Coming up: GRAFIXX 2019
The graphic arts festival Grafixx will take place at De Studio for the eighth year already. From 22 to 24 November 2019, a carefully selected group of artists from all over the world will bring exciting live performances, lectures, exhibitions, workshops, and film projections. The zine fest from which Grafixx sprouted is still at the core of the festival, where you can discover independent publications. Like every year, Grafixx guarantees an intense experience of print and paper.
Rinus Van de Velde
The tension between fiction and reality is palpable in Rinus Van de Velde’s work.
He is best known for his enormous charcoal drawings. He also builds life-size decors out of wood and cardboard, which he in turn processes into drawings, sculptures and film. Rinus’s unscripted film The Villagers follows the lives of a series of fictional characters, played by the artist and friends. It can be viewed exclusively at Grafixx after the lecture.
Creative do-all Paul Cox is a painter, theatre costume designer, installation artist, and illustrator whose conceptual children's books are big in Japan. In the retrospective exhibition at Grafixx that supports Cox's lecture, the artist shows a selection of posters from his personal archive.
Evan Hecox has designed hundreds of designs for Chocolate Skateboards over the past two decades. Based on his travels, his personal work abstracts real-world environments into bold, flat-colour paintings and prints. He will expand about his work progress in his lecture at Grafixx.
Ruohan Wang’s bright, primary colours flourish in her paintings, posters and installations. This former student of Henning Wagenbreth translates her often dystopian vision of the world into a contemporary, anarchist visual language with characteristics of Art Brut.
Nina Vandeweghe x Hanne De Backer
Nina Vandeweghe draws an entire universe together on intuition. Her anti-heroes with angular shoulders and excessively long limbs will dance to Hanne De Backer's baritone saxophone, who played with bands like Condor Gruppe and Gabbro.
A zine festival for your eyes and heart where you will come across precious pearls from the world of print and paper.
Experiment with techniques and create new creations in this playground for children and adults. Take a seat at the dinner table of urban illustrators, compete in unconventional creative challenges and play with analogue printing presses.
Text by Tine Van Den Poel De Clippeleire
Pics by Olmo Peeters, Paul Cox, Rinus Van de Velde & Evan Hecox