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We Are not Talking about the Sex Pistols

€49,00 EUR

by Werner Mannaers



'We are not talking about the Sex Pistols' presents a recent series of works by Belgian painter Werner Mannaers (1954, Belgium) depicting over 250 compositions with flowers. His gouaches also hold a range of art historical references, which he subsequently links to philosophical quotes or elements from popular culture. Through this ‘sampling’ technique, a multidimensional context is created that allows the artist to cushion the often existential subject matter with irony and humour.

Many years ago, Mannaers, a devoted reader of literature and poetry, started cuting up his own library. In search for words and phrases, he left his book-collection every night with more cut-out holes and scraps of paper lying about. His work intuitively resulted in an amalgam of art-historical, literary and personal references, whereby his method leaves scope for playful associations of motifs, signs and language. Rather than concealing his trial and error working-method, Mannaers exposes this creative process as an essential part of his aesthetic.

Dimensions 28,8 x 24 cm 11 1/2 x 9 1/2 in
Language English
Publisher MER. B & L
Contributors Wouter Feyaerts
Pages 182
ISBN 9789463934169
Publication Date 2021


Werner Mannaers

Werner Mannaers’ oeuvre has been developing since the 1980s and can be read as a highly personal pictorial investigation. His improvised working method leaves scope for playful associations of motifs, signs and language. Mannaers does not disguise the trial and error involved in the creative process.

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