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Pieter Vermeersch, Untitled, 2017, acrylic on stone, 47 1/2 x 81 1/2".

Pieter Vermeersch

ProjecteSD

Pieter Vermeersch, Untitled, 2017, acrylic on stone, 47 1/2 x 81 1/2".

Pieter Vermeersch’s recent solo show in Barcelona came just over a year after another exhibition by him, held at Blueproject Foundation in the same city. In both cases, the Belgian artist added new elements to the existing architecture, providing a robust structural tangibility around which his reflections on light and color could unfold. This approach lent emphasis to the vaporous abstraction of the chromatic modulations on the walls and evinced a totalizing impulse that merged painting and architecture. A profoundly asymmetrical T-shaped white cinder-block structure in the middle of ProjecteSD made it impossible to perceive the room as a whole. Space seemed to fold into itself with great precision, but, paradoxically, part of the space was always obscured from view.

And yet, despite the lack of overview, it seemed difficult, if not pointless, to apprehend any one work individually

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