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Willem Oorebeek at Beige – Artforum Worldwide

Willem Oorebeek at Beige – Artforum Worldwide

Willem Oorebeek at Beige - Artforum International

The exhibition “1, 2, 3 Pirelli” presents new and preexisting works by Willem Oorebeek, successfully encapsulating the artist’s long-standing curiosity in printing strategies, picture circulation, and authority. With out Title, 2022, is a printed reproduction of a political poster mounted on aluminium. Oorebeek takes the picture of a politician’s awkward smile to potential voters throughout a latest marketing campaign in Belgium and covers it with semitransparent rubber dots, utilized with a curler to type a comparatively geometric sample paying homage to a halftone print. The circulation of political posters in Belgium is very regulated: They’ll solely be hung in particular areas and solely throughout particular intervals. The artist flagrantly shows this picture exterior of those prescribed occasions and areas, testifying to the methods the fabric props of energy can provide a essential commentary on that energy’s authority.

These works are complemented by the entire displaying of Oorebeek’s “Pirelli” sequence, which he began within the mid-Nineteen Nineties. These items revolve across the sort of nonslip rubber flooring tiles usually present in metro stations, which Oorebeek sheathes in a translucent cowl that displays the environment. The raised bumps that give the fabric its traction once more evoke the dots of the halftone printing approach, superimposing themselves on regardless of the mirroring floor displays. On this manner, they not solely recommend that artworks have the power to transform their environments into photographs, but additionally push on the conception of political authority as a paternalistic regulator of public area, utilizing the very supplies that supposedly improve safety.

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