Sunday, 3 February 2019

The Size of a Room

Laura Delvaux & Ada Van Hoorebeke
            The Size of a Room, Laura Delvaux & Ada Van Hoorebeke, Installation photographs by © Amandine Nandrin/La « S » Grand Atelier.

The Size of a Room is an ongoing colaboration by Laura Delvaux and Ada Van Hoorebeke which started during a summer residency program at La « S » Grand Atelier* in Vielsalm Belgium 2018. This collaboration continues now in winter 2019. 

The Size of a Room is a work based on Delvaux´s drawings executed with Ada Van Hoorebeke in batik a resist dye technique with wax and natural dyes on cotton, Van Hoorebeke usually works with. The work evolved around the artists shared interest for nature and domestic objects and the wish to connect these elements in a universe the size of a room.  For example the line drawings and objects by Delvaux are mostly inspired on top views of imaginary flowers. Other drawings represent the sky with moon, stars and sun. Every represented object is caught and connected by a web of lines, neatly fitting between the edges of the surface. The same themes appear in the batiks on textile made in collaboration with Ada Van Hoorebeke, which can be draped on objects and frames in different compositions. The colours are made with indigo leaves and fruits and scrap iron. The wax is a mixture of recycled candles and organic bees wax. After the dyeing process the wax was reused once more in flower shaped candle sculptures made by Delvaux.
*La « S » Grand Atelier is a place for arts creating facilities for exchange between outsider -and contemporary artists. 

Special thanks to Anne-Françoise Rouche, Director of La « S » Grand Atelier; Juliette Bensimon-Marchina for inviting me and Johanna Monnier for assisting with the ceramics.

      The Size of a Room, Laura Delvaux & Ada Van Hoorebeke, Installation photographs by © Amandine Nandrin/La « S » Grand Atelier.

Friday, 19 October 2018

Private Fountains - Public Baths

Kato Six & Ada Van Hoorebeke

Private Fountains - Public Baths by Kato Six & Ada Van Hoorebeke, 2018.
Batik on a clothes airer, (natural dyes on cotton and linen), garden hose, 
wax sculptures, stamp sculptures (metal), bucket, puddle of black dye (oak gall & rust), 
drawing (pencil and natural paint on paper).

Private Fountains -Public Baths 
Kato Six & Ada Van Hoorebeke 

26 October - 1 December
Thursday-Saturday 2-6pm
Opening: 26 October, 6pm 

Chaussée de Forest, Vorstse Steenweg 90
1060 Brussels

Find more info >HERE

‘Private Fountains - Public Baths’ is a collaboration between Kato Six and Ada Van Hoorebeke. The work translates communication and exchange into sculpture by questioning the purpose of a fountain. The exchange goes from framed dye puddles to colour baths and from fabric to stamp sculptures. The environment created by the artists blurs the division between tool, idea and outcome. 
To celebrate the abundance of creativity some aspects of the exhibition such as the use of natural dye and self-made tools will be displayed an discussed. Six and Van Hoorebeke use their installation as a platform to invite artists and the public to engage in their research.  Through a series of activities invited artists will interact with an aspect of the displayed work and explore ‘how it functions’ in relation to their own artistic practic.

Dear Asia Nyembo Mireille  : To change dust into dye. HOW WOULD YOU DO THIS? 23 Nov. 7pm
Dear Sophie Nys : To commemorate water. HOW WOULD YOU DO THIS? 30 Nov. 7pm
Katja Mater : To capture a collaboration. HOW WOULD YOU DO THIS? On unannounced moments during the show

Private Fountains - Public Baths by Kato Six and Ada Van Hoorebeke
Photographs by Ludovic Beillar, Komplot Brussels 2018. 

Private Fountains - Public Baths 

Asia Nyembo Mireille : To change dust into dye. HOW WOULD YOU DO THIS?

Sophie Nys : To commemorate water. HOW WOULD YOU DO THIS? 

Katja Mater : To capture a collaboration. HOW WOULD YOU DO THIS?

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Lace Simulations

Ada Van Hoorebeke, Lace Simulations 2018.
Batik with urine and natural dyes, arms.
Dimensions variable.

Thursday, 26 July 2018


by Division of Labour (>Link)

Artists: Céline Berger, Andrew Gillespie, Ada Van Hoorebeke, Jeremy Hutchison, 
Jasleen Kaur, Andrew Lacon, leeds Weirdo Club, Andrew Mania, Fay Nicolson. 

Opening: Friday 27 July 6-9pm 
Exhibition: 27th July-18th October
Paradise Works East Philip St, Salford, UK.  

Left to right: Ada Van Hoorebeke, Fay Nicolson, Leeds Weirdo Club.

Where Batik Belongs FFM – UKInstallation by Ada Van Hoorebeke, 2018. 
Blueback poster print (2x3m), batik and silkscreen with natural dyes, jars, urinating man (exchangeable). Dimensions variable.

                                             Detail: Blueback poster print (2x3m).


Detail: Urine collection in progress.

 Where Batik Belongs FFM – UK  is a pee collecting installation to dye new batiks. 
Batik is a resist dye technique most common in Java and in West-African countries such as Gambia and Ghana. I combine this technique with natural dyes according to old British and European dyeing methods using indigo and urine. for the group show Apparel with Division of Labour I made a new installation to collect urine. The urine will be used to continue my ongoing series of work.
 Where Batik Belongs FFM – UK.  is inspired by fairytale batiks from North coast Java, from the beginning of 20thcentury, depicting characters from The Brothers Grimm fairytales. Last year in Frankfurt, hometown of The Brothers Grimm, I met a band called Die Römischen Votsen, they gave me urine and they re-enacted a fairytale called Little Red Riding Hood for me. Photographed by Camilo Brau, at Air_Frankfurt, thanks to Ilazki de Portuondo, Elisabeth Ida Mulyani, Esra Altin, Kerstin Lichtblau to take part in the experimental creation process and now Division of Labour to realize this print and organise a urination corner at the Apparel show. 

So this is a sketch for the installation at Apparel in Salford: left three hankies I made in batik with natural dyes and with the urine from  Anna Hjalmarsson (DRV) the person on the poster. The poster (photo by Camilo Brau) in the middle 200x300cm. The  textile, silkscreen with natural dyes right side in front. 98x400cm.
On the floor left comes the collection of jars with urine contributions by visitors. Cheers! 

Sketch for the installation Where Batik Belongs FFM – UK.

Detail: Batik with natural dyes and urine by DRV, each ca.35x31cm.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Cultivated Memory: Archaeologies of the Imagined

Artists: Adler E, Mills C, Santana A, Sztencel A, Van Hoorebeke A
Curated by: Önol I
Opening reception: Friday, November 10, 7-9 pm 

Viewing Hours -  November 10 - 26, Sat-Sun: Noon - 7pm 

Peninsula Art Space
352 Van Brunt Street
Brooklyn NY 11231

A. Van Hoorebeke, installation view (studio) 2017, photo by Thisby Cheng

Ada Van Hoorebeke Artificial Weave, 2017, dimensions variable, 
batik, natural dyes and rust on discarded fabrics, drain grates, backdrop stand, temporary floor protection.

Sunday, 6 August 2017


From October 13, 2017 until January 7, 2018 Fake Calligraphy is part of „Something Stronger Than Me*“, WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels. More info and subscriptions >HERE

Fake Calligraphy - Wiels, Third Stage, 2017, Batik with natural dyes on cotton, aluminum, stainless steel, Mortar boxes, Dimensions variable (1 frame is 230 x 170 x 2,5 cm).  


Fake Calligraphy is a sculpture inspired by the calligraphic batik, Batik Besurek, a tradition from Bengkulu (Indonesia). Batik Besurek, originally conceived by Indonesian Muslims, is derived from the Arab script but the signs are not always readable as such. The Fake Calligraphy sculpture presented at WIELS is inspired by those calligraphic batiks that are playing with the aesthetics of a written language abstracted from its original meaning. The sculpture is made so that it can be activated, reminiscent of a workshop, where it serves as an environment to create a new interpretation of calligraphic batiks. In this sculpture different stages of batik production such as creating a design, transferring it in wax on textile and dyeing with natural dyes are used as a means of communication that goes beyond language barriers. Fake Calligraphyaims to be a platform for exchange of speech, body language and the sharing of different cultural knowledge in an artistic and social context.
Fake Calligraphy is Manoeuvre, collectieve for art in co-creation, Maartje Fliervoet, Ada Van Hoorebeke, as well as participants.

The activation of Fake Calligraphy in Wiels was spread over three clusters of three days, wherepeople could join us to a 1,45 minute shift in the creation process of calligraphic batik. This all took place inside the exhibition space.
The work 'Guide Rails' by Rita McBride was used as a very long working table to draw fake calligraphic signs in pencil and batik wax. The metal frame of the Fake Calligraphy sculpture was used as a drying rack in the activation process of dyeing and displaying Fake Calligraphy.  
Below you can see the process of Fake Calligraphy as it was activated during the exhibition Something Stronger Than Me* in WIELS contemporary Arts Centre Brussels, together with participants:

Lázara Rosell AlbearSultan AltintasLysiane Ambrosino, Gonül AtecZubeyde BalciDevrim BayarSafa BenlazregSabine BolkLaurence BontemsFran Bombeke, Antje Bots, Eloi BoucherAline BouvyCécile ChainiauxLaura CaroenEma SecFadime ÇetinkayaJorine Ceulemans, Myriam Cherroud, Louis ClausRony Codoychum, Sarah CrimiFabrice Dehaeseleer, Laura De Jaeger, Ella De LestréMado De Lestré, Linh Dong, Dany Druylans, Paulina DVleeschouwer, Gustav De Vriese, Simen Eeckhout, Nienke FrenchEmilie Forey, Charlotte Gérard, Marilou GillisIkram HaltoutMaaike HaveralsArianeHeystraetenHenri JacobsYasmine JaiInge Janssens, Luna Kindler, Louis KiockRahime KoparanZeynepKubat, Blanche Lafarge, Lucie LambrechtGitte Le BruynFeng Li, Jan Leconte, Ash LeeCamilia LovegroveKatja Mater, Remi Mercelis, Viviane MichelsRoberta Miss, Anaïck Moriceau, Evelyne MorlotBenjamin NavetAsia Mireille NyemboWinde NulensClara PerillaChristophe Piette, Thijs Polfliet, Sophie RoccaDominique Ringler, Livia Tarsia, Nele Tas, Nina TerhalleMarte Van Dessel, Eva Van DeurenGyulseren Van DortCharlotte Van Dorpe, Marjorie Vandriessche, Anaïs Van Hoorebeke, Lea VayrouSelma Verbert, Lora Verheecke, Sabine VermeirenFrédérique VersaenAïda VersnichMiljan VukićevićKato SixIsmahan YildirimHediye Yigit SahinSanyiee Yuksel, Tonio di Zinno


 Session 1
13, 14 and 15.10.2017
Manoeuvre / Maartje Fliervoet / Ada Van Hoorebeke / Participants

Fake Calligraphy - Wiels, First Stage, 2017, Batik with natural dyes on cotton, aluminum, stainless steel, Mortar boxes, Dimensions variable (1 frame is 230 x 170 x 2,5 cm).  

Here you can see how we dyed samples for a fake calligraphic writing after spontaneously inventing and drawing signs in wax. This is the first stage in the activation of the piece called Fake Calligraphy.

(Photo by Kristien Daem)

(Photo´s by Ernst Maréchal)

(Photo by Sabine Bolk) 

Session 2
16, 17 and 18.11.2017
    Manoeuvre / Maartje Fliervoet / Ada Van Hoorebeke / Participants

Fake Calligraphy - Wiels, Second Stage (detail) 2017

In the second session the samples of fake calligraphic writing which were developed during the first session, were traced on chalk paper, cut out and assembled into 'sentences'. Those sentences were then traced with pencil on long strips of cotton. The cotton strips were placed in the sculpture and hung there, ready to be traced in wax and dyed during the third and last session.

(Photo´s by Maartje Fliervoet & Chris Rotsaert)

Session 3
14, 15 and 16.12.2017
Manoeuvre / Maartje Fliervoet / Ada Van Hoorebeke / Participants

In the third and last session of 3 days we traced all the pencil designs in wax, then dyed them first in an oak gall solution and then in a mix of oak gall and rust to obtain darker colours.  For the rust solution we used scrap iron collected earlier on the parking lot of Wiels.   The last session ends with boiling out wax and ironing the pieces. After cleaning up the dye pots and the frames of the sculpture, the fake calligraphic batik can be arranged in the sculpture. we ended up with 13 long stripes of Fake Calligraphic Batik.

(Photo´s by Ada Van Hoorebeke)
 Below:FAKE CALLIGRAPHY - Prototype, 2017, Manoeuvre kunstenplek / Maartje Fliervoet / Ada Van Hoorebeke.

Fake Calligraphy - Prototype, 2017, Batik with natural dyes on cotton, aluminum, stainless steel, Mortar boxes, Dimensions variable (1 frame is 230 x 170 x 2,5 cm). 

This is a prototype for Fake Calligraphy made in collaboration with Manoeuvre collective for art in co-creation and Maartje Fliervoet. Ghent, 2016-2017.

(Photo´s by Ernst Maréchal)