The latest exhibition by Janek Simon at Raster has an open structure. Instead of a traditional, arranged showing of completed artistic objects, we are given a process, a situation suggesting a visit to the studio, where we can observe “live” the changing progress of work on each project.
EXHIBITIONS IN EUROPE
Janek Simon’s show “Brussels Research Yoga” was exhibited in the artistic neighborhood of Saint-Gilles, in the space run by an experimental art residency program Super Deals, who invited Simon for a one-month-long stay in Brussels.
Simon’s many exotic trips over the past dozen years have served to develop his para-artistic endeavors, vested on the fringes of economics, art and post-colonial thought. His newest exhibition is an offshoot of these earlier experiences, as it also inverts the perspective of the artist as observer. Simon’s main topic of interest shifts from intercultural exchange towards the subjective observations of a researcher-traveler: exploration, and confabulation, too, of which the experiences of recognized travelers, reporters and artists are full of.
The exhibition explores the lyrical and political properties of matter that co-created certain legends of industry – and its demise. Aluminum – a lightweight, non-corrosive metal – appears in a range of forms, both as an artistic medium and an industrial material, a ready-made of sorts. Its artistic legacy is intrinsically connected to the idea of depersonalizing the act of creation.