About the work of Jonas Vansteenkiste

The works of the artist Jonas Vansteenkiste are defined by spaces.
He uses several media, i.e. installations, video, sculpture, photos and drawings.
He refers and uses – both in a physical and psychological way – architectural elements.


He builds up spaces, or creates situations which can best be defined as "mental spaces".
Mental spaces have a resemblance with "Denkraum", a notion mostly found in philosophy and architecture. "Denkraum" can be seen as building walls,

not only in but also from the chaos of one's own perception,

emotions and thoughts to express in a clear way these experiences and feelings.


Keeping this in mind, Jonas defines and creates his works.

These works depart from a personal experience where the anecdotal is moved

to the background where it is further purified into a "basso continuo" used to build upon. He approaches the medium "installation" as one of reference and experience. He thus places the spectator in an active role: he invites him to step into the work and situate himself – both mentally and physically – in it.


The artist also leaves room for the spectator to add his own personal experiences in these installations, which are not only the "relevant" place for the artist, but also for the spectator.


The same exercise is repeated in his drawings: these spaces are more personal so a spectator is only invited by a gaze…

portrait by Richard Duyck

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Biography & CV

 

1984 born in Kortrijk, Belgium

 

1996-2002 DAS art high school, Kortrijk

2001-2003 sculpture classes

2003-2004 KASK Gent 3D

2004-2006 KASK Gent Combined Media

2006-2007 KASK Gent New Media (Bachelor)

2008-2009 KASK Gent Media Art (Master)

2015-2016 research in arts & design, St-Lucas Antwerpen

(Master After Master)

 

Lives and works in Kortrijk, Belgium

 

 

 

Group exhibitions (selection)
2021
"HEAT/ENERGY"Curators: Martin Ålund, Torbjörn Johansson and Jonas Ellerström, Kummelholmen, Stockholm, (SWE) 
"Heat/Energy" Martin Ålund, Torbjörn Johansson and Jonas Ellerström,Körsbärsgården(SWE) 

 

2020

 

"Isolation | Communication"Färgfabriken, Curators: Martin Ålund, Torbjörn Johansson and Jonas Ellerström, Kummelholmen, Stockholm, (SWE) 

"Citytrip" CC de Steiger, Menen (BE)

"Synergia" duo show with Joke Raes, CC Brugge (BE)

"PRE-TRIENNALE" Brugge plus, Brugge (BE)

"Artivirals" Maaltebruggekasteel, Ghent (BE)

"Toutes les Lignes Droites sont Courbes", De ververij, Ronse (BE)

"unravelings" PARCE ,Ghent, (BE)

‘in the absence of the artist’ @ virtual exhibition

"Behind the Glass", online project

"Kunst aanzet" De mijlpaal, Heusden -Zolder (BE)

"INSIDE/OUT, Borluut Castle, Ghent (BE)

"Borrowed spaces" WARP, St-Niklaas (BE)

"Ménage à deux"Het Stadsmus, Hasselt (BE)

2019

"Seeing the invisible", Novi Sad, (Serbia)

“Measures of poetry” curator Jan Van Woensel, Bogaerden kapel, Brugge (BE)

"Landscapes 2.0" Bubox, Kortrijk (BE)

"The wrong house" the wrong house, Kortrijk (BE)

“Genisis” curator Christa Vyvey, L.A.C. Sigean, (FR)

"hier und dort", Bad Godesberg (DE)

"Home sweet home" curator Jan Leysen, Kunstenhuis, Harelbeke (BE)

"Open House" ZK/U, Berlin (DE)

"Test case xIx"@EKWC, Oisterwijk, (NL)

"Point in Time",@EKWC, Heusden, (NL)

 

 

2018

 

"Les Traversées du Marais, sur le fil, Paris (FR)

"50th Grand Prix of Actual Drawing", Ronse (BE)

"On Show", the South African Association, Cité des Arts, Paris (FR)

"Don't Mention the War", Kunstenhuis, Harelbeke, (BE)

"SHOWROOM: MIA CHAPLIN, JONAS VANSTEENKISTE, SARAH BLOOD, ELLE VAN UDEN & MARTIN ÅLUND", Cité des Arts,Paris(FR)

"Botanical stills II" de Mijlpaal, Knokke-Heist (BE)

"About desire and consolation", Kunstenfestival Watou, Watou, (BE)

"The Homecoming", curator Jan Van Woensel, 252 CC, Ekeren (BE)

"Viriditas", de mijlpaal, Heusden-Zolder (BE)

"Blind date", DAK, Amsterdam (NL)

"Le pays le plus laid du monde?", Halluin (FR)

"Dolers", Dendermonde (BE)

"Botanical stills" de Mijlpaal, Knokke-Heist (BE)

 

 

2017

 

"Inspiratie - Landschap", curators Kristof Reulens & Eddie Guldolf,  C-Mine, Genk (BE)

"Provinciale prijs beeldende kunsten 1997-2017", Roger Raveel Museum, Machelen (BE)

"El Camino- a way between two pionts", curator Christa Vyvey, KADOC, Leuven (BE)

You don’t need an app to experience the real thing’, Kusseneers Gallery, Brussels (BE)

"Yart",Gent, (BE)

"Celibataire Divas", Hasselt, (BE)

"Southern Comfort", Fort 5, Edegem, (BE)

 

 

2016

 

"Coup de ville", curator Stef Van Bellingen, St Niklaas (BE)

"Périples", espace culturel de la FDE, Montpellier (FR)

"Tradition doesn't graduate", curator Nikolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk/KOMPLOT, Brussels (BE)

"Hommage", BOZAR, Brussels (BE)

"MANAMA@Hole of the Fox", Antwerpen (BE)

"Interrupting The City", Stadsfeestzaal, Antwerp (BE)

"El Camino- a way between two pionts", curator Christa Vyvey L.A.C. Sigean, (FR)

"Provencial price east-flanders", Roger Raveel Museum, Machelen (BE)
"Water WAR", curator Christophe De Jaeger, Buda Kortrijk (BE)

"El Camino- a way between two pionts", curator Christa Vyvey , Brugge (BE)

 

 

2015

 

"PLATFORM",Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin (IE)

"Fabric Spaces", Curator: Sevie Tsampalla, Piano Fabriek, Brussel (BE)

"Aandacht Aandacht!", De warande Turnhout/C-mine Genk (BE)

"St-Lucas @Biënalle of Venice", Arsenale, (IT)

"Line-up", Gent (BE)
Kunstenfestival Watou, Watou (BE)
'Stille, stomme getuigen', A Gallery Named Sue, The Hague (NL)
'ART TRACES', Langemark-Poelkapelle (BE)
'Immersie!', De Mijlpaal, Heusden-Zolder (BE)

 

 

2014

 

'Tussentijd', Oosterzele (BE)
"Citadellarte",colaboration with M HKA, Diest (BE)
'Private Shelter', Vrijstaat O, Oostende (BE)
"Cuesta"curator Frederik Van Laere, Tielt (BE)
"MDD veiling, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle (BE)
"Kunstenfestival Can'Art", Kuurne (BE)
"Nightshop",MDD, Knokke (BE)
‘Tussenwereld, Intercommunale Westlede, Sint-Niklaas (BE)
‘Warum? Iedereen zijn oorlog’, Zonnebeke (BE)
‘The medium of everything’, School of arts Ghent, Ghent (BE)
‘Crox 458’, Croxhapox, Ghent (BE)

 

 

2013

 

‘Over Liefde die we niet begrijpen’, Kunstenfestival Watou, Watou (BE)
‘Museum aan de overkant’, VZW Wit.H, Kortrijk (BE)
‘Cantaté’, Kunstenhuis, Harelbeke (BE)
‘Spiegelbeelden,’ MADO, Kortrijk (BE)
‘The Big Draw, we draw our relationship’, The Big Draw, Ghent (BE)

 

 

2012
'de Canvascollectie/ la collection RTBF', BOZAR, Brussels (BE)
‘OFF TRACK', Ghent (BE)
‘BHArt#01', Red Fisch factory, Borgerhout (BE)
‘Kunstensalon Sant’, Bruges (BE)

 

 

2011

 

'Paradise lost Paradise', Sint-Maartenskerkhof, Kortrijk (BE)
'Label 08', KASK, Ghent (BE)

 

 

2010

 

The Swan Song of parking palace, Kortrijk (BE)
'Canvas collectie', BOZAR, Brussels (BE)
'fast forward', M HKA, Antwerp (BE)
'privat public painting', MuZEE, Ostend (BE)
'CERTIFIED COPY', Verbeke foundation, Kemzeke (BE)

 

 

2009

 

'How to save the world in 10 day's scrapbook', Vooruit, Ghent (BE)
'Places of memory, Places of vision', Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Rome (IT)
'Wie biedt meer?', Flagey, Brussels (BE)
Logement, Antwerp (BE)
'The ever mass land', Nadine, Brussels (BE)
'Nowhere/ Now here', Art track, Ghent (BE)
'New Times Roman', timefestival, Ghent (BE)
'The Apartment Project",Curator Laurence Dujardyn, London (UK) 

 

 

2008

 

'KASKweek', KASK, Ghent (BE)
'At first sight', iMAL, Brussels (BE)
'Canvas collectie', BOZAR, Brussels (BE) 

 

 

2007

 

'KASKweek', KASK, Gent (BE)

 

Solo exhibitions (selection)
 
2020
"ruins", Drongenhof chapel, Gent (BE)
"Bang, Bang" show with Veerle Michiels, Raverzyde, Oostende (BE)
2019
"Denkraum", Gasthuiskapel, Borgloon (BE)
"Reflections",THE WRONG HOUSE, Kortrijk (BE)
2018

"Mr. House"(an introduction), Cité international des Arts, Paris (FR)

"Palimpsest interventions", streetart project, Paris (FR)

 
2017

 

"Mr.House", The Trophy Room, Curator Sevie Tsampalla /Alexander J. Croft , Liverpool (UK)

"Double Standard, Yart,Gent (BE)

"WANDER MEANDER II", curator Lieven Van den Abeele &Hendrik Tratsaert in the private home of Julie Vandenbroucke & Michel Espeel, Wander Meander is an initiative of the artist duo Sarah & Charles (BE)

 

 

2015

"A Pile of Homes", curator Sandra Rogier,Tour & Taxis, Brussels (BE)

"A House is not a Home, Mike Kelley version", curator Gerry Van Tendeloo, permanent installation @ Libaert projects, Kortrijk (BE)

 

 

2013

"Mentale ruimtes",Zottegem (BE)

"Form Follows Fiction ", Waregem (BE)

 

 

2012

"Habitat, un séjour à titre temporaire", Bortiergalerij, Brussels (BE)

 

2011

"A Space of Confinement", Benedengalerie,Kortrijk (BE)

"A Space of Confinement", Hopstreet, Brussels (BE)

"Front", Fotorama, Wevelgem (BE)

 

 

2010

"Beyond the story", CC SPOOR, Harelbeke (BE)

 

2009

"Immersion: Atelier 7", SEAS CC Scharpoord, Knokke (BE)

 

 

Awards & selections in competitions

 

2018

selection: 50th Grand Prix of Actual Drawing", Ronse (BE)

2015

winner of provencial price East-Flanders, Gent (BE)

2014

Winner of Jan Van Rijswijck center, WARP, St-Niklaas (BE)

2013

3th price PBK City of Harelbeke (BE)

2012

selected for Canvas collection, Brussels (BE)

2010

Winner of the IMP award for young talent

selected for Canvas collection, Brussels (BE)

2008

selected by Jan Hoet for the Rodenbach award

selected for Canvas collection, Brussels (BE)

 

 
 

 

 

 

Residencies/Grants

2020

Rucka, Cesis,(LV)

 

2019

 

Sundaymorning@ekwc, Oisterwijk (NL)

ZK/U, Center for Art and Urbanistics Berlin, (DE)

Grant, Government of Flanders, (BE)

 

2018

 

Cité internationale des arts, Paris (FR)

Grant, Government of Flanders, (BE)

 

2016-2017

 

Emile Vandoorne Museum, Genk (BE)

Grant, Government of Flanders, (BE)

 

2016

 

Our Institutional Futures, Winterschool, School of Creative Arts, Dublin(IE)

 

2014

 

Grant, Government of Flanders, (BE)

 

2008

 

Rome spring academy, Rome (IT)

 

 

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