Despite appearing incidental in their construction and display, Van Ingelgem's artworks create relationships between artistic actions and personal encounters. Each object's situation and placement infers alternative meanings, creating statements that linger like memories of an autobiographical event, occupying and encountering territories that contrast and interfere with an object's purely material function. Through the intimacy of juxtaposing objects, a garden chair and a football, a rubbish bin and ball of aluminium foil, a sheet of plastic and a Nike sports sock, Van Ingelgem creates artworks that extend and expose these events. With titles such as 'Do not take this personally', 'Why still doubt?' and 'The Only Gold I Have Is Liquid' the artworks form pieces of past conversations. Together they depict an overarching attitude concerning purpose and value, played out in the architecture of the gallery's space.
Herman Van Ingelgem (born 1968, BE) graduated from the HISK in 2000. Van Ingelgem has exhibited widely in Europe with recent solo exhibitions including Some Moments Never Sleep, Annie Gentils Gallery, Antwerp; Zonsopondergang, Stichting 1646, Den Haag; Will it really take place, P/////akt, Amsterdam; and Objects, thoughts & obstacles, Lokaal 01, Antwerp. Van Ingelgem is represented by Annie Gentils Gallery in Antwerp.
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