Marilou van Lierop

Marilou van Lierop 1957

Lives in Antwerpen. Works in Antwerpen.
Represented by:

Frank Taal Galerie

Marilou van Lierop applies paint to photos and photo collages. Her images typically represent people petted together, thus placing emphasis on the group, the mass. Through the slight chaos and complexity of Van Lierop’s composite images, the social pressure of society can be felt. In an attempt to get a grip on their environment people devise narratives and mental constructions. Marilou van Lierop overpaints images with a similar goal: she wants to tap into the underlying, implicit storylines and rewrite them. Sometimes she applies white lines as connecting signs between people or between an isolated individual and a crowd. Her lines however offer no guidance, because, in her view, order is nothing but a projection of man.

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Niets is wat het lijkt. Welkom in het bevreemdende universum van Marilou van Lierop
[... Marilou van Lierop paints an elusive, surprising, slightly surreal world. Recognizable and at the same time unfathomable. While painting she explores social and existential phenomena. She paints the chaos and helpless man's ways of getting a grip on it. Our eyes glide back and forth across the mass scenes and find no peace anywhere. Van Lierop does not lead our gaze. She's not forcing. There is no center, no focus, just calm chaos. In some works, however, she applies white lines as connecting signs between people or between an isolated individual and a crowd. This is how she introduces an order. "But that is a human projection," she says about it. “We want to organize. And then we think that order is the reality. We create things that transcend us - mass, science, religion - and are then afraid of it. " ... Nothing is what it seems. Welcome to the strange universe of Marilou van Lierop ....]
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Eric Rinckhout
Picturing Mood: the work of Marilou van Lierop
In a recent series of paintings Marilou van Lierop combines techniques and depictions prevalent through her work with a volumetric support that suggests more than simply an underpinning function. The paintings are done on large, semi-spherical convex surfaces patterned with small holes. They are similar, comparable to, climbing surfaces used for indoor bouldering found in sports climbing gyms. Placed on them is an array of diffuse imagery intimating obscure origins. One contains a swirling crowd together in a gathering; figures are sharply defined in the foreground beyond which is a dark swelling mass. Another painting shows a vortex-like sky view of a mineral mine behind which are the lineaments of a distant landscape. There is a largely dark grey painting bisected by a foreshortened white line with oblique lines springing from either side. It also contains washed-out strokes beneath the white ones, a part of the under- painting. Graphically, it is reminiscent of cryptic pre-historic landscape patterns. In this series is an example of an image with religious significance, Mount Arafat covered with pilgrims during the Hajj. While van Lierop has used different supports in the past, these images traverse a weighty structure, an emphasis on dimension that would seem to exceed pictorial significance. This property of the works, however, also spurs an embrace of ambiguity which occurs throughout the artist’s oeuvre: a disposition to the hidden.
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Simon Deakin
H ART #166 26.01.2017 "Met de blik van de buitenstaander"
With a studious face, artist Diego Tonus is hammering on a wooden block. He solemnly uses copies from one displayed collection of presidential hammers in the film "Processing Authorities". The one hammer blow sounds perky, the next comes power, because he who chairs meetings is the boss. It has something touching, that artist and are scientifically sound research method. Of course, wooden hammer sounds do not say anything about power. But the detour to deal with an important subject is so unexpected, it makes an impression. Tonus is one of the many artists who published in the originally Belgian, but internationally oriented artists' magazine Gagarin, founded in 2000 that will stop the impending 33rd issue, as planned at the outset. And now he is one of the participants of the exhibition "See How the Land Lays" in the stately Huis Huguetan in The Hague where West exhibition space has settled temporarily. Visual artists filled the numbers of Gagarin, twice a year. How those texts relate to statue? The artists' contributions in the magazine are open. It is a multiple in approach: sometimes it is one script from an earlier video work, then again it is a contribution that stands on its own. Marilou van Lierop leaves for example on the pages the words of the Watergate tapes disappear, until rudimentary fragments remain: words dance an almost white leaf mirror and emotional. As if they are starting a new story. Her video work exhibited "Total Recall of Mundane Conversations" is also based on actual events: a float disappears, according to tradition, in a smokescreen during Carnival. Spectacular, but the actual appeal of the video is in the crowd around the car that pulsates and moves as if it is following undefined natural laws. The filmed event shows the underlying fabric of group dynamics, with the camera in the role of the astonished outsider. That look from the outsider no doubt comes close to how cosmonaut Gagarin felt when he went to the earth returned. That is at least what the exhibition aims at: how does the country look when you look at it from the outside. That feeling immeasurably renounces the movie "Powers of 10" that Charles and Ray Eames made for IBM in 1977, which is not part of the exhibition. The recording starts with a picnic in a park, to zoom out to the infinity of the universe. So, but exactly the other way around it must be to return to earth: first the wide view, then inevitably the return to Earth and the landing on one point, where your feet touch the ground. What does the country look like? Full of associative events, according to van Lierop. Regulated by power, that Tonus can be as fast as sound dies out, according to Tonus. The exhibition has an unmistakable poetic keynote. Inevitably, if the basis of the exhibition is anchored in the written word. But the poetic also belongs to the visual arts: Latifa Echakhch built clouds of cardboard. Sheep clouds float low along the ground. If you walk around it, you will see the back: a dark, functional construction. For a bit further on a large flag is about to disappear through a small opening, a work by Gabriel Kuri. A flag should flutter in the wind, stand out. But now we catch the screen - with a page of a Spanish on it book - that seems to want to disappear. At Guillaume Bijl, the flags are arranged in a perky way in his installation "New Democratic Party". They are European, nationalistic and local: The European Union, the Netherlands and The Hague. Bijl also zooms in. We are in the decor of a political meeting. The seats are ready but the audience have not yet arrived. Music from Joe Cocker blares cheerfully through the loudspeakers, the pulpit waits for the speaker. That is undoubtedly Stef Duyck, announced on posters on the walls. With his round cheeks, his neat black suit, he looks suspiciously suspicious from. Would this Stef be a folk driver? Does he have Nazi sympathies, is he a populist? Who looks for signs that it betraying the ideas of this fictional party is disappointed. The clouds that left and right of the pulpit projected, do not betray anything. Things are not going well in these times of populism and migration where the EU is and politics cannot find solutions. However, Bijl does not make firm statements. He creates a theatrical environment that mercilessly confronts you with your own vision. "See How the Land Lays", with an additional exhibition in West, could easily have derailed in a multiple voices and ideas, given the huge list of artists who once published in the magazine. S.M.A.K. will end January Gagarin also ringing out with an exhibition. In The Hague, the compilers, collective H.E.L.D., succeeded mystery, poetic freedom and even a vision of politically convincing merging. Look at the clouds: with Echakhch they are associative, with Bijl they are potentially pregnant with political significance. Same form, different message.
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Marilou van Lierop 1957 Hulst (NL) Lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium Exhibitions/selection CV Marilou van Lierop 2019 No Narratives New York (USA) Anthology with Camille Henrot, Santiago Sierra & Jorge Galinda, Philippe Van Wolputte, Harmony Korine .... 2018 NO-GO-AREA Lien Huwels & Marilou van Lierop Rotterdam (NL) Gallery Frank Taal Gagarin/ a Journal of Artist 'Writings New York (USA) Printed Matter No Narratives Antwerp (BE) cinema zuid with Rosa Barba, Camille Henrot, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Harmony Korine, Santiago Sierra & Jorge Galinpa ...Natural/Unnatural Kortrijk (BE) De Paardenstallen curated by Klaus Verschuere 2017 Individu en Masse Delft (NL) - Prinsenkwartier Kadmium Hans Van Der Ham & Marilou van Lierop The String Traveller Ghent (BE) – Museum Of Contemporary Art S.M.A.K. with Rosa Barba, Joâo Maria Gusmao & Pedro Paiva, Maya Deren, Bernd Lohaus, Amalia Pica, Roman Ondák ... Arture #6 Herzele (BE) – The Rectory Curated by Sven Vanderstichelen 2016 See How The Land Lays The Hague (NL) – Former High Council Of The Netherlands Curated By Held with Edith Dekyndt, Javier Téllez, Latifa Echakhch ... Investigations In The Uncanny 's Hertogenbosch (NL) - Willem Li Factory Curated by: Loek Grootjans with Vincent Geyskens, Robert Gober, Wilhelm Sasnal…Peter Buggenhout & Marilou Van Lierop Antwerp (BE) – Crepain House Snowflakes, 114,272,309 - 14,312 - 313 Rotterdam (NL) – Gallery Frank Taal solo In love with beaty Zwevegem (BE) - Transfo curated by Klaus Verschuere 2015 Being And Nothingness Rotterdam (NL) – Former Shell Building curated by Zic Zerp with Vadim Vosters, Renato Nicolodi, Tinka Pittoors, Robbert & Frank/Frank & Robbert ...Mixed Emotions Mechelen (BE) – De Garage curated by Koen Leemans with Bas Jan Ader, Santiago Sierra, Jos De Gruyter & Harald Thys, Aernout Mik ... 2014 Quelle Beauté, Quel Calme, J’ai Vu Les Nuages Et, Au Loin, Leur Ombre Légère Châtou / Paris (FR) – Cneai, Centre National D’art Contemporain COME AND PLAY New York (USA) -DTE Studio curated by Melissa Jones Het Wonderkabinet Ghent (BE) Het Pand, Ghent University curated by Tom Liekens and Frank Herreman with Philippe Aguirre Y Ortegui, Ruben Bellinckx, Jan Fabre, Nadia Naveau, Guy Rombouts ...No Bush, No Stone, No Person and no Animal Rotterdam (NL) Gallery Frank Taal solo exhibition Manifold Positions And Possibilities In Painting Brussels (BE) Kusseneers Gallery with Ermias Kifleyesus ... 2012 Into The Labyrinth Rotterdam (NL) Garage Rotterdam curated by Hans van der Ham with Ron Amir, Hans Op De Beeck, Jisan Ahn ... Art Rotterdam Paviljoen Rotterdam (NL) curated by Frank Taal 2011 Group Show Antwerp (BE) Kusseneers Gallery Group Show Rotterdam (NL) MINDS MATTER #3 MARILOU VAN LIEROP & JO HORMUTH Antwerp (BE) Kusseneers Gallery 2010 (When will they finally see) The Power of Drawing Antwerp (BE) Gallery Geukens & Devil curated by Eric Rinckhout with Francis Alys, Walter Swennen, Pieter Vermeersch ... PPP Public Private Paintings / Flag Project Ostend (BE) MUZEE curated by Philippe Van Den Bossche 2009 Drawing Actions Geel (BE) De Halle curated by Kris Van Dessel with Arpaïs Du Bois, Christine Clinckx,.... 2008 Gagarin, The First Decade Ghent (BE) S.M.A.K. with Jimmie Durham, Willem Oorebeek & Manfredo Schu ...... The Aerials Of Sublime Transcapes Breda (NL) Lokaal 01 curated by Sophie Van Loo with Johan De Wilde, Peter Buggenhout, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Maryam Najd, Bracha Ettinger .... 2007 Should Clouds Be Wasted, And Little Fish Sint Truiden (BE) Berlinde De Bruyckere, Marilou van Lierop & Carla Zaccagnini Paulo Post Futurum Breda (NL) Breda's museum curated by Frederick Vergaert with Elke Boon, Vaast Colson & Adam Colton ... 2006 Landscape In View Breda (NL) Lokaal 01 Gorge(l) Antwerp (BE) Royal Museum of Fine Arts curated by Sophie Van Loo with Ana Mendieta, Marlene Dumas, Frida Kahlo .... Ediacarans Antwerp (BE) In-Between Gallery curated by Sofie Van Loo 2005 And She Was Mechelen (BE) Galerie Transit Anne-Marie Van Kerckhoven & Marilou van Lierop Hasselt (BE) CIAP Vereniging voor Actuele Kunst 2002 Group Show Ghent (BE) De Lege Ruimte 2001 The Obscured Image Hasselt (BE) Begijnhof with Bert De Beul, Ronny Delrue, Luc Tuymans, Jean-Marie Bytebier, .... 1995 Ediacarans Antwerp (BE) Gallery Antartica 1993 Selection Of Female Belgian Artists Amsterdam (NL) TS Ruimte curated by Dirk Pultau & Ilse Kuiken with Ann Veronica Janssens, Ria Pacquée, Joëlle Tuerlinckx .... 1986 Antichambre Ghent (BE) Ex Fabriek Alsberghe van Ost 1984 Wood Dries Best In The Rain Antwerp (BE) Club Moral