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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.  

Installation view, Brussels, 2020

 

“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

Rene Magritte, "The Ellipse", 1948
Installation view, Super Dakota, Brussels, 2020

BENT VAN LOOY
The Witch, 2020
Watercolour on paper
50 x 32 cm

Price: 800 EUR

“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

Léon Spilliaert, "The Shipwrecked Man", 1926. © Léon Spilliaert, Private Collection

BENT VAN LOOY
The Playwright, 2020
Watercolour on paper
55 x 37,5 cm

Price: 800 EUR

Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, 1951. Courtesy of Radio Pictures Inc. and Walt Disney Productions

 

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?

BENT VAN LOOY
The Revelation, 2020
Gouache on paper
49,7 x 32,4 cm

Price: 800 EUR

BENT VAN LOOY
Young Butcher, 2020
Gouache on paper
50 x 32,5 cm

Price: 800 EUR

Bent Van Looy's studio, 2020

BENT VAN LOOY
Self portrait, 2020
Watercolour on paper
29,5 x 21 cm

Price: 550 EUR

BENT VAN LOOY
Hell Hound, 2020
Watercolour on paper
50 x 32,5 cm

Price: 800 EUR

Installation view, Super Dakota, Brussels, 2020
Photo by © Charlie De Keersmaecker


“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

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