Matthieu Ronsse

A vine wound around the vaulted grotto ( B S ° )


Brussels

  • , Blub (To T), 2018
    Oil on gaming table
    420 x 220 x 25 cm
    165 3/8 x 86 5/8 x 9 7/8 inches
  • , Memorabilia, 2018
    Oil on canvas
    60 x 50 cm
    23 5/8 x 19 5/8 inches
  • , Green Keepers, 2018
    Oil on gaming table
    328 x 170 cm
    129 1/8 x 66 7/8 inches
  • , Can’t be a dreamer to be in space, 2018
    Oil on gaming table
    328 x 170 cm
    129 1/8 x 66 7/8 inches
  • , Psssst, 2018
    Oil on gaming table
    328 x 170,5 cm
    129 1/8 x 67 1/8 inches
  • , Web of guilt, gesture of big spending, 2018
    Oil on gaming table
    265 x 238,5 cm
    104 3/8 x 93 7/8 inches
  • , Cover of glue error looking for your head, 2018
    Oil and silver particles on gaming table felt
    307 x 140 cm
    120 7/8 x 55 1/8 inches
  • , The Gambler, 2018
    Oil and silver particles on canvas
    189 x 169 cm
    74 3/8 x 66 1/2 inches
  • , Exp. to the Monsanto (flat), 2018
    Oil on cardboard
    250 x 211 cm
    98 3/8 x 83 1/8 inches
  • , Eros en de Eenzame Man, 2018
    Oil on canvas
    220 x 100 cm
    86 5/8 x 39 3/8 inches
  • , Rafaël (Stone Broke), 2018
    Oil on canvas
    100 x 80 cm
    39 3/8 x 31 1/2 inches
  • , You must think, think!, 2018
    Oil on canvas
    100 x 80 cm
    39 3/8 x 31 1/2 inches
  • , Pepe at the Nuns cemetery, 2018
    Oil on canvas
    100 x 80 cm
    39 3/8 x 31 1/2 inches
  • , S Lols surrounded by centaurs, 2018
    Oil on canvas
    100 x 80 cm
    39 3/8 x 31 1/2 inches
  • , Gentle Man, 2018
    Oil on canvas
    100 x 80 cm
    39 3/8 x 31 1/2 inches
  • , Brother with skullface, 2018
    Oil on canvas
    60 x 50 cm
    23 5/8 x 19 5/8 inches
  • , Exchange piece, 2018
    Oil on canvas
    83 x 83 cm
    32 5/8 x 32 5/8 inches
  • , Children on a speed boat, 2018
    Oil on canvas
    60 x 50 cm
    23 5/8 x 19 5/8 inches

Press release

Almine Rech Gallery is pleased to announce the eighth exhibition by Matthieu Ronsse with the gallery, featuring a new body of work.

 

The work of Matthieu Ronsse balances on a tightrope between construction and destruction. He creates the sketchy outlines of an image, then covers it all, or at least part of it; he tears it open, repaints it or completely destroys it, then ruminates on it and eventually rediscovers it in light of new connections.

Ronsse is not involved in conscious formal or conceptual conventions within his own oeuvre, although the age-old tradition of painting is always subcutaneously present. The art-historical references function more as random motifs in his work than as deliberate formalistic quotations. The characters that appear in his work are always portraits of people from the social network of the artist himself. The portraits each have their own dynamics and typical physical traits; the figures are sometimes depicted with accompanying attributes and are placed in an indefinite but always intriguing architectural or scenic context.

In this exhibition, Ronsse combines several storylines from his intimate atmosphere with objects he finds and collects, stories that he hears or reads—situations, people and things that he encounters in a rather banal way. The works originate in series, in a free, intuitive manner. They form the shackles of this temporary, nomadic studio inside the gallery space. It is a snapshot of the ever-growing and mutating oeuvre of Ronsse, who tempts the viewer to enter his universe, a world fueled by the collective subconscious.

- Mélanie Deboutte

 

This exhibition is a tribute to Tanguy Eeckhout (1980 - 2018).

 


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