Biography

A self-taught artist, Frédéric Platéus’ work turns a charismatic balance of high art and pop culture into exquisite design.

 

In his sculptures, he combines his attraction to sports, speed, technology, and science-fiction with his love of urban culture. Platéus’ work has delicate visual clarity and unified by clean lines, lustrous textures and impeccable design. His signature “Anabolic Panels” are large rectangular reliefs that contain bulging PVC compositions. Carefully designed then cut from wood, stretched and sealed with heat onto custom-made PVC, the works have an immaculate finish that is slick and flawlessly balanced.

 

Featured in institutions such as WIELS and BOZAR in Brussels,  CAPC Bordeaux, MAC's Grand-Hornu or the National Gallery of Art Zacheta in Warsow, the Belgian artist draws us to the speed and dynamism of the urban environment, through futuristic plastic forms reminiscent of star Trek cardboard decorations or Erwin Wurm’s inflatable cars. Inspired by the motorcycle industry and its obsession of smooth finishes, Platéus’s work is inscribed in the tradition of the "Finish Fetish", an artistic movement originating from Los Angeles in the 60s and defined as the Californian counterpart to New York Minimalism.

 

Platéus’ refreshing artistic vision brings gloss, humour and vintage futurism to the contemporary art world.

 

Born in 1976 in Belgium.

Lives and works in Liège, Belgium.

 

Solo exhibitions

2019     Panic Rev, Ruttowski 68, Paris, France

2014     Extravagant Traveler, MAC’s Musée des Arts Contemporains, Grand-Hornu,

              Belgium

2013     Solo Shows, Docks Art Fair Lyon, Eva Meyer, France

2011     Solid Rock, Project-Room, Baronian_Francey, Bruxelles, Belgium

2010     Phantom Works, Marion Meyer Contemporain, Paris, France

              Solo Show, Art Cologne, Eva Meyer, France

2009     Apollo Diagonal, Espace Uhoda, Liège, Belgium

2008     Frédéric Platéus, Galerie Marion Meyer, Paris, France

              Documentation Evidence, Galerie Buy-Selff, Marseille, France

2006     Slam Dunk Case, Espace Uhoda, Liège, Belgium

2003     Typoflex, Büro Discount, Zurich, Switzerland

2001     Sculpture Typographique, Ink Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

 

Group Exhibitions

2019     1-800, Archive 18-20, Paris, France

              Mixed Pickles 5, Funkhausberlin, Berlin, Germany

2018     Grand Opening, Ruttkowski 68, Paris

              Mixed Pickles 4, Michael Horbach Stifung, Germany

2017     YO, Bozar, Brussels, Belgium

2016     The Earth Is our radio, Karst, Plymouth, UK

              Polygone, Musée en Plair Air du Sart Tilman, Liège, Belgium

              Available for Reference, Yoko Uhoda, Liège, Belgium

2015     *S*W*I*M* (a day onine irl), In De Ruimte, Gent, Belgium

              Anger Management, Komplot, Brussels, Belgium

              Ouverture pour inventaire, HAB Galerie, Frac des Pays de la Loire, Nantes, France

              Family Matters, De la Charge, Brussels, Belgium

              Archipelago, the region as an art space, Gouvernement aan de Maas, Maastricht,

              Netherlands

              A Belgian Politician, Marion De Cannière contemporary art gallery, Antwerp,

              Belgium

              Heaven and Hell, Boghossian Fondation, Brussels, Belgium

2014     Trailers for the Future, Yoko Uhoda Gallery, Liège, Belgium

              Art et Métaux, Chateau de Jehay, Jehay, Belgium

              Destinations Improbables, Musée Ianchelevici, La Louvière, Belgium

2013     S.F. (Art, science & fiction), Musée des Arts Contemporains de la Fédération

              Wallonie-Bruxelles,   Grand-Hornu, Belgium

2012     POP-UP, Musée d'Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium

              Open Airs, Musée de la vie wallonne, Liège, Belgium2011     PEARL OF THE

              NORTH, Palais d'Iena, Paris, France

              Art Public Namur, Commission de Arts de Wallonie, Namur, Belgium

              Family Plot, Baronian_Francey, Brussels, Belgium

              Pole Gry / Le Terrain de Jeu, Zacheta National Galery of Art, Warsaw, Poland

2010     Prix de la Création (Lauréat 1st prize 2010), Ville de Liège, Liège, Belgium

              BAMBAATAA, curated by François Curlet, Aliceday, Brussels, Belgium

              Le sourire du chat (opus 1), Frac des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France

              Out of Control, Espace Uhoda, Liège, Brussels

              Retour vers le futur, CAPC Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux, France

2009     No Style No Glory, Musée Ianchelevici, La Louvière, Belgium

2008     Architectures of Survival, Outpost For Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (USA)

              Un-Scene, Wiels Centre d’Art Contemporain, Bruxelles, Belgium

              Curiosität, Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp, Belgium

2007     Série Noire, Villa Bernasconi, Genève, Switzerland

              Sentiers Rouges, CIGL Schifflange, Luxembourg

              Elusive Cities, Witte Zaal, Gent, Belgium

              Urban Connections, Domaine Départemental de Chamarande, France

2006     Family Affairs, Palais des Beaux-Arts Bruxelles, Belgium

              Talking cities: The Micropolitics of Urban Space, Zeche Zollverein, germany

2005     Prix Jeune Artiste (Lauréat 1st prize 2005), Parlement de la communauté Française

              de Belgique, Bruxelles, Belgium

              The Overlords, Alice Gallery, Bruxelles, Belgium

              Magie Blanche, Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris, France

2004     Storage, BPS22 espace de création contemporaine, Charleroi, Belgium

 

Collections

BPS22 espace de création contemporaine, Charleroi, Belgium
Parlement de la communauté Française de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
Musée National des Arts et Traditions Populaires, Paris, France
Domaine Départemental de Chamarande, France

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