GERT ROBIJNS RUSH RUSH
Over the course of his career, Gert Robijns has crafted extraordinary and unfamiliar compositions, ambitious and sometimes outlandish versions of things we know to be familiar. Dislodging everyday objects from their traditional frameworks, Robijns simultaneously deconstructs the quotidian from its contexts while foregrounding poetic dimensions that can be found just beneath the surface of his chosen subjects.
Robijns has spent the past decade working on his RESET concept, wherein the recreation and revaluation of the (social) landscape are key. In 2010, Robijns made a copy of the small town of Gotem, his birthplace, out of white wood and metal on a scale of 75:100, including the church and rectory. From then on, he became dedicated to following this idea of RESET in various projects, among them Reset Charbon, a reflection on Limburg’s mining history, and Reset Mobile, a temporary structure that has been travelling as an unprogrammed freespace around the world.
In the month of September 2022 the Reset Mobile traveled through Japan, and made a trip from Tokyo to Akita, Washinoyama and Okayama. The exhibition RUSH RUSH presents a new movie by Gert Robijns documenting this trip and a film installation with new sculptures and drawings by the artist.
Gert Robijns (b. Sint-Truiden, Belgium, 1972) first attended the Hogeschool Sint Lukas Brussel from 1992-1996 and then did further research in the department of fine arts of the Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht (NL). Later he participated in the artists residency programmes: MoMA PS1, New York, and the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. Since 2001 he has been visiting lecturer at KASK in Ghent.
Gert Robijns is represented by Tommy Simoens, Antwerp.