May 25, 2009

Lisa Walker at Galerie Caroline Van Hoek

Lisa Walker


You said “groceries” ? Hidden in the midst of the contemporary art gallery area in Brussels, you will find a place that used to be a small grocery store packed from top to bottom with goodies.
A very sweet little Turkish man, Mr. Er, would help you pick the best tomatoes or keep a fresh arrival for you at the back.
Today the fa├žade is still exactly the same but the interior has been harmoniously transformed by Glenn Sestig Architects, full of lavish suede drawers hiding little delicacies.
It is now Caroline Van Hoek who helps you pick the nicest creations from her choice of artists.
The specialty of the house are lots of wood, leather, ceramics, bone, textile, corian, etc. with a dash of gold or silver and a sparkle of precious stones, combined with fine seasonal ingredients.
Some are for every day taste, like big juicy energizing oranges ! Some others are for a very special occasion like delicate truffles. Some others are just for the pleasure of the eyes like a colorful exotic fruit. In any case, forget minimalistic, think fantastic and enter the most jewellicious grocery store in the world !

May 8, 2009

Arne Quinze

The Sequence is a monumental public sculpture designed by Belgian artist and designer Arne Quinze. The artistic intervention located in the heart of Brussels is made from wood and concrete connecting the Flemish Parliament to the House of Representatives physically and symbolically. Acting as a bridge between the public and the government neighbors, it promotes urban interaction and communication.

Quinze: “THE SEQUENCE bridges the communication gap between people and generates movement in the city. I want to reconnect people and let them interact with each other like they did in the past on squares. At least people talked to each other then.” Therefore concrete elements serve as the basis for the sculpture. It gives people a moment to reset their minds and think about what’s going on in those two buildings. The physical connection between neighbors, the Flemish Parliament and the House of Flemish Representatives reflects the possible connection between all neighbors in Brussels. Cross-culture connections, a connection with Europe, its diversity and entity.