Sidney Waerts (SIT)
The work of Dutch artist Sidney Waerts is inevitably characterized by a feeling of discomfort: his paintings and sculptures show the moment when beauty loses its raison d’être, and presents its darkest side. Behind his figurative images lies a disturbing analysis of our times.
SIT demonstrates artificial characters, human beings and animals that remind us of the banality of everyday life, of our obsession with appearance, look and materialism. These characters are the victims of our visual and fast society, the technology of the visible – where human vanity stands in the way of a truly ethical life.
By using black and white, Sidney creates sober and melancholic images, as if man – while endlessly believing in progression – has lost something on the way.
But on the other hand he displays a maximum of effects: the fabrics, textures and costumes look sensual and seductive, the settings are theatrical and grotesque. This ambiguity – between the temptation of beauty and our constant urge to abuse her – is the driving force behind Sidney's work.
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