Curriculum Vitae and list of exhibitions (in Dutch) curriculum-vitae-2018
“For more than thirty years Gorik Lindemans had been active, among other
things, as a graphic designer, painter, photographer, video and installation
artist. His relatively limited oeuvre exudes modesty: Lindemans shows a great
respect for the subjects on display, for detail and the passage of time. In the
1970’s Gorik Lindemans studied painting at the Institute of Sint-Lukas in
Brussels, followed by etching and lithography at the Higher Institute for Visual
Arts of Anderlecht. Immediately after his studies he worked as an illustrator of
children’s books and as a graphic designer.
Over the course of several years he produced work for children’s books and
personal posters for Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rosas company and
advertising for designer labels like Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto.
Lindemans further provides spatial concepts for exhibitions, shop interiors and
for the theatre, alongside record covers and catalogues. In all of that work the
composition is the centre-point: using found images, a well-considered choice
of materials and his own designs, Lindemans especially attempts to
communicate thoughts, feelings and atmosphere, alongside the informative
layers. Although things were going well for him at the time, he put an end to his graphic design work in 1988.
In a desire to elaborate the content of his work and its necessary appreciation Lindemans is perturbed by the limited appreciation for the aspect of content in
layout work – he starts to work for himself. At first he paints and takes
photographs, later he also works with the video camera. It results in a series of
exhibitions in which he presents slides with video-installations and
photographs, his so-called quick sketches: series of photographs that he had
taken on a train journey for example. As a visual artist he also considers the
transmission of feelings or the subtle touching of the fleeting moment to be
more important than the registration and ventilation of the pure, hard
information. The key for this he finds in humility towards the moment.
Lindemans is looking for a balance between a conceptual language and the
personal account of stories.
The artist is therefore not playing with coincidence, but chooses to eliminate
himself partially so that the images can determine the course and the form of
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