Ian de Weerdt
St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp
In constant search of the exact nature of his identity, Ian De Weerdt slips in and out of certain facets of his own character, at times giving himself into them to get a better feeling of what they are.
Some people call these facets their quirks, some call them their ‚demons‘ – and certainly everyone has them. Ian calls them by different names, he treats them like beings of their own, that sometimes take over his body or push him into a certain direction, make him perform a certain act.
All of these parts have an enormous impact, as they push and pull inside of us. Another aim of his is to find out, how these different energies work together and what they produce by being in a constant strain with each other.
Especially his youthful force – an energy that has been connotated as ‚male‘ – he allows to take over his whole existence from time to time. Not in order to potentialize it – but in constant pursuit of the nature of his ‚female‘ energy as he puts it himself. His work for the first installment of the exhibition is not only an exercise, but also an exorcism. The remains of past performances have been rearranged and reused in a quite Beuysian manner – but (unlike Beuys) only to be destroyed forever after this installment of the exhibition. The living room installation he has created out of them is a lair. After living in the installation for three days, he was able to pinpoint what exactly was living in the lair. This creature crept out of the depth of his being at the opening in a quite immediate fashion and showed itself to the visitors. In this way, he always works quite intuitive – instinctive even – and works out the why/ what/ how after the deed. Ian de Weerdt is a force of nature, that won’t let himself be reduced to a certain category of art, or artist.
© Banu Alpsü