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Johan Gelper
updated: 02/04/2014
website: www.johangelper.be
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Botanical
Botanical
Botanical
Botanical
Drawings have no boundaries
Botanical
Botanical
Botanical
Botanical
Botanical
Botanical
Botanical
Botanical
Botanical
Construction
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, site-specific, biomorphic, organic, humor, surreal, abstract, nature, science
 
 
Botanical by Johan Gelper
Botanical
Silkscreen ink on paper
2013
65 " x  50 " 
Botanical by Johan Gelper
Botanical
East-Indian ink, pencil and calligraphy ink on paper
2011
12 " x  8 " 
Botanical by Johan Gelper
Botanical
Pencil, East Indian ink, colored ink and collage on paper
2013
28 " x  20 " 
Botanical by Johan Gelper
Botanical
Ink on paper
2013
28 " x  20 " 
Drawings have no boundaries by Johan Gelper
Drawings have no boundaries
East Indian ink and watercolor on paper
2011
8" x  12" 
Botanical by Johan Gelper
Botanical
Pencil, watercolor and gouache on paper
2011
12 0 " x  8 " 
Botanical by Johan Gelper
Botanical
Pencil on paper
2011
12 " x  8 " 
Botanical by Johan Gelper
Botanical
Pencil and watercolor on paper
2011
12 " x  8 " 
Botanical by Johan Gelper
Botanical
Pencil, Indian ink and gouache on paper
2011
0 " x  0 " 
Botanical by Johan Gelper
Botanical
Pencil (graphite), East - Indian ink and calligraphy ink on paper
2012
25 " x  20 " 
Botanical by Johan Gelper
Botanical
pencil and collage on paper
2008
11.420 " x  8,27 0 " 
Botanical by Johan Gelper
Botanical
East Indian ink and watercolor on paper
2010
12 " x  8 " 
Botanical by Johan Gelper
Botanical
East Indian ink, pencil, watercolor and collage on paper
2010
0 " x  0 " 
Botanical by Johan Gelper
Botanical
East Indian ink, pencil and watercolor on paper
2007
12 " x  8 " 
Construction by Johan Gelper
Construction
Pencil, ink and gouache on paper
2008
0" x  0" 

Artist Statement
Drawings in space. That is what Ghent-based artist Johan Gelper calls his spatial sculptures. This is a fitting description because his works are characterized by an interplay of lines that is highly pictorial. For example, at Ricou Gallery he is showing the frame of a chair that transforms into looping fiberglass tubes. The whole construction is clamped to a few heavy stones that keep it upright. It is a strange new take on the classical pedestal. In his work, Gelper reflects on the elements of sculpture – materials, balance, composition – providing an interesting contribution to the medium. He defies laws of gravity in other works as well. For example, a large rake is held upright by a cable that runs on as an extension. Gelper frequently uses inextricable loops whose similarity to tentacles is by no means coincidental. In this exhibition, the botanical and mechanical worlds are perfectly harmonious. A constellation of sections of yellow plastic tubes covered in cable ties bears similarities to an amoeba or sea urchin. The artist combines this interest in biomorphic forms with mechanical components in other works too. His sculptures are supplemented by a series of drawings, in which Gelper reconciles elements of technical subjects and botanical pictures from encyclopedias. In a number of cases, he has drawn a series of lines with other things glued in between, like a collage.

In both his sculptures and drawings, Gelper successfully brings together two different worlds, forming a new entity. He is not, however, just another assemblage artist, but convinces the viewer with his interesting and coherent choice of materials and playful lines.
Sam Steverlynck © Agenda

Artist Bio / CV
°Kapellen (Belgium) August 23, 1980
Lives and works in Ghent (Belgium)

EDUCATION

2006 Mixed Media, postgraduate in audiovisual and visual art at KASK, Ghent
2006 Agregated Audiovisual and Visual Arts, College for sience and arts Sint
Lucas, Ghent
2004 Painting, College for Sience and Arts Sint Lucas, Ghent

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (selection)

2013 Gallery EL, Welle
2012 Gasthuiskapel, Borgloon
2012 Ricou Gallery, Brussels
2010 Gallery EL, Welle
2010 Ricou Gallery, Brussels
2009 Gallery Marion De Cannière, Antwerp
2008 Gallery EL, Welle / Demountable Sculpturepark II
2008 Croxhapox, Ghent / crox 257 / objects and interventions
2007 Croxhapox, Ghent / crox 217
2005 Gallery EL, Welle
2004 Kamer XII, Ghent

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection)

2013 Gallery Marion De Cannière Antwerp / Caroline Coolen - Johan Gelper
2013 Gallery EL, Welle / Guy Rombouts - Johan Gelper
2012 Mu.zee, Ostend / Raak
2012 Gallery EL, Welle / Thread - part two
2012 SCHUNK, Heerlen, The Netherlands / Raak
2011 SMAK, Ghent / Raak
2011 Old Factory, Wetteren / De Lading / Curator Lieven Cateau
2011 Sint Lucas Library, Ghent / Translating Practices
2011 Van stof tot asse Triënnal on Contemporary Art in the municipality of Asse (cat.)
2011 Art in the city /Art Brussels
2010 Mu.zee, Ostend (Museum of Modern Art) / Public Private Paintings, Ostend (cat.)
2010 Gallery Marion De Cannière, Antwerp / Basement
2010 CIAP, Hasselt / Between the Sacred and the Profane / Curator: Peter Pollers
2010 HISK, Ghent / Translating Practices
2010 Loods12, Wetteren / Johan Gelper – Tom Jooris
2009 SMAK, Ghent / Collection / new acquisitions /Sculptural,
2009 Klein Begijnhof, Mechelen / Orde – Chaos
2009 Former hospital, Ronse / Visions : 40 years drawing contest in the city of 2009 Ronse / Curator Jan Leconte
2009 MSK, Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent / Tais-toi, soirree belle, Amusez Vous in het MSK
2009 Campo Santo Chappel, Ghent / Kunstnier / Curator: Lieven Cateau
2008 Movinn’art, Bruges / Circulation