Does Gert have a message? You might ask when you are looking at his seemingly simple art for the first time. Art does not necessarily have a message, but in the case of Gert there are numerous messages in his works, often socially critical, sometimes autobiographical, always sensitive.
Arte Povera, Minimalism and Conceptual Art are never far away from Gert Scheerlinck's work, he refers heartily to (Manzoni, Merz, Zorio, Rauschenberg and of course Duchamp). It is not because a work consists of almost nothing, that there is nothing to see or to interpret. It is precisely that which makes it an art form, to see the beauty in it, to discover it.
Often question arises when you look at Gert's work: was the message already in the object or did the artist gave it his own story? A bit of both, perhaps. It's exactly this interaction that makes his work so exciting. Ultimately, it doesn't matter that much, it's the spectator who has to give the work its own interpretation. However, this leads to a paradox: with his minimalistic approach, Gert does not make it easy for us to interpret his art. The less there is, the more difficult to understand. There are no indications except the object itself. The message lies in the sculpture, it requires no explanation, no indications. It is a journey of discovery and the artist invites us, the viewer, to discover it.
In a certain sense, we have become incontestably passive (including myself): we want grandeur, craftsmanship, ingenuity, amazement. But what do we do with the beauty and grandeur of ordinary, banal things? Very little.
Gert makes art out of it.
Copyright Frederic De Meyer for The Art Couch ©
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