Maarten Vanden Eynde
Art is a difficult thing. It is a conceptual story, a visual surprise, a research piece, a proposal, .... being at is best as the summary of several elements. Artist Maarten Vanden Eynde handles art in a way that the I Love Belgium team loves. Dealing with the inevitable topic "Evolution", Maarten made some pieces you can't miss out on!
In his work, Maarten stops the clock and tries to unravel the process and consequence of time. Quite a heavy task, no? Questioning the globalisation and the worlds daily changes leads into a research of questions: was human kind supposed to settle, where do you stop evolution or when is enough enough?
Since 2003 Maarten is working with Genetology (The Science of First Things) and tries to define this non-existing opposition of the existing Eschatology (The Science of Last Things). His work is situated exactly on the borderline between the past and the future. Sometimes looking forward to the future of yesterday, sometimes looking back to the history of tomorrow. The execution or final form, as well as the location are strongly dependant on the concept or original idea. In this search, Maarten is a do-it-all artist: ceramics, stone, metal, wood, video, photography, installation and performance.
To make all of this easier, the I Love Belgium team made a selection four works, showing all of these element. Enjoy!
Rave Nature was build for the Festival Cement (=concrete), a cultural event that takes place every year in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Together with Dijkman/Osterholt, Maarten developed a stage in the 'Enci-forrest' near the marl quarry of the Factory Enci. They produce concrete and are the main sponsor of the ‘Cement Festival’. Their 20 years lasting digging contract causes a lot of problems for the natural environment. At night the public came by bus and was confronted with a disco lightshow and the pounding rave-song ‘Move you’re ass’ by Scooter. Don't you love this statement!