Gert Robijns

Z33 Center for Contemporary Art and Design

An amusing double-sided poster announced Belgian artist Gert Robijns’s first large solo exhibition, “Never Left Right.” The front showed a young boy winking with his right eye; the back, the same boy winking with his left eye. The poster played on one of the strongest binary oppositions that structure our daily existence: the difference between left and right. But this was just one of many elementary opposites, such as above/below, front/back, and inside/outside, as well as more coded dichotomies such as original/ replica, true/false, and real/unreal, played out in the show.

Robijns subtly displaces, alters, and replicates everyday objects and builds extensive spatial installations, often incorporating sound or projected images. Here, he not only reinstalled existing works along with new ones, but rearranged and integrated them into new compositions and installations. In the first and most

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