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Eric Croes


Born in La Louvière in 1978
Lives and works in Brussels

About the Artist:

Croes’ artistic practice is at once both experimental and disciplined. The objects are playful yet extremely well executed and conceptually rigorous. A unifying theme is that Croes always starts a body of work with a set of rules, much like in his favorite game, Yahtzee.

For this series, Croes gave a disposable camera to his boyfriend, artist Simon Demeuter, along with each member of his close family (his father, his two brothers, and his sister). He then asked them to shoot images of their daily life in a free way. Croes then collaged together selected elements of the resulting photographs as references for this new body of ceramic sculptures. 

Like it or not, our families have a great influence on our lives. The concept for this body of work was to find a way to have family shape not only the artist’s life but also to influence the shapes of his sculptures. As a declaration of love Croes is, in essence, bringing his family along to the exhibition for his first trip and solo exhibition in the US.

The titles and forms of the sculptures are composed with each element giving protection to the other. Much in the spirit of Native American totem poles, the two totemic sculptures, Giant with Left Foot and Giant with Right Foot function as guardians, lucky charms, and ancestors of the artist’s loving grandparents (who look after not only him and his family but also offer protection to the other individual sculptures in the exhibition).

Photo Credit: Lydie Nesvadba



Education
ENSAV La Cambre, Brussels (B) - 1997-2003

Exhibitions
Solo Exhibitions:

2019
F Like Family, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica (USA)

2018
Threesome, FIAC Projects with Sorry We're Closed - Sébastien Janssen, Paris (F)
Neither gray nor green, VNH Gallery, Paris (F)

2017
The foam of days, Atelier Pierre Culot, Roux - Miroir (B)
ABECEDAIRE To my old friends, Sorry We're Closed, Brussels (B)
Secret Handshake, Lefebvre & Fils, Paris (F)

2016
Ancora tu, Art Brussels 2016 with Rossicontemporary, Brussels (B)

2015
Platypus, Albert Baronian, Brussels (B)
The small museum, Chapel of glass, Ronquières (B)
Ich bin wie du, Rossicontemporary, Brussels (B)

2012
ALONE, Botanical Gallery, Brussels (B)

2010
Bear Pit - Bear Pit, Congress Station, Brussels (B)

2009
Everything I liked, Chapel of Calvairiennes and Castle Museum, Mayenne (F)

2007
Small jobs, CODE / BURO, Brussels (B)

2006
Moving mountains, Galerie Bis Heute, Bern (CH)

2003
Crash test family, Gallery Fast forward, Antwerp (B)

2002
Bloodstain, Frame Gallery, Brussels (B)

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2018
NADA - Miami Beach, Sorry We're Closed - Sebastien Janssen, Miami (USA)
Untitled, Art - Miami Beach, Richard Heller Gallery (USA)
The American Quarter Hour (Duo show with Jean-Baptiste Bernadet) NICC , Brussels (B)
Design Parade, Villa Noailes, Hyères (F)
Touch Wood, Art Brussels with Sorry We 're Closed - Sébastien Janssen, Brussel (B)
Conscious Club, Observatorium, Antwerp (B)
NICC Jubilee, NICC, Antwerp (B)

2017
FIAC 2017 (Duo show with Yann Gerstberger), Sorry We're Closed - Sébastien Janssen, Paris (F)  
EXPO Chicago, Richard Heller Gallery, Chicago (USA)
Beheaded, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica (USA)
Pre-Capital, La Panacée, Montpellier (F)
You Are My Heroes, Art Brussels with Sorry We're Closed - Sébastien Janssen, Brussel (B)
The cat museum, De Markten, Brussels (B)

2016
NADA - Miami Beach (Duo show with Yann Gerstberger), Sorry We're Closed - Sébastien Janssen - Sébastien Janssen, Miami (USA)
As if nothing had happened, Van Buuren House, Brussels (B)
Made in Oven, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels (B)
The Salon invited by Almine Rech Gallery, Independent, Brussels (B)
Green Does not Sell, Art Brussels with Sorry We're Closed - Sébastien Janssen, Brussels (B)
Katsalon, MUHKA, Antwerp

2015
Friendly Faces, Johannes Vogt Gallery, New York (USA)
Louise 186, Avenue Louise 186, Brussels (B)
Accidental Colors, Belgisch Institute for Normalisatie, Turnhout (B)
Sometimes the enigma, Rossicontemporary, Brussels (B)
Im Schnitt, CNAEI, Chatou (F)

2014
Lupanar, Forma, Lausanne (CH)
Group photo, Rossicontemporary, Brussels (B)
Winterspiele, Abilene, Brussels (B)
PANORAMA, Rossicontemporary, Brussels (B)
Borderline, CEPES, Jodoigne (B)

2013
Expo X3, Ianchelevici Museum, La Louvière (B)
Wunderkammer, contemporary cabinet of curiosities, Palazzo Widmann, Venice and Academia Belgica, Rome (IT)
Beware of the surface, Espace LABO, Geneva (CH)

2012
See You There, Middelmarch, Brussels (B)
Wunderkammer, contemporary cabinet of curiosities, Le Botanique, Brussels (B)

2011
GANG BANG FOREST, Komplot, Brussels (B)
The homesickness, Feast of St. Martin, Tourinnes (B)
Launching, House of Culture, Namur (B)

2009
Prix ​​du Hainaut 2009, BPS22 selection, Charleroi (B)
ART 'contest 2009, Espace Black Box selection, Brussels (B)

2008
Honorons Honored, Garage, Mechelen (B)

2007
First sight, Passage of Retz, Paris (F)
Nuit blanche, City of Mayenne (F)
Philippe Vosges, mountain collector, High night cottage, Ecaussines (B)

2006
STRATE CODE, MAÏS Festival, Brussels (B)
MULTI CODE, Le comptoir, Liège (B)
Street Promenade Visarte, City of Lausanne (CH)

2005
Snow Storm, Le Pigeonnier, Brussels (B)
The loop is complete, Galerie Basta, Lausanne (CH)
The End of Music, Harlequin, Brussels (B)

2004
Open House, The dovecote, Brussels (B)

2003
Camper, Azeri Gallery, Geneva (CH)

Catalogues and Books
CADAVRES EXQUIS
(in collaboration with Simon Demeuter)

Softcover
210 x 297 mm
64 pages, 61 images
Edition of 300
English
Design by Olivier Vandervliet
Triangle Books, Brussels, 2018


ABECEDAIRE

Hardcover
214 x 270 mm
154 pages
Interview by Jean-Baptiste Bernadet
English and french
Edition of 300
Design by Camille Buiatti
Sébastien Janssen - Sorry We're Closed, Brussels, 2017


COLOR ME

Softcover
148 x 210 mm
28 pages
English and french
Edition of 3000
Design by Rachel Cazadamont
Semiose Editions, Paris, 2017


ANCORA TU

Softcover
210 x 297 mm
54 pages
English
Edition of 100 numbered and signed
Design by Simon Demeuter
Rossicontempary, Brussels, 2016


ICH BIN WIE DU

Softcover
148 x 210 mm
70 pages
English
Edition of 100 numbered and signed with a print enhanced with watercolor
Design by Simon Demeuter
Rossicontempary, Brussels, 2015

 


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