BOEKS, a new platform for showing books on the Bijloke site in Ghent, presents: ‘De Keyser’s Stockings.’
Between 1966 and 1976, Raoul De Keyser produced about thirty works in which a sock pops up. This simple and jolly motif is pictured in paintings and drawings, developed in silk-screen prints, water colours and a litho, its shape ranging from soccer socks to cycling socks, next to long blue socks on a clothes line and a minimal little soccer sock in a wide white colour field. All of these paintings and paper works have now been collected into a publication for the very first time, in conjunction with related documents from the artist’s personal archive, such as studio pictures, notes made by the artist and photographs of soccer socks.
In addition to reproductions of the paintings by Hilde D’haeyere, the book also contains texts by Roland Jooris, Steven Jacobs and Paul Demets, putting the sock motif in an art-historical and poetic perspective
De Keyser’s stockings will fill the convent corridor from 18 January until 17 February. The publication will be presented on Thursday 17 January. Especially for this occasion, Paul Demets will read from his new poems, Bert Huyghe will sing the praises of De Keyser and Paul Robbrecht will design a scenography, custom-made for the book and the corridor. In addition, the Kunstenbibliotheek will show a selection of books from the collection.