Project 9 - k e t o - t r a n s - 2
As a sculptor, Jef Faes makes particularly use of forms which relate to their surrounding space . High-technological photographs of scientific phenomenons are the basic principles of his work. These images to Faes exceed human comprehension: enlargements of matter on a microscopic scale after all result in emptiness, while on a macroscopic scale they actually visualize matter. Out of these findings he developped concepts of space stuffing, space connection and space bridging.
Jef Faes' installations are composed of elementary geometric forms, which were hollowed out by spherical modules. Driven by artificial manipulation these excavations are refilled by the building activities of honeybees. The hexagonal shape of honeycombs from a geometric viewpoint after all is the most effective form to fill up a circle. As a result Faes' sculptures at the same time stand for emptiness and matter, for both micro- and macrocosmos.
Having completed a first large installation in the Verbeke Foundation greenhouses, the artist now develops his 'units'. In these small autonomous laboratories, which in function of further spatial exploitation can be placed both inside and outside, the contribution of honeybees remains essential.