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b. 1977, Belgium

Philip Metten Biography

In his practice Philip Metten freely moves between the respective media and regimes of sculpture and architecture, purposefully suspending disciplinary differences. Bringing together sculpture, drawing, interior and building design with kaleidoscopic intensity, the artist develops a visual language that espouses future with prehistory. As he draws upon references from ancient sculpture, modernist and postmodernist architecture, to science-fi film and experimental cinema, Metten presents us with works that can be read as either mask or architectural model, heraldic sign or urban topography, ancient emblem or futuristic insignia.

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A daily drawing practice serves as the systemic foundation of Philip Metten's work. It engenders the basic schemes for his sculptures, prints, and wall reliefs, as well as for larger architectural projects, such as his solo show at Z33 art space in Hasselt, BE, Innercoma, 2010, the much-praised renovation of a bar in Antwerp, BE, Bar, 2013, the scenography for a group show in Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp, BE (The Corner Show, 2015), as well as for the facade of the Kai Matsumyia gallery in New York (153. Stanton, 2015). Most recently in Netwerk Aalst (2016) the artist showed a preliminary stage of ESSEN, an interior design for a restaurant in Borgerhout (BE) that is currently being constructed and will open its doors in 2018. ESSEN sees Metten returning to a drawing made in 2008, which he implements both sculpturally and architecturally while using the specific space of the prospective restaurant as his point of departure.

Philip Metten Featured Artworks

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133152 by Philip Metten contemporary artwork
Philip Metten133152, 2019Collage on paper
33 x 33 x 7 cm
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C-010818 by Philip Metten contemporary artwork
Philip MettenC-010818, 2018Collage on paper
34.3 x 34.3 cm
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C-020419 by Philip Metten contemporary artwork
Philip MettenC-020419, 2019Collage on paper
134 x 134 cm
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C-190319 by Philip Metten contemporary artwork
Philip MettenC-190319, 2019Collage on paper
45.2 x 11.8 x 18 cm
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C-270219 by Philip Metten contemporary artwork
Philip MettenC-270219, 2019Collage on paper
134 x 134 cm
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C-210119 by Philip Metten contemporary artwork
Philip MettenC-210119, 2019Collage on paper
11.3 x 10.5 cm
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CINEMA by Philip Metten contemporary artwork
Philip MettenCINEMA, 2017Aluminium, wood, Plexiglass and fluorescent lamps
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C-070718 by Philip Metten contemporary artwork
Philip MettenC-070718, 2018Collage on paper
32 x 31.6 cm
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Philip Metten Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Philip Metten, Philip Metten at Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp
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17 May–29 June 2019 Philip Metten Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, Group Show at Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp
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23 January–23 February 2019 Group Show Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, Works On Paper II at Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp
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7 March–28 April 2018 Group Show Works On Paper II Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp

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