Rik De Boe


Rik De Boe, who also teaches graphic arts and is founder and curator of the Voorkamer in Lier, a contemporary artist-run space, has been making black-and-white charcoal drawings in identical formats for years. Their thickly atmospheric effect reminds one of film images, and in his drawings, sections of façades and interiors, mirrors, windows, and blinds repeatedly encounter each other, revolving not only around perceptual processes, as in a camera obscura, but also evoking memories of images saved in the mind.

»The re-contextualization of an image stands at the center of Rik De Boe’s charcoal drawings. Humble in scale, the works utilize a point of departure embedded in collective memory. The pictorial details depict ordinary yet powerful visual triggers derived from movie stills, daily objects, and so forth in the service of the black and white modulation – leaving memorabilia rather than drawings. Like Xerox copies of our collective consciousness Rik De Boe’s realism reverses interpretation and manifests images as forensic evidence.« (Marc Hungerbuhler, 2010)

 


 


VITA
 

1964
born in Ninove, Belgium

1982-88
Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Gent

1989-91
Higher Technical Institute Sint-Antonius, Gent

1985
1st Prize for graphic arts, Flanders

1988
1st Prize for graphic arts, Flanders

seit 1990
Teacher for graphic and drawing, Academy of Fine Arts, Brussel

1994
1st Prize Jacques De Leger

1996-2016
Founder and curator of artist-run space Voorkamer, Lier (with Peter Morrens)

2007-13
Professor for drawing, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Gent

lives and works in Ninove, Belgium

 

EXHIBITIONS & SCREENINGS (SELECTION SINCE 2000)

2018
Full House –  10 Jahre, Rasche Ripken, Berlin
8. Biennale der Zeichnung, Kunstverein Eislingen
Work Flow, Tentoonstellingszaal Zwijgershoek, St. Niklaas

2017
picture this, Rasche Ripken, Berlin
wordswordswords, G262 Sofie van de Velde, Antwerp

2016
De laatste show, Voorkamer, Lier
Die van Aalst, Villa De Olmen Wieze, CC Belgica Dendermonde, Galerie De Vos, Aalst, Galerie EL, Welle, Zebrastraat, Gent
Field notes and dirty drawings, Z33, Hasselt
Dopplereffekt, Voorkamer, Lier

2015
Neubau, Rasche Ripken, Berlin
Enlightened Fountains (reasons to be cheerful), Loods 12, Jan Colle Gallery, Gent
Horizonten en Meer, G262 Sofie van de Velde, Antwerp (with Johan De Wilde)
Netwerk Museum, Centrum voor hedendaagse Kunst, Aalst

2014
Aanzichten en Meer, Rasche Ripken, Berlin (with Johan De Wilde)
BRRL, Galerie EL, Welle
Nieuw, Nouveau, Neu, Voorkamer, Lier
Ideaal: Rik De Boe & Johan De Wilde, Loods 12, Wetteren
Halte Dich fern von offenen Fenstern, Rasche Ripken, Berlin

2013
4 aus Belgien, Rasche Ripken, Berlin
Broadcast Gallery, Dublin

2012
Stijlfiguren, Secondroom, Antwerp
The thing that('s) left, Dean Project, New York
Cinema, Voorkamer, Lier

2011
In-and-outside-writing, Voorkamer, Lier
Alarums and Excursions, Frontroom Gallery, New York
Grafiek ontrafeld, VIZO Collection, Museum Sint-Niklaas
Les Brasseurs, L'Annexe, Liège

2010
The power of drawing, Geukens & De Vil Gallery, Brussel
One Thoresby Street, Nottingham
Zweierlei, Morrens & De Boe present Voorkamer, Kunstraum Klingenthal, Basel
Pattern recognition, White Space Gallery, Peking

2009
Verwantschappen, Z33, Hasselt
Goethe Institut Rotterdam, Filmfoyer Tilburg, Galerie De School, Groede Blikopenerfestival, Delft
Testbeeld, Croxhapox, Gent
- 10 + 2 ½, Voorkamer, Lier

2008
Found, Gevonden, Trouvé, Voorkamer, Lier
Multiples and Editions II, Frontroom Gallery, Williamsburg
Morrens & De Boe present: tekeningen en tekeningen, Galerie EL, Welle

2007
Testbeelden – tekeningen, Hermitage, Helmond
Sound Watch, Bandits-mages Festival, Bourges
Four Walls, Film Club, Brooklyn

2006
3. Heilige Geest (Einde), Voorkamer, Lier
Screenings sound watch, Art Cinema OFF, Gent
FIDmarseille, International Documentary Filmfestival, Marseille
KASK week, Royal Academy for Fine Arts, Gent

2005
Event 01, Netwerk, Centrum voor hedendaagse Kunst, Aalst
Argos Festival, Belgian Focus, sonorama, Brussel
[pfmz] fünfzehn mex, Künstlerhaus Dortmund
SKOP, Experimentelle Musik und Kunst im interdisziplinären Kontext, Frankfurt/Main

2004
Zie tekening, Museum Van Campen & Baron Caroly, Lier
Sight-mapping, Site-seeing, New Media Art Festival, Bangkok
Sound Watch, video-project, Gallery Surge, Tokyo
Gallery Surge Tokyo – Puddles 2004, part 1: Low Fish performance and installation; part 2: Video collaboration W Cube Members, Yoshimichi Takei, Yosuke Ito

2003
Soon, Frontroom Gallery, Williamsburg
Beeld in park, Felix Hap Park, Brussel
28 seconds: a film-project in the mid-Atlantic cable market, USA
Video-concert Low Fish, Galerie Rachel Haverkamp, Cologne

2002
Kinderkunstenfabriek, FLACC tuinwijk, Genk-Waterschei
Sight-mapping, Site-seeing, Videoart Center, Out-lounge gallery, Watanabe Building, Tokyo
Zeeberg, Centrum voor hedendaagse kunst, Aalst
Fricties, International project for intermedia, Gent
Video Art Center, Tokyo, Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Gent

2001
Room pr, Voorkamer, Lier
Casa Rural, Pianofabriek Brussel
IM – on very special brief occasions, Koolmijn Waterschei
Puddles, Sumiso, Osaka

2000
Hotel, Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Nijmegen
Geen tijd, Parkgarage, Lier