‘Form Cannibalism’ Group show at The Stable, Waregem

In the recent book ‘Cannibalism: A perfectly natural history’ by American researcher Bill Schutt we can read that cannibalism is not that unusual as one would expect. Humans consumed each other for centuries and not only on some far away exotic island but also here in Europe. And the reason of doing so was not only overpopulation or starvation which makes it even more odd. But also in the natural world animals from every class eat each other. Bill Shutt sums up numerous of examples like sand tiger sharks or the banana slug. But let’s not go too deep into the history or the rituals of cannibalism as we don’t have any cruel intentions.

But there’s an interesting parralel between the artist and the cannibal. For sure there’s a necessity and an urgency. Artist go through the outter skin to get to the flesh and bones. Leaving nothing untouched to research their subjects for the work they’re making. For this specific groupshow the artists present works that reflect on the current state of the body. Some works will be more obvious while others will be more subtle. So one has to see through the skin again just like a cannibal to discover. So join us to digest the artworks from the exhibition and maybe there will be something on the grill…

Erin Jane Nelson
Blue-eyed Bleeder, 2017
Pigment on cotton, felted wool, upholstery tacks, hemp, plastic and debris

Erin Jane Nelson
Blue-eyed Bleeder, 2017 (detail)
Pigment on cotton, felted wool, upholstery tacks, hemp, plastic and debris

Erin Jane Nelson
Blue-eyed Bleeder, 2017 (detail)
Pigment on cotton, felted wool, upholstery tacks, hemp, plastic and debris

Tom Volkaert
Broken in 1 place (Hole Of The Fox), 2015
Concrete, pigment, silicone, epoxy and metal

Tom Volkaert
Broken in 1 place (Hole Of The Fox), 2015 (detail)
Concrete, pigment, silicone, epoxy and metal

Olga Fedorova
Hotel room service, 2017
Lenticular print

Form Cannibalism, exhibition view

Aline Bouvy
Sautoir, 2017
Jesmonite, fiberglass, natural wax, pigments and metal chains

Aline Bouvy
Sautoir, 2017 (detail)
Jesmonite, fiberglass, natural wax, pigments and metal chains

Form Cannibalism, exhibition view

Form Cannibalism, exhibition view

Form Cannibalism, exhibition view

Aline Bouvy
Baby girl, Oui-oui, Non-non, +/-, 2017
Jesmonite, fiberglass, natural wax, pigments and metal chains
Courtesy Galerie Albert Baronian

Aline Bouvy
Baby girl, Oui-oui, Non-non, +/-, 2017 (detail)
Jesmonite, fiberglass, natural wax, pigments and metal chains
Courtesy Galerie Albert Baronian

Aline Bouvy
Baby girl, Oui-oui, Non-non, +/-, 2017 (detail)
Jesmonite, fiberglass, natural wax, pigments and metal chains
Courtesy Galerie Albert Baronian

Aline Bouvy
Baby girl, Oui-oui, Non-non, +/-, 2017 (detail)
Jesmonite, fiberglass, natural wax, pigments and metal chains
Courtesy Galerie Albert Baronian

Cleo Totti
My heart Linked To a Machine, 2017
Print on PVC, resin and aluminium

Cleo Totti
My heart Linked To a Machine, 2017
Print on PVC, resin and aluminium

Cleo Totti
My heart Linked To a Machine, 2017 (detail)
Print on PVC, resin and aluminium

Cleo Totti
My heart Linked To a Machine, 2017 (detail)
Print on PVC, resin and aluminium

Form Cannibalism, exhibition view.

Form Cannibalism, exhibition view.

Cleo Totti
Hephaistos The Return, Demiourgos Caldera, 2017
Sculpture of a male body part, plaster, bergamot oil, concrete, pigments, wax and salt

Cleo Totti
Hephaistos The Return, Demiourgos Caldera, 2017 (detail)
Sculpture of a male body part, plaster, bergamot oil, concrete, pigments, wax and salt

Tom Volkaert
Broken in 3 places, 2015
Concrete, pigment, silicone, stone and metal

Tom Volkaert
Broken in 3 places, 2015
Concrete, pigment, silicone, stone and metal

Tom Volkaert
Broken in 3 places, 2015 (detail)
Concrete, pigment, silicone, stone and metal

Tom Volkaert
Broken in 3 places, 2015
Concrete, pigment, silicone, stone and metal

Tom Volkaert
Broken in 3 places, 2015 (detail)
Concrete, pigment, silicone, stone and metal

Anna Solal
Drawings from the Gaga sitcom, 2015
Color pencil on paper

Anna Solal
Drawings from the Gaga sitcom, 2015 (detail)
Color pencil on paper

Anna Solal
Drawings from the Gaga sitcom, 2015 (detail)
Color pencil on paper

Indrikis Gelzis
Sky’s The Limit, 2017
Metal square tubes, textile

Indrikis Gelzis
Sky’s The Limit, 2017 (detail)
Metal square tubes, textile

Indrikis Gelzis
Sky’s The Limit, 2017 (detail)
Metal square tubes, textile

Joachim Coucke
Containing the future — Avatar, 2017
Mixed media

Joachim Coucke
Containing the future — Avatar, 2017
Mixed media

Joachim Coucke
Containing the future — Avatar, 2017 (detail)
Mixed media

Form Cannibalism, exhibition view.

Form Cannibalism, exhibition view.

Cleo Totti
Aracna-Mother, 2017
Stone, found modified computer chair and resin

Cleo Totti
Aracna-Mother, 2017 (detail)
Stone, found modified computer chair and resin

Form Cannibalism
w/ works by  Aline Bouvy, Joachim Coucke, Olga Fedorova,
Indrikis Gelzis, Erin Jane Nelson, Anna Solal, Cleo Totti and Tom Volkaert
at The Stable, Waregem, Belgium
24/03/2017 – 30/04/2017

Photography: Alexandra Colmenares
Copyright: The Stable and the artists

The Stable