NICOLAS VALCKENAERE (°1991, B) lives and works in Stoumont, www.airantwerpen.be/en/residents/ nicolas-valckenaere
In the form of an abandoned farm in the town of Stoumont Nicolas Valckenaere found the ideal context to incorporate the role of ‘Jean-Paul Stoumont’, between contemporary pioneer and romantic couturier. Among its 50 inhabitants Nicolas Valckeaere is a foreign artist, changing the barn into an experimental laboratory of painting, sculpture, a film set, a scenery, a home. A medium to build a mythology of barns. He transforms practical elements such as doors and a bedroom unit into parts of a new visual language. In The Living Room XL Nicolas Valckenaere held a performane, in which he sewed shirts made out of newspapers from Stoumont and Antwerp. With the use of a bbq grill and spraypaint he designs and shapes local press into tartan pattern. With those he covered the letters of the sentence ‘shirts after newspapers’ painted on a cloth that functioned as an abstract landscape.
— Newspaper After Shirt
Saturday 2 Sept. 2017
Curated by ALAN QUIREYNS
The Living Room XL was a group exhibition in the form of a happening. Sixteen artists were invited to create new work, culminating in fourteen unique 30-minute interventions questioning city life, the border between public and private space and the influences of global politics. The Living Room XL is part of AIR Traces: the experimental archive of AIR Antwerpen’s activities.