ewo is in motion. We are connecting. With different people, new markets, other cultures. We willingly accept, endorse and support external influences since we believe that the answers to the requirements and challenges of our time can be found through such connections and dialogues. ewoLAB initiates projects with artists, designers and architects and in doing so deals with the subject of light on various levels.
At ewo, discussions focusing on the topic of light are an everyday affair. Every day, in fact, the company develops application-oriented lighting solutions for a variety of different projects. Creativity and innovation live off of different perspectives – that is why for the ewoLAB 2017 ewo in partnership with the Museion Museum of Contemporary Art in Bolzano, invited the young Belgian artist Brecht Heytens for an artist residency.
In his works, Heytens explores formal and dimensional levels as well as the boundaries and functions of materials. He experiments with the possibilities of a material by removing it from its necessity, in that way getting closer to it in an objective way and, in the end, placing it in a new context. The artist creates his large format installations above all else from rough, stark materials such as metal, wood, and plaster.
Within the framework of ewoLAB, two works by Heytens were made accessible to the public within the exhibition “Functions” from February 9 to March 9, 2017 in the studio building and in the second floor of the Museion Bolzano, with another work in the foyer of ewo in Kurtatsch. At the same time, in a one month artist residency in the former ewo metalworks in the Sarntal, Heytens was working on another installation called "Counterparts Projecting".