FormContent

The Responsive Subject

18 December, 2010—27 March, 2011

Mu.Zee, Ostend, Belgium

With João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, Ian Kiaer, Guy Mees, Gyan Panchal
Curated by FormContent

Invited by MuZee to propose an exhibition and a publication in relation to the Museum’s collection, FormContent decided to focus its research on the rich inheritance left by Flemish artist Guy Mees (1935 - 2003) and to present a selection of his unique body of work in relation with works by artists Gyan Panchal, Ian Kiaer and João Gusmão & Pedro Paiva.

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With The Responsive Subject we would like to question the existence of a parallel relationship between our wandering through Guy Mees’ oeuvre and the hidden corners of Gyan Panchal, Ian Kiaer and João Gusmão & Pedro Paiva’s researches on the complex and mysterious nature of representation. We would like to draw an imaginary line between Mees’ analysis of the sculptural and pictorial surface as ‘peculiar and yet lived space’, and the layered experimentation on found materials, alternative takes on display and influence of hermeticism developed by the three artists through their formally related and yet conceptually independent practices.

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FormContent: , Guy Mees, Portraits, 1971-1972.  Legacy Guy Mees, Courtesy: Guy Mees

Guy Mees, Portraits, 1971-1972. Legacy Guy Mees, Courtesy: Guy Mees

FormContent: , Ian Kiaer, Endless House Project: cement garden, 2009. Courtesy: Mu.Zee/Steven Decroos

Ian Kiaer, Endless House Project: cement garden, 2009. Courtesy: Mu.Zee/Steven Decroos

FormContent: , Ian Kiaer, Endless House Project: cement garden, 2009; Guy Mees, Untitled, 1994-1995. Courtesy: Mu.Zee/Steven Decroos

Ian Kiaer, Endless House Project: cement garden, 2009; Guy Mees, Untitled, 1994-1995. Courtesy: Mu.Zee/Steven Decroos

FormContent: , Guy Mees, Untitled, 1994-1995 ; Ian Kiaer, Endless House Project / Birds, 2004. Courtesy: Mu.Zee/Steven Decroos

Guy Mees, Untitled, 1994-1995 ; Ian Kiaer, Endless House Project / Birds, 2004. Courtesy: Mu.Zee/Steven Decroos

FormContent: , Guy Mees, Untitled, 1994-1995 ; Ian Kiaer, Endless House Project / Birds, 2004; Gyan Panchal, Untitled, 2010. Courtesy: Mu.Zee/Steven Decroos

Guy Mees, Untitled, 1994-1995 ; Ian Kiaer, Endless House Project / Birds, 2004; Gyan Panchal, Untitled, 2010. Courtesy: Mu.Zee/Steven Decroos

FormContent: , Guy Mees, Untitled, 1994-1995 ; Ian Kiaer, Endless House Project / Birds, 2004; Gyan Panchal, Untitled, 2010. Courtesy: Mu.Zee/Steven Decroos

Guy Mees, Untitled, 1994-1995 ; Ian Kiaer, Endless House Project / Birds, 2004; Gyan Panchal, Untitled, 2010. Courtesy: Mu.Zee/Steven Decroos

FormContent: , Gyan Panchal, Untitled, 2010, Untitled, 2010, Mestis, 2009. Courtesy: Mu.Zee/Steven Decroos

Gyan Panchal, Untitled, 2010, Untitled, 2010, Mestis, 2009. Courtesy: Mu.Zee/Steven Decroos

FormContent: , Ian Kiaer, Endless House Project: cement garden, 2009. Courtesy: Mu.Zee/Steven Decroos

Ian Kiaer, Endless House Project: cement garden, 2009. Courtesy: Mu.Zee/Steven Decroos

FormContent: , Ian Kiaer, Endless House Project / Birds, 2004; Guy Mees, Level differences, 1970. Courtesy: Mu.Zee/Steven Decroos

Ian Kiaer, Endless House Project / Birds, 2004; Guy Mees, Level differences, 1970. Courtesy: Mu.Zee/Steven Decroos

FormContent: , João Maria Gusmao & Pedro Paiva, Pot smoller than pot, 2010.Courtesy: Mu.Zee/Steven Decroos

João Maria Gusmao & Pedro Paiva, Pot smoller than pot, 2010.Courtesy: Mu.Zee/Steven Decroos

FormContent: , João Maria Gusmao & Pedro Paiva, Pot smoller than pot, 2010.Courtesy: Mu.Zee/Steven Decroos

João Maria Gusmao & Pedro Paiva, Pot smoller than pot, 2010.Courtesy: Mu.Zee/Steven Decroos