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. 

10:45 pm 
NICOLAS VALCKENAERE 
— 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.

THE LIVING ROOM XL is an initiative of AIR antwerpen in collaboration with Studio Start and Brandt vzw, with financial support from Stad Antwerpen, Provincie Antwerpen and the Flemish Community. This website and its content is courtesy of the artists and AIR Antwerpen 2017. Photos © 2017 Alena Schmick, film © 2017 Ilke De Vries, design by Indianen