ABOUT


Jorden Boulet (Belgium, 1990) is educated as a painter (MFA, 2016) but works project-oriented. Both his work method and his artistic work itself can vary visually according to time, space and context: On the one hand, his artwork can take the form of playful and bombastic installations in which sand, wallpaper, inflatable ‘sculptures’ or other utensils are used. On the other hand, the saying ‘less is more’ may apply, in which for example, he shows a series of abstracted paintings in a tightly directed scenography. Yet his work is coherent because of the constant reference to the idea of paradise.


In our Western society, images of paradise are often seen as cliché images that represent an idyllic world. White beaches, palm trees, a beautiful sunset: these are visual elements that evoke an atmosphere of happiness, joy, perfection and freedom.Boulet is fascinated by this exotic visual culture and how it is used in various designs. He argues that images of paradise can be ambiguously associated or interpreted. Kitsch, decadence, superficiality or deceit are never far away.


In his art Boulet always creates an apparently idyllic and paradisiacal world, but with a twist: A depicted paradise world, which is not real. Consider, for example, the deception of advertising design, the theater of film or the impact of filtered social media. In Boulet’s imagery there is often a great distance, a façade between the spectator and the depicted paradise world. To the artist it is all about contradictions: initially beautiful dream images, but which often provoke an elusive desire and therefore carry a melancholic undertone or layering within.


Although the substantive concept often prevails in Boulet’s art, we also see the literal contradiction in his extreme use of color. Jorden Boulet himself is color blind and experiences reality in a different manner than we do. Whereas in the past his works of art were initially moralizing as a mirror against the vanity of Western society, today they are rather abstracted and simplified into fragments. 



Education


2016 - 2017: SLO, Teacher in visual and audiovisual arts, PXL MAD, Hasselt

2011 - 2016: MFA, Visual arts: Painting. PXL MAD, Hasselt

2009 - 2011: Graphic Design. PHL, Hasselt


2014 - 2015: Master-internship: Studio Peter de Cupere

2013: Exchange project: Fine Arts: University of the West of England, Bristol, UK


Exhibitions (selection)

Group


2021 - Blue Moon. Parkstad Limburg Prijs. Maanplein, Heerlen.NL
2021 - Performa 4 (Curator: Laurens Mariën en Lies Serdons). C-Mine, Genk.BE

2021 - Missotti Gallery. Biënnale Mol-Rauw, BE

2020 - Limburg Biënnale. Marres, House for Comtemporary Culture, Maastricht, NL

2019 - The waiting room (Curator: Koen Leemans). C-Mine, Genk, BE
2018 - EuroArt (Curator: Bernardus Baldus and Wannes Missotten). SubIV, Utrecht, NL

2018 - Viriditas (Curator: Pieter-Jan Valgaeren). De Mijlpaal, Heusden-Zolder, BE

2017 - Black: De formidabelen (Curator: Liesbeth Jonckheere). C-Mine, Genk, BE

2017 - Het laatste paradijs (Curator: Niels Vaes and Gijs Coenen, A2o). Tongeren, BE

2016 - Mad Power (Curator: Peter De Cupere and Annelies Nagels). De Warande, Turnhout, BE

2016 - No Maps for these territories (Curator: Alex Verhaest). De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, NL

2016 - Olympus. Kop Artspace, Antwerpen, BE

2016 - La Divina Commedia (Curator: Luk Lambrecht). CC Strombeek, Grimbergen, BE

2015 - The way we look at the other space (Curator: Jolien Dirix). Begijnhof, Hasselt, BE

2015 - Seven days of creation.  De Chocoladefebriek, Tongeren, BE

2015 - EXIT15 (Curator: Caroline Dumalin). Herkenrodekazerne, Hasselt, BE

2015 - Godecharle. ARBA ESA, Brussels, BE

2014 - Campus Bokrijk - Openairmuseum Provincial domain, Genk, BE


Solo


2019 - LFDM 1.2 (Curator: Claudine Hellweg). Kunstinhuis Sint-Pietersabdij, Gent, BE

2018 - Les fleurs du mal (Curator: Frank Hendrickx). H8x12, Tielt-Winge, BE

2016 - Exchange Promotion (Curator: Maxime van Melkebeke). Offspace.xyz, New York City, USA

2015 - Alors on danse: Yardenit - Gasthuiskapel, Borgloon, BE

2014 - Gay Pastry and Racist Cappuccino (Curator: arteVentuno archives). De Coöperatieve, Hasselt, BE


Residencies


2018 - now:  Vonk kunstenwerkplaats. Vonk_ateliers. Hasselt. BE

2015 - Godecharle. Louvain-la-Neuve. BE


Awards


2015 - Wanatoe Grand Prize. Hbvl. BE

2015 - Wanatoe Prize for Fine Arts. Kunst in Limburg. BE

2015 - Godecharle ARBA ESA (Laureate). Brussels. BE