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Freek Wambacq, Red river, 2015. Table, concrete slabs, red cabbage, hand saw, 100 x 220 x 91 cm. Photograph by Ivo Faber. Courtesy of the artist.

Freek Wambacq, Open Studio, Gasworks, 2015. Courtesy of the artist.

Freek Wambacq, Pâté de Bruxelles, 2015. Archival Inkjet Print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Paper. 154.2 x 112cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Freek Wambacq, poster to announce Hitting, knocking, slapping, punching, 2015. Courtesy of the artist.

Freek Wambacq, Open, Close, 2013. Brass door handles, wood, 2 x (133 x 22 x 22 cm). Installation view: Botanical garden, Antwerp. Photograph by Isabelle Arthuis. Courtesy of the artist.

Freek Wambacq, Rain after Snow, 2013. Salt, cornstarch, variable dimensions. Installation view: Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp.
Photograph by Isabelle Arthuis. Courtesy of the artist.

Freek Wambacq’s sculptures, installations and site-specific interventions often create an interplay between an object's use value and symbolic value. His recent work has dealt with sound, or the images of sounds conjured in our heads, arranging selected household, consumer or industrial goods and materials (that are often used to produce cinematic sound effects) according to their sonic potential and ability to mimic natural phenomena. These works explore how imperceptible matter and sensations differ radically from material reality and experience, and emphasise the linguistic forms – such as alliteration, onomatopoeia and puns – and narrative potential embedded in objects.

At Gasworks Wambacq produced a series of large-scale prints that took as their inspiration the recipes of various famous Pâtés. The images featured many digital effects that were densely layered to create equivalence to the process of making and textures of Pâté. Freek also collaborated with a local butcher to permanently host his piece, Hitting, knocking, slapping, punching, a continuation of his ongoing body of work around cinematic Foley sound effects.


An interview with Freek Wambacq and Gasworks Curator Robert Leckie can be downloaded in the Resources section below.


Freek Wambacq (born 1978) lives and works in Amsterdam. Recent exhibitions include Un-Scene III, WIELS, Brussels; Cheval dansant le hula, Witte de With, Rotterdam (both 2015); Six memos for the next..., Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz (2014); and Rain after Snow, Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp (2013).

Freek Wambacq’s residency is supported by Kunsten en Erfgoed and he is hosted in the Juan Yarur Torres Residency Studio.