Ducks are made for quacking. And floating.

Not long ago, I participated in the Kiwanis Duck Race, a yearly event organized in Dendermonde to benefit a series of good causes. The event features two competitions: a race of little ducky’s and a creative pageant for big ducky’s. In the race, participants buy a little floating ducky which then competes against thousands of other little ducky’s in a race on the river Old Dender. The winner of this year edition won an electrical car.

I also participated in the creative pageant for big ducky’s. I created my own special ducky sculpture in my own specific style.

I did not win any prizes, but I did have a good time and it was all for a good cause, so I say: mission accomplished!

 

 

Glitter and teeth

An artist never sleeps! He’s too busy arting! Okay, he does sleep. A lot. But when he’s not, he’s making creating glittery and teethful art.

 

 

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Glitter Noisy

Noisy is back and his more glamorous than ever! This is my shiniest creation yet.

 

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Orthodontic Noisy

This artpiece was a marriage gift for an orthodontist. The Noisy on display had some problems with his teeth which need fixing!

 

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The perfect art project for you

Orthodontic Noisy is one of the projects I have made on commission the last year. If you are looking for an artist to fulfill your needs,  I can help you. Interested? Let me know!

A sensory wall for kids

Levensvreugde Verblijven vzw asked Wim De Prez to create an art project on the playground of the department MFC De Coen. The mission for this project was to make art accessible to children with mental disabilities.
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The MFC The Coen within theLevensvreugde Verblijven vzw (Joy of Living Accommodation association) children from 2.5 to 21 years are attended to. These children have moderate to severe mental disabilities, often with additional problems such as behavioral and emotional disorders and autism. But that does not mean they can not enjoy art. With this project, the association wanted to react against the typical ‘do not touch’ signs you’ll find in museums and create an artwork that invites touch. The work had to be a visual but also tactile experience for the children.

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Working together with the client, we created a three-part work of art. First, there are three mirrors that bring the child inside the art. The most important part of the piece is the tactile wall itself. The funny figure invites the child to touch it. The relief of the creature encourages exploration. Finally, there are two creatures that complete the piece.

The result

The artpiece was installed on the playground. The kids can now enjoy the artful characters, with their eyes and their hands!

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The perfect art project for you

This is one of the projects I have made on commission the last year. If you are looking for an artist to fulfill your needs,  I can help you. Interested? Let me know!

The making of ‘Miss Mars 2962’

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This video shows how Wim De Prez made ‘Miss Mars 2962’. In the timelapse, you can see the process Wim De Prez always uses for big size sculptures.

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The making of ‘Greed’ (3D-print)

For the winter exposition of 2016, Wim De Prez continued to push the boundaries of his experiments with 3D-software and 3D-printing. One of the resulting pieces was ‘Greed’, a study of human selfishness and greed.

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Every 3D printed piece of art begins its life with software. The artist uses specialized software to create the image digitally.

The virtual piece of art is uploaded to the 3D-printer to print it. Depending on the size and complexity of the piece, it takes several hours, sometimes days, to print the piece. To make sure the construction does not collapse on itself, support beams are printed as well. These will not be part of the final piece. They will be removed after printing is done.

To see the printer in action, you can watch the following video. The printer lays down warm plastic cord to create the sculpture.

After it is printed, the support beams have to be removed to unveil the final piece of art.

The organism is put under a glass bell and is now ready to presented to the public.

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And now for something completely different…

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Art project for CAR De Hert vzw

CAR De Hert vzw is a center for outpatient rehabilitation for young children in Aalst. The center commissioned an art project for their new building.

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The three musketeers De Hert

I made three sculptures for the new building. The first sculpture is called ‘Hiloné’ (h=120cm, w=118cm) and is the mascot for the new center. The sculpture is placed front and center at the entrance of the building.

The second sculpture, ‘Effenaf’, is a combination of a 3D-sculpture and 2D-artwork. The sculpture comes out of the panel and wraps around the wall.

The third sculpture, ‘Straffe Walter’ (h=110cm), is based on the name of the center: ‘De Hert’, which is Dutch for ‘the deer’. The sculptures envelops a pole in the middle of the room for physiotherapy.

The entrance

At the entrance, I was asked to place the name of the center. I created green block letters to complement the style and colors of the other sculptures.

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Pictograms

I created 15cm by 15cm pictograms for the entire center.

The perfect art project for you

This is one of the projects I have made on commission the last year. If you are looking for an artist to fulfill your needs,  I can help you. Interested? Let me know!

And now for something completely different…

In December 2016, Wim De Prez presented new work during his exhibition ‘And now for something completely different …’. On the one hand, he builds on the work he made for the Swedish Chalmers University, in which he lays links between art and science. You can read more about that in our previous blog. On the other hand, he presents new pieces that are the result of his experiments with 3D printing.

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Cats, demons and many worlds

Art lovers who have yet to come to Sweden to view the new work of Wim De Prez, can visit Gallery Number Four this month to experience his ‘scientific’ creations. In the exposition, we are shown a box in which Schrödinger’s cat is hidden, a flying Demon by Maxwell and various works that elaborate on the Many-Worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.

In two paintings Wim De Prez explores the theme of science and art. He bases these images on his insights into Schrödinger’s cat and Maxwell’s demon.

Another result of this ‘art-scientific’ research are the drawings in white frames. These works are available for a more modest budget.

Life under a dome

Wim De Prez continues to experiment with 3D printing. This exhibition presents new creations with colorful accents living under their own domes.


3D printing also makes it possible to create very complex pieces that would otherwise be virtually impossible to make. One of the new creations is a complex organism that is very difficult to classify.

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Science and art under a dome

The artist’s interest in quantum mechanics also appears under the domes. He made two pieces in which a parallel universe manifests itself physically as a 3D shadow.


Another piece shows three parallel universes coming into contact with each other.

 

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 Something different

It was an interesting exhibition with a lot of exciting new work. If you are interested in the work of Wim De Prez, you can always come by. Just give us a call info@wimdeprez.be.

 

Schrödinger’s cat is alive… in Sweden!

In late October I took the plane to Sweden to participate in the annual AHA Festival. Chalmers University in Goteborg had asked me to create an artwork in which I reconcile art with science. They also asked me to give a talk about my history as an artist and the work I made for the occasion. I took on the challenge with great enthusiasm!

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The AHA! Festival for Art and Science

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I was asked to participate in the third edition of the AHA Festival, an annual meeting between art and science in an event that lasts three days at the Chalmers University of Technology. It is organized by the department of architecture and the department of physics. It is an international gathering of scientists and artists who want to share their vision and work with eachother.

A lecture about my art

During the second day of the festival, I gave a lecture about my history as an artist. For a half hour I talked about my work as an artist. I started at the beginning of my career and explained step by step how I developed my personal artistic style.

It gave me great satisfaction to meticulously explain to a room full of scientists and artists how my work is created. I talked about how I make my paintings and how my sculptures are created. I explained in detail how I use 3D software and 3D printing to produce my imaginative creations in a modern way.

The reason I had come all the way to Sweden, of course, was the piece of art I made for the festival. You can read more about the work itself in my previous blog. The biggest challenge I encountered in Sweden came when I had to explain how this work came about. The work is an attempt to reconcile art with famous thought experiments in physics and quantum mechanics. When I was talking about quantum theory, I had to make sure I made no mistakes, since the auditorium was filled with physicists who have studied this matter their whole life. In the end, I succeeded. The physicists in the audience found it refreshing that an artist knew so much about physics and the artists were surprised that I could hold my own in this field.

Step by step I explained the significance of the works I made for the Festival. I explained my interpretation of Schrödinger’s cat, my realization of Maxwell’s demon and my ideas about the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.

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Art and science reconciled in… art

The work I made for the university was installed in a corridor of the department of physics. During a reception the work was introduced to the guests of the festival.

It was an honor to introduce my work to this group of extremely interesting people. Moreover, I think it’s magnificent to know that my artistic work now lives on in Sweden.

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Interesting conversation with fascinating people

The best thing about my stay in Goteborg was that I met many new fascinating people. For example, I spoke with Arthur I. Miller, professor emeritus of history and philosophy of science at University College London. I talked to him about quantum mechanics and my work. I also had a fascinating encounter with Joseph Nechvátal, an artist who uses homemade computer viruses to create digital paintings and animations.

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More to come!

Commissioned art can sometimes produce great results. It pushes the artist to explore his limits and discover new creative horizons. My project for Chalmers University has given my work a significant push in a new direction. You can admire the work in Sweden, or if this trip is a bit too much, you can come to my next exhibition at Gallery Number Four. In the exhibition ‘And Now for Something Completely Different …’, I will reveal works that build on this project. Furthermore, I hope I will get more chances in the future to give lectures. If you are interested in booking me for a lecture, you can always send an email to info@wimdeprez.be.

Schrödinger’s cat is dead! Long live Schrödinger’s cat!

Chalmers University in Goteborg, Sweden asked me to participate in the AHA Festival, an academic festival created to reconcile art and science. They wanted me to create a work of art within the theme of physics. I chose two subjects: ‘Schrodinger’s cat’ and ‘Maxwell’s demon’. My whole life I’ve been interested in physics, quantum mechanics and how our universe works, so of course I was very happy to provide my interpretation of this subject. My artistic-scientific journey began with Schrödinger’s cat.

Schrödinger’s cat brought to life

Schrödinger’s cat refers to a thought experiment which was formulated in 1935 by Erwin Schrödinger to show the ramifications of quantum mechanics. With this thought experiment, he wanted to show how on the smallest scale, our universe is very unpredictable and how it goes against human intuition. To do this, Schrödinger connected the atomic level of the universe to our relatable world. Schrödinger created a hypothetical box which can kill a cat inside with a mechanism controlled by quantum mechanic events. Because of the nature of quantum mechanics, the cat is simultaneously alive and dead until you open the box. This insecurity disappears when the box is opened and you observe whether the cat is dead or alive.

To bring to life Schrödinger’s cat, I decided to create my own version of the experiment. I looked for ways to make my own confusing cat box. Eventually, I design the machine that will decide the faith of the cat. I put the cat in the box and sealed it shut permanently. Nobody will ever be able to open the box. The cat will forever be simultaneously dead and alive.

To accompany the box, I created a collage to show how I did my artistic-scientific research en how the box came to be.

 Maxwell’s Demon

Maxwell’s Demon is a thought experiment devised by Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell to question the Second Law of Thermodynamics. I recreated this demon in my typical artistic style. It is a very interesting intellectual exercise, but to understand the details of it, you should go take look at Wikipedia. Below is the scuplure I made to celebrate Maxwell’s Demon.

The cat and the demon on canvas

To further expand on the installation on Schrödinger’s cat and the sculpture of Maxwell’s Demon, I painted my vision of the two thought experiments on canvas. In these two works, I incorporated many elements of physics. It became a thoroughly complex cartoon.

The Many-worlds interpretation

Quantum mechanics has inspired a lot of heavy thinking the last century. One of the theories inspired by quantum mechanics is the many-worlds interpretation. This theory, formulated by Hugh Everett III in 1957, says that every possible alternative universe exists. In the case of Schrödinger’s cat, the cat is both a live and dead, but in different universes. There are infinite worlds. There is a world where Clinton was president and a world in which Trump is president. There is a world where chocolate is green and a world in which the earth has four moons. I put this concept into a tableau that shows some of the possible worlds

And now for something completely different…

If you want to see this piece of art in real life, you will have to book a plane ticket to Sweden. I do not expect that people will start a major pilgrimage to theChalmers University to see my work, but that’s okay, because in my next exhibition I will build on this work. Want to know how I will do this? Come take al ook the first two weekends of December. Click the link below for more information.

The first Chuck Family by Wim De Prez Golf Cup!

On 4 September, the Chuck Family by Wim De Prez Golf Cup took place in the Golf & Country Club Oudenaarde. In cooperation with the club we organized a golf tournament to celebrate the Chuck Family sculptures.

The duo Josée Minnaert and Patrick Speliers won the first category. In the second category, David Robinson and Bernard Verhulst were the winners. Aline Bissay won the 9-hole competition.

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Optical illusion in a colorful sculpture.

What makes my interpretation of the figure of the golfer so special, is the optical illusion incorporated into the sculpture. If you look at it from the front, it looks like he’s holding a golf club.

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But if you look at it from the other side, you see that he’s not holding it. The golf club is stuck in his head!

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Two little brothers and a bunch of nieces and nephews

I also made two mini versions of the golfer. They both got their own color.

The golfer not only brought his two little brothers, he also brought along the rest of his family. For one whole day, the Chuck Family took over the golf course of Oudenaarde.

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