A Shepherd's Poem

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Kasper De Vos, A Shepherd's Poem, installation view, 2021
  • Datum

    04/03/2021 11/04/2021
  • Locatie

    PLUS-ONE Gallery, Antwerpen, BE

With the title ‘A Shepherd’s Poem’ the Belgian artist Kasper De Vos refers to the tradition of the Pastoral Poetry.
This tradition leads back to the Greek poet Theocritus (3rd century BC) who seduced the elite of Alexandria in his poems with a glorification of the rustic rural life of Sicily.
De Vos playfully flirts with the identification of the shepherd and shows the visitor of the exhibition the rural landscape of Andalusia, where he made a series of drawings of Holm oaks in the fall of last year. He crafted specific objects out of cork to went outside with his drawing materials. He created large chestnuts out of wood that show us the fruit of a natural process and connect with local and artisanal proud.
The past year, De Vos lived in the Antwerp suburbs and renovated two typical Flemish letterboxes into country retreats for town people who wish to flee the city during the weekends, in search of an idealized experience of rural Belgium.
To provide the exhibition with textual support, he invited the Irish artist Ella Deburca to write a pastoral poem that reflects on her life in rural Ireland.

During the opening, a performance by Joachim Badenhorst took place.