Maen Florin, Illusion, Park Ter Beuken, Lokeren, finissage ce 27 octobre

Finissage de l’exposition « Illusion » de Maen Florin au Park Ter Beuken à Lokeren ce samedi 27 octobre à 11h.
Présentation du livre éponyme qui accompagne l’exposition

Maen Florin, Illusion
Textes : Erno Vroonen, Hans Martens et Veerle Van Durme
112 pages, full colors.
Editions Asid

Maen Florin, Stadsfestival Damme, jusqu’au 4 novembre

Maen Florin
Wrongface, 2013
Polyester, textile, embroidery, epoxy, ashes, hair, h. 96 cm

Maen Florin participe au Stadsfestival  Damme.
Du 21 septembre au 4 novembre 2018

Michael Dans, Maen Florin, Viennacontemporary, les images (3)

Michael Dans,
Photographies couleurs, 2017/2018
Impression pigmentaire sur papier archivable mat 280 gr.
Tirage photographique : David Marlé – Atelier KZG.

Maen Florin, Commedia, Ceramics, 2015-2018

Michael Dans, Maen Florin, Viennacontemporary, les images (2)

Michael Dans,
Photographies couleurs, 2017/2018
Impression pigmentaire sur papier archivable mat 280 gr.
Tirage photographique : David Marlé – Atelier KZG.

Maen Florin, Commedia, Ceramics, 2015-2018

Michael Dans, Maen Florin, Viennacontemporary, les images (1)

 

Michael Dans,
Photographies couleurs, 2017/2018
Impression pigmentaire sur papier archivable mat 280 gr.
Tirage photographique : David Marlé – Atelier KZG.

Maen Florin, Commedia, Ceramics, 2015-2018

Michael Dans, Maen Florin, Viennacontemporary 2018, preview

MICHAEL DANS

Michael Dans,
Photographies couleurs, 2017/2018
Impression pigmentaire sur papier archivable mat 280 gr.
Tirage photographique : David Marlé – Atelier KZG.

MAEN FLORIN

(…) It is this tradition of the ‘Unheimliche’ that I am reminded of by many of the powerful sculptures of Maen Florin. The expressions, transfigurations, travesties and fusions of images in which her gallery of alienating figures excels, refer without a shadow of doubt to the elusiveness of the unexpected appearance – that of something that cannot be straightforwardly defined, but which still has to be submitted to. In its philosophical sense, ‘appearance’ means the arrival of something that cannot immediately be understood – something that appears for the first time is therefore always frightening because it does not yet belong to the grammar of the known. Only then are we faced with the terror of the appearance: that it can constantly and seemingly inexplicably be repeated sometimes to the point of nausea. Both forms of appearance – that of the unexpected figure who suddenly stands before you, and the repeated one of figures that provoke revulsion – are pervasive in Florin’s series and constellations. The images in the ‘Commedia’ series for instance (a title that lacks any further explanation so that we have to decide for ourselves whether they have to do with a divine or a human comedy, or even a ‘commedia dell’arte’) display ambivalent expressions of grief, meditation, self-absorption or introspection. (…)

 Because Maen Florin is able to blend all these reminiscences in each of her series of sculptures, she ensnares us with her psychological sophistication, while at the same time creating an impression of guilt-ridden lucidity. And yet her work is at no time moralistic: morality always has to do with a simplification of the psyche. She on the other hand shows us the poetic complexity, both of the imagination and of the appearance that bewilders. It is this that makes her sculptures at once so vulnerable and enormously powerful; they attract our gaze, they reject our gaze, they set up an unsettling exchange between our interest in them and their sudden appearing. Their childlike bodies shoulder the conscience of an adult world that has no intention of resembling them, but which, in the person of the viewer, knows full well that an image of buried inwardness is standing there before our eyes. There is nothing else we can do, but submit to the oscillatory movement between our gaze from the corner of our eye and the closed or downcast gazes of these icons of the tormented inner life. It is a matter of the countless, unfathomable emotions and feelings that make up that entire domain of the impossible relation of the subject with itself. This also explains the appearing of our repressed interiority: of the demons, ghosts and childlike dwarves of our own stock of imagery. It is an interiority that impresses us as something completely ‘outside’ – as exteriority.

With this paradox we come perhaps face to face with the most urgent aspect of this work: that which originates in our deepest inner selves seems completely alien, almost obscene (in the sense of the Latin term obscaenus – that which appears on the mental scene from an unexpected quarter). And nonetheless it is recognizable in all these forms: they emerge as former family members of the hunchback. They occupy the twilight realm of morality, one that is dominated by riddling expressions but where there are no moral landmarks.(…)

Tat Tvam asi – this is the formula of the ancient Vedantic Sanskrit hymn: this is what you have always been, the ultimate stranger that you are for yourself, the image of the Self. The human awareness that suffers from its own appearance – also in the form of everything strange that human beings in our time are confronted with: the exotic fellow human, the person of ‘colour’, the foreigner, the refugee, the noble fool, the one with different religious or political views, the victim and the executioner, the immigrant and the homeless person, the beggar and the child washed up ashore on a deserted beach, or the face of the abused ‘in-between people’ who emerge out of the twilight of the repressed consciousness. These contemporary associations also lie concealed in the encyclopedia of expressions, forms and attitudes that the artist confronts us with. It is for this reason that, quite apart from its radical psycho-poetic and iconographically timeless character, I also experience the work of Maen Florin as being of contemporary social relevance. Not because it refers directly to our reality, but also because it opens an imaginary space in our own fundamental self, where the essence of what we find strange turns out to belong to our own deepest inner being.

© Stefan Hertmans, januari 2017

Maen Florin, Commedia, Ceramics, 2015-2018

Michaël Dans, Maen Florin, Viennacontemporary, 27 -30 septembre 2018

La galerie Nadja Vilenne a le plaisir de vous annoncer sa participation. à la foire d’art contemporain de Vienne, Viennacontemporary et y présentera des oeuvres de :

MICHAEL DANS
MAEN FLORIN

Booth C15
Marx Halle
Karl-Farkas-Gasse 19, 1030 Vienna.
Opening : Wednesday, September 19
Thursday, 27 September 2018: 12:00-7:00 pm
Friday, 28 September 2018: 12:00-7:00 pm
Saturday, 29 September 2018: 12:00-7:00 pm
Sunday, 30 September 2018: 12:00-6:00 pm

Maen Florin, Illusion, Parc Ter Beuken, Lokeren, les images (2)

Maen Florin, Red Hair, 2018
Céramique sur plateau en béton

Maen Florin, In the tree, 2016-2018
céramique, polyester, dans un marronnier blanc.

Maen Florin, Big Head (Soutine), 2018
céramique sur plateau en béton

Maen Florin, Whitewashed, 2018
céramique sur plateau en béton

Maen Florin, In the tree, 2016-2018
céramique, polyester, dans un hêtre rouge

Maen Florin, Illusion, Parc Ter Beuken, Lokeren, les images (1)

Maen Florin, Red Hair, 2018
Céramique sur plateau en béton

Maen Florin, In the tree, 2016-2018
céramique, polyester, dans un marronnier blanc.

Maen Florin, Big Head (Soutine), 2018
céramique sur plateau en béton

Maen Florin, Whitewashed, 2018
céramique sur plateau en béton

Maen Florin, In the tree, 2016-2018
céramique, polyester, dans un hêtre rouge

Exposition jusqu’au 27 octobre
Centrum voor ruimtelijke kunst
Park ter Beuken, Groendreef 8, Lokeren

Maen Florin, Illusion, Parc Ter Beuken, Lokeren

Maen Florin
Illusion

Centrum voor ruimtelijke kunst
Park ter Beuken, Groendreef 8, Lokeren

Vernissage samedi 25 août, 17 heures
Exposition jusqu’au 27 octobre

Opening: zaterdag 25 augustus, 17 u.
Tentoonstelling dagelijks vrij toegankelijk tot en met 27 oktober 2018

 

Maen Florin, Test Case XXL, Sundaymorning@EKWC, Oisterwijk

Maen Florin

En résidence à Sundaymorning@EKWC à Oisterwijk, aux Pays Bas, Maen florin participe à :

Test Case XXL

You are cordially invited to attend Test Case XXL at 13th of May 2018.
Henri Swinkels, deputy of culture for the province of Noord-Brabant,  opens at 2 pm the second Test Case of 2018. Over 20 artists, designers and architects are happy to welcome you in their studio. This Test Case is called Test Case XXL due to the number of participants at this celebration of contemporary ceramics. Test Cases offer the opportunity to visit studios and workshops, to meet the artists-in-residence and discuss the starting point, work-in-progress or the result of a residency. Studios are open for visitors on Sunday the 13th of May from 14.00h – 16.00h.
Participants: Katrein Breukers, Maen Florin, Suzanne Hangaard, Franciska Meijers, Jan van de Pavert, Gert Jan Prins, Andrea Rodriguez, Simcha Roodenburg, Dana Saez, Camilla Sposati, Mariken Wessels.

Special Guests: Mariëlle van den Bergh, Paul Geelen, Domenico Mangano, Suzanne Posthumus, Roger Ruhulessin, Sjoerd Tim en Chikako Watanabe. Rosalie Bak will host a workshop around her caravan.

Sint Lucas Boxtel: Sacha Aalbers, Nienke Faas, Isa Gruson, Kim Janssen, Rinke Joosten, Yvette Vendelmans, Sanne Vingerhoets.

Design Academy Eindhoven: Erika Emerén, Romain Kloeckner en Elissa Assaf.

Fontys Hoge School voor de Kunsten: students of the School of Arts and Design in Tilburg show the results of Crosslabs.

Ceramics & Tattoo project: In cooperation with Leeuwarden Culturele Hoofdstad en Nationaal Keramiek Museum het Princesshof we present results of the Tattoo Ceramics project.

Art Brussels 2018, les images (2)

exhibition view

Exhibition view

Michael Dans

Michael Dans

Michael Dans
Sans titre
Photographie couleurs, tirage numérique, 184 x 124 cm

Jacqueline Mesmaeker

Jacqueline Mesmaeker

IMG_2242bis

IMG_2240bis

Jacqueline Mesmaeker
Les Péripéties, 2012-2018
Cartes postales, cartel, 43 x 61 cm

Exhibition view

 

Suchan Kinoshita
Sans titre, 2018

Olivier Foulon

Olivier Foulon
Grotte de Lascaux (3x), 2006.

Maen Florin

Maen Florin

Maen Florin
Albino, 2017
Ceramics 1, 2, 3 , h. 46, 45, 45 cm

Maen Florin, Commedia, Arco Madrid 2018, les images (2)

Maen Florin

Maen Florin

Maen Florin

Maen Florin

Maen Florin

Maen Florin

Maen Florin

Maen Florin

Maen Florin
Commedia, 2015-2018
Ceramics

(…) En faisant fusionner avec virtuosité toutes ces réminiscences dans chacune de ses suites sculpturales, Maen Florin nous prend en otage au moyen d’un raffinement psychologique, d’une impression de lucidité coupable. Pourtant, son travail n’est jamais moralisateur : la morale entraîne toujours une simplification de la psyché. Maen Florin en revanche nous montre la complexité poétique de l’imagination aussi bien que de l’apparition troublante. C’est ce qui rend ses œuvres vulnérables et toutes-puissantes à la fois ; elles attirent notre regard, l’esquivent, provoquent une interaction déstabilisante entre notre attention et leur apparition inattendue. Leurs corps enfantins portent le poids de la conscience d’un monde adulte qui refuse de leur ressembler mais qui, en la personne du spectateur, sait parfaitement bien qu’il a devant les yeux l’image d’une profonde intériorité.
Nous n’avons donc pas d’autre choix que de nous soumettre au va-et-vient entre notre regard – oblique – et les regards baissés ou fuyants de ces icônes de la vie intérieure tourmentée, d’innombrables émotions et de sentiments insondables, tout ce domaine de la relation impossible que le sujet entretient avec lui-même. Et donc aussi : l’apparition de notre intériorité refoulée, des démons, fantômes et nains enfantins issus de notre propre arsenal d’images. Une intériorité qui nous apparaît comme une chose complètement « en-dehors » : comme extériorité.
Ce paradoxe nous met sans doute face à l’aspect le plus prégnant de cette œuvre : ce qui surgit de notre for intérieur, nous semble complètement étranger, obscène presque (dans le sens d’ob-scaenum : ce qui apparaît sur la scène mentale depuis un angle inattendu). Et qui, pourtant, est reconnaissable sous toutes ses différentes formes : celles-ci surgissent comme de vieux parents du petit bossu. Elles investissent le territoire crépusculaire en marge de la morale, là où règne une forme d’expression énigmatique, inexpliquée.
Priez pour moi, murmure le petit bonhomme bossu à la jeune femme dans la dernière strophe de la chanson populaire. Il ne dit pas pourquoi. Mais nous savons ce qu’il cache à la femme : qu’il n’est autre que le Soi incompris. Sa bosse est le bagage mental qui contient notre insaisissable conscience de nous-mêmes.
Tat tvam asi, dit l’ancienne incantation védantique en sanskrit – tu as toujours été cela : l’ultime étrange que tu es à toi-même, l’imagination du Soi. La conscience humaine souffrant de sa propre apparition – y compris sous la forme de toutes les choses étrangères auxquelles l’homme est confronté de nos jours : son prochain exotique, l’homme de couleur, l’étranger, le réfugié, le noble idiot, celui qui a des convictions politiques ou religieuses divergentes, la victime et le bourreau, l’immigrant et le SDF, le mendiant et le petit noyé rejeté sur une plage abandonnée, ou encore le visage des créatures intermédiaires maltraitées qui s’avancent dans la pénombre de la conscience refoulée. Ces associations contemporaines aussi se cachent dans l’encyclopédie d’expressions, de silhouettes et de postures auxquelles l’artiste nous confronte. C’est pour cette raison que l’œuvre de Maen Florin m’apparaît comme étant non seulement radicalement psychopoétique et iconographiquement intemporelle, mais aussi actuelle et pertinente socialement. Non pas parce qu’elle renvoie directement à notre actualité, mais parce qu’elle ouvre au fond de nous un espace imaginaire, où l’essence de ce qui nous est étranger se révèle appartenir à ce que nous avons de plus intime.

Stefan Hertmans, janvier 2017

Maen Florin, Commedia, Arco Madrid 2018, les images

Maen Florin

Maen Florin

Maen Florin

Maen Florin

Maen Florin

Maen Florin

Maen Florin

Maen Florin

Maen Florin

Maen Florin

Maen Florin

IMG_1752bis

Maen Florin

Maen Florin

Maen Florin

Maen Florin

Maen Florin
Commedia, 2015-2018
Ceramics

(…) Because Maen Florin is able to blend all these reminiscences in each of her series of sculptures, she ensnares us with her psychological sophistication, while at the same time creating an impression of guilt-ridden lucidity. And yet her work is at no time moralistic: morality always has to do with a simplification of the psyche. She on the other hand shows us the poetic complexity, both of the imagination and of the appearance that bewilders. It is this that makes her sculptures at once so vulnerable and enormously powerful; they attract our gaze, they reject our gaze, they set up an unsettling exchange between our interest in them and their sudden appearing. Their childlike bodies shoulder the conscience of an adult world that has no intention of resembling them, but which, in the person of the viewer, knows full well that an image of buried inwardness is standing there before our eyes.
There is nothing else we can do, but submit to the oscillatory movement between our gaze from the corner of our eye and the closed or downcast gazes of these icons of the tormented inner life. It is a matter of the countless, unfathomable emotions and feelings that make up that entire domain of the impossible relation of the subject with itself. This also explains the appearing of our repressed interiority: of the demons, ghosts and childlike dwarves of our own stock of imagery. It is an interiority that impresses us as something completely ‘outside’ – as exteriority.
With this paradox we come perhaps face to face with the most urgent aspect of this work: that which originates in our deepest inner selves seems completely alien, almost obscene (in the sense of the Latin term obscaenus – that which appears on the mental scene from an unexpected quarter). And nonetheless it is recognizable in all these forms: they emerge as former family members of the hunchback. They occupy the twilight realm of morality, one that is dominated by riddling expressions but where there are no moral landmarks.
Pray for me, the hunchback murmurs to the young woman in the final verse of the folk song. He does not say why. But we know what it is that he does not tell the woman – namely that he is none other than the Self that is not understood. His hunchback is the mental rucksack that contains our elusive self-awareness.
Tat Tvam asi – this is the formula of the ancient Vedantic Sanskrit hymn: this is what you have always been, the ultimate stranger that you are for yourself, the image of the Self. The human awareness that suffers from its own appearance – also in the form of everything strange that human beings in our time are confronted with: the exotic fellow human, the person of ‘colour’, the foreigner, the refugee, the noble fool, the one with different religious or political views, the victim and the executioner, the immigrant and the homeless person, the beggar and the child washed up ashore on a deserted beach, or the face of the abused ‘in-between people’ who emerge out of the twilight of the repressed consciousness. These contemporary associations also lie concealed in the encyclopedia of expressions, forms and attitudes that the artist confronts us with. It is for this reason that, quite apart from its radical psycho-poetic and iconographically timeless character, I also experience the work of Maen Florin as being of contemporary social relevance. Not because it refers directly to our reality, but also because it opens an imaginary space in our own fundamental self, where the essence of what we find strange turns out to belong to our own deepest inner being.

Stefan Hertmans, januari 2017