June 16th – July 30th, 2022
‘Dark Uncles’ is an exhibition of woven art by Belgian artist Klaas Rommelaere. The work is part of an ongoing series of hand-stitched tapestries and tactile sculptures inspired by a mixture of cult movies and personal memories. They are full of images, symbols and fragments of film scripts that are handstitched together to form a larger narrative. The stories they tell come from both real and imagined experiences and encounters.
Rommelaere work with a tight-knit, group of veteran craftswomen (‘Madams’) to produce the pieces. It is made in many parts and several stages, often starting with compositional sketches and the creation of multiple layers of embroidery, stitched on patches and hand-drawn motifs.
Klaas Rommelaere (°1986, Roeselare, Belgium) graduated in 2013 in fashion at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent. After doing different internships with the likes of Danish designer Henrik Vibskov, and the Belgian designer Raf Simons he realized that the world of fashion was not where his ideas would come to life. Rommelaere began carving his creative path with needlework being the language of his imagination.