W hole |2020

For years artists Meryem Bayram and Hans Demeulenaere have been working with the possibilities of space. ‘W hole’ is their first collaboration. Starting point was their shared fascination for objects and their relation to their environ- ment. During a six-week residency at Frans Masereel Centrum and a two-week residency at Workspacebrussels, the artists collected various objects with holes, ranging from a chair to a piece of jute webbing. With the intention of bringing them together in an artist book, a whole.

Demeulenaere worked with 26 ‘punctured’ objects and their silhouettes. Experiments in the silk screen studio resul- ted in a play between figuration and abstraction common in his work. Demeulenaere likes to question our perception by isolating objects from their context. So does Bayram, albeit in a different way. She researches the performative qualities of objects in motion and their relationship to human beings.

An artist book thus becomes the possible point of departure for a performance, an instrument or script that she or other artists can work with. The outcome of this process is a beautiful artist edition in two parts, in a limited edition of five copies.

Concept Meryem Bayram & Hans Demeulenaere | Photo Steven Decroos, Pixelbound | Produced by Platform 0090 | Coproduced by Tique Art Space, Workspacebrussels, Frans Masereel Centrum | With the Support of the Flemish Government