An artist's book / coloring book
exploring various themes (world, body, masculinity, dream, the great priestesses of art history, objects, home).
Initially conceived in the 1960's and rebooted by Jef Geys especially for Cneai, this coloring book is made of eight double pages displaying side by side a plate colored by the artist and a blank outline plate. The plates are exploring in seven topics (world, body, masculinity, dream, the great priestesses of art history, objects, home) the linkage between the common obviousness of life and social norms which are influencing our daily life.
Jef Geys (1934-2018) was a Flemish artist. Both intimate and of social concern, his work is a permanent articulation between culture and triviality. In Geys' works, the private aspect of a personal event is always hidden within a collective effort. If the artist always intervened and experimented locally, his artwork is nonetheless carrying a global meaning. Since 1971 the artist had published the newspaper Kempsen Informatieblad, a documentary publication which accompanies every Geys' exhibition. Jef Geys represented Belgium at the Venice Biennale in 2009.