(°2000 - BE), artist trio living and working in Ghent (BE)
Leo Gabin is Gaëtan Begerem (°1979), Lieven Deconinck (°1978) and Robin De Vooght (°1980); they work collectively together since 2000. In their artistic practice, they investigate how online filters and interpretations shape the contemporary visual culture, and how this in turn is influenced by the ubiquitous American pop culture. Leo Gabin relies largely on archival footage they find online – which they abstract, distort, and recycle into new configurations.
Leo Gabin takes inspiration from the internet’s proliferation of media images, particularly the wealth of information that uncomfortably straddles the private and public realm. From this never-ending morass, the collective harvests content. The work and methodology implicitly explore the transience and capriciousness that underpins youth culture.
Not limiting their practice to one medium Leo Gabin’s approach is indicative of a media-savvy generation. Traditional barriers between mediums are broken down as they work across video, digital media, print, sculpture, painting and collage. Leo Gabin pushes romantic notions of artistic inspiration aside and creates works that use aggregated social media content to provoke the imagination. In doing so, the works that emerge expose the often unsavoury nature of the content that our colleagues, friends and teenagers are openly putting online.
Leo Gabin – Sit with it, exhibition view at Tick Tack in 2020
Leo Gabin – A Crackup at the Race Riots, exhibition view at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle in 2015
Leo Gabin – Early Cuffing Season, 2014
Leo Gabin – Hurts So Good, exhibition view at VNH Gallery, Paris in 2017
Leo Gabin – Installation view at Floraliënhal, Biënnale van België, Ghent
Leo Gabin – No Playing That One Off, 2014
Leo Gabin – Girls Room Dance, 2011
Leo Gabin – Chopped Not Slopped, 2013
Leo Gabin has had solo exhibitions, amongst others at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle; Peres Projects, Berlin, Elizabeth Dee, New York; VNH Gallery, Paris; Kunstraum Muenchen, Munich; White Cube, London and Atlanta Contemporary.
Their work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Museum M Woods, Beijing, Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona; Photo Museum FoMU, Antwerp; Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels; Zabludowicz Collection, London; The Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens; Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York and the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt.
You can also see and read more about Leo Gabin on the artist’s own website.