Last Chance to see Nel Aerts

Last Chance to see Nel Aerts




'The Village Idiot'

Until Saturday 29th July

Nel Aerts’ newest body of work derives in part from a residency she attended in 2015 at the Van Gogh house in Zundert, the Netherlands. After finding herself “quite alone” for three months, she produced dozens of self-portraits, many of which show her eating at a cafe, drinking at the bar, hiking in the mountains, or wandering around town by herself. Aerts has since developed a selection of these drawings into paintings and textiles on canvas, imbuing them with humour and a richness of colour and line. Round, cherry-red curtains, jelly raindrops, pastel walls and an abundance of small, inviting clouds tempt us to imagine what varieties of fantasy the artist is able to achieve in her time alone.

Nel Aerts (b. 1987) studied at Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent (KASK) from 2005-2009. She lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. Forthcoming museum exhibitions include Museum M, Leuven (2018) and Warande, Turnhout (2017). Recent solo exhibitions include Horizont Gallery, Budapest (2016); Vincent van GoghHuis Galerie, Zundert; KIOSK, Ghent (2015); Castillo/Corrales, Paris (2014); Galleri Specta, Copenhagen (2014); Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam (2013) and Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2013). Group shows include Barbara Gladstone, Brussels (2017), De Bond, Brugge (2017); MuHKA, Antwerp (2016); Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo (2014); Kunsthal Kade, Amersfoort (2014); Junior Projects, New York (2014); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2013); Be-Part, Waregem (2013); WIELS, Brussels, (2012); Kunstraum, London (2012); De Garage, Mechelen (2011) and S.M.A.K., Ghent (2009).This is her second exhibition at the gallery.

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