Stephan Vee, Poésie urbaine, 2001
Acrylic on photograph on wood, diptych, each panel 140 × 100 cm


Star Work № 9: Poésie urbaine

Stephan Vee

Four pigeons sitting on three battens in an artificial green-yellow with cross-faded lighting from a slight bottom view. The footless bodies of the plaster pigeons are patterned mass products that convey an impression of uniformity. As on lines of a musical stave or telephone wires, they sit at two different distances upon the upper batten and are repeated as shadowy outlines on the background wall as a shifted resonance. They peer into an unknown foreground.

This banal pictorial theme, designated by the title as urban poetry, refers to pigeon breeding that was the everyday hobby of simple labourers in mining settlements such as Charleroi. What does the pale work offer in terms of visual resonances and associations that could shed light on the intentions of the artist? Are we looking at carrier pigeons which, in the era of e-mail, are sitting on the shelf as if no longer required? Are they clay pigeons that can be shot? Or do the pigeons simply represent a cliché of domesticated nature? This final interpretation would belong to the urban fantasy of naturalness just like houseplants or miniature gardens in boxes on balconies.

(Dirk Tölke, revised version)

Within the Star Work series a different artwork from the IKOB Collection is displayed each time.

Star Work № 29 The Crucifixion

Star Work № 28: Distortion LI [51]

Star Work № 27: Hommage à ... IV

Star Work № 26: Saint Matthieu par Gérémie Geißelbrunn (1595 – 1660) photographié comme Dimitris Alexandrou par Errikos Andreou

Star Work № 25: A Billion Square Circles

STAR WORK № 24: Checkpoint Charlie

Star Work № 23: Babalú Ayé

Star Work № 22: Sorry

Star Work № 21: République Libre de Clairefontaine

Star Work № 20: Constructor


Star Work № 18: Ohne Titel

Star Work № 17: Corte Cromático, Tribute to André Blank

Star Work № 16: Statement 34/56

Star Work № 15: Texte zur Kunst

Star Work № 14: Sieglar-96-09-21

Star Work № 13: LBYD/SOI

Star Work № 12: Untitled

Star Work № 11: Composition

Star Work № 10: Geschlossene Scheune [Closed Barn]

Star Work № 8: The Gates

Star Work № 7: Seestück II

Star Work № 6: Rhombus

Star Work № 5: Ausgewürfelte Bilder, 28 Bildmöglich­keiten

Star Work № 4: Veules-les-Roses

Star Work № 3: Regalfrau (Study)

Star Work № 2: Me Walking

Star Work № 1: Ein auf seinen Grundriss reduzierter Stein im Maßstab 1 : 1 / Berg aus Steinstaub