Monday, 29 May 2017





Joachim Devillé (born 1978, Halle Belgium) lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.


Coming up ::


Visionary History
group exhibition with Davide Bertocchi, Louis de Cordier, Bram Demunter, Joachim Devillé
Lise Duclaux, Elise Eeraerts, Melanie Matthieu, Willem Oorebeek
G. Küng, Helmut Stallaerts, Conrad Willems
Zhang Yunyao
  
curated by Filip Luyckx

19.10.2017 - 31.01.2018 10u30-17u
Faculty of Law, University of Leuven - Belgium

Catalog published by Die Keure Brugge

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Joachim DevilléAlways somewhere different

 

In the last ten years Joachim Devillé has experimented with a wide range of media including drawing, painting, photography, animation films, sculptures, installations and performances. The medium of drawing, however, leads as a consistent and independend thread through his oeuvre and can undoubtely be considered as his main practise.



Working with a variety of themes such as architecture, history and identity in socio-economical and fictional settings, his recent work might be defined as a “utopian archeology” of our contemporary society.

 

A first theme reveils the unreachable, ultimate cliché dreams of succes and wealth, fame and luxury, happiness and beauty. These ideals of perfection, represented in our contemporary society through social media, magazines, porn, television broadcasts and etcetera, show utopian objectives for all, or at least the majority.



A second theme has a focus on the mechanisms of power in contemporary society, not in a political way, but beyond the visible mechanisms.



These two themes are stripped down until their ultimate banality; the magic of luxury, wealth, beauty and happiness is replaced by darkness, desolation, solitude and mystery.

Without using sarcasm or cynism, Joachim Devillé restages these public images, isolating them from their contexts. He translates these images into independend drawings, mainly working with charcoal on paper and canvas. By exploring all the qualities of the charcoal, the dark black and white drawings are balancing between the suggestive stroke and the precision of photorealism. 





In a third theme, Joachim Devillé creates site-specific, fictitious archive exhibitions situated in the future and based on fictional events. 


Through the praxis of a utopian archaeology and using the exhibition as a medium, Joachim Devillé investigates an absurd, yet critical view of future events, locations, characters and the artist as a self-driven, mythologized, and hyper-unique individual.  


They are embedded in an ever-developping scenario exploring how specific micro-structures in our society and the artist in question may deteriorate over time.

These future, imaginary events as well as fictional characters are site-specifically linked to the locations where these fictitious archive exhibitions are taking place.





This third theme is based on a previous, and still ungoing series of site-specific walldrawings, focussing on the relation between (the architectural) space and time.

These site-specific walldrawings are momentums of locations, depicting them in (temporary) drawings which are presented in the locations themselves.


The double notion of time and space created by these walldrawings reflects on our position as viewer, as well as on the position of the architectural spaces that are hosting the drawings.




Selection of Exhibitions, Projects and Performances 2007-2017



2017
Visionary History, curated by Filip Luyckx, Faculty of Law, University of Leuven - coming up
Arture #06, curated by Sven Vanderstichelen, Pastorie Herzele
Matt Watts, vinyl record cover artwork 


2016
Goldberg Series, University of Antwerp – solo
Nothing comes to Mind, LUCA Sint-Lukas Library, Brussels – solo

Art and Speculative Futures, Centre de Cultura Contemporana de Barcelona (Spain)

Hommage, curated by Vincent Geyskens, Anouk De Clerck & Sophie Lauwers, BOZAR, Brussels
Artist Trading Cards Brussels, curated by Joachim Devillé & Barry Camps, Brussels
10 years KVDM, curated by Isolde de Buck, Zebrastraat, Ghent
Nadar Ensemble, vinyl record cover design & artwork
  


2015
_poem for a white chair and a black cat, Private Room, Ghent – solo
Minutes of Atomic degrees, Salon Mommen Brussels - duo with Roberta Gigante

Need and Error, APT Gallery, London (UK) 

De Stille Dimensie, curated by Filip Luyckx, Library of the Faculty of Law , Leuven
Ronse Drawing Prize, Ronse
Artenova, D.Art, Mechelen 
A Belgian Politician, curated by Tom Liekens, Marion de Canniere Artspace, Antwerp



2014
Goldberg / Une Absence en Appel, Hasselt - solo
Transformations: site-specific walldrawings, De Hoorn, Leuven - solo

S.R.N.D.P.T., TETEM kunstruimte, Enschede (The Netherlands)

Surveying, Rewind, Brussel
Series, Caps, Antwerp

2013
Joachim Devillé, Zebrastraat Ghent – solo

Inside Emptiness, Tentoon, 's Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands) - duo

A Touch of Character, Loopart Deptford, London (UK)
Prix Canson, Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux Arts, Paris (France)

Not a Straight Line, Fabriekstraat, Brussel
D.Art, Cultuur Centrum / Mahla / OLV 48-50, Mechelen
Fake Fair, Rewind, Brussel


2012
Manifesta 09 Satellite Show, St-Jansschool Genk
Belgian Emerging Artists, USA Embassy for NATO, Brussel
Grote prijs Actuele Tekenkunst, Cultureel Centrum Ronse
Art on Paper, Contemporary Drawing Fair, Brussels



2011
Open Studio, Renold, Brussels - solo

Belgian P(art), de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Drawing Connections, Art Institute, Siena (Italy)

The Draughtsman’s Contract,Cypres Galerie, Leuven


2009
The Whole Nine Yards, Actionfields Gallery, Brussels
Orde-Chaos, Klein Begijnhof, Mechelen
Almost Famous Portraits, Maison du Hainaut, Charleroi
Déjeuner sur Sable (Blanc), Vierkante Zaal, St-Niklaas
Joachim Devillé, drawing performance with music performed by Nadar, Brussels
Black Mass, animationfilm with music performed by Nadar, CC Kortrijk / CC Sint-Niklaas


2008
Talent in Beweging, Glaspaleis, Heerlen (The Netherlands)

Rural Encounters, Actionfields Gallery, Brussels
M’as-Tu Vu?, BELvue Museum, Brussels
Construction Site, Actionfields Gallery, Brussels
Joachim Devillé: Black Mass, animationfilm with music performed by reFLEXible, within the scope of Double Booking / Kunstweek Gent, Zebrastraat, Ghent / within the scope of the group show Talent in Beweging, Glaspaleis, Heerlen (The Netherlands) / De Markten, Brussels  / within the scope of the group show M’as-tu vu / Nuit Blanche, BELvue Museum,Brussels
Entartung: Black Mass, animationfilm with music performed by Nadar, Logos Foundation, Ghent


2007
Joachim Devillé: drawings and paintings, Cypres Gallery, Leuven - solo
Joachim Devillé, drawings and paintings, Q-o2, Brussels – solo

Joachim Devillé: One By One, video and performance with dance by Kayoko Minami and Barbara Pereira and music performed by reFLEXible, Sint-Lukas Hogeschool, Brussels
50/25, Cypres Gallery, Leuven


Education
Masters Schilderkunst / Masters Degree Painting
Sint-Lukas Hogeschool, Brussel, 1998-2002

Post-Master Specific Teachers Program for the Arts
LUCA School of Arts, Ghent, 2015-2017


works selection overview 2017-2007::




Always Somewhere Different (Florida)
Charcoal on canvas
100 x 160 cm
2017






Knokke Zoute (Nihil Metuere) - 2017
charcoal on canvas
100 x 160 cm




Territory Madness (no title, just a Thought) - 2017
mixed media on canvas
50 x 50 cm




An Afternoon Delight II -2017
charcoal on canvas
50 x 50 cm




Gate nr 3 -2017
mixed media on canvas
80 x 100 cm
studioview




MOTinternational- 2036
charcoal on canvas
150 x 200 cm
2016




Nothing comes to Mind - 2015
Graphite, charcoal and Conté on Paper
70 x 100 cm



 

Fence - 2015
charcoal on canvas
50 x 70 cm





Stairs - 2015
charcoal on canvas
50 x 70 cm






Dyptich - 2015
charcoal on canvas
(2x) 50 x 70 cm







Beverly Hills - 2015
charcoal on canvas
50 x 50 cm

XD - Miami, 2015
charcoal on canvas
97 x 147 cm




XDS_07 - 2014
Graphite, charcoal and Conté on Paper
70 x 100 cm






XDS_06 - 2014
graphite, charcoal and Conté on Paper
70 x 100 cm







XDS_05 - 2014
charcoal on Paper
70 x 100 cm






XDS_04 - 2012
Conté-crayon, charcoal, negro & black chalk lead on paper
110 x 150 cm






XDS_03 - 2012
Conté-crayon, charcoal, negro & black chalk lead on paper
110 x 150 cm






XDS_02 - 2012
Conté-crayon, charcoal, negro & black chalk lead on paper
110 x 150 cm






XDS_01 - 2012
Charcoal & black chalk lead on paper
110 x 150 cm


XXX.i_05 - 2014
Aurora's Private Chat
charcoal on paper
50 x 90 cm











XXX.i_04 - 2013
My name is Kundt. Harriete Kundt.
Conté a Paris and pencil on paper
50 x 70 cm






XXX.i_03 - 2013
Honey Demon
charcoal & Conté on paper
53 x 72 cm






XXX.i_02 - 2013
Backdoor Envy
charcoal & Conté on Steinbach paper
53 x 72 cm







Berlin 1942 (VII)
An Imaginary Reserve (I) - 2011
Conté & charcoal on paper
100 x 160 cm












Berlin 1942 (VI)
Untitled Dislocation (II) - 2011
Graphite, conté & charcoal on paper
70 x 100 cm








Berlin 1942 (V)
Spy vs. Spy - 2011
Graphite, conté & charcoal on paper
70 x 100 cm








Berlin 1942 (I) - 2009
Graphite, conté & charcoal on paper
70 x 100 cm








Berlin 1942 (II) - 2009
Indian ink on Lana watercolor paper
28 x 32 cm







Berlin 1942 (III)


Untitled Dislocation (I) - 2009
Indian ink on Lana watercolor paper
28 x 32 cm







Berlin 1942 (IV) - 2009
Indian ink on Lana watercolor paper
28 x 32 cm





Location X.3 (II - No Ghosts, No Nation) - 2013
Charcoall on paper
150 x 200 cm






Location X.3 (I) - 2013
Charcoal and pencil on paper
70 x 100 cm






Location X.1 (I) v.1 - 2012
Graphite, negro, charcoal, black chalk lead & conté-crayon on paper
110 x 170 cm






Location X.1 (I) v.2 - 2012
graphite & black chalk lead on Montval paper
73 x 110 cm






An Imaginary Reserve (V) - 2011
Graphite, black chalk lead, conté & charcoal on Montval paper
152 x 320 cm

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An Imaginary Reserve (IV) - 2011
Graphite, black chalk lead, conté & charcoal on Montval paper
110 x 170 cm

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An Imaginary Reserve (III) - 2011
Graphite, black chalk lead, conté & charcoal on Montval paper
152 x 170 cm

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An Imaginary Reserve (II) - 2011
Graphite, black chalk lead, conté & charcoal on Montval paper
152 x 170 cm












NL.003 - 2009
Indian ink on paper
28 x 38 xm







BM.001 - 2008
pencil & conté crayon on paper
53 x 76 cm







BM.002 - 2008
pencil & conté crayon on paper
53 x 76 cm






BM.005 - 2008
pencil & conté crayon on paper
53 x 76 cm






BM.006 - 2008
pencil & conté crayon on paper
53 x 76 cm






BM.007 - 2008
pencil & conté crayon on paper
53 x 76 cm






BM.008 - 2008
pencil & conté crayon on paper
53 x 76 cm





BM.009 - 2008
pencil & conté crayon on paper
53 x 76 cm






BM.011 - 2008
pencil & conté crayon on paper
53 x 76 cm












BM.012 - 2008
pencil & conté crayon on paper

53 x 76 cm







Sinaï - 2009
Conté crayon on paper
53 x 76 cm 







Forever Poor - 2008
Conté crayon on paper
53 x 76 cm 







Untitled Meeting - 2007
Conté crayon on paper
53 x 76 cm 






Hotel - 2007
Conté crayon on paper
53 x 76 cm 








Checkpoint - 2007
Conté crayon on paper
53 x 76 cm 








Bridge - 2007
Conté crayon on paper
53 x 76 cm 







Inter-view - 2007
Conté crayon on paper
53 x 76 cm 








Cloître Rouge - 2006
Conté crayon on paper
53 x 76 cm 








Stairs (after Lynch) - 2005
Conté crayon on paper
53 x 76 cm 








Meeting (after Pasolini) - 2005
Conté crayon on paper
53 x 76 cm 



contact: joachimdevil@gmail.com

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