Medical Facility Bad Windsheim - Passage of the walk-in clinic
91438 Bad Windsheim, Germany
(Halfway between the cities Würzburg and Nürnberg)
Gian Merlevede and Simone Distler exhibit from February, 3rd till end of September 2014
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Gian Merlevede - Simone Distler
Two Texts on this Art Show
Note: The exhibition is a selection of the work shown here
Two artists showcase
About the Expo
Painting artist Gian Merlevede generally focusses on themes through his body of work. Which means, a painting is tailor cut designed on the basis of a given subject. That way, it´s the artist´s overall understanding of the proposed visual metaphor that guides the building process. A balance exercise between ratio and intuition.
However, this art exhibition only shows free style paintings. There´s no theme imposed, and in line with that no titles are given (apart form a few exceptions). Viewers have to find out for themselves what each work possibly means and evokes. Though the artist directed and refined each piece, he nevertheless admits they are open-ended. Playfulness and visual organics were chosen over analysis.
All pictures were painted on canvas with acrylics and varnished with UV-protective layers. Formats measure respectively 18x24 or 50x60 cm.
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Belgian-Swiss painter. Specialized in acrylics. Born 1973 in Soest (Westfalen, Germany).
Raised in Flanders, Belgium. Education: Graphic Design in Antwerp (St. Lucas University College of Art and Design, 1988-1995). Art history in Ghent (Ghent University, 1995-2000). Master dissertation about the Austrian art historian Hans Sedlmayr and his critique on modern art (Verlust der Mitte 1948 - Art in Crisis 1956). One year´s study „Philosophical Aesthetics“ in Toronto, Canada (Institute of Christian Studies, 2001-2002). After his return to Europe, the artist lives and works in the medieval-provincial city of Mechelen, Belgium. November 2007 he gets his first solo exhibition at an art gallery in Antwerp. In the fall of 2009 he marries the German artist Simone Distler. The art couple lives and works in the German village of Erdeborn (west of the cities Halle-Saale and Leipzig).
Travel Moments / Reiseaufnahmen
(2013 Silkscreen with acrylics or oils on canvas, ca. 20,5cm x 28,5cm)
Watershadows and the Weight of Clouds / Wasserschatten und Wolkenschwer
(2013, Oil on canvas, 40 x 40cm)
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About the Expo
Simone Distler - She´s an artist working with gusto in both oils and acrylics. In this exhibition she presents a selection of her painterly work from 2013.
Born 1982 in Ochsenfurt-Erlach, Germany/Europe. Formal education as an Clothing Technician/Tailoress and Fashion Assistant in the German city of Aschaffenburg. From 2002 till 2008 she worked within the Young Fashion Company Authentic Style in Marktbreit. Quiting her job she enrolled for a preparational art course at the Haller Akademie der Künste of Schwäbisch Hall. 2009 Simone got selected and registered at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in the city of Halle-Saale (Germany). Studying Painting under art professor Ute Pleuger.
Copyright Texts & Photos: Merlevede-Distler 2014