Belgian contemporary art gallery, Xavier Hufkens opened a third exhibition space on 18 June at 44 rue Van Eyck, in the heart of Brussels; just a two-minute walk from its existing spaces on rue St-Georges.
Thanks to the impressive floor-to-ceiling window, the front gallery is visible from the street, and illuminated by abundant natural light.
With the new space comes increased opportunity for experimentation and conversation. ‘I want it to be a place where artists, art enthusiasts, collectors and students come together around inspiring exhibitions,’ says the gallery’s namesake founder.
Consisting of three-dimensional wooden assemblages covered in dark green, red, brown, blue and yellow paint, each piece draws on the artist’s Widw paintings that were first exhibited on rue St-Georges in 2018. These have been made from discarded wood: heaps of offcuts, broken packing crates, damaged pallets and splintered stretcher frame, all from Ruby’s LA studio; alongside pieces from the barn of Ruby’s late mother. Their rectangular forms and superimposed cross-bar structures suggest windows, which Ruby perceives as openings to alternative societies, and sources of inspiration and light.
The decision to display artworks in wood is apt considering the construction of the back-of-house spaces. A sliding door at the end reveals a wooden corridor, which leads to the central gallery space.