During six months this famous and notorious garden functions as a work- and exhibition platform for six selected young artists from home and abroad.
Every month another artist will use the garden and its ambivalent context to present a new work.
Kasteel Geeraard de Duivelsteen
Geraard de Duivelstraat 1
9000 Gent, België
Yart is an initiative of Thief In The Night, a collective that strives to create a variety of platforms in a surprising way for young artists.
Elias Cafmeyer (1990) graduated in 2017 from Sint-Lucas Antwerp and mainly makes sculptures, video installations and site-specific work. His work evolves around public space, infrastructure and its use within the city. He has a fascination for urban development, traffic signs and the city landscape as a metaphor for social construction. Apart from his video installations, Cafmeyer often uses raw, industrial materials such as metal, untreated wood, concrete… His proposals for site-specific work are presented as scale models and could be seen as a part of his oeuvre.
Eva (1995) graduated in 2017 from Luca School of Arts in Ghent. In her work she tries not to make things but only to show them. In doing so, she always starts from mass-produced things in which she sees beauty. Gradually she puts the objects together in order to shape her own universe, which reflects her world in a personal and poetic way. Eva creates the installations from her senses and in turn shares this experience with the spectator. The result is an intriguing search of colours, materials, balance and composition.
From 2011 onwards, Belgian artist Karl Philips (1984) has been developing a growing international artistic practice using a wide variety of media. His vast body of work stems from investigating places where public and private space meet. Philips’s artworks seem to be constructed as conceptual antitheses to societal algorithms, to ways of behaving, we often take for granted. He sheds light on the tipping point between action and activism, between the psychological and the physical and between the metaphorical and the concrete.
Jóhanna Kristbjorg (1982) work is best described as (Neo)-Constructiv-emotionalism. Throughout her artistic practice, Jóhanna explores how spaces can be charged emotionally by integrating this multiple layers of meaning. She combines different media by using classical ways of painting and sculpture together with her performative approach mixed into videos, sound and space. The works can be read individually, but take on a new layer of meaning when considered as a whole, in relation to each other. As such, the artist offers a site-specific reflection on the transitional character of space, and in which way it relates to intellectual space.
The work of Johannes Langkamp (1985) is formed by wonder. He often looks into the interplay between process and outcome, and makes this research processes visible by using videos, photographic techniques, kinetic models and spatial installations. Langkamp’s work is a constant searching for ways to question our viewing habits and by doing this, broaden our vision on reality itself.
In the framework of Yart Johannes will join forces with the installation, environmental artist and painter Marc Claeijs.
Nel Bonte (1984) her work usually starts from a trivial, insignificant and unnoticed object in our daily, urban surroundings,… She often decides to give exactly these shapes a new gestalt. By doing so she aims to give meaning to the meaningless. For each work, she attentively studies the realistic scale ratio and plays with the factor of diminution or magnification and relation between the object and the spectator in the work’s specific location. Through a language of images, a layered story is told.