Beaufort04 is the fourth edition of the Triennial of Contemporary Art by the Sea showing the work of 28 artists from 31 March – 30 September 2012. A selection of new and existing works responding to the environment presents a cross-section of contemporary European artists. The Triennial is located in nine centres along the Belgian coast and includes both monumental and subtle installations embedded in the unique biotope of the coastal municipalities.
Martine Feipel & Jean Bechameil, Many Dreams. The hyper-realistic installation of a fossilised and petrified VW campervan with open doors invites the visitor inside yet evokes a feeling of disorientation, as if it might have been stranded for centuries. www.feipel-bechameil.lu
Dalila Gonçalves, Kneaded Memory. The Portuguese artist uses historic and decorative elements from the façades of buildings, adding elements of memory to link the ceramic history of Blankenberge ‘faience’ with ‘azulejos’ – Portuguese blue ceramic tiles. http://dalilagoncalves.blogspot.co.uk/
Marco Casagrande, Sandworm. A fifty-metre long wicker sandworm stretches out between the dunes like an enormous wooden megadrile with entrances and a tunnel to explore. http://marcocasagrande.fi/
Flo Kasearu, Coast to Coast. The Estonian artist has converted industrial shipping containers to resemble primitive boats on the natural and apparently undisturbed coastline. The symbolic objects prompt thoughts of the global circulation of goods. Yet the containers, lost, empty and useless on the beach also reflect the economic situation. The brand name of the containers Triton, (son of Poseidon) refers to the relentless power of the sea that caused the containers to run ashore. www.flokasearu.eu/
Hans op de Beeck, Location (8). In the former munitions depot ‘Bommenvrij’ an experiential, sculptural installation is a dark, enigmatic work, including references to film noir cinema and nocturnal folk rituals. The viewer walks in the half-darkness via a long, black wooden jetty over a dark pool of water to arrive at the end in a conical, curved sitting area. Here there is a large central circle with a forest of tall white candles where the viewer is immersed in the play of light and a watery soundscape of gentle sounds. www.hansopdebeeck.com/
Curated by Phillip Van den Bossche and Jan Moeyaert, Beaufort04 is an initiative from vzw Ku(n)st and partners under the patronage of Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council.
Beaufort04 has published a practical walking guide in four languages (NL, FR, EN and DE) (€7); a cycle map (€3); and a review with all of the artwork from the four Beaufort Triennials 01,02,03 and 04, and a catalogue for Beaufort04, with photographs by Jimmy Kets. (€30).