Wim Catrysse

Wim Catrysse (°1973 born in Leuven, lives and works in Antwerp) gained a Masters degree in Visual Arts at the Higher Institute St-Lukas, Brussels in 1997. From 1997 to 2000, he followed a post-program course at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK) in Antwerp followed by a one-year course at The Glasgow School of Art. Ever since the late 1990s Catrysse has been surveying the confines of visual constructions in his video installations, taking an architectural structure or the topographical features of a site as his starting point. He translates this investigation into cinematographic works in which the exposing and balancing of elementary forces play an essential role. The result is an accumulation of images that jerk us out of our comfort zone, that convey a physical threat, images that have about them something unheimlich and often unseat the obviousness of our most common perceptions. Moreover, Catrysse's particular artistic method combines two apparently irreconcilable extremes: impulsiveness, physical directness, intuition and experimentation (almost nothing is worked out in detail beforehand) on the one hand and on the other an acute artistic and technical reasoning that can sometime lead to complex cinematographic image constructions.