In the catalogue of the exhibition ‘Into Drawing’ Arno Kramer speaks about the drawing in itself as the most disenchanting medium within the visual arts. He says: ‘This disenchantment mainly means making apparent that not behind everything in life lies a mystery. (…)Everything stems from the behavior of man (…) but we can also be surprised about all of this.
(Die onttovering betekent vooral het zichtbaar maken dat er niet achter achter alles een mysterie schuilt (...) Alles vloeit voort uit de gedragingen van de mens (...) maar we kunnen ons ook over dat alles verbazen.’)
I am amazed about people, our human behavior, myself.
In all little details I am fascinated about our daily routine in which we human beings function. How we on a daily basis manifest ourselves, how we manifest time, in the range of routines, actions and in certain types of behavior. With ‘behavior’ I mean the general (daily) routines, habits and actions which every human being executes with his or her own personal twist, regardless of social and economic status, character or intelligence. Human nature in simplified details.
But most of all I am ceaselessly surprised about the beauty of this all. For me this beauty is the experience of a mix of aesthetics, humor, insignificance and importance. I experience this in the realm of collections and archives. There is something so strange about the need to collect, order, classify, arrange, divide, categorize, group etc.
The philosophy of the order of things has a great history and is everywhere around you. In art, in what you see, how you live, how institutes work, how education functions and most of all, in how you, and consequently, I think.
In my mind, I have an urge, a need to repeat actions, re-place and move objects around, tracing, creating links (between specific objects and situations). It is what I do without a choice, what I have to do, must do and want to do. It is for me a way of trying to make sense out of anything. It is thinking out loud. It is creating clarity and self-made logic. Looking from the other side, it is rituals, it is repetitiveness, and it is obsession. This is my signature and imprint on my work. It is why I love a scientific, analytical way to approach information and then do something to, or change that information in order to let it fit in my world.
The introduction of the exhibition ‘De Orde der Dingen’ (The Order of Things) – which was situated in MuHKA, the museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp, September the 12th 2008 till January the 11th of 2009 – speaks about artwork in the realm of ordering as an obsessive act, art as a magical spell, in order to charm the world of multitude and difference.
(‘De inventariserende impuls (…) als obsessieve handeling – kunst als magische bezwering van veelheid en verschil.’)
This sentence characterizes my own approach on artwork. I use art as a magical spell, to charm the world surrounding me, to understand and control my personal daily existence.