Angel Vergara’s work tests the limits of art and reality by questioning the way the contemporary image shapes the intermingled public and private spheres—as well as our own experience
Angel Vergara’s (b. 1958; based in Brussels) work is a continued investigation into the power of the image. By means of performances, videos, installations, paintings and drawings, he tests the limits of art and reality. Each of his works is an attempt to break through the image and to make its impact on an aesthetic as well as a sociocultural and political level. Thus, Vergara creates a new, suspended reality, grown from the artist’s personal dialogue with reality and with the image by which it has already been transformed. Decontextualised images of reality are mediated by the artist and transformed into art, encouraging the viewer to question their way of perceiving the everyday as well as the way it is presented to them in images. Vergara’s art disorients and disconcerts the viewer. It questions what is known and opens paths to new modes of signification.
Accompanying the 2023 retrospective exhibition “In the Instant” that the MACS is dedicating to Angel Vergara, this important book reviews the career of the Belgian artist and highlights the close relationship between his painting and the cinematic medium.
Distributed for Mercatorfonds
02.11.2022–02.06.2023 Outside installation. Musée de la batellerie—Conflans Sainte Honorine, France.
24.11.2022–19.03.2023 Photo Brut - Centrale for Contemporary Art, Brussels
23.04.2023–08.10.2023 Angel Vergara. In a Moment. Monographic exhibition. MAC’s in Mons, Belgium.
Denis Gielen is director of MACS, Mons. Jérôme André is head of conservation department at MACS, Mons. Philippe Van Cauteren is director of SMAK, Ghent. Olivier Michelon is a French art historian, heritage curator & chief curator at the Fondation Vuitton since 2016.
Sign up for updates on new releases and special offers
Our website offers shipping to the United States and Canada only. For customers in other countries: