Drawings - Stefaan van Biesen


D R A W I N G S / W A T E R C O L O U R S





'The urban flaneur'.


Spaziergangwissenschaft [Walking as an absolute science]: writings, reflections, drawings, models, performances about society, ecology versus economy... . It is seen as a forum for discussion about sociological and ecological visions. In this project there are links to Alfred Dürer [1471 - 1528], Caspar David Friedrich [1774 - 1840], Friedrich Nietzsche [1844-1900], Fernando Pessoa [1888-1935], Joseph Beuys [1921-1986], Luis Baragan [1902-1988], Willem Schinkel [1976], ...


















Head Wanderer Drawings [50 cm x 65 cm]. A series of drawings since 1990. Paper: Hollands Van Gelder.

[download here pdf file of these drawings].




















[Obstacle/Passage/Obstacle]. Study Geboortepark Zwijndrecht Belgium 2017>2018.



Sculpture/permanent installation public space for a birth park of the community of Zwijndrecht in Belgium. Installation / Reconstruction of the little gate on the painting of Hieronymous Bosch [1450-1516]: 'the lost son'. (Museum Boijmans-van Beuningen, the Netherlands). A symbol of rebirth and change.







W A N D E R L U S T - W A T E R C O L O U R









Drawing paper in our bagpacks. A nomadic way of making drawings while travelling and working in situ. Then left at the place where they were made as a gift to one who was our host. These works are always made on site in relation to the place and within the context of the host's intimacy and living environment. Mostly it are people who are contacted and chosen for their art historical importance allthough they lived in anonymity: for example, intimate friends of late German iconic artist Joseph Beuys like Rhea Thonges Stringaris and her friends.


The nomadic aspect of the renaissance artists, who travelled all over Europe like Albrecht Dürer [1471-1528]. Journeys become art projects, laboratories of thoughts. Drawings and other artefacts arise from encounters. Notes, artefacts and drawings embellish the journey. [the Dürer Connection].


The house of Niki Fröhling Amsterdam NL, the house of Dr. Rhea Thonges Stringaris & Ingrid Pee Kassel 2007, Velha-a-Branca Cultural Centre Braga Portugal 2010 & Museu Nogueira da Silva [How long is Now?] Braga Portugal 2012, The house of Jany Niemeijer & Bert De Rijcke, De Leegte Nieuwolda NL 2010, Art Athina Athens 2015.






































[Whispering (I)] & [Leafless]: 2 Studies performances Urban Emptiness Nicosia Festival 2017 [21 cm x 29,7 cm].




Drawings as a study for a performance [or attributes created for and used during these events] are often used to understand the problems involved in certain actions in relation with the philosophical background of the subject. Also to plan the elements to be used in the process of making performances [or works], such as light, color, form, fabric or material and how they relate to the place, to the body, the audience, as a gesture of silence or as an urban ritual and the scope of their intention. These drawings meant as a study, can have more impact than more-elaborately planned work, due to the insights the artist gains while exploring the subject.









T R A C E S . O F . M E M O R Y

An ongoing, current project with Dr. Shaomin Xue [China/Belgium].


Shaomin xue is a Chinese doctor, who teaches and is practicing Chinese medicin, influenced by her homeland, the philosophy of Confusius. In China writing is considered as art. The drawings and watercolours of Stefaan van Biesen are a field of thoughts and combine two cultures, making connections with different views.









A series of wooden boxes of nomadic drawings of the landscape while walking and observing the region. Sometimes with video, photographs and text.







The Box of Walks is an artifact of a nomadic museum of walks [drawings, prints, maps, painted figures], that are displayed in situ for a limited time. It is taken in the luggage of the artist on the go and shown to the public when the opportunity arises.








©stefaan van biesen-annemie mestdagh 20.01.2018