Johan Creten - an Artist the Infuses Clay with Beauty
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Clay is a primordial material, raw, poor, but the Belgian artist Johan Creten doesn’t fear the limits of this medium, his foremost challenge is to infuse it with beauty. Creten started working with clay at the end of the 1980s when it was still considered taboo in the art world. His works, now on display in a monographic exhibition at the Leila Heller Gallery, recall organic forms, are intensely colourful and draw inspiration from mysticism, as well as ancient images and mythology. Through these works, Creten explores the relationship between humanity and the Earth in terms of our ancestry. Using a material that has primordial undertones means, for the artist, tracing a through-line between past and present, because, while Creten doesn’t fear modernity, he also perceives an excess of velocity and wants to push spectators to take their time, the time necessary to relate to things differently, with more awareness. The title of the exhibition, True Love, is important, significant, it is the key that the artist offers for interpreting his works, which are all an homage to Mother Earth.