Why play the game of painting? Because painting today is exciting, marked by an original split between the painterly surface and the support, and between paint and color. This split entails unprecedented distributions and constellations. Nothing can be taken for granted as a result of tradition or the nature of things.
Ghekiere engages in painting to reshuffle the deck. Slippage and disorder are the attempted condition of his work. Therefore, he doesn't use a brush but, rather, specially fashioned tools as if he were impersonating a mechanic or a surgeon. Often, the painting process starts by placing the canvas on a turntable to create a concentric circle through the use of spray paint. This circle could be imagined as the result of compressing the visual cone, as well as of perspectival recession, to make them coincide with the picture plane. Whatever finds its place on that plane will be unbound from conventional relations to both the viewer and the object.
A more recent group of paintings with ornamental forms is related to instability. This may suggest displaced painted pictures of a corrugated curtain or undulating vertical ribbons, reminiscent of those strings of pearls that sometimes hang in front of doorways. The use of irregularly placed, overlapping colored dots creates the impression of dissolving the picture plane, turning it into a membrane that is just as intangible as the objects that it causes to blur. For example, an irregularly contoured shape is placed on the illusionistic waves of an undulating surface, making one think of a taxidermist’s stretched animal skin. Or two figures superimposed over each other relate to the picture plane without depicting an image of it, detached from the place of seeing and of objects, the visible.
With the integration of dislocated spaces and the figures of dislocation, Ghekiere stages a pictorial world of his own that feeds on the relationships between visualization and the objects visualized.
Ulrich Loock, 2015
Untitled, 2016, oil on canvas, 200 x 115 cm
Untitled, 2014, oil on canvas, 200 x 115 cm
Untitled, 2016, oil on canvas, 200 x 160 cm