06 May 2011 - 26 June 2011
Jan De Vliegher"s paintings are reminiscent of an Impressionism that uses the object as an alibi for the eruption of highly expressive light studies on the canvas. De Vliegher paints "familiar objects": glass, porcelain plates, marble busts, interior fragments, facades, and so on. But he deconstructs traditional pictorial illusionism which leads to an increasingly higher level of abstraction.
As a painter he seems infatuated with his subjects, which he manages to "capture" in a highly sensual and evocative way. There"s something Baroque about his work, which could also be considered as memories of a romantic world view, in which subjective perceptions are raised to a universal level. His work is hardly a case of "superficial" decorative painting, nor does it aspire to be profound or visionary. The relationship with a "real" reality is maintained, but he chooses to add elements to it or omit them.
As a master manipulator De Vliegher launches a dialogue with the historic Gaasbeek castle interiors. There he encounters the atmospheres that pervade his work. He will enjoy himself there as an artist with a sense of monumentality and an overwhelming pictorial presence.
Much like the castle reinterprets history as a theatrical story, so De Vliegher reformulates reality using paint while reducing the world to an image; an image that will ultimately start leading a life of its own. In both cases, this is a mise en scene...