In his latest exhibition Black Hole Sun, the Belgian artist Xavier Mary (1982) uses a conceptual dialectic to explore the contrast between nature and spirituality on the one hand and the motorized society on the other throughout a visual, formal language that ties in with the globalized 21st century.
His post-industrial sculpture and post-apocalyptic, mythical realism stand with one leg in the past and the other into the future. In a bold manner which almost suggests artificial intelligence to be landed into a prehistorical past, the Belgian artist interweaves elements of mythology and technology to create an ‘applied metaphysics 2.0’, wandering in an unorthodox style through history, present and future by reflecting on topics such as modern civilization, humankind, mass consumption and mystical idolatry in a visually poetical way that combines absurd cleverness with technological motorized skills.
The discord between tradition and progress (which was also central in his previous work) is furtherly examined in the visionary Black Hole Sun. The starting point for his critical view on our industry-driven world is the region of South-East Asia, where the artist was confronted during his recent travels with the mythical spiritual past of humanity and a futuristic world in which technology threatens to overtake human beings in evolution.
After several trips to Cambodia and Thailand, Mary got fascinated by the architecture of ancient temples, the know-how of the local sculptors, the ingenuity of the mechanics and the hustle and bustle of the cities that incongruously contrasted with the beauty of the pristine jungle that remained wild. As if Blade Runner would have been blended with The Jungle Book.
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Renowned as the oldest gallery in Brussels, the gallery Baronian will enter its fiftieth year of activity in 2022, a date that will be celebrated next year in a very special way. Albert will extend his eclectic and sensitive exhibition programme, with the same passion that has carried him since his beginnings, and supported by the contribution of Roland de Lathuy, who will be in charge of Private Sales at the gallery.
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