A SEASON FOR ART - ARTRAGEOUS
Belgian artist Jean Claude Wouters has led a varied creative life.
For ten years he devoted himself to dance, including work with Maurice Béjart and Lindsay Kemp.
He performed under the names Jan Six’ and Jean La Tache.
He made experimental and documentary films; was selected for the Cannes film festival and winning awards at the Prague Festival (1993) and San Francisco International Film Festival (1994).
All along painting and photography have remained constants in his creative life.
Exploring the subject of portraits, he devised a provocative and innovative technique; through a process of photographing and re-photographing combined with the random play of reflected daylight, he produces a portrait stripped of all descriptive elements. All that remains in the final print is the slightest trace, almost abstract.
At first the eye perceives a void, a blank slate, but the viewer who takes the time to delve into the subject will gradually discern a luminous apparition, with moving contours, a hypnotic and dreamlike image, intensely present. Recognisable, and yet host for the ethereal. Mystic and sensual. Bewitching.
One senses a link with the portraits of the Flemish primitives, a major source of inspiration.
This work has been exhibited, together with nudes (echoes of the artist’s work as a dancer) in New York (Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery) and Tokyo (Marunouchi Gallery).
As part of « A Season for Art – Fall /Holiday 2007 » created by Bloomingdales – an event which brings together fashion and artists – Jean Claude Wouters was chosen by the cult designer Marc Jacobs to accompany his displays in the store’s Lexington Avenue windows from August 28th – September 10th, 2007.
A portrait of Marc Jacobs and three female nudes - echoing the designer’s silhouettes – dress the space and attract the eye, questioning the world of appearances.
Reintroducing – and questioning - the notion of immanence into the world of fashion known for its « perpetual motion ».
Inevitably the perception of Marc Jacobs’ designs in the windows will be altered as a result.
Also on display will be a landscape and a crystal vase - Chinese antiquities and worn photographs, redrawn and painted in oil.
This event coincides with New York Fashion Week and the reopening of the renovated Marc Jacobs area in Bloomingdales and launches « A Season for Art » which will conclude at the end of December.
Some of the other participating artists include Vanessa Beecroft, Zoe Bradley, Mika Ninagawa, Roxy Paine, Fred Tomaselli and Kara Walker.
Bloomingdales work on this event is partnering with The New Museum Of Contemporay Art in Soho, that will soon reopen - the project is designed by the Japanese architects Sejima + Nishizawa / SANAA studio
For more information please visit the website: www.jeanclaudewouters.eu