About

Conrad Willems Atelier

Conrad Willems

I am a visual artist making drawings, sculptures and performances.
I was born by the sea, but live and work in Ghent.

Geometry, repetition and modularity are three basic principles in all of my works, resulting in a unique visual language that is highly recognisable.

The drawings show the repetition of figures, varying in shapes and sizes. They are made with freehand and without a predetermined plan: every drawn line is a permanent one. This method of freehand repetition generates patterns, disturbed by imperfections in the repetition process. Some earlier drawings are reminiscent of cities or minimal urban landscapes. There are however only shapes, no buildings. The form denies any function. In more recent work, the repetition pattern becomes more and more flawed. Ultimately, each shape is a new one. In my latest work I layer several drawings over each other, blurring recognisable shapes, then adding new ones.

The sculptures share the same basic principles. Earlier works explored simple geometric shapes, blurred or emphasised by adding light. Later sculptural works are constructed with freestanding pieces. These modular installations are often constructed live. The building process thus becomes a performance, the resulting construction an installation work. My latest installations are made with natural stone building blocks, referring more and more to sculptures in a more classical sense.

The interpretations of the works are left to the viewer.


Awards & Honors

2017      Laureate Sculpture Prix de Godecharle / Brussels / Belgium

2015      Selected: Provinciale prijs Beeldende kunst / Oost-Vl / Belgium

2014      Shortlisted: Summer exhibition / Royal Academy / London / UK

2013      Selected: Grote prijs tekenkunst Ronse / Belgium

2013      Shortlisted: Summer exhibition / Royal Academy / London / UK

2013      Shortlisted: Arte Laguna / Venice / Italy

2011      First Prize: Art4students / Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven / Belgium

2011      Selected: Grote prijs tekenkunst Ronse / Belgium

2011      Selected: tekenkunstprijs /Heist op den Berg / Belgium

 

Press & Publications

2017      Blind Choices, Tumult FM, radio interview

2017      Duivelsteen performance, HLN, newspaper interview

2017      Duivelsteen performance, AVS, TV interview

2016      Opening veeartsenijschool, AVS, TV interview

2014      Tumultingent, Tumult FM, radio interview

2013      There are stories of, catalogue, Conrad Willems, p.72

2013      Weekend Knack, Rorschach expo review

2013      Gentblogt.be, review, Yconography – Conrad Willems

2012      DIY days Ghent, article, Art, play and networking with a view, p29-30

2012      www.fotorama.be, announcement, stARTist Conrad Willems

2012      gentblogt.be, mentioned, Kotroute

2012      Kotroute in full color Catalogus, catalogue, Conrad Willems, p.8

2011      www.khleuven.be, press release, KHLeuven huldigt kunstwerken in

2011      Gazet Van Antwerpen, mentioned, Publieksprijs tekenkunst Heist op Den Berg

Selected exhibitions

2017     Visionary History / Luca Galery - Faculty Of Law / Leuven / Belgium

2017     Prix Godecharle / Académy Royal des Beaux-Arts / Brussels / Belgium

2017     Bakermat / De Boerderij / Drongen / Belgium

2017     Blind Choices / Blanco / Ghent / Belgium

2017     Yart / Gerald The Devil Castle / Ghent / Belgium

2016     Veiling Tuinfeest / Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens / Deurle / Belgium

2016      Plakstad / STAM / Ghent / Belgium

2016      Museumnacht Antwerpen / HeadquARTers / Antwerp / Belgium

2016      Our mathematical world / Sint Lucas galerij / Brussels / Belgium

2015      Constructions / Nylon Fabriek / Sint-Niklaas / Belgium

2015      Apprentice/Master exhibition #20 / De Brakke Grond / The Netherlands

2015      DOK - solo presentation / BLANCO / Ghent / Belgium

2015      Solo exhibition / Homerus / Paris / France

2015      Tumultingent / multiple locations / Ghent / Belgium

2014      Did You Say Abstract? / Oneiro Galerie / Paris / France

2014      Performance IV, Cubicles / STAM / Ghent / Belgium

2014      Ilya Prigogine / public group exhibition / Ghent / Belgium

2014      Summer Camp #1 / Gallery Cecilia Jaime / Ghent / Belgium

2014      Tumultingent / multiple locations / Ghent / Belgium

2013      Grand prize drawing / Ronse / Belgium

2013      Toeval Versus Ratio / Ghent / Belgium

2013      Rorschach / Avenue L Ghent / Belgium

2013      Yconography / Ycono / Ghent / Belgium

2013      Tumultingent / multiple locations / Ghent / Belgium

2012      Kotroute / SMAK / Ghent / Belgium

2012      Performance III, Cubicles / STAM / Ghent / Belgium

2012      Selected drawings / Aersele / Belgium

2012      stART, Fotorama window project / Wevelgem / Belgium

2012      Contemporary Art Sucks / Winkelhaak Antwerp / Belgium

2011      Grand prize drawing / Ronse / Belgium

2011      Drawing exhibition / Heist Op Den Berg / Belgium

2011      A stroke of genius / Autoworld Jubelpark Brussels / Belgium

2009      Urbania I, Cityminds / Brugge/ Belgium

2008      Performance II, Cubicles / Ghent / Belgium

2006      Performance I, Cubicles / Krack Rock Avelgem / Belgium

2006      Out of Control / VUB Brussels / Belgium

2006      FRIS / Gallery Jan Colle / Ghent / Belgium

2006      SpaceControl / Kaiku Galeria / Helsinki / Finland

2005      Het Proces / Crombeen Instituut / Ghent / Belgium

2005      Exposition / Kaiku Galeria / Helsinki / Finland