The project began with a solo show at the ISELP gallery in Brussels. Comprising film, sculpture, painting and drawing, Mahieu evokes an anthropological excavation of the subconscious. For this show Mahieu creates a life-size bridge of gold circled by a gleaming silver shark, charting the ebbs and flows of the commercial world and of the workers that pass through the city daily. The symbolism of these precious elements is clear, but the work is infused further with concerns of currency and liquidity in a metaphorical sense. The bridge represents a crossing from one place to another, a spiritual as much as a physical journey. Within the basking body of the shark the bridge is reflected as a miniaturised and distorted interior world. Ideas of transformation and passage are important concerns in the artistï¿½s work.
Mahieu is a manipulator of mystery and a purveyor of existential enigmas, attempting to abolish the barriers between the real and the imaginary. These structures encourage discovery and contemplation of the artist's enchanting universe. For the final leg of the journey, the sculptures will return to Brussels for an exhibition at the recently restored Les Brigittines Contemporary Art Centre.
About the Artist
Didier Mahieu has exhibited widely in Belgium and internationally, with recent solo shows including ï¿½Eve: Phase 1 Le Complotï¿½, Institut supÃ©rieur pour l'Ã©tude du langage plastique, Brussels, 2007; ï¿½A Day Elsewhereï¿½, Museum of Modern Art, Ostend; ï¿½A Day Elsewhere, Think Tank 2ï¿½ . Chelsea Art Museum, New York, 2006; ï¿½La France Mandarineï¿½, National Museum of Peking, Beijing, 2004.
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