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Hephaestus

Catharine Czudej, Mathis Altmann, John Finneran, Thomas Gilissen, Michael Rey
22 February 5 April 2014

installation view Hephaestus
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2014

installation view Hephaestus
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2014

installation view Hephaestus
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2014

installation view Hephaestus
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2014

installation view Hephaestus
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2014

installation view Hephaestus
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2014

Michael Rey
skyttle CMB, 2013
oil on plasticine on panel
230 × 179 cm (90 9/16 × 70 1/2 inches)

Mathis Altmann
The Poisoned Soul, 2013
mixed-media
322.6 × 17.8 × 17.8 cm (127 × 7 × 7 inches)

Catharine Ahearn
Pretzel Bike, 2013
wire, aquaresin, acrylic, salt
182,9 × 86,4 × 111,8 cm (72 × 34 × 44 inches)

John Finneran
Figures Between the Sun and Moon, 2014
oil on canvas
203.20 × 172.72 cm (80 × 68 inches)

John Finneran
The Builders, 2013
oil on canvas
203.20 × 152.40 cm (80 × 60 inches)

Mathis Altmann
No Flux II, 2013
mixed-media
322.6 × 94 × 94 cm
(127 × 37 × 37 inches)

Michael Rey
Bis Swing, 2014
oil on plasticine on panel
236,5 × 107 cm (93 1/8 × 42 1/8 inches)

Thomas Gilissen
Untitled, 2013
ceramics
270 × 80 × 80 cm (106 5/16 × 31 1/2 × 31 1/2 inches)

Thomas Gilissen
Nike (victory), 2013
statue, wire
95 × 50 × 55 cm (37 3/8 × 19 11/16 × 21 5/8 inches)

Catharine Ahearn
Lamp, 2014
homemade lava lamp
38 × 20 × 18 cm (14 15/16 × 7 7/8 × 7 1/16 inches)

Catharine Ahearn
Untitled, 2014
linen, gouache, charcoal and india ink
61 × 50,8 cm (24 × 20 inches)

Catharine Ahearn
Neo, 2014
linen, gouache, charcoal and india ink
101,6 × 91,4 × 5,1 cm

Catharine Ahearn
The creatures, 2014
linen, gouache, spray paint, plexi
103 × 93 × 5,1 cm (40 × 36 × 2 inches)

Catharine Ahearn
Lamps, 2014
homemade lava lamps
245 × 80 × 120 cm (96 7/16 × 31 1/2 × 47 1/4 inches)

Catharine Ahearn
Neo, 2014
linen, gouache, charcoal and india ink
101,6 × 91,4 × 5,1 cm (40 × 36 × 2 inches)

Catharine Ahearn
The creatures, 2014
linen, gouache, spray paint, plexi
103 × 93 × 5,1 cm (40 9/16 × 36 5/8 × 2 inches)

Catharine Ahearn
Women of space, 2014
linen, gouache, spray paint, plexi
123 × 93 cm (48 7/16 × 36 5/8 inches)

The exhibition Hephaestus gathers artists whose work touches upon the oneiric, through the use of different iconographies and economies that range from surrealist, over symbolist to neo-classicist. The show will offer a topography of the grotesque, the sublime and the irrational and finds in Hephaestus both a sincere example as well as a Hellenic fool used for comic relief.

Hephaestus is the Greek god of fire, metalworking, stonemasonry and the art of sculpture. He is usually depicted as a bearded man holding hammer and tongs, the tools of a smith and riding a donkey. He is also the patron of trades related to ovens. Thrown off mount Olympus he was crippled for life – what he lacks in lower body mobility, he makes up for with his inventiveness and superior craftsmanship.