Fluid Axis, 2018
In his installations, Leon Vranken connects familiar objects with alienating situations. He thus causes subtle shifts in our perception. His installations are mostly transparent, their geometric shapes and stark lines blend seamlessly into the mobile surroundings. The viewer often becomes an important participant in these compositions. For Beaufort, Vranken explicitly sought to engage in dialogue with the sea. Seas and oceans, unlike dry land, are constantly changing and intangible.
Vranken seems to have built an ad hoc monument, one that is transitory in nature. Steps lead to a fountain, which by its very nature constantly changes shape. Fountains, like monuments, are used as displays of power. The French king Louis XIV, for example, built fountains in the gardens of Versailles in order to display his power over nature. This fountain by Vranken is a monument that is not massive, but fluid, and is not situated in the city but in a rural landscape. The result is a fine contrarian non-monument. Vranken allows the fountain to follow its course and does not try to control it. The work resembles a ‘fata morgana’, a sculpture that does not seek to impose a defined meaning but invites the viewer to participation and gives free rein to the imagination.
Leon Vranken has had solo exhibitions at Meessen De Clercq, Brussels (2017), Z33, Hasselt (2014) and White Box, New York, United States (2011). He participated in group exhibitions including My Little Paradise, Middelheim Museum, Antwerp (2013), Encounters at the Boundary, Cultureel Centrum, Puurs (2014), Up Close and Personal, Cultuurcentrum Mechelen, Mechelen (2013) and Nachtfahrt, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, the Netherlands (2012).
Garden of CC Scharpoord, Maxim Willemspad 1, Knokke-Heist
- Tram stop: Knokke Station
- Cycling node: 68
- Walking node: 25