Matthias Yzebaert (Belgium - Ghent - °1983)
+32 474 75 82 74


Founder & Curator of the Ghent based art space These Things Take Time
Tumblr Photo's Society Of Copy
Graphic Designer alias Mayz
Music as Club Mayz and AVOID

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(Written by Matthias, 2016)

My work is not 'about something'.
There is no story.
I like to make things.
There is no meaning.
I do what I want.

"To subvert the pressing tyranny of meaning-making."

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(Written by Matthias, 2015)

In times of mass information and production, I believe curating is today’s language for creating art.
(Well no, that's not really true. 'To believe' is such a strong statement, but lets just continue, for the fun of it!)

My work is made, using existing ingredients coming from the world around me, not trying to add elements but rather to convert them, in order to highlight the core of the reality of the image or object. Therefore, I mainly use photography, installations, design and found materials.

I believe, for instance, that photography is in its essence a curatorial gesture. By taking a picture (a copy) of something already existing, this picture goes on existing in the digital world and can be transformed back again (printed / copied) into the material world.

I also believe that objects in the material world don’t have any distinct hierarchy. All meaning is given by external narrators outside of the object. This is why, again, the act of curating is story telling.

My tools are aesthetics, presentation and documentation. They can create the ‘objects of desire’ or ‘images of desire’. They are the perusers, the everyday (advertising) language that seduces us. They give meaning and structure where there is essentially only a Void.


(Written by Sophie Verhulst, 2014 / Edit ...)

Matthias Yzebaert (1983°, Ghent) is a multidisciplinary artist. Visual artist, trained graphic designer, gallery-owner, dj, performance artist, producer, ... As with most interesting people, Yzebaert’s answer to the question ‘what do you do?’ is not a short one. All Yzebaert does is part of his practice—throughout his undertakings, there is an interconnectedness between the different aspects of his life up until today. His background as a graphic designer, for example, affects the aesthetics of his visual work; the gallery he runs stems from his search for an interesting studio space and aptitude for artistic enterprise. “It is just a matter of choosing the medium that fits your story best”, Yzebaert says. “for me, it would be pointless to limit myself to one practice”. Just as Yzebaert will not limit himself to one medium, he is not content to stick to his role as an artist. With These Things Take Time, his gallery/studio in Ghent, Yzebaert (together with Godart Bakkers, Laura Herman and Charlotte Van Buylaere), offers a platform for a diverse range of projects and collaborations. The space is non-profit and very active; new projects and collaborations are developed nearly every month.
Yzebaert is self-reflective and subversive. This doesn’t only show in the way he talks—stating one thing and immediately questioning the very thing he just proclaimed—but also in his artistic practice. Let’s, for example, consider Yzebaert’s ideas about ... Yzebaert is one of the contemporaries proving this discipline is far from buried. With Yzebaert ... is never ‘for itself ’ but always contextualised; a painting cannot exist in a vacuum, but is always part of its environment, making it part of a scenography. With this artist, a painting is never just a pretty picture on a wall—like its origin, its influences reaches far beyond its frame. Yzebaert bypasses the dichotomy between figurative and abstract: because painting is creative in the most literal sense of the word, a reference to reality is an option. Rather, visual work by Yzebaert is dictated by the peculiarities of a material, the shape of a canvas, the exhibition space, the cracks in the wall of an abandoned corner.
This idea of integration can be found throughout Yzebaert's entire body of work. How a work of art is presented is as much part of it as the work itself. Showing a work is never obvious; a picture is never just ‘hung’ on a wall, a sculpture never just put out there. This means that, for Yzebaert, the a priori blankness of a white space can never be just that; it can never be a blankness without meaning. Because the ‘perfect white cube’ of course doesn’t exist—there are always anomalities. There will always be ... the wall, an odd corner or chipped paint: things that make a space ‘real’ as opposed to an impeccable blank canvas. Matthias Yzebaert notices and works with the intrinsic qualities of an environment. This environment does not have to be spatial—it can be digital as well. His Tumblr-account, Society of Copy, is the perfect medium to explore the implications of the online curating of his own ‘photographical images’.
This diversity in practice does not mean the work of Yzebaert remains open-ended and non-commital. Rather, the visual work and undertakings of this idiosyncratic artist investigate the possibilities that arise out of opposites: concealing and revealing, light and dark, individuality and conformity. One important theme in Yzebaerts work is subversity, the genesis and peculiarities of images would be another. His paintings, prints and installations allow us to consciously experience our way of looking. The work dissects the way we experience imagery by confronting us with visuals that are hidden yet shown, demonstrating the fine mechanisms sustaining the dynamic between revealing and concealing. Therefore, although the clean minimal aesthetics of Yzebaert evolve mainly around black, white or monochromes his practice will always ...


MA Fine Arts
2012-2013, Luca, Ghent, Belgium.

BA Mixed Media
2010-2012, Luca, Ghent, Belgium

BA Graphic & Publicity Design
2004-2007, Sint Lucas, Ghent, Belgium

Solo / Duo

Residence & Happening "Glitch", May / June, Kunstenlab, Bruges. (Collaboration, with Lieselotte Van Daele)
"Current Events Organisation", March 17, Portier, Luca Gent. (Collaboration, with Ewout De Cat)

"Society of Copy", "GOMA" & "Digital Collage". Sept - Oct, Tique, Antwerp. (Duo, with Dries Segers)

"Digital Collage" & "Tiles". Liquid, 14 Nov '15 - 06 Jan '16, Gallery Plagiarama, Brussels. (Duo, with Jura Shust)
"Aesthetics Of Void", 25 March 2015 - Part of TumultInGent#3, Cirque - KASK, Ghent.

"Garden of Multiple Appearances" (Mixed Media collaboration with Egon Van Herreweghe). 14-17 August, TTTT, Ghent.
"Assimile" (Installation / Performance). 30 Jan - 27 Feb, Gallery Plagiarama, Brussels. (Duo, with Marco De Sanctis)

"B.L.C.K.+", Interior. Rewind Store Men, Ghent.
"Ex Post Facto", 21/22/23 June 2013, These Things Take Time, Ghent.

"Oh No! Another Expo!", 10 August 2012, These Things Take Time, Ghent.
"TTTT", 15 June 2012, These Things Take Time, Ghent.
"Don't Just Stand There, Do Something!", 1/2 January 2012, Galery S. & H. De Buck, Ghent.

"With The Best Intentions", 9 June 2011, Witte Zaal, St. Lucas, Ghent

"Op Art", Interior, Sirena Bar, Ghent.

"A very pretty glitch video", 8-17 June 2018, Eutopia (Alumni expo), Bogardenkapel, Brugge

"Digital Collage", The Sky Seemed Not a Sky. Curated by Eline Verstegen, 13.12.2017 - 13.02.2018.

"Skying", Render Time, 11-13 Dec. In De Ruimte, Ghent.
"You Are Nothing But A Relic From A Deleted Timeline" & "Electronic Narcosis (v2+)", S*W*I*M, 2-4 Okt. In De Ruimte, Ghent.
"Curtain", "Electronic Narcosis (v2)", "Tiles", "Made In China (SOC v1)", APPROPOLIS, 13-16 Aug. TTTT, Ghent.
"Tiles" (installation), Artenova, 1-5 July. D.Art, Mechelen.
"The VOID Tape" (Installation), 1983, 22 May. De Ruimte, Ghent.
"Sculpture & Drawing", CLUBHUIS, 20-24 April. NVT Gallery, Ghent.
"Self portrait" (DSCN1973), (Oil paint pixel printed Xpozer). Portables, 18-26 April. Gallery Vijvenvijftig, Amsteram. NL

"Electronic Narcosis" (7" LCD). Social Club. 4-7 Dec. Designmuseum, Ghent.
"Distribute Horizontal Centers" (Photo Displays). Social Club. 4-7 Dec. Vismijn. Ghent.
"Douchegordijn" (Acceptance & Refusal)(Object & Video). I Can Live In A Living Room. 4-7 Dec. Zwart Wild. Ghent.
"Glass" (Objects). Tumult in Kerk. 15 November, Kerk, Ghent.
Residency (Performance). CLUBHUIS. 20-27 July, Mastouche, Ghent.
"New-Understanding" (Drawing). Ilya Prigogine In Kleur. 21-25 July, Ham 145, Ghent.
Mini residency & "Club Mayz" (Performance). The Cosmic Cesspit (Two Day Happening / Mont Saint Eugene), 19-20 July, Höngg, Zürich. CH
"Society Of Copy" (Images) + Club Mayz (Performance). Liberty Inviting Artists..., 25/04 - 04/05, Netwerk, Aalst.
“Untitled” (Paintings). Give & Take, Black Tape Edition, 10th March, TTTT, Ghent.
"X+X" (Paintings / Installation). 14 February, "Smxxxch", Ghent.

"Club Mayz" (Performance). 5 December, W139, Amsterdam. NL.
"The Grid Is Mine (And Yours / Residue)" (Drawing / Installation). 8-9 November, W139, Amsterdam. NL.
"Shadow Play" (Mixed Media). 3x3, 8-9 November, Blauwhuys, Ghent.
"Hidden Yet Shown (Pt.2)" (Installation). Ask A Luck, 24-27 October, Lindelei, Ghent.
"The Grid Is Mine (Residue)" (Drawing). Tumult.FM Extra Time, 4/5/6 October. S.M.A.K, Ghent.
"Two Faced False Wall" (Installation). Bit Map, 2/3/4 May, Ghent.
"Untitled" (Paintings). It's A Give And Take. 20th March. These Things Take Time, Ghent.
"White On White" (Video Projection). I Think This Too Shall Pass (Curated By Laura Herman), 15/16/17 February, These Things Take Time, Ghent.

"Hidden Yet Shown" (Installation). Kunst Traum Achtung / Gentse Kunstweek, 30 November / 4 December, Ghent.
"Untitled" (Paintings / Installation). A Line Has Two Sides, 18 May, Huset, Ghent.
"Untitled" (Paintings). TANK (Curated By Maze), 21 September, Entrepot, Brugge.
"Cambodja Saved My Life" (Painting) & "Moiré" (Photo), 14/15/16 September, These Things Take Time, Ghent.

"6" (Painting). Beautiful Losers - Gallery shop, Ghent.
"X Mass Tree" (Photo Collage). Kerst (Is A) Mess, 23 December, Dok, Ghent.

"Cut" (Interactive Painting). Ikonoklast Expo, Antwerp.
"Untitled" (Painting on found object). The Future is (now)Ours! (Espace Ladda), 15, 16, 17 October, Antwerp.

"I Did My Time" (Installation). Time Is A Book (Espace Ladda), 13 November, 'De Snoepwinkel' Vooruit, Ghent.
"Membership triptych" (Cardboard / Mika). Membership (Espace Ladda), 22/30 March. 'De Snoepwinkel' Vooruit, Ghent.

Publications / Brochures / etc ...
D!ng Magazine - Nr 17. Online art magazine by Jolien Dirix, 2015
Liberty Inviting Artists To Take Part as a book. Published by Mixed Media, Luca. 2015
Haute Couture For Thinking. In collaboration with Egon Van Herreweghe. Self published. 2014
Ilya Prigogine in Kleur. Published by Thierry Mortier & Topo Copy. 2014
I Think This Too Shall Pass. Published by Laura Herma, TTTT. 2013