Wine for a cause: Kom op tegen Kanker
We sell the wine per box of six bottles (three red & three white) for €80. This is to be paid in cash upon pick up – after which the €20 reservation fee paid here is reimbursed.
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about this work
To raise funds for Kom op tegen Kanker – a Belgian non-governmental organization that advocates for patients’ right to the best treatment and care – we present a red and white wine with unique artist labels, with works by Lucas Devriendt and Laurie Charles.
The label of Lucas Devriendt shows a classic still life, a vase with sunflowers on the small red table that is featured in many of his paintings. This was Lucas’ last painting. He died very unexpectedly of cancer before he could finish it.
The label of Laurie Charles shows work from her recent series Another History of Women Doctors, in which she uses watercolours to adapts medieval engravings depicting the history of medicine. They speak of the utopian idea of a closed community of women, who historically relied on themselves and nature to overcome disease. The works rewrite the story of independent women marginalised by patriarchy and accused of witchcraft. We see women providing care and healing advice, always in relation to each other – no one is depicted alone. Laurie Charles’ work focuses strongly on caring for each other. The artist herself suffers from an autoimmune disease and perhaps that is precisely why the body and how our society treats it are so central to her work.
Both wines are products of Fratelli Barba, a wine estate in northern Abruzzo near the Adriatic Sea. The white wine is 100% Trebbiano and the location of the vines gives it a briny and mineral character. It is a drier wine that you can drink with many dishes. The red wine is made with the Montepulciano grape typical of the region. The wine has a lot of fruit and firm but ripe tannins. Drink it with dishes such as pasta grilled meat and even white fish.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS WINE IS PICK UP ONLY, IN BRUSSELS, WITHIN TWO WEEKS.
Additional boxes of six bottles of red wine (Laurie Charles) or six bottles of white wine (Lucas Devriendt) are available through mail.
about Lucas Devriendt
In a very accessible and recognisable figurative style, Ghent painter Lucas Devriendt focuses on the essence of painting: on the canvas, with brush, paint, model and studio. He did this through contemporary versions of classic genre paintings such as still lifes and landscapes, but above all by painting portraits.
Devriendt’s studio played an important role here: as a place where he set up small still lifes, where his models posed and where he painted, but also as a background in his paintings. Often the models posed in front of a white canvas hanging ready in his studio – like a picture within a picture. The small red table he used in his studio is also present in numerous works. Usually, you see the table in the background, but sometimes it is also depicted very prominently – then all you see is a small red table full of paint stains with a smoking cigarette on the edge, waiting for the painter to return to his work.
about Laurie Charles
Laurie Charles is a visual and textual storyteller, she writes and paints speculative narratives on large canvases. Her artistic practice is multi-faceted, and has always been collaborative, responsive, socially engaged and choreographically conscious. She demonstrates a holistic approach to her work, consolidating and collapsing multiple fields to allow her to engage with a variety of ideas, disciplines, publics, and techniques across her productions.
She makes films in which she interweaves folklore, humanities, stories and historical narratives within a feminist perspective. For the artist, each project is an opportunity for in-depth research in which she brings together scattered elements in a fictional story and the outcome of this story is the resulting work.
Drawing deeply from her own personal experience with an autoimmune disease, Charles creates large-scale fabric pieces and soft furnishings that respond to ideas around the body through a macro lens. She undertakes to rewrite an alternative history of medicine to the one which has been engraved, where care, cycles, ecological disaster, and healing take precedence. She thinks of embodiment, fictional and non-human bodies, empathy and visualisation. She creates multiple objects that act as images in the traditional sense, but also as thresholds (curtains), bodily comforts (cushions), and stage props for storytelling in an exhibition scenario.
Laurie Charles shows her work internationally, including at Terzo Fronte, Roma; Wiels, Brussels; Efremidis Gallery, Berlin; Grazer Kunstverein, Graz; CIAP Kunstverein, Hasselt; 1646 – project space for contemporary art, The Hague; Nanjing International Art Festival; Beursschouwburg, Brussel; and Le Commissariat – Paris.
You can discover more of Laurie Charles’ work on her own website.more...