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Joachim Zeller – CDU politician

Joachim Zeller – CDU politician, 2014 - Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys

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about this work

The portrait Joachim Zeller – CDU politician (2014) by artist duo Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys is stripped of all attributes, marks or signs of identity, yet it is reminiscent of mental patients or other troubled people. The drawing continues the artists' exploration of dark psychological states.

Joachim Zeller – CDU politician was published by Triangle Books in Brussels and comes together with the publication Les énigmes de Saarlouis by Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys; the third publication in a series of artist books dedicated to b/w portraits.

about Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys

The work of Belgian artist duo Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys is rooted in a folksy, tragicomic sensibility honed into an experimental dramaturgy. Their video and photographic work use simple, symbolic sets, where inter-human tensions between a recurring cast of non-professional actors as well as invented or adopted personae are constructed and an outspoken depression becomes tangible. Defined by their characteristic ghoulish humour, the works of de Gruyter & Thys not only reflect on the major issues concerning social strata, but broaden the scope through an obsessive observation of their inner processes.

Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys have had numerous solo exhibitions, including shows at MCA, Chicago; MoMA PS1, New York; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; M HKHA, Antwerp; and most recently at Raven Row, London.

Their work have been shown in several group exhibitions at venues such as SculptureCenter, New York; ICA, London; and S.M.A.K., Ghent. They also participated at the 55th Biennale di Venezia in 2013.

Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys are represented by the following galleries;
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Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Brussels

Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin

Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York

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