Rudi Bogaerts makes photos, paintings, drawings and films. By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way, Bogaerts investigates the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscape means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.
His paintings establish a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver. These works focus on concrete questions that determine our existence. By using an ever-growing archive of found documents to create autonomous artworks, he tries to approach a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way.
His works directly respond to the surrounding environment and uses everyday experiences from the artist as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. With a conceptual approach, he reflects on the closely related subjects of archive and memory. This often results in an examination of both the human need for ‘conclusive’ stories and the question whether anecdotes ‘fictionalise’ history.
His works are an investigation of concepts such as authenticity and objectivity by using an encyclopaedic approach and quasi-scientific precision and by referencing documentaries, ‘fact-fiction’ and popular scientific equivalents.
Artist Bio / CV
Lives & works in Ghent(Belgium)Group exhibitions
Solo Exhibitions 2013 Spatie-Espace, Casa Argentaurum, Ghent (B) 2009 "Hinweise zum lexikon", Galerie Jan Dhaese, Ghent (B)
2008 "This photo has notes”, CCHasselt, Hasselt (B)
2007 “Lexicon”, Galerie Jan Dhaese, Ghent (B)
2006 “Et le Manuel”, Gallery Argentaurum, Knokke-Zoute (B)
2005 “Images Volées”, Gallery Argentaurum, Knokke-Zoute (B)
2013 Johan De Wilde: Ik wordt, Voorkamer - Lier (B) 2012 "Leaving for a living"@Parallel Events Manifesta 9(B)
2011 Group show, Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts,Salzburg(A)
2010 Group show, Casa Argentaurum,Ghent(B)
2009 "Summer show",Galerie Jan Dhaese,Ghent(B)
2009 "53rd Venice Biennial's" official satellite project "Détournement, Venice(I)
2009 "10+2 1/2 jaar Voorkamer", Voorkamer,Lier(B)
2008 "Summer show", Galerie Jan Dhaese,Ghent(B)
2007 “Home is where the heart is”, Voorkamer,Lier(B)
2007 "Summer show", Galerie Jan Dhaese,Ghent(B)
2006 “Lineart”, Galerie Jan Dhaese,Ghent(B)
2005 “De Lichte Kamer”, Gallery S&H De Buck, Ghent(B)
1995 “25 Jaar optie Fotografie en Film”, Museum for Contemporay Art, Ghent(B)
1994 “Ithaka”, Leuven(B) 1993 “Lichtekooi”, Artscentre De Poort, Zonnebeke(B)
1991 “Mensenfoto’s”, Gele Zaal,Ghent(B)
1991 “La Photographie Belge”, Palais de Tokyo, Paris(F)
Awards 2005 Prize for Plastic Arts of the Province of East-Flanders, Ghent (B), selection
1990 Prize for Plastic Arts of the City of Harelbeke, Photography, Harelbeke (B),2nd mention
1990 Prize of the Province of Antwerp, Photography, Antwerp (B), selection
1989 8th Prize of the Open National Photography, Museum of Photography, Charleroi (B), Prize “Clichés”
1994-1995 masters degree in Fine Arts at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts(KASK), Ghent, dept. photography
1987-1990 studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK), Ghent, dept. photography+film
1984-1987 studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK), Ghent, dept. painting & dept. graphics + sculpture in evening classes