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Steven Baelen
updated: 10/22/2009
website: www.stevenbaelen.hi-ka-sk.be/
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
dimensions
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walldrawing
walldrawing (detail)
walldrawing
walldrawing (detail)
walldrawing
walldrawing (watou 2009)
walldrawing (watou 2009)
02.07.08
Note
Note
11.03.09
untitled
untitled
20.10.07
untitled
 
Portfolio Keywords:  obsessive
 
 
walldrawing by Steven Baelen
walldrawing
charcoal on wall
2008, ghent
Dimensions variable
walldrawing (detail) by Steven Baelen
walldrawing (detail)
charcoal on wall
2008, ghent
Dimensions variable
walldrawing by Steven Baelen
walldrawing
charcoal and white chalk on wall
2007 - 2008
Dimensions variable
walldrawing (detail) by Steven Baelen
walldrawing (detail)
charcoa and white chalkl on wall
2007 - 2008
Dimensions variable
walldrawing by Steven Baelen
walldrawing
charcoal on wall
2009
Dimensions variable
walldrawing (watou 2009) by Steven Baelen
walldrawing (watou 2009)
charcoal on wall
2009
Dimensions variable
walldrawing (watou 2009) by Steven Baelen
walldrawing (watou 2009)
charcoal on wall
2009
Dimensions variable
02.07.08 by Steven Baelen
02.07.08
pencil on paper
2009
55 " x  39 " 
Note by Steven Baelen
Note
pencil on paper
2009
19 " x  13 " 
Note by Steven Baelen
Note
pencil on paper
2009
19 " x  13 " 
11.03.09 by Steven Baelen
11.03.09
pencil on paper
2009
39 " x  55 " 
untitled by Steven Baelen
untitled
pencil on paper
2009
27 " x  39 " 
untitled by Steven Baelen
untitled
pencil on paper
2009
27 " x  39 " 
20.10.07 by Steven Baelen
20.10.07
pencil on paper
2009
39 " x  55 " 
untitled by Steven Baelen
untitled
pencil on paper
2009
19 " x  27 " 

Artist Statement

Text by Patrick Ronse (curator)

 press-text, 2008

Steven Baelen (b. Roeselare, 1981, lives and works in Ghent) fills sketchbooks with densely packed drawings (or “notes” as the artist prefers to call them) of his direct surroundings. In these he explores and records everything he perceives. The “notes” breathe a homely, even intimate atmosphere. What strikes us, is the flat character of the images—a consequence of Baelen´s analytical way of looking at things. Everything the artist sees, he records on the sheet of paper, without hierarchy, with only the composition in mind. This results in flat images, the notes becoming as it were a “skin” on which the artist focuses when he commences a painting. Though at first sight the sketches look true to nature, the “notes” do not correspond with reality. We could therefore rightly refer to them as false images.
Often Baelen’s “notes” acquire the character of installation drawings, which conquer space like a virus. Lending meaning to spaces is a particular feature of this still young oeuvre. In these spaces, which bear the traces of a previous life, the artist reconstructs his own familiar surroundings with charcoal. A tension results between the drawn elements and those already present in the surroundings. The space charges itself.
Baelen has made a name for himself mainly with these monumental wall drawings. Sometimes the narrative (and analytical) “notes” are the basis for paintings or drawings that tend to be more synthetical. Not the subject as such, but painting itself is central in these works. For Baelen, painting is defining, i.e. it involves coming to a (visual) conclusion.

Artist Bio / CV

STUDIES

- 1999 - 2003
Academy St-Lucas, Ghent
Master of Art,
speciality Graphic Design
- 2003 - 2006
Academy Ghent, KASK
Master of Art,
speciality Painting
- 2009
Hisk (Higher Institute of Fine Arts) candidate-laureate 1st year

 

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

  • 2008, crox 256/Paintings , Croxhapox, Ghent  

Group Exhibitions (selection)

  • 2009, POLYFONIE : HISK IN WATOU 2009 , Watou
  • 2009, THE FINAL OPENING AT HOGEWEG 90 , Logement
  • 2009, Bild , Campo Victoria
  • 2009, HISK OPEN STUDIOS 2009 , Charles de Kerchovelaan 187a. 9000 Gent. Belgium
  • 2009, HISKcafé at artbrussels , Mezzanine of Hall 3 _ Brussels Expo - Halls 1 & 3 _ Place de Belgique, 1 _ BE-1020 Brussels
  • 2009, DE KEUZE VAN KOEN VAN DEN BROEK , INDIAN CAPS ANTWERPEN
  • 2008, 'het paleis' artist-in-residence project/ kick-off , Groningen, the Netherlands
  • 2008, Steven Baelen - Manor Grunewald - Vadim Vosters , Nosbaum & Reding, Luxembourg
  • 2008, Duo exhibition with Johan Gelper , Gallery El, Welle
  • 2008, 'Omgevingstekenen' (curator: Edith D'hoove) , Caermersklooster, Ghent
  • 2008, 'Young Artists' (selected by Kathrin Ginsberg) , Palmarium,Ghent
  • 2007, 'Input/Output' , De bond, Brugge
  • 2007, 'Young Artists' (selected by Dirk Pauwels) , Palmarium, Ghent
  • 2006, 9th ELIA Conference , KASK, Ghent
  • 2006, 'fris IV' , Gallery Colle, Ghent
  • 2006, Walldrawing I , Logement, Antwerp

Awards

  • E. Borst J. Pipyn, 2006
  • Nomination, cultureprize East-Flanders, 2008

Bibliography

 

  • 2009, Watou 2009 - Tussen taal en beeld, verzamelde verhalen #01   04/07/09 - 06/09/09, (p. 21 -26) 
  • 2008, Omgevingstekenen, provinciale prijs beeldende Kunst 2007 , Gent, p. 36 t.e.m 45 (ISBN 97-89076686-36-3)
  • 2008, Young Artists (selected by) Kathrin Gisberg, , 2008, p. 4 t.e.m 7 – 74 t.e.m. 77
  • 2007, YA, (selected by) Dirk Pauwels , 2007, p. 22 t.e.m. 29