Poetics and Meanings: Fred Eerdekens and Mohammed Kazem

8 May - 8 June 2013

Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde presents an exhibition featuring Mohammed Kazem and Fred Eerdekens. In the works on view each artist holds the material and the ephemeral in a tight dialectic to elicit alternative modes of seeing.


Mohammed Kazem creates tangible interpretations of immaterial forces and social experiences that interpret fleeting source material such as the movement of nurses across a courtyard, or the natural phenomenon of wind and sound. The works range in media from colorful cloth pulled tautly over square wooden canvases to a massive assemblage of industrial scales, while a series of drawings probe our perceptions of our urban environment.


Alongside Kazem's works, which track immaterial human-driven and natural systems, Eerdekens crafts the intangible forces of light and shadow to create elegant sculptural works comprising fluid linear forms and playful phrases. The intricate lines of metal sculpture are rendered legible when light is cast on them, to reveal a reflection or shadow of text.


Taken as a whole, these works are not simply about representation and signification; they are kinetic and charged with expressions and experiences that supersede any fixed meaning. Each piece is laced with a barely contained volatility that reflects the rhythm of complex social interactions, language and rhetoric, and invisible natural phenomenon and as a consequence the exhibition demands an active gaze from the viewer.


Whether it be the complex geopolitics of land and identity, the social sphere of industrious medical workers, or the rhetoric of everyday speech, the resists a distant mastery of the object, and instead cultivates a mode of looking that understands and experiences the artworks to reconsider the world around us and our own relationship to that world.


By presenting the works of these artists in dialogue with each other we reconfigure the limits of what constitutes meaning. Such works construct an interpretive framework within a visual vernacular that engenders a form of knowing predicated on modes of seeing.


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