Pieter Vermeersch, Untitled – detail, 2020, oil on marble
Pieter Vermeersch
December 13, 2020 – January 5, 2021
Originating from photographic sources, Pieter Vermeersch’s work deploys painting as an instrument to create images that perpetually oscillate between abstraction and representation. In scanning the extremities of the medium and its relationship to architecture he looks for the degree zero of an image. His preoccupation with the fundamentals of painting operates within a larger field of exploration where time, space and matter constitute the three main elements.
Throughout his work, these elements are mixed with subtle variations as in his colour-graded wall paintings and canvases. 
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Pieter Vermeersch
2020


oil on canvas 150 x 111 cm Ref. 4225
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Pieter Vermeersch
2020


oil on canvas 150 x 111 cm Ref. 4226
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Pieter Vermeersch
2020


oil on canvas 150 x 111 cm Ref. 4222
Views artist’s studio Pieter Vermeersch, Turin, Italy
Courtesy: Pieter Vermeersch
Photo: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano
Pieter Vermeersch has been fascinated by geology since he was a child. For his works on marble, he uses the stone as his canvas. The artist senses a cosmic dimension in marble, which is the result of crystallised time. The stone is millions of years old and is built up from a chance series of moments we can never trace. It is this immense, ungraspable temporal dimension that fascinates Vermeersch. Some of the marbles are painted with zero degree images, while on others he applies a touch or a stroke of paint. By painting the marble, the artist activates the temporal dimension embodied by the material.
He adds a moment to it: a new layer, that of the present. The touch of paint is an overture to the stone – a way of merging with it. Yet it will always remain artificial, the insertion of something unnatural into a chunk of nature: something that also serves to create a distance.
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Pieter Vermeersch
2020


silkscreen on marble 47 x 37 x 3 cm Ref. 4235
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Pieter Vermeersch
2020


silkscreen on marble 43,5 x 33 x 3,5 cm Ref. 4236
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Pieter Vermeersch
2020


silkscreen on marble 31 x 38 x 3 cm Ref. 4234
Views artist’s studio Pieter Vermeersch, Turin, Italy
Courtesy: Pieter Vermeersch
Photo: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano
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Pieter Vermeersch
2020


oil on marble 36 x 30,5 x 3,5 cm Ref. 4229
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Pieter Vermeersch
2020


oil on marble 38 x 31 x 3,5 cm Ref. 4230
Pieter Vermeersch, Untitled – detail, 2020, oil on marble
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Pieter Vermeersch
2020


oil on marble 17,5 x 14 x 2 cm Ref. 4231
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Pieter Vermeersch
2020


oil on marble 15 x 11 x 1 cm Ref. 4232
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Pieter Vermeersch
2020


oil on marble 15 x 11 x 1 cm Ref. 4233
Views artist’s studio Pieter Vermeersch, Turin, Italy
Courtesy: Pieter Vermeersch
Photo: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano
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Pieter Vermeersch
2020


oil on petrified wood 60 x 28 x 4 cm Ref. 4227
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Pieter Vermeersch
2020


oil on petrified wood 60 x 28 x 4 cm Ref. 4228
Vermeersch’s color gradients are the result of a meticulous and almost mathematical process by which the artist becomes a kind of human printer – blending paint into a smooth and seamless surface he conceals any trace of the labor involved in the making of the painting. Behind their seemingly straightforward appearance, these paintings are the complex condensation of an ancient technique along with the painterly attempt to render the interpretation of a photographic source. Through this complex process of transformation and filtering, Vermeersch’s paintings liberate themselves from objective referents and allow the viewer the intense sensory experience created by the all-over.
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Pieter Vermeersch
2020


oil on marble 32 x 26 x 2 cm Ref. 4237
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Pieter Vermeersch
2020


oil on marble 32 x 26 x 2 cm Ref. 4239
Views artist’s studio Pieter Vermeersch, Turin, Italy
Courtesy: Pieter Vermeersch
Photo: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano
Variations (special edition)
Dieter Roelstraete, Kersten Geers, François Piron, Moritz Küng, Pieter Vermeersch
2019

Published by Ludion 33 x 23,6 cm English Paperback
Price: 250 €
This special edition of Pieter Vermeersh’s book Variations is an enlarged version of the standard edition on which the artist applied touches of paint with his fingertip on each of the blue laminated covers.

Variations provides a complete overview of Vermeersch’s oeuvre and contains a wide selection of his work on canvas, marble, photographs, installations and sketches.

Designed by Mevis & van Deursen, Variations was compiled by Moritz Küng and contains texts by François Piron, Kersten Geers and Dieter Roelstraete.

Special edition of the book “Pieter Vermeersch — Variations”
Limited edition of 100, numbered and signed by the artist.
Pieter Vermeersch, Blueproject Foundation, 2016