Decay of stability, remarks #3 and #7, FC De Kampioenen S03 A10 kiescampagne – Jonathan Paepens

Decay of stability, remarks #3 and #7, FC De Kampioenen S03 A10 kiescampagne


Jonathan Paepens shows a further continuation of the series Decay of stability and Remarks during the one evening exhibition SHOWdROOM, as well as a video work called FC de Kampioenen S03 A10 Kiescampagne.

For the SHOW(d)ROOM expo at my family I saw the possibility to continue the conversation started at the first step of this exhibition series. I again choose to make an aquarel with a subject that is unpleasant and disturbing, and this time within the context of bathrooms. The aquarel shows Stachybotrys Chartarum. It is the black fungus that fromed in warm and moist places, often seen in bathrooms. I paint them out of a memory of what they were. The eternal failing of mankind on the possible victory of man on nature. We try endlessly to ban the natural out of our immediate environment. The only things that remain in the houses are the mimetic memories of that what is natural. Plants are remnants of our natural environment, although through years of breeding they have lost some of their being natural. They are just as synthetically created as the landscape paintings that show views on some mountains somewhere in Greece, that are meant to flourish the living rooms of our houses. This is not a plea for reïntegration of men and nature. It is more about the beauty of memory. A mimetic memory of nature. That is what the works I am showing are about. It shows something that should be pushed to the background and results in only the memory of that what is depicted. The memory of fungus that should remain as far away as possible, just like all other natural things in our living and working spaces.


The second work I repeat or for which I make an addition is in the series ‘REMARKS’. The series ‘REMARKS’ is about these notes that try to fill in the unanswered questions as placeholder. For how long is very unclear. They remain open for both the one who asks the questions as well as the viewer. The questions are unanswered, they provide answers to nothing. They are empty, just as the thoughts about the questions are empty and unanswered. Everything that is incomprehensible as idea can only be shown as a question.

The last work I made for this show is ‘FC De Kampioenen S03 A10 kiescampagne’. A work in which I used an episode of belgian tv show FC De Kampioenen as inspiration.  The movie is stripped of it’s image and only the primary colours of the belgian political parties remain. They are gliding and flashing over the screen with meaningless subtitles underneath. These subtitles I found on youtube, the Flemish isn’t well translated here either. It’s a residue that can only be understood by the insider who within the uneasy political situation tries to identify and clarify. Although this video clearly fails, as do I.