// Hedwig Brouckaert Portrait

Advertising images of magazines and mail order catalogues are the source of my drawings, prints and installations. I transfer the images of figures or elements such as hair. Through my extensive layering process, the figures lose their individual characteristics and become part of a mass, a zigzagging chaos of lines.
I am interested in the tension between the banal, highly representational and readable starting point – advertisements, which have to get a message across as clearly as possible – and the abstracted, illegible result of the layering process. The final drawing is a sort of compact image or an abstract of the whole magazine: All the information is in there, but condensed and illegible.

The images I use often have extremely high production value. Magazines arriving as a pristine, glowing object in the mail or on the newsstand yet meant to disappear quickly and to become trash, to be replaced by the most recent up to date information. My work on the contrary, is the result of an antiquated and slow process. It refers to the culture that produced those images, but totally transforms the original narrative.

// Hedwig Brouckaert / vita



2003-2005 Masters of Fine Art Art Studio University of California, Davis, CA, USA
1996-1999 Laureate of the Higher Institute for Fine Arts – Flanders Belgium
1995-1996 Teaching Degree Sint-Lukas Hogeschool, Brussels / B
1991-1995 Masters of Fine Art Sculpture Sint-Lukas Hogeschool, Brussels / B


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015 Solo Show, Jan Dhaese Gallery, Gent / B
2014 A knot, a tangle, a blemish in the eternal smootheness
, The Kentler International Drawing Space, New York / USA
2013 That’s the end of the story, which nobody can deny, Jan Dhaese Gallery, Ghent / B
2012-2013 Uprooted –P, window installation, FLACC Workplace for Visual Artists, Genk / B
2011 Cosmo.Sys, Solo Show and Book Presentation, Jan Dhaese Gallery, Ghent / B
2010 Bilateria, SECONDroom, Ghent / B
Mass Storage, Margalef & Gipponi Gallery, Antwerp / B
2009 Mass Storage, Jan Dhaese Gallery, Ghent / B
2008 Magazine Drawings, Radical Gallery, Zug / CH
Mass Storage, Cultural Center, Hasselt / B
2007 Magazine Drawings, Zebrastraat Art Center, Ghent / B
2006 Magazine Drawings, Secondroom, Brussels / B
Drawings, Magazine Series, Newcomb Hall Gallery University of Virginia, Charlottesville / USA
2004 Ceramic Sculptures (with E. Higgins O’Connor), Davis Art Center, CA / USA
2002 Recent Work, De Ziener Gallery, Asse / B
Oublies et Mémoires, Red Mill Gallery, Vermont Studio Center, VT / USA
Oublies et Mémoires (multiple ‘02), De Ziener Gallery, Asse / B
2001 Hanging Figures, Cultural Center Leopoldsburg, Leopoldsburg / B
2000 Recent Work (with Stéphanie Leblon), CIAP Hasselt / B
1999 Recent Work (with Ronny Heiremans), CIAP Hasselt / B
Drawings, Queen Street Studios Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland / UK


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 CROSSING THE DATELINE curated by Bussayamas Nandawan, 
BACC-Bangkok Art and Culture Center/ IN
2016 COLLECT LIGHT, 2 PERSON show with Vanessa Albury, Murray State University 
Clara M.Eagle Gallery , Murray/ USA
LIMINAL LYRICS 
curated by Hedwig Brouckaert, KUNSTRAUM, Gallery, Brooklyn, NY/ US
PAPER PUSHERScurated by Mel Prest and Rob de Oude, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn/ USA
2015 Walking the Line VI, Galerie Martin Kudlek, Cologne / D
2014 Brique, Quartair, Den Haag / NL
Secrets of the store, AB Gallery, Luzern / S
Circumstances, Kentler International Drawing Space, New York / USA
2013 Walking the Line V, Galerie Martin Kudlek, Cologne / D
3×3, National Gallery, Bangkok / T
12 × 50 voor Convent 22, Netwerk, Center for Contemporary Art, Aalst / B
P.R.E.S.T.I.G.E II, Plateau Rozier, Ghent / B
2012 Het kunstwerk een gebruiksaanwijzing, curated by Guy Bovyn, Kunst-Zicht, University of Ghent / B
Vertigo, curated by Peter Lodermeyer, Neues Kunstforum, Cologne / D
Kunst op Pootjes, RASA Belgium
Re/pro/ducing Complexity, curated by Peter Lodermeyer, Städtische Galerie Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach / D
UNCOVERED: Prints., curated by Sallie Mize, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn / USA
Still Spot, curated by Jaanika Peerna, Skylight Gallery, New York / USA
2011 Re/pro/ducing Complexity, curated by Peter Lodermeyer, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle / B
[in and] out of this world, Gaggarin Gallery, Brussels / B
Marked Differences, curated by Roberta Waddell, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn / USA
Sofia Paper Biennale, curated by Dr. Thalia Vrachopoulos, Amateras Foundation, Sofia / BG
Je m’Affice, Tour & Taxis, Brussels / B
Art on Paper 2011 – Brussels Drawing Fair, Jan Dhaese Gallery, White Hotel, Brussels / B
Into The Trees, Institut Franco-Américain, Rennes / F
2010 Coup de Ville, Warp, Sint Niklaas / B
Summer Show, Jan Dhaese Gallery, Ghent / B
Made: Artist Projects at Anderson Ranch, Patton-Malott Gallery, Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village / USA
Markings, Artspace, Raleigh / USA
Personal Geographies, CIAC, Pont Aven / F
2009 Collector’s eye, Jan Dhaese Gallery, ART FAIR Lineart, Ghent / B
Fluid, New Media Laboratory, Queens Museum, New York / USA
‘t Beweegt, ça bouge, De Markten, Brussels / B
Cabin Fever, Monumetal, Bornem / B
Summershow, Jan Dhaese Gallery, Ghent / B
Fenomenale Feminateek, La Riva, Antwerp / B
2008 Re/pro/ducing Complexity, curated by Peter Lodermeyer, Copeland Gallery, Montana State University, Bozeman / USA
Le Combat de Marialoop, Marialoop / B
Over the Hedge #02, Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke / B
Summershow, Jan Dhaese Gallery, Ghent / B
Mark / Judy, Block Gallery, Sacramento / USA
Kunstwerkstation, Cultural Centers of West Flanders / B
2007 Over the Hedge #01, Tianjin, CN
Atmosfeer 2007, curated by Veerle Van Durme, Kortrijk / B
Unity Thru Diversity, 1078 Gallery, Chico / USA
20 years Gallery De Ziener, De Markten Brussels & CC Hasselt / B
2006 Tussen Droom en Dreiging, Works on paper, Budabox, Kortrijk / B
Het (on)volmaakte lichaam, Monumental, Bornem / B
Basics Two, Croxhapox Gallery, Oudenaarde / B
2005 Van Stof tot Asse, De Ziener Gallery, Brussels / B
Common Place, curated by T.Nichols & K. Pocrass Memorial Union Gallery, University of California, Davis / USA
2004-2006 Lijf, Travelling Exhibition by RASA / B / NL
2004 Thin Trees, Stage set & Costume design for Music Theater, Production by Goeyvaertsconsort, Music by Karel Goeyvaerts & Marc M. De Smet, Text by Jan Arends, Ghent / B
Black/White, Work on Paper, Gallery De Ziener, Brussels / B
2002 Materiatur, Georges Grard Foundation, Gijverinkhove / B
Splintered Dialects, De Nederlansche Cacaofabriek, Helmond / NL
2001 Versus, Oudenaarde / B
Hortus Panoramicus, curated by Hilde Van Gelder, Gaasbeek / B
2000 Speelhoven, Aarschot / B
Images/Images, Elzenveld, Antwerp / B
1999 Bouillon, Higher Institute of Fine Arts – Flanders, Antwerp / B


AWARDS, GRANTS AND RESIDENCIES

2014 Residency, Hafnarborg – The Hafnarfjörður Centre of Culture and Fine Art, Hafnarfjörður / IS
2012 International Grant, Commission of the Flemish Community / B
Artist Grant, Commission of the Flemish Community / B
Residency, Cité Internationale des Arts Paris / F
2011 Residency Award, Bellagio, The Rockefeller Foundation USA / I
Residency, FLACC Workplace for Visual Artists, Genk / B
2010 Residency Award, Fundación Valparaíso Mojácar, Almería / E
Residency Award, Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities, Bogliasco / I
International Travel Grant, Commission of the Flemish Community / B
Residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Amherst / USA
2009 Artist Grant, Commission of the Flemish Community / B
2008 Extending Creativity in Digital Media, Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Anderson Ranch / USA
International Travel Grant, Commission of the Flemish Community / B
Portfolio Days, WARP, Sint Niklaas / B
2007 International Travel Grant, Commission of the Flemish Community / B
Residency & Grant, Yaddo Saratoga Springs / USA
Residency & Friends Fellowship, Ragdale Foundation Lake Forest / USA
Residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Amherst / USA
2006 Residency & Stipend, R. M. MacNamara Foundation Westport Island / USA
2005 Residency Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst / USA
2003 Art Department Block Grant Fellowship / Dean’s Commitment Non-Resident Tuition Fellowship / Art and Art History Award, Fay Nelson Award, University of California, Davis / USA
2002 Artist Grant, Commission of the Flemish Community / B
Residency, Cité Internationale des Arts Paris / F
Full Fellowship Award, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson / USA
2000 Artist Grant, Commission of the Flemish Community / B
Residency, Cultural Foundation Knecht-Drenth, Callosa / E
1999 Artist Grant, Commission of the Flemish Community / B
Exchange Program HISK, Queen Street Studios Belfast Northern Ireland / UK
1997 Residency, Flemish Community Isola Comacina, Como / I


SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Pierogi Gallery Brooklyn, USA // The Kentler International Drawing Center Brooklyn, USA // The Drawing Center New York, USA // Artists Space New York, USA // Kunst in Huis Belgium // International Public and Private Collections