Critics’ Picks

Le Light Box, 2002.

Brussels

Koenrad Dedobbeleer

Galerie Drantmann
13, Rue du Chantier
March 13–May 9

On the occasion of his second solo exhibition at Drantmann, Koenrad Dedobbeleer confirms his talent for deconstruction. Tubular sculptures of yellow-and-gray painted metal, halfway between abstraction and figuration, present working drawings of everyday structures and an ambiguous evocation of urban furniture that has lost all function. In the center of the gallery sits a three-pointed plaster sculpture somewhere between monument and model that reveals—and perhaps challenges—the consensual neutrality that characterizes so much public sculpture. Less convincing is a set of light boxes resembling advertising sites left empty. An old-fashioned ad, an image found and photographed, lies beneath the apparently forgotten the structure. A photograph of two abandoned chairs in a deserted landscape affirms that the artist is above all a sculptor, especially when he strives to formally analyze the structures that surround us and to divert them toward the absurd. In some ways, Dedobbeleer’s process recalls the work of Jan Vercruysse, whose Tombeaux (Tombs) and Atopies (Atopias) seem to have inspired a younger generation of Belgian artists, from Hans Op de Beek to Jan De Cock, not to mention the work of some artists from the ’80s. Is this a new neo-geo?