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Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch (The Hole), 2010, still from a color video, 26 minutes.

Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys

Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie

Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch (The Hole), 2010, still from a color video, 26 minutes.

It has been argued that the work of Belgian duo Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys hinges largely on an investigation of psychologies, a conclusion founded in de Gruyter’s influential experience working in a Brussels community center and the recurrent focus of the artists’ videos on the interaction between eccentric characters and their settings. With “Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis” (In the Realm of the Solar Eclipse), the artists brought forth 120 paintings and sculptures constituting the life’s work of Johannes, the melodramatic artist character from their video Das Loch (The Hole), 2010, which was also included in the exhibition. The show was thus an investigation of the motivations underlying this fictional artist’s body of work as well as the responses that viewers could have to it.

Consisting overwhelmingly of acrylic paintings in various formats, but also including charcoal and

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