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Patrick Verelst
problems and solutions are disconnected
Edited: 201512121600


The invasion of Germany at the end of World War II ended a problem. The invasion of Iraq only altered and aggravated the problem and caused a fragmentation that is still manifested today (by superposing two different logical types). Anthropologist Gregory Bateson seemed to have foreseen the problems with context and logical types and the subsequent inefficiency of symmetrical behavior in our globalized, interconnected world in his book 'Steps to an ecology of mind', which was first published in 1972:
"... If we continue to operate in terms of a Cartesian dualism of mind versus matter, we shall probably also see the world in terms of God versus man; elite versus people; chosen race versus others; nation versus nation; and man versus environment. It is doubtful whether a species having both an advanced technology and this strange way of looking at its world can endure."
VERELST Patrick
Lupe - tentoonstelling 21 november tot 12 december 2015
Edited: 201511110041
Jason Poirier dit Caulier and Patrick Verelst are pleased to invite you for the opening of the exhibition ‘LUPE’, paintings by Patrick Verelst on 21 November 2015 from 14-18h.





“I was fascinated by a scene in the Laurel & Hardy movie “Hollywood party”, where a girl at the bar gets in a fit of rage because she isn’t allowed a drink. I looked her up in the credits and found out that her name was Lupe Velez, a Hollywood actress that became famous because of the story surrounding her suicide in 1944, at age 36. During her movie career she became notorious because of her temper and stormy love affairs. She slashed her lover Gary Cooper with a knife, (ending the relation, Cooper reportedly had lost 45 pounds and was suffering from nervous exhaustion), did the same to her later husband Johnny ’Tarzan’ Weismuller, and once to herself. When I learned about her basically kind, but probably bipolar personality, and about the extremely gifted actress and dancer she was, I decided to make some paintings about her demons and the slashing thereof. I later found out that Andy Warhol made a factory movie about her in 1965, featuring Edie Sedgwick in the titular role."
Patrick Verelst (Antwerp, 1948) is both an in- and outsider of the art world. He has been working in the gallery circuit as assistant or gallery owner. Today he is a private dealer. Only to an intimate circle he is also know as a painter.
He worked as gallery assistant for Wide White Space Gallery in Antwerp, John Weber Gallery in New York, and — together with Marc Poirier dit Caulier— ran the Gallery Patrick Verelst – Marc Poirier dit Caulier Gallery in Antwerp. 
In the 80ies he moved to New York working as assistant at the John Weber and Leo Castelli Gallery. He returned to Antwerp to reopen a gallery with exhibitions of Julian Schnabel, Keith Haring, Ronnie Cutrone, Jonathan Lasker, Walter Swennen and others.
In the early eighties few works were sporadically included in shows at Isy Brachot, Brussels, Montevideo, Antwerp, Olsen Gallery New York, Museum d’Hondt Dhaenens, Deurle and ICC Antwerp.
Patrick Verelst has always continued painting, but destroyed most of the works by force of habit. It was the correspondence between him and Jasper Johns that convinced him to keep some of his paintings, as the latter persuaded him not to destroy them anymore. For years his paintings have never seen an audience, but in memory of his friendship with Marc Poirier dit Caulier he has now decided to exhibit them, not as a starting point of a new artistic carreer, but to openly invite viewers to a lesser-known side of his practice.
From 21 November till 12 December 2015
On friday and Saturday, from 14-18h
PLUS-ONE.BE
@plus_one_art (instagram) PLUS ONE
Sint-Hubertusstraat 58+
2600 Berchem — Belgium
Patrick Verelst (Photographer)
From our man in Colombia ©PaVer
Edited: 201411181359


The red house with the palm trees was the dwelling of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1927-2014) in Cartagena. One of the photos was given the title 'Dog choice'.

Colombia: 1.141.748 km² (38x Belgium), Population: 46 million, 46% live in poverty (src: UN 2011)


Patrick Verelst (photographer)
From our Man in Panama ©PaVer
Edited: 201411170739
Panama: 75.417 km², population (2013): 3,6 million, 37% live in poverty.