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Freek Wambacq

Netwerk / center for contemporary art

This recent exhibition by the young Belgian artist Freek Wambacq brought together work produced since 2000, including eight pieces from 2008. The exhibition filled two distinct spaces at the Netwerk art center, in two separate wings of the building—an architectural division that the artist subtly took into account.

The first space contained only two pieces, a surprising choice considering the great size of the room. One was a very large clay pot, Le Vase-entrepôt (Vase-Storehouse), 2008, which rose from the floor nearly to the ceiling. Meanwhile, in the back of the gallery, one could distinguish a modest, framed photograph—Frahan, 2008—hanging on the wall: The image depicts an ordinary man mowing his lawn near a hedge of trees. In this first gallery, everything was a question of contrast, of proportion, and above all of the relationship between inner and outer worlds, both in the psychological

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