Kunst in het Dorp
OC Terloo Bellingen
12-15-16_20-21-22 september 2019
7-29 september 2019
OCTOBER, more info will follow
CC Beringen – Kioskplein 25 – 3582 Beringen
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On feb. 01 2006, Aldi Belgium sold reproductions of D11 and M3.
An Vanderlinden, master of visual arts, adores black. And coal as well. Since she was raised in a coal miner’s family, she has what they call “black blood in the veins”.
Vanderlinden is fascinated by all shades of black and the light the coal is reflecting. She hammers and sieves the coal in different formats and brings it in a structured way on black canvasses. That’s how she becomes different tones of light.
In the beginning of 2017 – in her quest for the blackest black paint- An started to triturate coal into pigment. Throughout her experiments she found out that all types of coal show another black. But the blackest of all is the coal of Beringen. She has been working on this intensively during one year before it resulted in a qualityful durable paint.
She was using this paint during 4 months in the biggest and most beautiful atelier that she could imagine: the unloading floor at the coal washery hall of Beringen.
“In this new phase, An Vanderlinden’s oeuvre no longer simply followed the parameters of painting, but saw her visual language expand from the two- to the three-dimensional. In the first place the original two-dimensionality was breached by ‘painting’ with acryl combined with stone dust, giving her work the appearance of material art. Moreover, her canvasses were repeatedly presented in relation to objects: holy water stoups filled with coal and accompanied by a wall plaque with an image of Saint Barbara. Sacred objects all, functioning, because of the materials used, because of their use, and because of the image, as vehicles for both the earthly and the transcendental.”
The woman on her ceramics is Saint Barbara, Patron saint of the miners. The number on the mining lamp she’s holding, is the number An’s father had when he worked in the coal mine of Houthalen (Limburg, Belgium).
‘St. Barbara’s relief’ is a series of stop-motion images in ceramic, made on occasion of Manifesta 9, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art in Genk, 2012.