Collection of 70 works on paper from the Euromillions drawing series by Ines Claus, 148 pages, limited edition of /50 books, selfpublished by Claus Books.
Claus assembles elements from various sources. In the process of preparatory sketching; a sort of abstraction takes place, going on from these as a basis for her works, the play of combining and re-drawing can begin.
In this series you can find daily objects with a twist such as; wine openers with dogheads, Belgian boots, an enflamed tv, an Euromillions - welcome - floor math, a Spanish coat of arms, a villain with a small purse, and colorful chairs chained to one another.
Swirly drawn words evoke a playful entanglement with the figures. Brands become characters, colors become motives, figuration becomes a fast outline. Overpainted layers become apparent allowing the shapes in remaining present. The banality of everyday objects makes place for a twisted humour in a subtle way.
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From an approach that draws a line on paper, Ines Claus (°Antwerp, 1993) seems to encounter us to speak with words dressed by objects.
From the almost painted drawing, brushing past the edition, as far as the installation, she shows an imported common dream, from a culture contrasted by the ‘cheap’n chic’. The artist collects books and intriguing images that inspire her logic presentational supports.
Her method extracts an element and/or attitude captured by reality, to bring them to a simple évidence. A solid colored flat surface, a collage, this study of interweaving seeks for an object relationship, which Ines Claus subtracts from a fascination for visual languages peculiar to publicity, furniture design or fashion. In this way the very essence of a Gucci which represents the form of an A-list, here sought after into a substance that is the people, creates a motive close to the pop culture that parades in front of her. The object of lust then takes an attitude, and becomes a character, an almost animism, and hybridizes in an esthetic likely to the way the artist reads its’ environment.
A dog; its chain forms something else then intended, a pair of shoes with something amiss, simplified by the pictural technique of the artist, becomes an axiom, translating an almost Californian dandyism within a popular Belgium. These social symbols then unify, and a narrative subject changes the common sense of what we are used to see, and loads its work of a true lecture of our behavior and social and cultural perspectives.
(c) Axel Korban 2020
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