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The Waterscopies are an entire raft of studies on wood belonging to the second element in the "Four Elements" series, that of Water. Nature's essence, the most mercurial of all the elements, Water combines with Earth, Air and Fire to sustain all of life. In his Waterscopies, Dominique Vangilbergen continues his synaesthetic odyssey, exploring the poetical paradox of this heavily symbolic element, whether harnessed within the four walls of an aquarium, retained by a one-sided dam, or in the alternative untamed, free-flowing, rhythmic and mirroring our own inner psyche. In the artist's hands, the waterscope device has become a symbolic eye onto a world shaped by seemingly irrational forces, a nod to our origins in, and dependency on, this fickle medium, a reminder that we are but droplets in the vast ocean of life. Ready to hang.
The Waterscopies are an entire raft of studies on wood belonging to the second element in the "Four Elements" series, that of Water. Nature's essence, the most mercurial of all the elements, Water combines with Earth, Air and Fire to sustain all of life. In his Waterscopies, Dominique Vangilbergen continues his synaesthetic odyssey, exploring the poetical paradox of this heavily symbolic element, whether harnessed within the four walls of an aquarium, retained by a one-sided dam, or in the alternative untamed, free-flowing, rhythmic and mirroring our own inner psyche. In the artist's hands, the waterscope device has become a symbolic eye onto a world shaped by seemingly irrational forces, a nod to our origins in, and dependency on, this fickle medium, a reminder that we are but droplets in the vast ocean of life. Ready to hang.
The Waterscopies are an entire raft of studies on wood belonging to the second element in the "Four Elements" series, that of Water. Nature's essence, the most mercurial of all the elements, Water combines with Earth, Air and Fire to sustain all of life. In his Waterscopies, Dominique Vangilbergen continues his synaesthetic odyssey, exploring the poetical paradox of this heavily symbolic element, whether harnessed within the four walls of an aquarium, retained by a one-sided dam, or in the alternative untamed, free-flowing, rhythmic and mirroring our own inner psyche. In the artist's hands, the waterscope device has become a symbolic eye onto a world shaped by seemingly irrational forces, a nod to our origins in, and dependency on, this fickle medium, a reminder that we are but droplets in the vast ocean of life. Ready to hang.
The Waterscopies are an entire raft of studies on wood belonging to the second element in the "Four Elements" series, that of Water. Nature's essence, the most mercurial of all the elements, Water combines with Earth, Air and Fire to sustain all of life. In his Waterscopies, Dominique Vangilbergen continues his synaesthetic odyssey, exploring the poetical paradox of this heavily symbolic element, whether harnessed within the four walls of an aquarium, retained by a one-sided dam, or in the alternative untamed, free-flowing, rhythmic and mirroring our own inner psyche. In the artist's hands, the waterscope device has become a symbolic eye onto a world shaped by seemingly irrational forces, a nod to our origins in, and dependency on, this fickle medium, a reminder that we are but droplets in the vast ocean of life. Ready to hang.
The Waterscopies are an entire raft of studies on wood belonging to the second element in the "Four Elements" series, that of Water. Nature's essence, the most mercurial of all the elements, Water combines with Earth, Air and Fire to sustain all of life. In his Waterscopies, Dominique Vangilbergen continues his synaesthetic odyssey, exploring the poetical paradox of this heavily symbolic element, whether harnessed within the four walls of an aquarium, retained by a one-sided dam, or in the alternative untamed, free-flowing, rhythmic and mirroring our own inner psyche. In the artist's hands, the waterscope device has become a symbolic eye onto a world shaped by seemingly irrational forces, a nod to our origins in, and dependency on, this fickle medium, a reminder that we are but droplets in the vast ocean of life. Ready to hang.
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Dominique Vangilbergen

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The Waterscopies are an entire raft of studies on wood belonging to the second element in the "Four Elements" series, that of Water. Nature's essence, the most mercurial of all the elements, Water combines with Earth, Air and Fire to sustain all of life. In his Waterscopies, Dominique Vangilbergen continues his synaesthetic odyssey, exploring the poetical paradox of this heavily symbolic element, whether harnessed within the four walls of an aquarium, retained by a one-sided dam, or in the alternative untamed, free-flowing, rhythmic and mirroring our own inner psyche. In the artist's hands, the waterscope device has become a symbolic eye onto a world shaped by seemingly irrational forces, a nod to our origins in, and dependency on, this fickle medium, a reminder that we are but droplets in the vast ocean of life. Ready to hang.

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Dominique Vangilbergen (born in Belgium) lives and works in Berlin. His art delves deep into uncharted territory, exploring the ocean's bestiary, or setting a stage and implying narratives, leaving the spectator to interpret and imagine the dénouement. In turn, aesthete, architect, cultivator, curator, stager and pioneer, through his controlled, and sometimes obsessive, labour-intensive handling of a variety of media, he tames nature with deft, intricate, incisive strokes on rare and delicate handmade paper, foreseeing the future through a darkened glass, inventing new fictions with his own graphical, mark-making vocabulary. Sometimes using seemingly intentional smoke and mirrors to obfuscate the issue, but always working with aesthetic purpose. The overall effect is a personal Wunderkammer, home to myriad realities. What unites all of these works is an underlying major theme of epic grandeur, but the ultimate message is about life and man.

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