O.o Invited@Rivoli Brussels
Saturday 17th March - Saturday 5th May 2018
The Rivoli Galleries have joined forces to organize a unique event. Entitled Rivoli meets O.o, Hopstreet, Artelli Gallery along with Parisian Art Link Production, Béatrice Brunner, Iconik Gallery, Rossicontemporary and Zwart Huis, invite press and public to engage in an exceptional design trajectory throughout their gallery spaces. Central to this route is an artistic and poetical exhibition produced by O.o, Occasionale Ontmoetingen, (which stands for Occasional Encounters); a new platform that connects contemporary design with contemporary art via playful interactions and a bold choice of material that enhances the subtleties of each creation.
Occasionele ontmoetingen is an initiative of Marie Droogmans, Elke Patteet, Warner Berckmans and Guy Creten. O.o devises and organizes events within unique architectural settings in which they stimulate cross-fertilizations between contemporary art and innovative design that move beyond the well-trodden path. The dynamic which is thus created ensures a new dialogue and a new experience of contemporary visual language. Thanks to the poetical tête à tête that the selected works of art will make with contemporary design for Rivoli meets O.o; new and fresh associations will emerge alongside harmonious experiences.
For this event, O.o selected projects from 10 young and international designers whose work will be shown along that of artists represented by the galleries. A hidden chest of drawers by Raphaël Charles, the slide-to-adapt open cabinet by Mark Gombault, layered materials by OSΔOOS, marbled salts by Roxane Lahidji and stackable stools by Bram Vanderbeke will be shown, as will architectural jewellery designed by Marina Stanimirovic, fragile textile by Babs Van den Thillart, a functional brass sculpture by Studio Berg, discrete ceramics by Ann Van Hoey and geometric faience by Atelier Polyhedre.
These unique design pieces will resonate with the works of 10 contemporary artists. O.o chose desig- ners whose creations catch the eye thanks to a combination of a gutsy attitude and a clear view on choi- ce of material, form, texture, colour, aesthetics and functionality. Their designs will be subtly combined with the artworks displayed in the galleries. These will bring manipulated black-and-white photographs of faceless personas by Noé Sendas to the fore, as well as architectural colour nuances by Lea Jessen, disturbing landscapes by Carsten Ingemann, abstract work by Gust Duchateau and Sylvain Polony, meditative paintings by Etienne van Doorslaer, fizzing work on paper by Albert Pepermans, intimate scenes by Marie Rosen and taut sculptures by John Van Oers.