Mundo Magico – Making of
Pastorale – The Making Of
3000 Knokke Pop Up Art Gallery
This winter and spring, I’ve been working like a fool to produce new work for a very busy summer and autumn, and here’s the first occasion for you to savour some of the results: in 3000 Knokke Pop-up Art Gallery, Zeedijk 676 Knokke, from July 11th to September 25th 2014. Other artists featured there: Philippe De Smedt, Dany Tulkens and Haute Cuisine.
In this image: my own personal version of Adam and Eve. Or is it Snowwhite? Or do you recognise Nick Bottom from Shakespeare’s Midsummernightsdream? By the way, where does this golden apple come from? Didn’t it have something to do with Paris and Helena and … It’s all this and none of it at the same time, thanks to the joint efforts of models Eva Evian and Olivier Chapusette, not to forget make-up artist Rania and the team of Black Sheep Productions who built the elaborate set: Susie and Wilfried, Julia and Robin. Other images of this series include the Magnificent Seven: Dirk, Pascal, Benedictus, Rudy, Gosse, Fred and Marc. A big thank you to each and everyone – not to forget Frank Grinaert, who did a great postproduction job! https://www.facebook.com/3000knokke, www.3000knokke.be
Or watch this video.
Finally, after months of preparation, the time has come to tell you more about this enchanting project. You’ll remember that we shot a series of 10 pictures last summer in the idyllic surroundings of the Castle d’Ursel and the Pavillion De Notelaer in Hingene (Bornem). 12 actors and 12 assistants worked enthusiastic together during four warm midsummer days. The ladies dressed in 18th century period costumes, the gentlemen turned themselves into the incarnations of Greek mythological figures and so this lighthearted ballet of noblemen and gods was born.
From the 22nd of April to the 31st of October of this year, you can visit the pictures that resulted from our collaboration for free in the same surroundings where we have taken them. When seen one after another they tell you an allegoric tale about the duchess Flora, the inspired creator of the Notelaer. You walk from scene to scene and visit the making-of exhibition in the pavillion De Notelaer before drinking a cup of coffee, a trappist beer and eating a piece of the renowned Notelaer pie!
Have a look at the poster here and visit www.apotheoseflore.be for more information, including four videos and a lot of making-of pictures.
Dear friends, I’m right back from a mesmerizing trip through Benin, on the black continent, and while my heart is still lingering there, I’m thrilled to announce a few new exciting initiatives on the old one:
13 – 27 FEBRUARY 2014: AMOR AETERNUS in GALERIE EMILIE DUJAT @ 69, BRUSSELS
February is the peak month of Love, for the gorgeous Emilie Dujat opens an exclusive “salon” at her house, Rue Defacqz 69 in Brussels. Under the title “Amor Aeternus”, she shows a broad selection of my work. The opening night is Thursday 13th of February, from 18:00 to 21:00 hrs. I will be there to welcome you, to sign books and share a drink. To be admitted, you need a printed invitation, so mail me at email@example.com to get one. Places are limited! The expo runs untill February 27th and can only be visited on appointment. We close it with an even more exclusive event: “Lover’s flasher”, where you can have your own love portrait made: a scene with you and your lover, on your demand, the way you want it, in the beautiful surroundings of Emilies residence. Only reservations, conditions available on request: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ONGOING: RECENT WORK in RESTAURANT TRES, LEUVEN
Also good news in the University City of Leuven: the excellent restaurant Tres shows my most recent work, with titles like “Queen of Hearts”, “Messe Noire”, “Strangers in the Night”, “Another Kind of Love” … Drink a festive glass, eat something refined and enjoy the photographs! Muntstraat 20 Leuven, Monday – Saturday from 12:00 to 14:00 (except Wednesday) and from 18:00 to 22:00.
SAVE THE DATE: OPENING OF “THE APOTHEOSIS OF FLORA”, APRIL 21st 2014
A long awaited event: the official inauguration of “The Apotheosis of Flora”, an exposition of 12 tale-telling pictures in the park around the Castle d’Ursel and de Notelaer in Hingene. Discover the campaign image here and don’t forget to save the date, the event starts at 14:00. More information follows in the months to come.
BOOK AND CALENDERS
Finally I’m glad to mention that the book “In Illo Tempore” sells like hotcakes. Copies are still available, at only 30 euros a piece, a real bargain. And you know what? I received 25 extra large calendars 2014 with my images, printed by Lamine. You read this message till here and want one calender for free as a reward for your effort? Just let me know on email@example.com and I reserve one for you. First come first serve!
Picture on top: Gianni Bio, 5 years, in the rice depot of Boko, central Benin (project supported by Foundation Hubi-Vinciane).
It’s a joy and an honour for me to announce that printing house Lamine, the one that did such an excellent job printing my book “In Illo Tempore”, asked me to create two calendars for them. “In Excelsis” is the largest of the two, consisting of 7 images of divine and mythological women. It includes “Messe Noire”, a very recent picture that features around the magnificent model Anouk: my friend and colleague Frédéric Fontenoy, and with him photographer Mark Jones, Philippe Vanneste and the knights of Pynnock. The smaller (desktop) calendar is called “Voyage à Cythère”, and along with the image with the same name, it consists of pictures about Love and other human destinations. Half of the pictures in this calendar are brand new, such as “Alabama Song” (with the unforgettable Marinela, to be seen on the background of this blog) and “Olympia”. The first 25 fans that send me a message, can come to collect these two calendars for free. One address: firstname.lastname@example.org. The calendars will be available around the 19th of December.
It’s been two years since my last book: Caught in a tale, still selling on Blurb. During those two years, you witnessed my pictures becoming more and more elaborate, with more actors and more complex situations and themes. Technics became more sophisticated, with the move to Phase One and the Schneider-Kreuznach lenses, but the stories remained. Because I consider “the Apotheosis of Flora” to be a new milestone in my work, it was time for a new book, and that is “In illo tempore…”. It could also have been titled “Once upon a time…”, because it’s taking place in the same undefined time where fairytales, myths, gospels and fables take place, but I finally chose this one because it’s more sacred and more ritual, and you’ll find traces of that in works like “War of the Roses” or “Amor aeternum”.
This time, art connoisseur Lies Daenen enriched the book with an in-depth text that guides you to the inspirations, the motives, the approach…, in Dutch, English and French. The book is being printed by Art Printing House Lamine in Herent as we speak, with the most advanced hybrid screening technology available, on a silk paper of 170 gr and with a laminated soft cover of 300 gr. The book is in A4 format, counts 100 pages (including the cover) and includes more than 50 pictures, most of them page filling and almost half of them as recent as 2013.
So do you want to give yourself a Christmas or New Years treat? Send me a mail on email@example.com with your address in it and I’ll tell you how you can get hold of it. The book itself costs no more than 30 euros, and I’ll find out the most economic shipping for you.
Are you in for the Big Treat? For the real fans there is a limited edition of 50 copies, numbered and signed, priced at 150 euros each, accompanied by an exclusive numbered and signed print of “Amor aeternus” (30 x 40 cm).
From “In illo tempore” with love!
A holy mission drove me this autumn to get up early in the morning and to get back home late in the evening, defying trafic jams and overloaded agendas, driving to Bruges and to Brussels, to Ghent and to Herselt, to Meer and to Hasselt, each time to portray one of the 21 succesful persons in the book “The Succes Tapes” from Jan Flamend and Hans Hermans. Loaded like a mule with lighting stuff and camera gear, I arrived on the sill of my models, who were without any exception so kind to play around with me and my camera for like half an hour… sometimes less, sometimes more. Composer or manager, star cook or writer, tv producer or hr specialist, everybody did his or her best to fill the sensor of my PhaseOne with cheerful, charming, serious or zen expressions.
Want to know more about the key succes factors of Maurice Engelen, Mieke Van Hecke, Fernand Huts, Bob Elsen and their likes? Feel welcome at the book presentation on November 28th in the offices of There in Leuven or order the book at jan.flamend[a]telenet.be.
In this picture: Gert and Joachim from 3-Michelin star restaurant Hertog Jan in Bruges.
Background picture: Noel Slangen.
What a beautiful summer this was, I hope you enjoyed it to the fullest! For me it was a creative peak, with the magical experience in de Notelaer (“The Apotheosis of Flore”), an enchanting and inspiring week at the Art Biennale in Venice, and a project of 25 portraits for the book “De Succes Tapes” by Hans Hermans and Jan Flamend.
Autumn promises to be very social, since my work will be represented in the following fairs and expositions:
Pleine Lune, group exhibition @ Galerie Emilie Dujat. Great artists like Joël Person, Frédéric Fontenoy and Alex Varenne join me in an ode to … buttocks, that will be fun! The exposition runs from September 26th to October 6th 2013, Rue Ernest Allard 20, Brussels (Sablon), wednesday – sunday from 11:00 to 17:00 (sunday closing time is 16:00).
Fotofever 2013, Tour & taxis: photography art fair from October 4th to 6th 2013, where I will exhibit one completely new work and a few of my favorites. I still have some tickets for this fair: mail me @ firstname.lastname@example.org if you want one of them! www.fotofeverartfair.com
Brussels Accessible Art Fair, 50 emerging and established artists making art accessible; from friday 11 till sunday 13 October in the Steigenberger Grand Hotel, Avenue Louise 71, Brussels. You’ll find here ten of my most popular works, in a broad variety of formats and prices. The VIP Preview in benefit of Unicef is on thursday October 10th at 18:00, and also for this occasion I still have a few tickets to distribute, feel free to ask one on email@example.com. www.accessibleartfair.com
Book presentation “De Succes Tapes” from Hans Hermans and Jan Flamend, about the secrets behind the succes of some 25 Flemish business(wo)men and artists. The book will be officially launched with a reception and a small exhibition of portraits of the interviewees. Location: there, Groenveldstraat 13, Heverlee, on Thursday 28th of November, 18:00.
Dany Tulkens and I are preparing a conceptual exhibition with mostly new work around the theme “Between Love and Hate” for B.Art Gent 2013. This art fair boasts 100% Belgian Art, from November 30th to December 3rd in Flanders Expo, Art Gent. We’re proud to be part of it! www.bartfair.be
It’s still far away but it’ll be there sooner than we think: April 21st 2014, de Notelaer in Hingene welcomes the exhibition “the Apotheosis of Flore”, which will run until October. Just as a little sneak preview for the fans, you can find here one of the very first finished pictures, I hope you enjoy and will give you more information in the near future!
I’m very gratefull to you all because of your enthusiast reactions and your support, and I hope to be able to welcome you on one of these occasions!
A light-hearted ballet of noblemen, gods and civilians, full of metamorphoses, that’s how you can describe “The apotheosis of Flore” best. In the last week of July we shot this series of 10 pictures in Hingene, in the Castle d’Ursel, in the pavilion De Notelaer and on the Schelde, on board of the Tolerant (a beautiful reconstruction of an old fishermen’s boat). The cast comprised 2 times 12 apostles: 12 actors and a crew of another 12 make-up artists, production coördinators, lighting assistants and a “making of” unit. The principal actors were dressed in magnificent period gowns by Cristoph from “La Machine à Recoudre le Temps”, and that added to the fairytale-like atmosphere! Not only the clothes were splendid, so were the people: a really inspired team of enthousiast warm-hearted volunteers, that turned into real friends during this four-days experience.
From April to October 2014, these pictures will be exposed around the pavilion De Notelaer; they form the central part of the festivities for the 30th anniversary of the organisation that runs this historical building. If you want me to inform you regularly about the evolution of this project, send me a mail on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to have an impression of our shooting days, look here for day 1, here for day 2, here for day 3, or here for day 4.
In the meantime, thanks a lot to the whole team: Ann De Block, Eline en Charlotte De Puydt, Els en Elle-Lise De Wilde, Elina Elisa, Esther Vanholst, Jean d’Anvers, Nico Smits, Dirk Hesse, Bob Van Belle, Jan Maervoet, Koen De Vlieger-De Wilde, Mia Bonneux, Marleen Van Bossuyt, Bart Grinaert en Eva Reviers, Cis Van Nijverseel, Franke en Sabine Lok, Rania, Bertien Mauws, Nastia en Cristoph Houbrechts Van Hoorne!
Wow, what a spring it was this year! Two exhibitions in Leuven, one in Brussels, thrilling new shoots, and most of all: so many enthusiast reactions from you all, I’m still excited about it.
Summer 2013 is promising lots of nice moments as well, and I hope to share some of them with you:
My friend and fellow artist Dany Tulkens decorates the park in front of historic pavillion de Notelaer with his statues from Saturday 28th of June 2013 till July 31st. Please join us on the opening event, Saturday 28th of June 15:00, and confirm your presence on email@example.com. The domain of de Notelaer, Notelaersdreef 2, Hingene (Bornem) is open to the public every Saturday till Thursday from 14:00 till 18:00. More information here.
Originally, it was my plan to exhibit a fine selection of my works together with Dany. While exploring de Notelaer, this proved to be such a fertile environment that I agreed with the organisation to shoot a series of 10 pictures specially made for them instead: “The apotheosis of Flora”. These pictures tell a story with some 15 characters, inspired by the history and the mythology of the place. They will be exposed on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of vzw De Notelaer, from April till October 2014. If you are in the neighbourhood between the 30th of July and the 1st of August of this year (and if weather gods permit), you might be witness of this unique photo project – but behold, you might as well end up as our lighting assistant or as an emotional rescue to the models!
Galerie Emilie Dujat’s new exposition, ‘Nus au soleil”, features a few of my best works. You’re most welcome on the opening night, Thursday 4th of July from 18:00 – 21:00. The exposition lasts until September 1st, Rue Ernest Allard 22, Sablon, Brussels. Thursday-saturday 11:00-18:00, sunday 11:00-16:00.
To end with, a personal invitation and a reward for the good readers. Want to enjoy a warm Friday in Leuven this summer? I’ll be happy to show you a few of my most recent pictures, tell you about my plans and offer you a drink in Restaurant Tres, Muntststraat 20, Leuven, on Friday 19th of July, 16:00. Afterwards, you can of course land on one of the many terraces in the city, and go crazy on the Beleuvenissen concerts that evening, including artists like: De Corsari’s, Abba Gold, Brahim, Natalia, Eva De Roovere and many more!
Wish you an enchanting summer,
Dear friends, if you want to enjoy spring in Leuven, the historical city, the terraces, the good food, the student company, there is one more exciting evolution: apart from the exhibition in the “Rood Huys”, Parijsstraat 62, that I mentioned before, there is an exhibition of my work in restaurant “Tres”, Muntstraat 20. So you can enjoy my recent work (more than 35 pictures, and the most recent one is only two weeks old indeed) in two locations! Combining the two requires some clever thinking about timing, because the opening hours are different:
‘t Rood Huys: tuesday-saturday from 10:00-18:00.
Tres: monday-saturday from 12:00-14:30 and 18:00-22:00, except wednesday at noon.
Hope to see you there… and who knows, maybe I make a picture of you in the “Rood Huys” on Sunday 28th of April, Wednesday 1st of May or Sunday 5th of May!