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De Vaartkapoen -(1985, Molenbeek) by Tom Frantzen

May 1st, 2017 Comments off

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 It is not surprising. Tom Frantzen, who was born and bred in Brussels, appreciates the “zwanze”, a unique form of humour which he thinks is characterized by the absurdity and surrealism that stem from the mixture of languages so typical of Brussels.

Because this type of humour is “becoming extinct” (as he says), the artist tries to perpetuate it and to confront the next generations with it.  For this “zwanze” to remain integrated in the minds and in the streets, the artist really wanted his works to be sealed in the streets’ pavements and he was concerned that pre-existing elements of the surrounding environment (manhole covers, lampposts, mileposts, etc) be used as part of his works.

Working on an imposed subject, that of “De Vaartkapoen”, which is the name given to the people who were born in Molenbeek (literally “de vaart” means “the canal” and “kapoen” means cheeky), Tom Frantzen stages a little scene on two levels: the level of the sewers (which lead into the canal) and the level of the pavement (see the lamppost, the cobblestones and the manhole cover).

Low down, a young rebel, the Vaartkapoen, reminiscent of a jack-in-the-box, topples over a policeman higher up, thus overthrowing his authority.

In a snapshot-like motion, the two characters gracefully turn into bronze and remain so forever, leaving the rest of the scene to our imagination… which is how the rebellious Brussels artist gets passers-by to share a joke with him.

source : http://www.tomfrantzen.be/en/artr.htm

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