First published on 10 November 2016
Sadaharu Horio "Atarinae-no-Koto"
Straatman first appeared in front of the Belgian pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1988. Ever since, he has been popping up in various places from Antwerp to Tokyo, both announced and by surprise. Leading up to the exhibition at Axel Vervoordt Gallery in September 2017, Straatman turned up in several locations around Antwerp throughout the month of August 2017. During his performances, Straatman lies down, stands, crawls, sits, and stretches. The curious audience passes him by, inspecting the artist who appears as an anonymous white figure mysteriously creating his canvases.