Galerie S&H DE BUCK, belgium ghent 2017
Voilor se brûler, pouvoir se detruire [Wanting to burn, able to destroy].
The porous, transparent, battered, draws the viewer inwardly, into the work and into oneself....investigate and question once again. The attention is first drawn to the preliminary qualities of a character, the stories they could tell, the questions they might pose. There is space for the ambiguous and the "other", the variable....
... we do not need a final version of self. Nor do we have to defend it. Without fear, we know that it's good just as we are, at any moment. In this state we allow to connect and associate with the 'other', as privilege.”
ZoË Joncheere, writer
the human, in all its aspects, is central to this unruly and inexorable body of work ... extremely detailed, almost hyper-realist portraits ... but then: the human voices from an object into a pattern or particle, a great yet unidentified and concealed entity.
... 'brute' materials connect to arte povera [materials are constitutive of reality], but Kumpermond's use of hybrid signifiers, turn it into something astonishing contemporary, confrontational, uncanny, analytically investigating as well as eclectically explorative..."
Danny Dobbelaere, art critic
Special thanks to:
CARL STAHL Germany, for amazing support on the installation
ERNO VROONEN, curatorial advisor and independant curator for contemporary art, for an incredibly intellectual and emotional engaging artist talk
MARCEL BRASS, Prof. Experimental Psychology Univ. Gent, for inputs on free will and cognitive behaviour patterns
ISOLDE DE BUCK, art historian and curator, for all support
MAARTEN BYTEBIER, DS Standard, for questions on optimism in local context
VEREECKE PHOTOGRAPHY, SCAMFILMS BRUSSELS, FILMGEAR GHENT
for their unquestionable professionality ... and many more 'human-ables' ...