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Jurgen Ots

Jan 2007 to Jun 2007
1978 Dendermonde, Belgium. Lives and works in Brussels and Berlin

In 2007 Jurgen Ots was invited for a residency in AIR Antwerpen of six months. In the summer of 2017 Jurgen Ots takes part in the exhibition project The Living Room XL. 

Jurgen Ots’ departs from the printed image. He creates installations, prints and video’s where the role of the image in the everyday reality is questioned in many destructive and scrutinizing ways. He translates these images into abstract, tortured images where the tormented material work as a metaphor for marginal emotions, dynamics, relations and situations. The body of work is dark, but human and vivid. The installations have their own way and visitors have all sorts of personal interpretations attached to them. "The anonymous passage series" are different for everybody. The installation is standing there as some kind of religious icon. It is simple and grotesque at the same time. A minimum input to get a maximum interpretation. Jurgen Ots uses his media in a non-conformist and anti-traditional way. His actions underline the character of the material and show them in an unexpected situation. The work invents itself through experimenting and trying different possibilities during the artist' process.

Jurgen Ots studied at Sint-Lucas Brussels. Solo exhibitions include (selection): The Periaqueductal Gray Series, Galleria ZERO, Milan, 2014; Periaqueductal Gray, Elisa Platteau, Brussels, 2013; La Porte de l'Enfer 
Elisa Platteau & Cie Gallery, Brussels, Belgium, 2012; Emulating Echo, WFT, Ancona, Italy, 2010; Untitled anxiety; in the mountains nobody can hear you scream, Gemeindemuseum, Brand, Austria, 2010; Denoting Frenzy, Etablissement d’en face projects, Brussels, Belgium, 2009; Anonymus, Gallery Klerkx, Milan, Italy, 2008. His work was also shown in the following group exhibitions (selection): What are we going to paint, Anette Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, 2016; Hearing colors tasting shapes, Aike Dellarco, Shanghai, 2015; Dust, center for contemporary art Ujazdowski Castle, Warschau, 2015; An Exchange with Soll Lewitt, MASS MoCA Massachusetts, USA, 2011; Celluloid Brushes: An Anthology of the Filmic Perception of the Artist from 1267 till today, Etablissement d’en face, Brussels, Belgium, 2011; Villa Iris, curated by Mona Hatoum, Fundacion Botin, Santander, Spain, 2010; Short Fuse, Broadcast Project, Leeds, United Kingdom, 2010; New 010, Australian Center for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2009.