ART STR.EAT

9 - 12 February 2019 ,  Brussels

A gastronomic eulogy to an absurd farce Although ART Str.eat aims to differ from lucrative and time-efficient expositions in white cube galleries, it fails magnanimously. Using the modern and minimalistic architecture of the house, spectators are expeditiously led to a farce of visual animations, paintings, lights, ambient compositions, smells and aromas. These will experience a trip through colours, shapes, characters, objects, stories, abstractions, sounds, flavours, moving images, depths, heights and perspectives, which will bring them to a guest table. Although filled with annoying strangers, an overwhelming five-course tasting menu awaits them. This menu, paired with drinks, is inspired by the artistic trip experienced in and outwards the house. In other words, ART Str.eat fights the weather while turning the traditional “gallery-fair-whatever concept” upside down. It aims to strengthen our good old-fashioned bourgeois attitude towards our dearest friends: art and food. The curatorial effort in ART Str.eat is to blur the contours of art, play with its perception and observe how an exhibition can conceptually and formally be depicted anywhere, while still being intimate. The semi-public setting, the rural slushy environment, accompanied by a commemorated revival to Marinetti’s futurist dinners where art is disembodied on display, which typifies the curator and artists’ rebellious style, namely to generate obscene surprises with illogical syntheses and dramas, animated flavours that purge the theatre of boredom. In short, ART Str.eat proposes a complete revolution in the nourishment of our awkward race. It strives to make it more polluting, useless and suicidal. By combining absurdist art with epileptic dishes, it aspires to evoke essential states of mind, which may only be provoked by better cooks and artists.The noble and uplifting artists who accompanied you through this trip are:

Meryn Verhelst

Visual artist

a Belgian visual artist, whose work is deceivingly simple, at once playful and naïvely melancholic, sometimes scatological but very much layered in sophistication. His overwhelming, obtrusive canvases can both be oddly humorous as emotionally charged. Falling somewhere between representation, cartoonish street art and x-rayed abstraction, his colourful and satirical pop-canvases tell different stories with just a few flattened brush strokes.

 
"ART STR.EAT"

 

Using the modern and minimalistic architecture of the house, spectators are expeditiously led to a farce of visual animations, paintings, lights, ambient compositions, smells and aromas.

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