Safe Haven #15. 2018

Mixed media work, 25×25 cm, derived from my practice as a designer of abstract strategy games. It represents a “King”, which I used to implement as a “multiplication, decontextualization and appropriation”. These notions often come up in the debate about contemporary art—put forth by “connoisseurs”, not by the public. Their meaning is quite ambiguous, and therefore suitable as argument to turn something highbrow into something lowbrow and something apparently provocative into something popular.


Multiplicated, Decontextualized and Appropriated [Vol. 16.2]. 2018

Digital implementation of Safe Haven #15, 3400×3400 pixels. Both the previous and this image are part of a series of originals and their digital “multiplication, decontextualization and appropriation”. Each work is provided with a short text. I am planning an expo with these triptychs (original+implementation+text), with the purpose to release the publication of “Il Conformista”—“A Suspiciously Abstract Graphic Instagram Novel”.
The draft version can be previewed on Instagram @krisburm, starting from Safe Haven #1 (feed March 29) to where I am at the present.

Note: The text above was written by the Artist. No modification was made by C.O.C.A.

Kris Burm


’76 – ’78 Art school Sint Lukas in Brussels ’80 – ’95 Free Lance copywriter, lay-outer and illustrator; documentary maker and concept developer for radio and TV. ’95 – ’13 Professional designer of abstract 2-player games. ’14 - Gastkünstler – Residency, Insel Hombroich (D) - Games & Art – Solo, De Pluym, Deurne (B) - The Right Move – Manifesto abstract strategy games and art - Nole Mi Tangere – Group show, Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke (B) ’15 - Process – Residency + groupshow, Koetshuis, Antwerp - Full Of Mercy – Group show, Sterckshof, Deurne (B) ’16 - I.C.U. Art Expo - Pop-up group show, Mostaardfabriek, Antwerp ’17 - Off the grid – Solo, Tique art space, Antwerp - STILLS – Solo, Prevenda, Antwerp ’18 Circumstantial Exhibits – Solo, Shoobil Gallery, Antwerp

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