Painter and composer George De Decker (°1951) prefers to work in series. This monograph shows how intensely he tackles that challenge, both in image and in music, time after time. Often via cross-pollination. A museum visit, for instance, inspires De Decker to create a composition, or vice versa, a piece of music he hears inspires him to paint an oil-on-canvas cycle. Eye and ear as communicating vessels of art.

 

The often literary titles of De Decker’s works – consistently quoted in their original language – reflect his passion for beauty. He selects them with the greatest subtlety. He calls a musical work Schweigeminute, for example – after Siegfried Lenz's novella – because the literal translation ‘a minute of silence’ would be too prosaic and less resonant: a ‘Schweigeminute’ to commemorate someone seldom lasts just sixty seconds.

 

De Deckers’s visual work is also rich with this feel for nuance – that beautiful loanword from French, which originally meant the application of shades of colour. For example, borrowing a line from a poem by Mallarmé, he called a recent series of paintings pli selon pli. As this title effortlessly encompasses multiple meanings it has also become the subtitle of this book. Because, whether you are discovering the layers of colouration on his series of steel plates, the palimpsest of colour nuance in his canvases, or the polyphonic structure of his scores, De Decker’s art always reveals itself layer by layer, fold by fold, pli selon pli.

© Guido De Bruyn

 solo exhibition     

                      
2021              

PLI SELON PLI            

Husk Gallery, Brussels (B)

 

DAS STIFTER ARCHIV

Embassy of Belgium in Finland (FI)


2018              

THE FORSAKEN CRY  

Gallery C.A.P.S. (B)


2017              

BOUCHE COUSUE     

Loft Jo Crepain, Antwerp (B)


CORO 

D’ Ouwe Kerke”, Retranchement (NL))


2014              

HOSOKAWA PROJECT          

Concertgebouw, Brugge (B)


2010              

AVEC LE BRUIT D'UN VOL D'OISEAU DE NUIT QUI PASSE  

Gallery Van Campen & Rochtus, Antwerp (B)


2009              

MUTE 

City Hall, Sint-Katelijne-Waver (B)


2008              

BOUCHE COUSUE     

Gallery Van Campen & Rochtus, Antwerp (B)
    

                                 
duo exhibition

                      
2015              

WIE KANN EINE WOLKE       

De Kapel, Mechelen (B) with Christine Vanoppen


2014              

LEUZE-EN-HAINAUT  

Gallery Van Campen & Rochtus, Antwerp (B) with Franca Ravet


2013              

REPARTIR       

Gallery Bianca Landgraaf, Laren (NL) with Jef Van Campen


2012              

PARTIR           

Gallery Van Campen & Rochtus, Antwerp (B) with Willy Verginer


                                     
group exhibition

                                  
2020              

N THE FOOTSTEPS OF BREUGEL AND THE SEASONAL METER      

Academy of Fine Arts Anderlecht (B)


2019              

ANTWERP ART WEEKEND     

Gallery C.A.P.S. (B)


2018              

STANDING IN THE BACK MOVING TOWARDS THE FRONT            

De Kantfabriek, Ninove, (B)


2017              

SI TARD LE SOIR...     

Gallery Van Campen & Rochtus, Knokke (B)


2016              

ENDLESS TIME, ENDLESS FLOW      

De Kantfabiek, Ninove, (B)


2014              

50 YEARS OF MINIMALISM   

Gallery Quartier A, Aalst (B)


2013              

CXXIX, Di pensier in pensier, di monte in monte       

Gallery Van Campen & Rochtus, Antwerpen (B)


2012              

PARTIR           

Gallery Van Campen & Rochtus, Antwerpen (B)


REPARTIR       

Gallery Bianca Landgraaf, Laren (NL)


REPARTIR       

Gallery Van Campen & Rochtus, Knokke (B)


2011              

LES LOINTAINS SONT PAS TROP LOIN        

Gallery Van Campen & Rochtus, Knokke (B)
        

                             
art fair

                      
2019              

ART THE HAGUE (NL)            

Gallery C.A.P.S. (B)


2018              

ART BREDA  (NL)       

Gallery Bianca Landgraaf, Laren (NL)


KUNSTRAI AMSTERDAM (NL)            

Gallery Bianca Landgraaf, Laren (NL)


ART BREDA  (NL)       

Gallery Bianca Landgraaf, Laren (NL)


2016              

REALISMEBEURS AMSTERDAM (NL) 

Gallery Bianca Landgraaf, Laren (NL)


KUNSTRAI AMSTERDAM (NL)            

Gallery Bianca Landgraaf, Laren (NL)


ART BREDA  (NL)       

Gallery Bianca Landgraaf, Laren (NL)


2015              

REALISMEBEURS AMSTERDAM (NL) 

Gallery Bianca Landgraaf, Laren (NL)


ART BREDA  (NL)       

Gallery Bianca Landgraaf, Laren (NL)


ANTIQUES & ART FAIR, LUXEMBOURG (L)   

Gallery Van Campen & Rochtus, Antwerp (B)


ART BREDA  (NL)       

Gallery Bianca Landgraaf, Laren (NL)


EURANTICA,  BRUSSELS (B)  

Gallery Van Campen & Rochtus, Antwerp (B)


2013              

ART 2013 UTRECHT (NL)       

Gallery Bianca Landgraaf, Laren (NL)


EURANTICA,  BRUSSELS !B)              

Gallery Van Campen & Rochtus, Antwerp (B)


2012              

ART & ANTIQUES FAIR, ’S HERTOGENBOSCH (NL)             

Gallery Van Campen & Rochtus, Antwerp (B)


ART BREDA  (NL)       

Gallery Bianca Landgraaf, Laren (NL)


2011              

LINEART, Ghent  (B)  

Gallery Van Campen & Rochtus, Antwerp (B)


2009              

LINEART, Ghent  (B)  

Gallery Van Campen & Rochtus, Antwerp (B)
        

                             
installations 

                      
2013              

ØRNEN 1897 

Strijp S, Eindhoven (NL) with Guido De Bruyn & peter masschke


2011              

LORCA 1937  

Croxhapox, Ghent (B) with Guido De Bruyn 
                                     
videos                        
2019              

WIT IN WIT, GOLDBERG VARIATIONS REVISITED    

MotorMusic studio, Mechelen (B)


2013              

ØRNEN 1897 

Strijp S, Eindhoven (NL) with Guido De Bruyn & Peter Maschke


2011              

LORCA 1937  

Croxhapox, Ghent (B) with Guido De Bruyn 
  

                                   
music

                                  
2020              

WINTER IN WINTER II (in memoriam)           

for piano and tape


WINTER IN WINTER II (in memoriam)           

for harp and tape


2019              

WIT IN WIT, GOLDBERG VARIATIONS REVISITED    

for piano & tape (piano : Geert Callaert) Mechelen (B)


2016              

RAFT  

for harp, accordeon, bass tuba, double bass, live electronics and tape (ensemble Sp!tsbergen), Bornem (B) project: Ward Weis


LE MONT ANALOGUE           

for harp, accordeon, bass tuba, double bass, live electronics and tape (ensemble Sp!tsbergen),NoNa, Mechelen (B)


2015              

WINTER IN WINTER  

for harp solo & tape (Harp : Sophie Baguet), Antwerp (B)


2014              

CARNETS DE VOYAGE          

for clarinet and tape (clarinets : Raf De Keninck), Dilbeek (B)


ALL YESTERDAYS SLOWLY FADE INTO MEMORY PAST       

for Violin & tape (violin : Loes Dooren, Antwerp (B)


2011              

BRUSSELSTRAAT, 93

for clarinet and tape (clarinets : Raf De Keninck), Dilbeek (B)


2009              

SCHWEIGEMINUTE   

for violin, clarinet, cello & piano (Emanon ensemble), Leuven (B)


2008              

WE MUST SAY NO!    

for clarinet and tape (clarinets : Raf De Keninck), Antwerp (B)


2401   

for clarinet, cello, trumpet, bass tuba, voice & tape (iNtertidal), Sint-Katelijne-Waver (B)


2007              

GLASCO TURNPIKE   

for large symphonic orchestra, blues guitar and trumpet (

Belgian National Orchestra, conductor Dirk Brossé); Bijloke Ghent (B)


STINSEN        

for chamber orchestra

(VBSO,conductor: Rik Ghesquière), Sint-Katelijne-Waver (B)
        

                            
music for dance

                                  
2018              

OPRAVDOVI/THE REAL ONES

Ian Biscoe & Jana Bitterová (MovementTouch) (CZ)


2014              

PERFECTIØN  

CIE Hybrid (Bud Blulmenthal), Paris (f)


2011              

LE RÊVE PARALLÈLE & POUR APRÈS 

Fuepalbar Cie/Fernando Martin, Avignon (F)

 

2010              

SO, CALL ME I.K. & FRIENDS 

Fuepalbar Cie/Fernando Martin, Verviers (B)


MANNIN ZOEKT MA NNIN   

Cie MA Nnin (Julie Verlinden, 


BEATRIX/BEATRICE   

CIE Hybrid (Bud Blulmenthal), Paris (f)


                                     
sound insta
llation   

                      
2018              

SONNEZ        

MHKA Antwrep (B) with Ward Weis


THE FORSAKEN CRY  

Gallery C.A.P.S. Ostend(B)


2017              

CORO 

D’ Ouwe Kerke”, Retranchement (NL))


2015              

UTOPA EUROPA DYSTOPIA   

European Commission, Brussels (B),

An installation Conceived by Peter Maschke, Maria Dermitzaki, Vital Schraenen


2013              

ØRNEN 1897 

Strijp S, Eindhoven (NL)


AVEC LE BRUIT D'UN VOL D'OISEAU DE NUIT QUI PASSE  

composition contest winner " Music For Car Parks” Brugge (B)


2012              

FOLLY’S & MINIATURES (SUMMER IN ROCKOX’ GARDEN)  

in the Rockox house and garden, Antwerp (B), in collaboration with KASKA


2011              

LORCA 1937  

Croxhapox, Ghent (B)


2010              

SOUND FOR A MUSEUM       

in museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp (B), in collaboration with KASKA


2008              

BOUCHE COUSUE     

Gallery Van Campen & Rochtus, Antwerp (B)


                                     
music for theatre   

                      
2011              

nRUS  

Theatre company "De Tijd”  director: Lucas Vandervost, Antwerp (B)  


FAR-WEST TRILOGIE 

Theatre company "De Tijd”  director: Lucas Vandervost, Antwerp (B)  


2010              

DE FANTASTEN         

Theatre company "De Tijd”  director: Lucas Vandervost, Antwerp (B)


2009              

IBSEN3          

Theatre company "De Tijd”  director: Lucas Vandervost, Antwerp (B)


2008   

VERZEN VAN LIEFDE EN DE DOOD   

Theatre company "Malpertuis”  director: Jurgen Delnaet, Tielt (B)  


2008              

NIETZSCHES TRANEN           

Theatre company "De Tijd”  director: Lucas Vandervost, Antwerp (B)  
    

                                 
cd                 

           
2019   

WIT IN WIT GOLDBERG VARIATIONS REVISITED     

piano Geert Callaert


2014              

CARNETS DE VOYAGE          

clarinet Raf De keninck
      

                              
painting series  

                                  
2020              

DENN DAS SCHÖNE IST NICHTS  ALS DES SCHRECKLICHEN ANFANG

8 LANDSCAPES         


2019              

ONLY THE LIGHT IS TRUE

           
2018              

THE FORSAKEN CRY  

STANDING IN THE BACK MOVING TOWARDS THE FRONT
THE REFLECTING POOL        


2017              

DIE BEZWINGUNG DES CHAOS       
LE PARTAGE DES EAUX         
UNTITLED      
CORO 


2016              

PLI SELON PLI


2015              

DAS STIFTER ARCHIV            
QUAND LE FLEUVE DEVIENT ARBRE 
WIE KANN EINE WOLKE

           
2014              

FRAGMENTE- STILLE 
LE BRUIT DE LA PENSÉE

           
2013              

STILL  
CXXIX, Di pensier in pensier, di monte in monte       


2012              

PARTIR           
REPARTIR

           
2011              

SI PAR UNE NUIT D’HIVER UN VOYAGEUR   
UMWELT        
DU TRAIN OÙ VONT LES CHOSES À LA FIN D’UN LONG HIVER 

           
2010              

QUARTET IV   
QUARTET V    
WINTERREISE


2009              

MUTE 


2008              

BOUCHE COUSUE