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Sergio De Beukelaer


Lives and works in Antwerp

(sweatshirt.), 2020


(sweatshirt.) gave Numbered By the opportunity to collaborate with Sergio De Beukelaer, and vice versa, and to develop and broaden the atmosphere of Sergio’s work.

We joined forces to create two series of unique sweatshirts that reflect the core elements concept, color, formal variation and spaciousness of Sergio’s work. Within the idea of fabric, Sergio will always be inspired and driven by ‘canvas’ and his three-dimensional paintings called ‘fat.canvas’. This gives the opportunity to use different kinds

of materials to support the premiss of ‘spatial objects’.

The context of his work is always connected with clothes or even ‘fashion’. Fashion is a daily fact that we need in the 21st century. This reality plays in his work and his concepts, the conjunction speaks for itself. The power of ‘color’ and ‘form’ is here. This synergy became unavoidable.

Numbered By and Sergio De Beukelaer created a new image where shape, color and readable text come together. The light blue and pink color area refers to the background colors against which Sergio provides context for his artworks. The darker blue color area refers to the Marianne RydBerg Blue (MRB), the spectrum of blue colors that symbolize pure beauty for Sergio. Adding the typographic elements (cat.) (fat.canvas) (sweatshirt.) and Sergio De Beukelaer seems obvious but is well thought through.

By enlarging this image and by subdividing it in twenty unique parts, we get an abstraction of these elements. These different parts are used as front panels for twenty unique sweatshirts.

The signature and numbering are placed on the unique front panels, seemingly at random. They act as a kind of trademark for ‘Sergio De Beukelaer’, but they also assume an aesthetic role.

With this outcome, Sergio also wants to challenge the concept of these individual sweatshirts itself by making a series of sweatshirts that immediately reminds us of his sculptures, but none are.

When visitors purchase and wear a one-of-a-kind sweatshirt, their body will act as the embodiment of this sweatshirt that becomes a three-dimensional object itself. The twenty sweatshirts and later the twenty owners together form the original image.

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