With his long term research into the possibilities of a ‘life elixir’, Paul Geelen currently investigates the rejuvenating and conservational workings of snail slime. In a response to the context of Beetsterzwaag, Geelen developed an installation – that resembles the well-known sales booths that can be found alongside streets – where ampoules of snail slime can be obtained.
Paul Geelen was born in 1983, Weert (NL). His spatial interventions can best be read as a fundamental and applied research into the mythologies and abstractions of evolutionary processes in our time. A holistic and shamanistic attitude in respect of the inherent potential of the so used materials centers the vanishing point for an update or poetic transformation while exhibiting.
Geelen studied at AKV | St. Joost, Breda from 2004 to 2008 and completed his two-year residency at the independent artists institute De Ateliers in Amsterdam in 2014. His latest exhibitions include: LET’S SEE, WHERE WERE WE? IN THE PIT OF DESPAIR – De Ateliers, Amsterdam (2017), DISRUPTION – REMAPPING NATURE – Fundament Foundation’s Lustwarande, Tilburg (2017), CHANCE ENCOUTER – Associazione Barriera, Turin (2017), A MINOR STATE OF FLUX – Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (2017)