Galeria Nuno Centeno is pleased to announce for the first time in Portugal an exhibition of the Belgian artist Philippe Van Snick entitled “Através do tempo”, which presents an overview in a few works of his career.
The oeuvre of Philippe Van Snick is a complex as well as simple, dense as well as transparent, concrete as well as abstract. By aesthetically holding on to a strict “alphabet” of ten colors and 10 numbers, Van Snick has developed a mode of creativity that continues to renew itself all the time, despite his self-imposed restrictions if not rather because of them.
He has been working with the concept of time, specifically, the dualism of day and night, or the lightness and darkness that signify its passing. For him, light and color are both scientific, objective descriptions as well as subjective codes inspired by our everyday experience.
His works explore, analyze, and create space by means of a purified, minimalist formal language. He invites the spectator to adopt a personal and autonomous position, analyze his or her experience of the space from up close, and discover what it means to him or her. Space, image, looking, the spectator and the interpretation of all these aspects, are center-stage throughout Van Snick’s work. The painted surface, then, never exists in isolation. Invariably it engages with spatial effects and the physical experience of the spectator.
One can easily see the influences of the Abstract, Conceptual and even more the Minimal movement, personified by artists such as Mondrian, Malevich, Ben Nicholson, Josef Albers, or Rothko, on Van Snick’s work.
His practice includes paintings, wall paintings, works on paper, and editions, where the artist uses the primary and the secondary colors and pure and simple forms orchestrated by mathematical and dynamic ideals of matter and mind.
Philippe Van Snick was born in Ghent, Belgium in 1946 and lives and works in Brussels. He has participated in group and solo shows in places like the 48th Venice Biennale; Museum M, Leuven; CCNOA, Center for Contemporary non Objectif Art, Brussels; De Appel, Amsterdam; MuHKA Antwerpen; S.M.A.K., Ghent; Espace d’Art Contemporain, Lausanne; Witte de With, Rotterdam; and Tatjana Pieters Gallery.