De Apotheose van Flore
Mundo Magico – Making of
Pastorale – The Making Of
Strangers in the Night
On February 1st, the Castle d’Ursel in Hingene was the dream location for my very first movie project: “Minuet in C minor”. This short movie, featuring some 18 actors and 18 team members, brings us back to the period of the Enlightenment, when human kind made it’s first clumsy steps on the path of romantic love, with much hypocrisy, formality, role-play and theatricality.
Our story begins on a magical evening, when a motley crowd of guests makes its way into the classical castle d’Ursel for a ball. What begins as a very formal dance party, neatly directed by the hostess Cupid loses all coherence soon. While the party degenerates into chaos, not one, but three protagonists seem to be responsible for playing with the feelings of the guests.
“Minuet in C minor” is part of the exhibition “Sweet 18″, from 1st of May until the 5th of July in the Castle D’Ursel, Wolfgang d’Urselstraat 9, Hingene.
During the same period, the “Apotheosis of Flora” will be on display again in the Notelaersdreef, also in Hingene – it might be worthwile to combine the two events!
… Santaclaus brings this year a full agenda for December :
Leopold 22 Gallery, the perfect setting for the works of Haute Cuisine, Dany Tulkens and myself, every Tuesday till Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00, Leopoldstraat 22 in Antwerp, until December 31st. Last week we enjoyed the visit of ATV, have a look at their nice video. Always welcome, if you’re nice and kind to the galerist you might even get a coffee or a glass of wine !
SubLUMINAL exposition with works of Peter Snijder, Eline ‘t Sant, Dany Tulkens, Filip Sterckx … and myself, every Friday till Sunday from 114:00 to 17:00, kasteel Le Paige, Nederrij 135, Herentals, until December 27th. You’ll not believe it, but there also we enjoyed the visit of TV journalists (watch the clip from 4:50 on). It’s in this exhibition that you can enjoy my latest work, with 15 brave girls and one good boy: “The Temptation of Christ”. Don’t miss it!
And finally, why not go to Paris, the city of Light? Tuesday 16th of December at 18:00 Hubert Konrad opens a group exhibition “Photographie Contemporaine” with works of Frédéric Fontenoy, Anthony Mirial, Claude Alexandre, Jean Pierre Leloir and me, to be visited until January 31st. Galérie Hubert Konrad, 32 Avenue Matignon, Paris.
You still need something to put in Santaclaus bag ? Offer him the exclusive “Strangers in the Night” calendar, numbered and signed, 50 euro only, and only 15 copies left ! For sale in Leopold 22 Gallery or on email@example.com.
Dear friends, I’m so proud. Masterprinters Lamine realised a 2015 calendar with 8 pictures from the “Strangers in the Night” project, and the result is a gem 42 x 60 cm large. A limited and signed edition of 75 copies is available for you, 50 euros only, and due to the fantastic possibilities of Kiala, I can send it to you anywhere in Belgium for less than 5 euros, isn’t that a miracle? Don’t hesitate too long, for the pile of calendars is lowering quickly!
You want me to hand you the calendar in person? Come to Paris where Galerie Emilie Dujat exhibits my work on Fotofever 2015 in the Carrousel du Louvre from November 14th to 16th. Are you interested to come to the opening night on november 13th (19:00 to 22:00) or to visit the art fair the 14th, 15th or 16th of november? Would you like to join the “In illo tempore” signature session on saturday 16:30? Drop me a line on firstname.lastname@example.org and I explain you how to get free tickets or tickets with a reduction.
And from Paris we go to Herentals, where I expose new work in the “subLUMINAL” exhibition organised by light artist Peter Snijder. The opening night is on friday november 21st, 20:00 and you can visit the exhibition for free from 22nd of november till the 28th of december, each friday till sunday between 14:00 and 17:00 in kasteel Le Paige.
Meanwhile, you can still visit the “Strangers in the Night” exhibition in Hotel Le Berger until November 25th (see for details on the “about” page of this site), and it’s worthwile if only to see the big print of “Agnus Dei / The Last Supper”, a scene 2m20 large. You might also enjoy the gastronomic masterworks of Vincenzo in Vini Divini while you’re there! Want to have a taste of “Strangers in the Night”? Just look at the “making of video” on this page, check the interview in Cinquante Degrés Nord on Arte, the video by TV Brussel or the radio-interview on FM Brussel.
Creative juices are flowing abundantly … While the Apotheosis of Flore is still running untill the end of October and 3000 Knokke Gallery is showing a fine selection my work untill September 25th, I’m preparing a hot autumn for you in Herk de Stad – Brussels – Paris:
THE NAKED TRUTH – HERK DE STAD
This is the exhibition I always dreamt of. The Markthallen in Herk de Stad give me the opportunity to show you a mix of very recent and some of my older work. You always wanted to know what became of the Mundo Magico shoot ? What became of Snowwhite ? What the Grande Danse de la Vie is all about ? This is your opportunity. Here I show my best pictures of 2014 in a great setting, combined with the finest works of Dany Tulkens, the maestro of the bronze “human condition” slices. Opening hours: weekdays 14:00 to 17:00, sunday 14:00 to 18:00 in presence of the artists. Closed on friday and saturday. Opening: Sunday September 28th 2014, 15:00, with speeches by Johan Van Cauwenberghe (Radio Klara) and Lo Guypen (Alderman of Culture). Click here for more information.
STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT – BRUSSELS
As I’m writing this, I just finished an exciting series of fotoshoots in Hotel Le Berger, with models from the Neo Retro Agency. From October 11th on, these pictures will be exhibited in Hotel Le Berger, in an organisation by Gallery Emilie Dujat. On the opening night, Friday October 10th at 19:00, you will be able to visit all types of rooms of the hotel, drink a glass in the bar and witness a Dr. Sketchy session featuring some of the models that posed for me. That’ll be a night to remember! :o)
FOTOFEVER – PARIS
November traditionally is the month of photography in Paris. This year, Emilie Dujat will show my work at Fotofever 2014 in the Carrousel du Louvre, from 14 to 16 November. For more information click here!
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!