Kati Heck - Entführung der Mutter mit Hase (2012)
Coming closer, they discerned, in one corner of the canvas, the tip of a bare foot emerging from this chaos of colours, shapes, and vague shadings, a kind of incoherent mist; but a delightful foot, a living foot! They stood stock-still with admiration before this fragment which had escaped from an incredible, slow, and advancing destruction. That foot appeared there like the torso of some Parian marble Venus rising out of the ruins of a city burned to ashes.
(Honoré de Balzac, The Unknown Masterpiece)
Clemence de Limburg - Escape
Gitty is a 23-year-old woman who grew up in the ultra-orthodox world of the Satmar Jewish community in Kiryas Joel, north of New York City. Being that her grandparents are New York liberal Jews who have never been part of the Satmar community, Gitty grew up rather ambivalent about her religious path. At 17, she was married through a matchmaker to a young man from the Satmar community, and shortly afterwards gave birth to Esther Miriam. Soon Gitty’s desire for freedom became apparent. Eventually, this led her to leave the community and her husband, taking her daughter with her. But the Satmars, who do not approve of Gitty’s secular lifestyle, took Esther Miriam back, to be raised in their way. Today Gitty is fighting for custody of her daughter. She struggles with with Hasidic requirements to visit Esther Miriam. Her trips back to Kyrias Joel are often tense and painful.
Jean Marthéley - Portrait of Marcel-Henri Jaspar
Doodled on a thank-you note to Jaspar.
Jaspar was a liberal politician, probably best known for forming a government-in-exile in London during the Second World War; a venture not helped by the fact that the official Belgian government-in-exile was already on its way over from France.
After a respectable four months of squabbling and confusion, Jaspar threw in the towel, leading a British diplomat to note (with no small amount of relief): “The present Belgian government is a rump, but it is, as I understand it, a rump of unquestioned lineage.”
NU architectuuratelier - Kessel-Lo (2011)
Refurbishment of an attached house in the suburbs of Leuven.
Léopold Plomteux - Compositie (1957)
Eric Pauwels - Lettre d’un cinéaste à sa fille (2000)
a playful, free and personal film in the form of a letter, a film interwoven with a thousand stories knit together with different textures, a book of images where a filmmaker shows the images and the stories he wants to share.
Jo De Smedt & Hugo Puttaert - Fake (2010)
Poster in daylight (left) and at night (right).
We were asked to design a global concept for the summer exhibition ‘Fake’ in Aalst (Belgium). But we didn’t get the job though. So, we designed an alternative poster campaign, mocking the official one printed it ourselves and distributed it in the city!
Anne Daems & Kenneth Andrew Mroczek - Opa-Tisha-Wocka-Locka (2014)
Opatishawockalocka: a Native American place name that was shortened in 1926 to become Opa-locka, Florida, an incorporated city, classified as Moorish Revival. Drafted by architect Bernhardt E. Muller and city planner Clinton Mckenzie to the initiative of aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss and cattle rancher James Bright. The themed city was constructed inbetween set prop and reality and created at the intersection of planes, trains, boats and the automobile. This fantasy-based garden city suburb of Miami drew its inspiration and promoted itself through themes made popular by the book 1001 Arabian Nights and the film The Thief of Bagdad (1924).
(via the ever-reliable Le Salon)