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3390 Tielt-Winge

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“Ilse Van Roy (1978) has headed the glass studio at the MAD Faculty in Hasselt since 2007, guiding Bachelor and Master fine art students in the use of glass in their artistic oeuvre. By making room for fundamental research, developing crossover projects with other artistic disciplines and setting up international joint ventures, she has helped add depth to this academic course. This is also expressed in her artistic practice; in Flanders she has become one of the leading artists to have used the medium of glass in a contemporary manner and has contributed to its liberation from its traditional craft approach. In so doing, she seeks out the limits of the material and regularly combines it with other media such as photography and video, using them to create space-filling installations.
In 2013 she worked as co-curator together with the artistic director of the GlazenHuis Jeroen Maes and artist Frederic Geurts on the inspiring exhibition YOUNG MASTERS. In a freelance capacity, Ilse Van Roy helped organise the 2 first editions (2012/2015) of the International Glass prize.

Description of Jury presentation International Glassprize 2015

At this time (2018)
Independent artist and docent glass-studio, dpt. Arts and Architecture, Contemporary Fine arts, Hasselt
Freelance assignment; co- curator of the ” International Glassprize ’18’ (third edition), Jury of the selection commission,
in collaboration with Jeroen Maes (artistic director of GlazenHuis / assignment of Ch.Van der Seijs foundation.

  • Exhibition view - Muzeum L, Roeselare BE

  • Insitu work at National Glass Museum Leerdam (NL)

    “Ilse Van Roy is not limited to one material or one art discipline. She is therefore not an artist to be pigeonholed. But sometimes she just dominantly pigeonholes herself, in order to stimulate you to look at art in a different way.
    The subject of ‘glass’ in this work is the greenhouse itself, period. The floor with its ‘white’ bathroom tiles isolates this glass pigeonhole from its surroundings. The greenhouse becomes something abstract. At the same time the clean tiles ‘turn into’ various shades of yellow.
    This way they enter into battle with the (in)comprehension of aesthetics: what is art? what is beautiful? what is pure?”
    Arend-Jan Weijsters (1961), director of the National Glass Museum Leerdam (NL)