Christian is a graphic designer and trained psychotherapist. His artist studio is also where he conducts his therapy practice, a cross-fertilisation that is key to Christian’s work. His canvases act as the expression of his study of the human psyche, and as a way for the viewer to explore their own frames of reference and emotions. Christian’s style is sculptural in nature, providing dimension as well as color to explore key themes of what it means to be a person within society. The works seek to display what happens when the will of the individual meets the normative aspects of the group. Giving shape to this thin line is the challenge he faces, defining this boundary in many contexts. Each work is a lyrical expression of the artists own experiences of a tension that all of us face. In our observation, we are made to recall our own experiences of this beautiful tension. Christian has exhibited his works in solo shows in Brussels as well as group shows in Brussels, Paris, Madrid, Cologne and in New York at Sotheby’s. He has also participated at numerous art fairs, The Other Art Fair (London and New York), the Accessible Art Fair (Brussels), MvvO art fair (New York) and The Affordable Art Fair (Brussels).
The white room,
Often we see white as the “color” of virginity, the beginning of everything. As time goes by we notice that not everything is virgin. I see the room as a metaphor of life. Everything starts bright, white, in the course of life we encounter aspects that go less smoothly, obstacles that we need to overcome. Moments in which we do not express what can be expressed. These dualities are represented by the structures in the work.
As I see it, the room will be hung around completely in white painted canvas. As we look around the room, the time laps of life will become visible and structure and shadow become more prominent on the canvas.
The interaction with the viewer exists in the fact that there will be empty frames available of different sizes, the visitor can hold his frame against that part of the installation that he/her feels the most attracted to. Eventually it would be possible to cut out that specific part to be mounted on the frame.
In the end color comes as a contrast with the white, lying, full of expectations.
The idea is to combine new work (for this project) with a number of existing works.