Thematic content

future past present

Art form

small sculpture




limestone marble

Make it yourself: Canvas
In art history, the theme "the end of painting" is often explored by many artists and in many ways. Also "the end of the visual arts" is thoroughly studied and to this day it is not a very obvious topic for many artists, philosophers and art critics. With ‘A0 Paper’, 'Broken Canvas', ‘Canvasses’ and ‘A4 Paper’, Kim De Ruysscher would like the viewer to fill in the artistic content by himself. It is up to the viewer to judge whether it concerns a canvas, a sculpture or an unrealised art object in its packaging form. The future vision of art is key to this work. ‘A0 Paper’: Winner of the van Ommeren-De Voogt Prize 2010.

About the 'Make it yourself' series

'Make it yourself’ deals with the concept of time. This concept allows us to empathize with the images in a personal way. It plays with the idea of ​​the dying, but also the narrative in history.To escape time we can only imagine the timelessness. We cannot change or manipulate time, but just imagine it. In the ‘Make it yourself’ series the sculptures have been given an idea, or a given time. The more than 90 sculptures are all made of natural stone. Some are painted or silkscreened as well. Kim De Ruysscher works with traditional sculptural techniques and traditional material and connects these historical aspects with contemporary spirit. So he materializes a period and inertia. The presented sculptures from ‘Make it yourself’ carry a reticence to entail the time in which the future fulfillment of a work has not yet been determined, but in which the past is already over. Thus we see a drawing block, building blocks, a bag of plaster, wood blocks, paint tubes or paper. Apart from the past and present the works of 'Make it yourself' also focuses on the future.