Leon Vranken

Biography

°1975, Maaseik, BE
Lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium.

Leon Vranken's forms and materials feel strangely familiar. They are elements that have been taken out of their context and which he redefines, as if he were reinventing them. His works straddle various disciplines and explore the boundaries of sculpture, often characterized by the use of industrial materials and ready-mades. This working method has a long history, but unlike an impersonal and mechanical production process, as in minimal art, Vranken shows a poetic ensemble of sculptures that sometimes confuse themselves with their non-functionality.

His work can be found in the collection of the Middelheim Museum (Antwerp), and the Center for Contemporary Non-Objective Art (Brussel). In the past he had a solo exhibition at White Box (New York) and was part of the Beaufort Triënialle (Ostend).

Leon Vranken is represented by Gallery Sofie Van de Velde.

www.leonvranken.com

°1975, Maaseik, BE
Lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium.

Leon Vranken's forms and materials feel strangely familiar. They are elements that have been taken out of their context and which he redefines, as if he were reinventing them. His works straddle various disciplines and explore the boundaries of sculpture, often characterized by the use of industrial materials and ready-mades. This working method has a long history, but unlike an impersonal and mechanical production process, as in minimal art, Vranken shows a poetic ensemble of sculptures that sometimes confuse themselves with their non-functionality.

His work can be found in the collection of the Middelheim Museum (Antwerp), and the Center for Contemporary Non-Objective Art (Brussel). In the past he had a solo exhibition at White Box (New York) and was part of the Beaufort Triënialle (Ostend).

Leon Vranken is represented by Gallery Sofie Van de Velde.

www.leonvranken.com

Solo exhibitions

2019

'A salute to the wheel', Mariondecannière, Antwerp, BE

2017

'Great plans, random ideas', Meessen De Clercq, Brussels, BE

2015

'( 13 ) 2 = 1', LLS 387, ruimte voor actuele kunst, Antwerp, BE

2014

'Paper, Scissors, Stone', Z33, Hasselt, BE

2013

'A Cat’s Eye Perspective', Meessen De Clercq, Brussels, BE

2011

'Don’t whistle ‘til you’re out of the wood', White Box, New York, US

2010

'The Beauty of Painting (Chapter I)', Concertgebouw, Brugge, BE

2009

'The Travelling Riddle', Stella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp, BE

2007

'The Garden with the Two-forked Paths', Diaz Contemporary, Toronto, CA
'Verger Barré', Maes en Matthys Gallery, Antwerp, BE

Group Exhibitions

2021

'BEND STRETCH RELAX', Gallery Sofie Van de Velde, Antwerp, BE

2018

'Fiac Projects (Le Petit Palais)', curated by Marc-Olivier Wahler, Paris, FR
'The Unending Gift', Meessen De Clercq, Brussels, BE
'Holes, Bumps, Discs and Knots', Art Partout Gallery, Antwerp, BE
'Beaufort', curated by Heidi Ballet, Knokke, BE
'The Gathering', Panthera Today, Brussels, BE

2017

RE-art II, Brussels, BE

2016

'Artist project', Art Brussels, Brussels, BE

2015

'A.N.T.H.R.O.P.O.C.E.N.E', Meessen De Clercq, Brussels, BE
'No Walls', Fenix hall, Rotterdam, NL

2014

'Homo Ludens', Meessen De Clercq, Brussels, BE
'Encounters at the Boundary', CC Puurs, BE
'RE-art', Kapel van het O.L.Vrouwehospitaal, Oudenaarde, BE
'Van de sokkel', Hof De Bist, Ekeren, BE
'Fata Morgana', IKOB, Eupen, BE

2013

'Happy Birthday dear academie', Royal academy of Fine arts, curated by HELD, Antwerp, BE
'My little Paradise', Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, BE
'Up close and personal', Cultuurcentrum Mechelen, Mechelen, BE

Artworks

Leon Vranken
Monday to Sunday, 2021
acrylic on canvas
44 x 30 cm

Leon Vranken
Partly cloudy, 2021
acrylic on canvas, pvc raincoat
120 x 100 x 23 cm

Leon Vranken
Untitled, 2021
solid wood, concrete
200 x 32 x 27 cm

Leon Vranken
13 eclipses, 2017
linnen, textile intarsia
106 x 88 cm