Le Hic Brussels is pleased to present a new series of drawings by Robert Hitzeman from his StoneLickers series as well as his sculpture Sweet Dredge exhibited installed throughout the space. Le Hic will also host the publication Floor and Ceiling: 3rd Edition a Photo-zine dedicated to Robert’s Floor and Ceiling photographs and designed by Michal Kozlowski. Robert Hizeman’s work uses visual languages to subtly disrupt readings of interior and exterior in the body and the built environment, as well as examining the relationships between ideology and the physical conditions of space. The idea of the subtle abjection; a way of transgressing the viewer quietly, is a central theme to his work. He is interested in how a transgressive force can appear seductive benign or comical but still disturbing on another level: subverting traditional separations between attraction and repulsion. “Stonelickers” are a series that include several works relating to parasitic relationships, feeding or mating and their potential as a model for artistic production and cultural exchange. The drawings for this permutation of the series are based on images of the mouth and teeth of several species of Lamprey, a parasitic fish and several models of angle grinder bits used in stone and metal work. Lamprey comes from the latin lampetra, which translates roughly as “stone licker” (lambere “to lick” + petra “stone”). In sculpture, Robert’s work is made from assembling building materials gathered from a particular area; creating a link from that area’s history to a totemic object or artifact
that connects it to the present while questioning notions of location. “Sweet dredge” is another take on this idea, using animal remains gathered from the Thames at the site of a former meat processing plant and colorful rope. The area directly above the river now houses a rock climbing wall and gym built on the foundation of the meatpacking district. Robert is interested in linking the gym’s conception of the body as a malleable object to be conditioned or changed to the “processing” of animal remains into meat; both systems that attempt to alter the original into a state that conforms to a normative ideal.
The Exhibition will be open from 25th January until the 16th February 2017.
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Tram lines 3-4-51 stop Albert/Berkendaal
Bus 48 et 54 stop Albert Tram 92 stop Darwin
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