Pieter Vermeersch’s (Kortrijk, 1973) artistic research of painting expands beyond the confinement of the canvas. His work often consists of large spatial interventions, consistently subverting territory whether conceived for an exhibition space or adjusted to a pre-existing architectural site. In addition to the immersive, painterly installations and gradient wall paintings, his oeuvre also includes an array of ephemeral zero degree paintings on canvas. Pieces are brought to a concrete reality by the irreversible process of chiseling and milling natural stone. His works are complimented by a series of photographic prints and marble slabs reactivated with delicate touches of paint, a stroke of the brush or gradual color planes. With representation and abstraction set as parameters, Vermeersch’s oeuvre triggers infinitesimal perceptual experiences, presenting us with a sense of color that is referential of the gap between appearance and disappearance; the gap in which the divisions between two and three dimensional, immaterial and tangible, time and space are blurred.
Pieter Vermeersch lives and works between Brussels, Belgium and Turin, Italy. Since his exhibition at the S.M.A.K in Ghent 15 years ago, Pieter Vermeersch has been featured in more than 30 solo exhibitions as STUK Kunstencentrum, Leuven (2006); White Box, New York (2009); Londonewcastle Project Space, London (2011), Blueproject Foundation, Barcelona (2016) and recently M Museum Leuven (2019) and NC-art, Bogota (2019). His work has been shown, amongst others, in group exhibitions at S.M.A.K, Ghent (2017), Fondation Etrillard, Paris (2016); Kenopoku Festival, Japan (2016); MSK, Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent (2015); Parasol Unit, London (2015); L’Espace de l'Art Concret, Mouans- Sartoux (2015); Redcat, Los Angeles (2014); MAC’s, Grand-Hornu (2014); Logan Center Gallery, Chicago (2013); Urdaibai Arte (2012); Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg (2011); S.M.A.K, Ghent (2010); Mu.ZEE, Ostend (2010); Kunstverein Medienturm, Graz (2009); South London Gallery, London (2009) Bozar, Brussels (2007); M HKA, Antwerp (2006). Over the past two years, he has realized monumental frescoes for the Schuman station in Brussels and the Galeries Lafayette in Biarritz, as well as a major site-specifc work at Solo House Office KGDVS in Matarraña, Spain and Silos a sel, site de la Voirie, Genève, Switzerland.