Scheerlinck, an artist from Oosterzele, just below Ghent (Belgium), brings art with a connection to minimalism and conceptual art. Old rusted nails placed side by side in a series of empty CD boxes, six used industrial filters in a different state of ‘greyness’ placed underneath each other, a branch of more than a meter with a rope and a loop on it, scouring pads with the rough side up, which together form a golf course, is the kind of art he makes.
A grand spectacle.
Scheerlinck has the feeling that he is a spectator of a grand spectacle, a performance in which everything that cannot be controlled happens and that plays with every emotion in everyone's body. "I isolate myself in my studio, because I need that time and that freedom to be able to reflect and put things into perspective".
"Every spectator has his own interpretation of my work.", says Gert Scheerlinck, "that's what we're supposed to do. I don't have to explain what it stands for or it'll lose its poetry completely. In general, I can say that it is often about humanity in all its facets and also what people are capable of: emotions, values, banalities, balance of power, contradictions, non-communication, ...".
Like an album
Why do you shape your work in a minimalist way? "Maybe I think I can change something about the busy, performance-oriented lifestyle we all have. With what I'm doing, I can make the audience stop, if only for a moment. That way, I can let them return to a long past beautiful or even painful memory. I wake them up again in a gentle way. We must not forget some events, they make us what we are today."
Do you have a key work that determined everything and might have put you on a different track? "I think an oeuvre consists of several key works. All my work is important because they tell a story together. Compare it to a music band, an exhibition is like an album, with a few singles getting airplay, but only the whole album tells the whole story. And I prefer conceptual albums, the ones you have to wrestle your way through. In my opinion, these are the real jewels, when you discover all the facets."
Gert Scheerlinck has been active as an artist for some time now. He started as a painter but never came out with his paintings because he didn't think they were good enough. "It was not so much about technique or skill, but rather about what I had to say. I saw the canvas as a recurring point of departure, which limited my freedom. However, my education was necessary to get to where I am today. I took the aesthetics from painting and applied it to conceptual thinking. In pure conceptual art, aesthetics plays no role whatsoever. At the moment, I think, I am making a crossover between minimalism, conceptual art and arte povera with an occasional big wink to painting".
Something is not quite right
And finally, do you have a nice conclusion? "For some reason, I find it difficult when the word 'beautiful' is used for a work of art. If they only use that word and no other... In my opinion, a beautiful work of art does not guarantee a good work. A good work of art grows when you take your time. I realize that my work has a certain aesthetics, but I always strive to give it a dark side, with associations that are not always clear. When artworks get stuck in the viewer's memory and they come to tell me, months after an exhibition, that ‘something is not quite right’, I smile. That's the best compliment they can give me".
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