Installations and Sculptures

The history

An installation may be premeditate. In that case the choice of materials and shape is laid down in a blueprint which reflects the actual construction.

In other cases they are inspired by the surroundings in which they are erected. They are then a combination of the effects of chance (the available materials) and the intentional (to convert and assimilate these materials into the installation).

Materials are often organic : straw, bamboo, granite, wood… but can also be scrap iron or used tools, namely hammers.

Often the number 13 plays its part, especially when hammers are used.

Most installations are not conceptual but based on materials and shape.

The idea of converting used tools into sculptures emanated from being intrigued and fascinated by the link between these tools, especially hammers, and the people that had used them. One can read a tool as a biography. Each one has its own unique past with a different tale to tell.

Creating sculptures with these tools is often a matter of happenstance as if they had a mind of their own.

Although the sculptures are considerably varied -sometimes aesthetic, or delicate, or harmonious, or powerful, or chaotic- the common denominator is the “found” materials they are made of.

Even when brand-new pristine materials such as granite, marble or stone are required for the realisation of a certain idea, is my intervention minimal.

Luk Vermeerbergen

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