Felt, brass, copper, steel and galvanised steel
24,4 × 30,5 cm
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This is a unique collage combining felt, brass, copper, steel and galvanised steel, presented in an artist made brass frame.
Martin Belou made a series of ten unique collages to accompany the River Scene he created for our most recent Billboard Series. For BBS#09, Martin Belou made a huge collage, which slowly transforms throughout the exhibition period. On wooden panelling taking over the entire billboard, Belou made a collage of various shapes in metal, copper and brass – alternated with hand-painted surfaces, creating a mysterious nautical scene with a medieval figure in an Arcadian landscape.
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It is difficult to categorise Martin Belou’s practice – though it’s certainly clear that process of gathering and connecting around primary elements such as fire and water play an important role. Belou plays the code of this gathering, he recontextualises and re-activates them – not to create contemporary rituals, but to enable new ways for people to come together and connect. The imagery that he uses for this is linked to the iconography of shamanism, alchemy and other pre-scientific systems of thinking and knowledge.
In every ritual there is a transformative moment, and this is also reflected in Belou’s sculptural practice. He experiments with materials and how they change over time – under the influence of water, air (oxidation) or fire. His way of working – though extremely coherent – generates very different outcomes. For example, he makes big amulets in clay, which he casts in plaster, breaks and smokes, to then reassemble again. Or, he uses a plasma cutter to extract shapes from sheets of copper, brass and steel, to make two-dimensional collages or sculptural installations. Recently, repetitive patterns start taking a more prominent role in this.meer...