Koen Theys

BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts

The gallery was divided into three parts: on the left, high on the wall, hung a window made out of rubber latex, its sides curving out. In the center was a large sheet of glass, framed in black metal, whose lower half featured an engraving of a balcony. On the right were four photographs of an enormous crowd of people, with geometric forms painted over each image. These were the elements which comprised Koen Theys’ most recent exhibition. At first glance, the window might have seemed a bit too Goberish, the glass a bit too precious in its stabs at architecture, the photographs too influenced by Constructivist poster design and collage. Together, however, the combination was striking. And, as it turned out, each work offered insight into the others, ultimately giving the room a purpose and consistency that prevented the individual influences from becoming determinants.

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