For sculptor Caroline Coolen (Bree, Belgium, 1975), the use of collage, montage, assemblage, and free association is a way to get a grip on reality. Her aim is to transform the outside world – or Umwelt, as she calls it – and to compress it into a single overall impression: sensitive and sensory like a plant, instinctive and intuitive like an animal, and rational and irrational like a person.
Her work is multisensory in nature: she connects the visual and the tactile with a range of textures and materials. She often presents her sculptures and large drawings as total installations. Some works, left unfinished for years, suddenly spring to completion after she adds new, complementary components.
Caroline Coolen is exhibiting works at Club Solo that are the result of her travels, such as Chum (2016), which combines an outdoor sculpture with a nomadic tent.
open wed – sun 11:00 – 17:00
official opening 6 feb 15.00