The Comic Relief group exhibition was on at Brussels’ Levy Delval, running June 4 to July 4, 2015. Each artist, Nel Aerts, Bending Binding, Liz Craft, Rafael Delacruz, Emily Mae Smith, and Benny Van den Meulengracht-Vrancx among them, contributed at least one item to the space, which was filled mostly with objects and drawings.
The accompanying text, written by New York-based artist and contributor, Quintessa Matranga presents itself like the artworks in the show do when scrolling through the documentation photographs on Levy Delval’s website. They are connected and have relationships to the former and the follower but are also self-contained, and determined imagination-fragments, a bit like when you’re slightly tipsy and your senses are seriously focussed.
is one small text block. Another phrase, “Anonymous actor” is repeated, and so is the word “messy” in another itemised thought. The works have a kind of perfection to their curious existence that is difficult and also unnecessary to interpret. ‘Condom filled with spaghetti’ (2015), an “open edition” by Puppies Puppies ends up with really elegant swirls as though it’s a decorative surface pattern on the outside of something solid all the way through. Benny Van den Meulengracht-Vrancx’s piece, ‘Personal Footprint’ (2015) made by arranging his two shoe insoles comes to look like a pair of feet with attitude, or a bird, or a dull butterfly pinned inside a white display box. Left faces right and right faces left.
Some of the items and pictures might have feelings towards each other, for example, arranged is Mantranga’s old white baby’s trainer with a fake big blue eye inserted into its side (‘Parasite 1’), an inkjet drawing and text on the wall above by Rafael Delacruz titled ‘Demonic and Unimaginable Imagination’ and ‘Kooling System (Deeply thinking)’ by Bending Binding. The latter is a tangle of green and blue laces -the tangy, sweet variety -held together by resin and attached to the wall as though supporting something behind it through a straw.
Another Puppies Puppies work is a lemon pie on the floor next to a blue poncho and yellow towel lined up, ready for the pie. Ken Kagami has installed a plastic ‘Tissue’ on a canvas plinth. You imagine tears sliding off the plastic. This is not yet another plastic sculpture, it’s to do with the tears. **
Exhibition photos, top right.