Ritsart Gobyn: Reclining Fragments
Posture Editions, 2023
Reclining Fragments, is the second book of Belgian artist Ritsart Gobyn (b. 1985) and the sequel to In Between and, as if by some miracle, thus completes the sentence: ‘In Between Reclining Fragments’.
Where In Between still hesitated between indicating place or time, the complete sentence ‘In Between Reclining Fragments’ seems to indicate a place: somewhere between reclining fragments.
But in the conversation between Ritsart and Maarten Inghels – the author of the text accompanying the book – it is again emphatically about time: “‘As you move closer and distance yourself again, a passage of time is created,’ you said. ‘That back-and-forth movement of your perception makes it interesting.'”
The book forms the second volume on the artist’s work and contains almost all the works the artist made from late 2020 to mid-2023, including the room views of ‘Prologue’, the exhibition at PLUS-ONE gallery, where the book will be introduced. Consistently, Ritsart continues to build an evocative and tactile oeuvre in which he increasingly challenges the viewer’s perception and causes the gaze to slow down.
More than in the first book – with works from 2017 to 2020 – the artist incorporates fragments/citations of other artists into his paintings, raising the question of what motivations preceded that choice. Does Ritsart neutralise the works of grandmasters by painting them alongside tape, paper scraps and dirty footprints, or does he instead pay homage to his pictorial heroes?
Is there a truth to be found here, somewhere among the backward sloping scraps?