From gallery to art office

After the decision to end Galerie Fortlaan 17’s way of operating, with an ambition to explore new paths and to extend our activities beyond the traditional concept of an art gallery, we now present Tallieu Art Office.

As a promotion gallery, Galerie Fortlaan 17 had earned its position in the contemporary arts world, constantly reinforcing its reputation thanks to high-profile exhibitions, projects, publications, involvement in international art fairs, performances, debates and lectures. Fired by a passion Ischa Tallieu consolidated the programme and built upon its achievements. However, organising exhibitions in a four-storey location in Ghent, at a time when an increasing number of galleries are seeking more central sites, with the primary focus on art fairs and online promotion efforts, called for a change in direction. The time had come to take up a new challenge!

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'Field Recordings' at Operadagen Rotterdam with Anneleen De Causmaecker, Peter Verhelst, Els Mondelaers, BLOW Duo, Roel Das - 'Wesendonck Lieder Heute' at Operadagen Rotterdam with Het Geluid Maastricht/Kati Morfa - 'Voy a Dormir' by Ensemble Platypus at Echoraum, Vienna (AT)

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Stief Desmet


It is not painting or sculpture that drives Stief Desmet, but ‘shaping’ stories by means of images. Strong images that are recuperated, de-constructed and re-constructed in paintings, sculpture, video and performances. His tools are the images that surround us, from daily life, to art his- tory, to fairy-tales, ... Layer upon layer images are sampled to finally create an image that is a complex combination of multiple impulses. Daily visual, aural or tangible stimuli feed his art. He uses a growing repertoire of powerful, familiar images that allow easy association for all. It’s all about prototypes, templates stored in the collective minds, depicted through simple silhouettes. The image is almost the same as its value, like in a rebus. The shape of a story always starts out very clear. The pure and often idyllic shape and meaning of the icons put the story in motion, followed by an impulsive and intuitive process of building, searching and destroying. We can see a house in the forest, a shepherd dog in the dark, a landscape, a deer, a lion, ... Stief Desmet is hovering between two worlds: the ‘urban’ life he faces every day, a context that is both familiar and inspiring, but which also makes him longing for that other more ‘natural’ world. This escapism is clearly present in his work. From this fundamental restlessness the artist creates and balances on the thin line between both worlds.

Stief Desmet

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