b. 1969, Belgium

David Claerbout Biography

Throughout his career, the Belgian artist David Claerbout has investigated the conceptual impact of the passage of time through his use of video and digital photography. As scholar David Green has explained, 'Claerbout's work subtly proposes a relationship of similitude between film and the objective world that lies outside and beyond the narrative space of cinema. In doing so he poses a set of questions about how we experience film and about the nature of the medium itself.'

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Specifically, Claerbout manipulates both moving and still imagery to suggest an otherworldly level of existence, something that might refer to a specific place or event, but the timeline of which is not clear, oscillating between both past and present. The element of sound is critical in many of the works, often used as either a narrative device or a 'guide' for the viewer to navigate the architectural space in the film. Claerbout's oeuvre is characterised by a meticulous attention to production details, painstakingly created often over a period of years. The resultant works are immersive environments in which the viewer is invited to engage both philosophically and aesthetically.

Claerbout studied at the Nationaal Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp from 1992 to 1995 and participated in the DAAD: Berlin Artists-in-Residence program from 2002 to 2003. Claerbout's work is included in major public collections worldwide, including: Centre Georges Pompidou Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, France; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and many others. He has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions internationally, including: Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz, Germany, 2013; Secession, Vienna, Austria, 2012; Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2012; SFMOMA, San Francisco, 2011; WIELS, Brussels, Belgium, 2011; De Pont museum of contemporary art, Tilburg, The Netherlands, 2009; Pompidou Center, Paris, France, 2007; Kunstmuseum, St. Gallen, Switzerland, 2008; and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 2005.

David Claerbout lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium and Berlin, Germany.

Text courtesy Sean Kelly.

David Claerbout Featured Artworks

The Pure Necessity (Power Sculpture) by David Claerbout contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
David Claerbout The Pure Necessity (Power Sculpture), 2017 Washed ink, pencil, acrylic paint on paper
50 x 70 cm
Esther Schipper Contact Gallery
the confetti piece by David Claerbout contemporary artwork moving image
David Claerbout the "confetti" piece, 2015–2018 Double channel video projection, 3D animation, silent, colour, 18 minutes 25 seconds
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery
Breathing Bird by David Claerbout contemporary artwork moving image
David Claerbout Breathing Bird, 2012 Two channel video on flatscreens (19"), colour, silent
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery
Olympia (Nothing Romantic) by David Claerbout contemporary artwork mixed media
David Claerbout Olympia (Nothing Romantic), 2017 inkjet print, collage, tape, washed ink, acrylic paint, felt pen and pencil on cardboard
24 x 44.88 inches
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery
Die reine Notwendigkeit/The pure necessity by David Claerbout contemporary artwork moving image
David Claerbout Die reine Notwendigkeit/The pure necessity, 2016 single channel video, HD animation, color, stereo sound, 60 minutes, looped
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery
Olympia (Simulation of late april snow (not yet permanent 1 day)) by David Claerbout contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
David Claerbout Olympia (Simulation of late april snow (not yet permanent 1 day)), 2016 inkjet print, collage, tape, washed ink, acrylic paint, felt pen and pencil on cardboard
15.9 x 23.38 inches
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery
Olympia (Januari 2018 -4°) by David Claerbout contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
David Claerbout Olympia (Januari 2018 -4°), 2017 inkjet print, collage, tape, washed ink, acrylic paint, felt pen and pencil on cardboard
16.5 x 22.43 inches
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery
KING (after Alfred Wertheimer's 1956picture of a young man named Elvis Presley by David Claerbout contemporary artwork moving image
David Claerbout KING (after Alfred Wertheimer's 1956picture of a young man named Elvis Presley, 2015-2016 Film still: Single channel video projection, HD animation, black & white, silent, 10 minutes
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery

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