BENT VAN LOOY
In a parallel to The Vessel, the Jerk and the Edge of Reason, Bent Van Looy’s current exhibition at the gallery, Super Dakota is delighted to present a new Super Room with a limited selection of works on paper available online until July 11th.
Born in 1976 in Antwerp, Van Looy studied painting at the St.Lucas in Ghent. He became well-known as a musician playing in bands such as Soulwax and Das Pop. In 2008 he was part of a collective show at BOZAR as one of 20 artists who expressed themselves with both music and art.
“I was blown away when I saw Magritte’s Periode Vache era works in real life. I always felt he was more of an image maker, whose works are better on posters or other reproductions, not in it for painting’s sake. Then, all of a sudden he started to create deliberately wilder paintings in which surface vibrates with life and tension. That sense of abandonment inspired me a great deal when I decided to start painting again.”
– Bent Van Looy
“I’m fascinated by the mechanisms that colour our way we see things. I was brought up without television and was, of course, totally fascinated with it whenever one was playing at friends or grandparents houses. At night my mother would read to my brother and me the Brothers Grimm fairy tales in their raw, original Germanic form, with gallows, beheadings and all.”
–– Bent Van Looy
Throughout the practice Van Looy thoughtfully deploys hindsight, left in our time, to evoke a Disneyfied ersatz version of Romanticism. For wasn’t it Walt Disney who unlocked the magical and terrifying world of the Brothers Grimm and presented them anew to a modern world, albeit in a saturated, artificially sweetened version?
“I feel our times-echo certain aspects of Romanticism, but rather some of the darker ones. There’s a purity in these ideals, but also a dangerous sense of superiority and a tendency towards nationalism.”
–– Bent Van Looy