Content-wise, ANDY WAUMAN‘s (°1975. Wilrijk, Belgium) work does not arise from an art historical or conceptual theory but from a set of social principles and a sense of personal protest. He deliberately makes use of everyday materials, shapes, and symbols whose poetic power has either been abused or become forgotten, or is entirely unknown. Wauman’s textual works are direct, literal bearers of messages that originate in his work as a poet. Characteristic for Wauman is the fact that he recuperates, and in this way invalidates, both the rhetoric and the style of the very forms of authority which he attacks in his work. A recurring theme in his work is his stance against cynicism and a preference for the sensuality and romantic value of the street. He sees himself as a poetic anarchist rather than as a political activist.
Andy Wauman has had solo exhibitions at Deweer Gallery in 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2016. He has also presented solo shows at Art Statements Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (‘Calligraphs and Body Traps’, 2011) and Hong Kong (‘The Same for A While’, 2010 & ‘What do you permit to remain?’, 2013) and at Bourouina Gallery, Berlin (‘The Qutao Copies’, 2009). Also in 2009, he presented his solo show ‘Empathy Leak’ in the Open Art Space, Stuttgart, Germany. Andy Wauman presented solo exhibitions ‘A Single Match Below A Fire’ in Deus Ex Machina Temple of Enthusiasm, Canggu, Bali, Indonesia (2014), ‘Tasted In The Mouth Of Rain’ in the National Museum of Glass in Leerdam, The Netherlands (2014), ‘Tropicalization’ in Deus Ex Machina Temple of Enthusiasm, Canggu, Bali, Indonesia (2015), ‘Dead Line Where Dream Expries’ in Art Statements, Hong Kong (2016), ‘The Rite of the Black Sun’ in Deus Ex Machina Temple of Enthusiasm, Canggu, Bali, Indonesia (2017) and ‘Soul Killers Don’t Quit, A duo show by James Ly and Andy Wauman’ in Minut Init, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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Andy’s work was also presented in the group exhibitions ‘Error #10: Error One’ in Extra City, Antwerp (2008), ‘Mind the Bullocks’ in Expodium, Utrecht, The Netherlands (2010), ‘Down on Mainstream’ (curated by Koen Leemans) in De Garage Mechelen (September 2012), ‘Emoties’ in Gemeentemuseum Helmond, The Netherlands (2014), ‘Mixed Emotions’ in Cultural centre Mechelen (2015), ‘Billboard Project’ in Antwerp (2016), ‘The Underground School of Contemporary Art’ in Antwerp (2016), ‘Winter Harvest’ in Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium (2017), ‘Tag Kunstcollectie 2016’ in TAG foundation, Antwerp (2016), ‘Billboard Project 2007-2017’ in Antwerp (2017), ‘The Artist / Knight’ in Gaasbeek Castle, Lennik, Belgium (2017), ‘The Raft. Art is (not) lonely’ at Mu.ZEE, Ostend (2017), ‘Club Conscious’ at Observatorium, MEATPACK, Antwerp (2018), ‘In Defence Of Poetry’ in Malaysia (2018), ‘The Sensation of the Sea. In honour of Bas Jan Ader’ at The Mesdag Collection, The Hague, The Netherlands (2018).
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