Simon Van Parys, °1986
studio in the city of Ghent (BE)
Forged in a composite of traditional and futuristic techniques, my work is an attempt to form an image of an unfurling present. This is a place where the analogue world meets its digital counterpart, resulting in pieces with a theme of progression and acceleration. A reconciliation of the abstract and the elemental, it is a hand-made injection into a virtual dynamic.
Augmenting my main medium of sculpture with 3D digital techniques, photomontage and electronic soundscapes, the experience of my works becomes a multi-sensory event. Industrial music pulses through embedded speakers while conceptual tensions distress their hybrid forms. Encapsulating contradiction, their inert bodies oscillate. Looked at for long enough, they shed their mineral skin.
In their evocation of explosive energy and change Futurism’s influence is evident, while the dark dynamism of science fiction manifests itself in dystopian motifs and a fascination with technology. Techno and House music also act as a galvanizing force, with my own soundscapes investing each series with a sense of incessant activity.
Based in Ghent, Belgium, I’ve been exhibiting since 2008 and have shown my work in a range of international contexts: the UK, Germany, Argentina, Iran and soon Hong Kong & Switzerland. I was also recently awarded a Government Grant from the Flemish Community; an invaluable honour which will enable me to deliver on the ambitious scope of future projects.
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Photo credits: the most beautiful pictures of the Freight-series are made by Kobe Wens, the nice black-box pictures of Type 2, some of the explosions and 'on the nose' by Melika Ngombe Kolongo, the studio shot above by Lieven Deconinck