Willy de Sauter 2003
*1938 in Dudzele (Belgium)
Lives & works in Tielt (Belgium)
De Sauter’s artistic practice is a continuation of a rich tradition according to which art is the vehicle for an abstract representation of reality. His artistic vocabulary could be characterized as a thorough abstraction of forms and structures that can be found back in both nature and in culture, more specifically in architecture. The close observation of buildings, monuments even photographs are often starting points for de Sauter’s plastic transposition of an existing form into an abstract representation. His works and their presentation refer to architectural history and to the artistic urge to represent the very essence of reality. In de Sauter’s austere oeuvre, places are reduced to non-places. Associations with philosophy, visual art, and architecture are fused into one general and open focus on culture.
For his exhibition at CCNOA in 2003, de Sauter conceived a site-specific installation consisting of a large, monochrome horizontal plane - supported by a wooden structure - and a vertical plane executed directly on the center wall of space I. Both planes were executed in chalk and glue. Their subsequent treatment with sandpaper generated a semi-reflecting, skin-like surface, which invited to be touched and felt by the viewer. De Sauter’s sees both works as his ‘canvas’.