Sorry We’re Closed Gallery
As a part of Brussels Art Days – 11 to 13 September – Sorry we’re closed will yet again make its mark. Opened in April 2005, Sorry We’re Closed is not a classical gallery but rather project room; white cube, (350 x 350 x 350 cm) very visible from the outside; a window lit at night and day and open toward the street. Located in the heart of Brussels between the Palais de Justice, the Great Synagogue, the Juvenile Court, the Sablon, the Museum of Beaux Arts and the Palais Royal. Since 2008, they extended their space, allowing artists more space to exhibit. This September, the gallery will host a group exhibition with three artists: Graham Collins, Noam Rappaport and Jeffrey Tranchell.
Focussing on the conditions and structures of production, Graham Collins‘ practice highlights the physicality of the works beyond his own hand, thereby denying the idea of a visible author. The techniques Collins employs are generic yet carried out within very specific delineations of his practice allowing the artwork a gentle resistance of definition and questioning of context and acknowledging many of the issues surrounding contemporary art production and re-emphasising the individual creative act.
Jeffrey Tranchell uses store-bought home-improvement materials—MDF, corkboard, plastic hardware, ceramic knobs—to create three-dimensional compositions that fuse contemporary consumerism and 20th-century experiments in abstraction. In these assemblages, the individual components are presented almost without manipulation, in deceptively simple arrangements that highlight their blankness.
Teetering between painting and sculpture, New York-based artist Noam Rappaport’s hybrid open-form objects take on a character of their own. Through the use of commonplace materials, such as stretcher bars, nails, screws, and wiring, Rappaport’s art approaches formalism through a decidedly informal process. His traditionally painted works on irregularly contoured and shaped canvases invoke the art of post-minimalist artist Richard Tuttle. In spite of the casual presence of Rappaport’s work, its sense of order suggests an assured clarity of both thought and method that underscores the works’ hybrid identity.
The collective exhibition will run from 11 September to 7 November 2015 at Sorry we’re closed gallery.