Jacques van Poppel
Jacques van Poppel started his career as a performer in music. He was playing electric violin in different (mainly experimental) music-groups such as “Electric Paranoid Era”, “Lazarus” and “Blue Sound”. In 1974 “Blue Sound” was winner of “Jazz Bilzen”.
In his performances since 1981, Van Poppel creates a radical narrative based on working with ordinary objects and related to his “street-wise”, personal life and individuality. He invents a situation, which breaks preconceived assumptions of art, and welcome an intimacy with the audience. Some unexpected things he would do include putting up a tent in a gallery space or distribute cans of beer or offer packets of tidbits to the audience as he worked with other objects like toys, clothes and household appliances. He uses these objects in an original way and creates a collage of imaginative interpretation and actions.
Van Poppel often collaborates with other artists and is a member of Black Market International since 1986. With German artist Boris Nieslony he forms “Traum-Duo in der Auszeit”. Also Dutch trombone-player Wolter Wierbos is a regular partner in his performances.
Occasionally he is working as a guest-teacher on art schools and universities, doing workshops with young art-students.