Meet Laurence Dauwens, Director, Dauwens & Beernaert
We asked a few questions to Laurence Dauwens, Director of Dauwens & Beernaert in Brussels, and exhibitor of the new "Focus Brussels" section in 2020: professional background, gallery programming, participation in the fair and flagship work exhibited this year are in the spotlight in this interview.
The gallery and its programme
Dauwens & Beernaert is a contemporary art gallery founded by Laurence Dauwens and Joris Beernaert in 2015. The gallery is located in a former bank building built in 1876. The location has a rich history hosting high profile shows, including artists such as Andy Warhol and Donald Judd. Dauwens & Beernaert's focus is on the primary art market. In the primary sector, the gallery covers a broad spectrum of contemporary artistic practices, from figurative paintings to video work and minimalistic to conceptual work. Dauwens & Beernaert’s exhibitions are regularly featured in international art magazines such as Art Forum and Artnet.
Your participation in the fair
Dauwens & Beernaert gallery participated for the first time last year (2019). It was a very pleasant experience. The small scale of the fair makes it possible to meet many visitors. The audience is very diverse: many expat people but also many local inhabitants come over to visit the fair.
Artists shown at the fair
Quinten Ingelaere (°1985, Ghent) lives and works in Antwerp (BE) and Rosciszow (PL). He graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (MFA Painting, 2009). He is currently the chairperson of the painting department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. His work was recently included in I could have lived here (Museum M, Leuven), MAGMA, (Antwerp), Master Maquette (Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke), Maison Grégoire (Brussels), Beeldruim #3, Nucleo (Ghent), Retrospective / Introspective, Dauwens & Beernaert (Brussels) and A Belgian Politician, Marion de Cannière (Antwerp). In 2014 CC Maasmechelen hosted his first major public solo exhibition Muscicapidae. In 2015 Dauwens & Beernaert hosted his first solo exhibition Paradox Paradise.
Charlotte Vandenbroucke’s (°1993, MFA St.-Lucas Ghent, lives and works in Ghent). transcendental paintings strength lies in their insistence on ambivalence. With her individual and unconventional adaption of the ,abstract code, Charlotte creates a pictorial space of seductive emptiness, contrasts between light and dark, lightness (of being) and darkness (of being). Her paintings radiate warmth and solemnity through subtle gradients and structural manipulations of uncommon surfaces and materials such as graphite powder. Charlotte’s paintings are a subjective response to the cascade of emotions and events that make up life. Her paintings operate as poetic distillations of big subjects in which the viewer is always capable of locating himself.
Flagship work on your booth
Quinten Ingelaere's images refer to classic and historical themes: still lives with flowers. Upon closer inspection the paintings have an alienating impact. Not a single bouquet can be reduced to a composition of flowers; the alleged flowers are in fact amorphous structures with a bitter sweet, even perverse beauty. Quinten investigates the way classic themes and archetypes of art history installed themselves in our collective memory, how these allegories influence our expectations towards, and the way we perceive contemporary art. He appropriates strategies of 17th century old masters, manipulates them and tries to reduce them to their essence.