Gert Verhoeven was born in Louvain in 1964. He lives and works in Bruxelles.
Among the recent solo exhibitions, we would like to highlight in 2003 Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens (Deurle, Belgium), in 2004 gallery Philip Nelson (Paris) and Marc Jancou Fine Arts (New York), in 2005 gallery Xavier Hufkens (Brussels).
Among the recent group exhibitions, we would like to highlight: in 2003 iMuhka (Antwerp, Belgium), in 2004 Musée des Beaux Arts (Tourcoing, France), in 2005 Stiftung Museum Kunst Palast(Dusseldorf, Germany) and Kunsthalle (Bern- Swiss), in 2006 Toulouse (France).
He realized public project in 2006 in Knokke and in Ruddervoorde ( Belgium), and he is preparing a solo show in Middelheim Antwerpen Kruidtuin Leuven (2008) .
Gert Verhoeven works with drawings, sculptures and videos. Rather than the results of a creative process they are his working tools. It is not as much the invention of forms or a style that matters to him but the exploration of the possibilities of the visual arts, determining the place(s) of art within the complex of social practices.
For his exhibition at Vistamare he has created a new series of prints “Coca”. They consist of pictures taken out of an old cooking book. “Timbale à l’ambassadrice”, “Langouste Mozart”, “Coquille de foie gras à la gelée”, are some examples of a highly sophisticated tradition. The images are completed by texts and formulas, playing with notions of today’s mass culture such as pink coca or black ketchup. Not without humour the encounter of the traditional dishes and the contemporary recipes determine new positions within the field of cultural identity. The practice of cooking reminds us of the art practice and the traditional dishes of the old masters.
Next to these he will present sculptures of the Copy-Boules serie, which has been going on since 1996.
For this time the boules (plaster balls) have been cooked in red wine and whisky, looking like bulbs of lava. Than they have been carefully sliced and cut into pieces, so the impregnations of the liquids become visual and create a new surface. The boules are positioned on table booklets of working tables. Some of them are just working tables, some have been laid on antique tables.
The tables have been carefully, almost scientifically dissected visualising the work of the positioning.
The pieces will be combined as an installation with works of the collection of the gallery.