Alexander Ketele (1954) was originally a sculptor. A sculptor opts for space, on which he wishes to get a grasp and express through his use and choice of a particular material. Ketele aims to express movement by bringing together a diversity of materials (primarily steel and brass, in addition to glass) into a single work of art. The interplay of reflection, transparency and absorption reinforces the plastic expression of the material. The forces of the material used enter into a battle with one another, but can simultaneously be in perfect harmony. The reason why Alexander Ketele uses glass is because of the manner in which the infinite movement inherent to this material underscores the interplay of lines in his work.
‘I draw in space. Glass offers a wealth of possibilities; it encourages dialogue. In my sculptures, glass is a carrier of structure and transparency. In this, its reflective and absorptive properties are of the essence.’ - Alexander Ketele
(Piet Augustijn in: De Glazen Eeuw. Part I)
Currently, Warner Berckmans (1966) works almost exclusively with blue plate glass, sporadically combined with another material (in which he has a predilection for white Carrara marble for smaller spatial works). Through reflections and transparency, he endeavours to establish a relationship between a work of art, its surrounding environment and the viewer.
As most of Warner Berckmans’ work was commissioned, you will find his ‘glass integrations’ throughout Belgium, in public buildings as well as private residences. His series of glass panes, which can primarily be seen in churches and chapels, are unique.
‘My work can be construed as a quest for the portrayal and visualisation of relationships, attitudes and proportions in space and time, in the broadest sense of the word.’ - Warner Berckmans