Hofke van Chantraine Arts Center invites artist Koen Vanmechelen for the exhibition 'OutinG'. The group exhibition aims to put the art heritage of Oud-Turnhout more prominently on the map. The exhibition OutinG therefore shows works by artists who in recent years installed one or more works in the public space, including Philip Aguirre y Otegui, Koen Vanmechelen & Luk Van Soom.
Vanmechelen is showing two works from his Golden Cord series; a series of hybrid works of phantasmagoric, fused animals. In OutinG, he brings a bronze sculpture and an intriguing collage of the platypus; an enigmatic mammal from Australia. With a duck head, legs with fish scales and a beaver tail, the animal seems composed of different animals.
The golden horn represents the umbilical cord of connection, a connection to the rest of the world. A golden membrane extending outward - the Golden Cord - reveals that they were born from a change of environment.
Vanmechelen made the fascinating drawing during an isolation required by COVID-19 regulations. The artist only used pencil, coffee and a pen. The golden cord, the unicorn, symbolizes breaking out of a state of quarantine. Breaking boundaries, a radical action, enters into a surprising and unknown hybridity. The omega of this process is the foundation of a new world, the potential of a new being. Dasein.
In Out Cycle Route
Tourism Oud-Turnhout also linked this exhibition to a bicycle route with which art prizes can be won. The bicycle route of 18 km takes the visitor along the 19 artworks that have been realized in Oud-Turnhout. The quest - like the exhibition - runs from Jan. 28 to Feb. 26, 2023.
Philip Aguirre y Otegui
Jef Van Leeuw
May Van Miert
Tijs Van Nieuwenhuysen
Luk Van Soom
Hofke van Chantraine Arts Centre
2360 Old Turnhout
0032 14 47 94 94
28/01 -> 26/02
Fri-Sat-Sun | 1.30 pm - 5 pm
other days: by appointment only