Grok, Solo exhibition

Solo exhibition curated by First Floor, Saturday 20 April – Saturday 4 May 2013, First Floor, Brussels, Belgium

Kling, animated for Grok

The title ‘Grok’ is a word I stumbled upon while surfing the wild web. It didn’t mean anything until 1961 when Robert A. Heinlein invented the word in his famous novel ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’. It sounded attractive in a way and was sitting on my whiteboard for some time.

The meaning and possible associations of the word didn’t bother me at all and I decided to use it for this exhibition. It’s short and it seems not to be related to a particular language.

Kling, animated for Grok

From the book: “Grok means to understand so thoroughly that the observer becomes a part of the observed—to merge, blend, intermarry, lose identity in group experience. It means almost everything that we mean by religion, philosophy, and science—and it means as little to us (because of our Earthling assumptions) as color means to a blind man.”

The Oxford English Dictionary defines grok as “to understand intuitively or by empathy; to establish rapport with” and “to empathise or communicate sympathetically (with); also, to experience enjoyment”.

So dig this, people. I hope you will all grok my computer-aided handcrafting.

A short impression and interview (in Dutch) about the solo exhibition ‘Grok’ on TV Brussel.

Rhodiola, detail print by Hans Verhaegen
↳ Rhodiola, detail print
Motoko, detail print by Hans Verhaegen
↳ Motoko, detail print
Batou, detail print by Hans Verhaegen
↳ Batou, detail print

First Floor
Sleutelstraat 5, Rue de la Clé
B-1000 Brussels

Vernissage: Friday 19 April from 6 to 11 pm
Opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday from 2 to 6 pm
Sunday 21 April from 2 to 6 pm