A strange white bike in a cold white room

Whenever I’m near Ghent and have some time to kill, I always try to drop by at the lovely Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens in Deurle (Sint-Martens-Latem). These days they have three gigantic pictures on display by Sophie Ristelhueber and works by Belgian artist Narcisse Tordoir (who’s also having a show in Mechelen), but my attention was caught by the cold, minimalist and eerie atmosphere in the neon-lit room with works by New York artist Banks Violette. He has made quite a reputation for himself by flirting with images of violence and the darker side of youth culture, although not every art critic is into his work (see review from Frieze Magazine here. The white bike in Deurle is a reference to the death of one of Violette’s hero’s, the painter Steve Parrino (read about that here). ‘Zodiac (F.T.U.)/74 ironhead SXL’ (2008-09; private collection, Belgium) and ‘Not Yet Titled (Empire)’ (2008; courtesy Team Gallery & Galerie Rodolphe Janssen), and a few other works by Banks Violette, until February 14, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens)


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