Dries Boutsen Photo Diego Lama

Dries Boutsen

Graduation year




Seven years ago, I started making collages from materials I collect, such as paper and other scraps. As my work progressed, I felt it demanded a third dimension for, in a way, my collages expressed the will to become “architectures”. You could say I steal techniques from the construction industry and combine them with alternative solutions that show my personal hand. My person is present, not only through my hand, but also through the materials used and processed. I often re-use old works and materials I come across in daily life that evince a combination of traces of use and time, both from the people who first used them and myself, presently. My works are constructed witnesses to my personal past as well as our communal cultural history and they are alive in the sense that they keep on changing as I keep on (de)constructing them according to my present state of mind, adding materials gathered over the period of time during which I was in that specific state of mind.

Untitled Collage, mixed media, 50 x 33 x 0,4 cm, 2014-2020
Untitled Collage, mixed media, 50 x 33 x 0,4 cm, 2014-2020

Featured events

HISK Open Studios 2020, Oussama Tabti, photo Diego Lama

Open Studios 2020

18/09/2020 21/09/2020
  HISK - Open Studios
New Songs for Old Cities

New Songs for Old Cities

23/01/2021 28/02/2021
Netwerk Aalst, Houtkaai 15, Aalst, BE HISK - Exhibition
TBOT Aankondiging Website
  HISK - Digital Platform
080521 Dries Brugge
De Poortersloge, Brugge, BE Exhibition
The HISK Affair, 2021

The HISK Affair

24/06/2021 18/07/2021
Gosset site, Brussel, BE HISK - Exhibition
Sonsbeek Quadrennial, 2021

Sonsbeek 20>24. Agora

02/07/2021 29/08/2021
Sonsbeek Park, Arnhem, NL HISK - Exhibition
HISK studios. Photo by Dani Ghercă

Open Studios 2021

17/09/2021 20/09/2021
HISK, Leopoldskazerne, Eekhout 5, Gent, BE HISK - Open Studios
Fiat Lux, 2021

Fiat Lux

18/11/2021 06/02/2022
Pilar, Brussel, BE HISK - Alumni Exhibition
Various Positions, 2021. Graphic design by Bernardo Berga

Various Positions

09/12/2021 30/01/2022
  HISK - Laureates Exhibition
Various Positions 2021 Catalogue

Book launch 'Various Positions'

15/01/2022 - 18:00 20:00
HISK Gosset site, Brussel, BE Book launch
Dries Boutsen, 2022
FRED&FERRY, Antwerpen, BE Exhibition
Aardenburg, 2022
Aardenburg, NL Festival
Schermafbeelding 2023 01 25 om 12 14 08

Sculptura #1

11/02/2023 12/03/2023
Tour & Taxis, Brussel, BE Festival

B-Sides and Rarities

08/04/2023 29/04/2023
FRED&FERRY, Antwerpen, BE Exhibition

Motel Corona

27/05/2023 05/11/2023
S.M.A.K., Gent, BE Exhibition