Anna Solal and Pascal Petrus | A SICK SUN
A SICK SUN stages a place of indoor escape. A place of shelter where dreams, aspirations and anxieties have been allowed to ferment undisturbedly and ripen into outward forms. Sealed away from daily unobtrusiveness, places readily turn into hothouses of imagination, distortion, magic and questioning. They open up inwardly and become antechambers of possible worlds and other selves, sites where here turns into elsewhere. A SICK SUN exhibits the crystallizations of this indoor trip in installation, video, drawing and sculpture. The result is an assemblage of objects that together are vaguely reminiscent of a home world, but one where cracks open onto otherness, outer ornament betrays inner reveries and fears, windows are confrontational and mirrors ask questions.
Anna Solal’s work (www.annasolal.com) is chiefly concerned with the passage from childhood to adulthood and from reality to unbridled imagination. While she is principally a photographer, her work also includes drawings, paintings, sculptures, film and installations. Solal renders her themes in an intensely raw language that incorporates pop elements as well as the fantastic. She also writes and illustrates children’s stories, and is inspired by artists such as Paul Thek, Walker Evans and Mike Kelley.
Pascal Petrus (www.pascalpetrus.com) is fascinated by adolescence and by the superficiality of the standardized and recyclable as well as the perversities and tensions they conceal. Seeking to expose these hidden perversities, his work tends to show familiar, accessible settings and banal objects in a way that transforms and decodes them. Frequent references include pop and urban culture as well as home life.
Text by Sofie Verraest
Opening Thursday 7 March 2013 6pm-10pm
Expo 7-31 March
Sleutelstraat 5, 1000 Brussels
Wed to Sat 2pm-6pm (ring the bell to get in), or by appointment.