Club Solo, Kloosterlaan 138, 4811 EE Breda (NL)
Opening: 2014/11/23 15:00
In his studio in Antwerp, Wesley Meuris designs and makes sculptures from generic forms, where architecture, design and exhibition designing meet. His favourite materials are wood, ceramic tiles and glass. Trained at the Sint-Lukas school of art and design in Brussels, he started by making sanitary facilities, cloakrooms, swimming pools and Olympic pools. He then expanded his repertoire to include zoo cages, furniture for archives and museum showcases. His life-size scale creations often merge with the surrounding space, and trap the visitor for an instant who takes them for replicas of existing objects. But the forms are hollow, the showcases and cages are empty, the drawers impossible to open.
Up to now, the structures to which the artist referred were formally recognisable and for the most part identified with Foucauldian themes (hygiene standards, discipline of the body, organisation of knowledge, entertainment industries).
The new sets of works produced recently are nothing of the sort. Although they arouse a feeling of familiarity, these sculptures do not belong to a known typology. Their external appearance refers to nothing that can be named, and yet these pieces are the result of a crossing of constructional principles derived from the architectural and theatre designing vocabulary: cornice, cymatium, column, window, base, fence.