FORMIDABLE SAVAGE REPRESSIVENESS
Lokremise St. Gallen, CH
8 September - 11 November 2012
Formidable Savage Repressiveness is the slightly cryptic title of the exhibition developed by Koenraad Dedobbeleer for the Lokremise’s Kunstzone. But extreme circumspection is always advised when it comes to the work of the Brussels-based artist who was born in Halle, Belgium, in 1975. The things he has created seem somehow familiar, yet at the same time they appear as if they want to be something completely different. Both his sculptures and his spatial interventions bristle with multi-layered suggestions, ironic commentaries and art-historical references. With relish and often with only minimum intervention, Dedobbeleer alters the structure of everyday objects, their dimension, materiality or colour, freeing them from their original functional connection only to examine them in the context of art in terms of their visual and cultural qualities. In this sense, the difficult-to-translate English title reflects an individual sculptural approach that takes measure of the centuries-long traditions of sculpture, design and the most banal everyday culture.