Ante Timmermans

2/2008 (BAUSPIEL), 2008

The drawings of Ante Timmermans are a critical, but also poetic, reactions to or reflections of his environment. He is particularly fascinated by routine, (hidden) systems, the banality and absurdity of society. The time he spent in Berlin and his move to Switzerland have had an unmistakable influence on his work. Besides small drawings that start off as notes in a sketchbook, he produces monumental landscape drawings. They each bear witness to a wonderful attentiveness as well to his sense of humor. But they are also the embodiment of his thoughts: drawn ideas. At first, Timmermans' work started from ideas such as boredom, routine and the everyday, which he symbolized by circles or loops. Although these notions are still present, the concept of his project has now widened. In his most recent work, he focuses primarily on landscape, city and architecture. They reflect our ways of thinking and acting, but also condition them at the same time. Timmermans is fascinated by the New Babylon project created by Constant Nieuwenhuis, which aims to create a playful society in which the creative man or homo ludens is entirely free. Nothing in Nieuwenhuis’ blueprints for the new city is permanent, everything can change continuouslly, in order to respond to the needs of the inhabitants who are always travelling: “a camp for nomads on a planetary scale”. In Timmermans’ cities too, everything is always on the move. These are cities under construction, never completed. Spending time in a city like Berlin (The city in development) was a significant influence. Just like New Babylon, Timmermans’ cities never end (because the earth is round). Furthermore, although his cities seem to be intensely productive, they rarely or never host any people.

Edith Doove

Born in Ninove, 1976


He studied at the Hogeschool Sint-Lukas in Brussels and at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK) in Antwerp.


2008 Mindscape, Galerie Zink, Munich 
2007 Ante Timmermans/John Pilson, Galerie Zink, Berlin 
2007 Mapping (Proposal#3), Ruimte Morguen, Antwerp 
2007 Mapping the city (Proposal#2), Kunstverein, Ahlen 
2006 Ruimte Morguen, Antwerp 
2006 Galerie EL, Welle 
2005 Mindmap, Croxhapox, Ghent 


2008 Ideas in Paint(ing): De visuele compositie van de plaats, Cultuurcentrum, Hasselt 
2008 Collectiepresentatie, S.M.A.K., Ghent 
2008 What's the point of giving you any more artworks when you don't understand the ones you've got?, works of the own collection, Galerie Zink, Munich 
2008 Omgevingstekenen, Provincial Price 2007 (Oost-Vlaanderen), Caermersklooster, Ghent 
2007 BLACK IS BLACK, S.M.A.K., Ghent 
2007 Kunst en Zwalm, Zwalm 
2007 Very Selected, Galerie Zink, Munich 
2006 BARRACK Mapping the city (Proposal#1), HISK, Antwerp
2006 FW:painting, De Fabriek, Eindhoven 
2006 Extiem/Extimate/ Extime, Poëziezomer 2006, Watou 
2006 Leere X Vision ConneXion, Herford 

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