Marlies De Clerck, Little Wheel (1-6), 2021, Oil on canvas, 30 x 20 cm
The series Little Wheel was created for the group exhibition 'Rien Ne Vas Plus' in which artists go into dialogue with the idea of 'the game' and more specifically the game of roulette.
The chairs are presented in a circle because together they create the game of musical chairs. This game consists of a set of chairs arranged with one fewer chair than the number of players (for example, seven players would use six chairs). While music plays, the contestants walk around the set of chairs. When the music stops abruptly, all players must find their own individual chair to occupy. The player who fails to sit on a chair is eliminated. A chair is then removed for the next round, and the process repeats until only one player remains and is declared the winner.
The title of the series 'Little Wheel' is the literal translation of 'Roulette' and the numbers in the titles of the works are the numbers found on the roulette wheel.
The chosen chair, seen in the paintings in simulated wood formica, was one of the chairs that my grandparents bought in 1957 when they moved into their house in which they lived their entire life. It's that same year my father was born and the chairs now find their place in my own kitchen.
Marlies De Clerck, (blauw) '2', 2021, Oil on canvas, 30 x 20 cm
Marlies De Clerck, (groen) '7', 2021, Oil on canvas, 30 x 20 cm
Marlies De Clerck, (geel) '17', 2021, Oil on canvas, 30 x 20 cm (sold)
Marlies De Clerck, (oranje) '24', 2021, Oil on canvas, 30 x 20 cm
Marlies De Clerck, (groen) '31', 2021, Oil on canvas, 30 x 20 cm
Marlies De Clerck, (paars) '36', 2021, Oil on canvas, 30 x 20 cm
Part of the online exhibition:
'Rien Ne Va Plus'
with Ludovic Beillard, Marlies De Clerck, Eric Giraudet de Boudemange, Gerard Herman, Clément Jacques-Vossen, Julien Saudubray, Viager & Kyveli Zoi
November 14 - December 23, 2021