Kobe’s brainchildren look lyrical, generally also unforced carefree, but they are still in a tight straitjacket. They radiate a contagious, cheerful simplicity, but at the same time are extremely ingenious. They have sprung from the brain of a perfectionist and aesthete, who towards the realisation in three dimensions, implacably rejects everything that is anecdotal. They are sculptures with voluptuous, supple lines, but built around a sterile geometric carcass. They seduce by their round, feminine forms and cheerful poses, but by their superhuman perfection and mysterious calm they also shut out. Faces are closed, stripped of personal features. Thematically, the female figure and the horse dominate the oeuvre. Classic themes with a long art-historical tradition. But Kobe doesn’t just carve ‘a’ woman or ‘a’ horse, he sculpts archetypes. His women and horses contain the essence of their being in their simplicity. The simplicity that Kobe’s sculptures radiate, conceals their ingenious nature. Between idea and finished image lies a world of abstraction and reasoning. Thinking about possibilities and solving problems of form.
Kobe – Ingenious simplicity
Kobe, artistic pseudonym of Jacques Saelens (1950-2014), made sculptures that flirt with two-dimensionality his trademark. His broad, thin figures hardly use the third dimension and incarnate quite a few contradictions.
The periodical publication International Floral Art, published by Stichting Kunstboek, not only offers a platform for new and inspiring floral trends and often spectacular designs, but is also a barometer for the innovation in floral art within each specific country. With more than 50 compositions judged worthy of publication by the international jury, the Russian avant-garde was particularly well represented in the 2008-2009 edition.
Transience is the central concept in the art of Ryusaku Matsuda, the grand master of contemporary Japanese floral art. His large-scale installations are a cross between traditional Ikebana and Land Art. Although his own emotional world often serves as the inspiration for the creation of a particular work, Matsuda does not consider himself an artist.
From 5 May to 16 September 2018, Bruges will form the backdrop to the second edition of the Triennial, an art trail in the heart of the historic city. With the theme Liquid City, the Triennial aims to investigate the role of a city like Bruges in a globalised and changing world. With their artistic and architectural installations, the participants in Triennial Bruges 2018 | Liquid City create welcoming public spaces in the city centre. These temporary interventions at less well-known and iconic places in the historic cityscape offer opportunities for wonder, encounter and dialogue.
After the success of the previous three editions of International Floral Art, the fourth edition promises to be another hit with florists and lovers of floral art. This biennial publication, which has become a household word in the floral world, takes stock of innovative floral art worldwide.