Arachnea - Justine Grillet & Mathias MU (part of LUCIFER, Ijzerenberg Triennal)
For the seventh edition of the Ijzerenberg sculpture triennial, LUCIFER, curator Petrus Paklons and artist Ellen Pil invited nine artists to be presented in the form of seven entities. Two of those artists, Justine Grillet and Mathias MU, will present Arachnea, a work in two parts: three sculptures in the garden at Ijzerenberg and an audiovisual installation in the silos in maakleerplek. This installation will be on view on the 24th of September, during Equinox.
‘The work Arachnea is the testimony of the synergy between two lovers: Justine Grillet and Mathias Mu. Light as aluminium and far as Pluto. For the sculptures in the garden, they started out by asking an artificial intelligence to generate images of alien-like meat eating plants. A crossover between the grotesque and the extraterrestrial, in line with their practices, asking it to generate anything from resin to “biodegradable plastic”. On the basis of these images they looked for shapes and forms that Justine would then make out of ceramics. Her sculptures were then scanned and rendered into the computer by Mathias who expanded on them by means of 3D sculpting. Since the sculptures are digital in essence, they will also be displayed in a digital environment at the silos in maakleerplek, hosted by Cas-co. It is vertiginous installation where the digital is materialised and digitalised once again so the audio can talk to the visual. Together, they created a conversation between materials far apart. And in the time worn craft of ceramics and the snazzy ‘dazzlingness’ of 3D sculpting they developed a new visual language breaking down old binaries. The organic is kissing with the synthetic and the old embraces the new. But the work wants to return to nature again; like a game of ping pong.’ (text by Mme Vandam)