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De Wilde, Johan

June 1999. crox 98, TIPS solo
project & publication croxcard Nr 20

November 2003. crox 110, BASICS (a

June 2005. crox 145-I, BASICS 2

April 2006. crox 145-II, sequel
BASICS 2 (Abdij Maagdendale)

May 2006. crox 178, La belle au
bois dormant (solo project)

- publication crox-boek NR 2,

- publication croxcards Nrs 29
& 30

October 2006. BRAINBOX1 unit 3.
trio with Ward Denys and Peter Morrens

April 2007. VERZAMELWOEDE (Abdij Maagdendale)

April-May 2009. ZENNE 17 (Brussels)


The first crox-project by Johan De
Wilde was at the end of the time in Aannemersstraat. After Larry Krone and
Johan De Wilde (June 1999) we had a solo-project by Marc Coene, nothing else. They
both became members of the crox-team afterwards. Johan De Wilde edits the
publications, Marc Coene the image archive.

The first crox-project by Johan De
Wilde combines drawings, photo’s and a mail art project.


TOUGH GUY, SOFT SPOT - Review by Edith Doove about the projects by Larry Krone
(crox 97) and Johan De Wilde (crox 98), De Standaard, 9 June 1999: --- After
all this handywork the drawings of Johan De Wilde at first sight are reminiscent
of cross-stitch patterns. In the basement of Croxhapox he shows part of a
series of drawings he has been working on for some six years now.
The starting point is a square of 50x50cm. That is the foundation for an
inventory of factual matters by means of landscapes, utensils, architecture and
still-lives. All these images start from a painstakingly developed underlying
pattern which De Wilde targets with time and memories. Each of these
representations have a strong autobiographical background. The research for the
place of self is also expressed in a mail art project where De Wilde sent
letters to himself in all European countries. The bizarre hints De Wilde includes
in his letters come back home empty-handed because obviously his Ghent address
is unknown abroad. 

PARTICLES, crox-book NR 2 (May 2006) is the first book which is
entirely in crox-format, apart from one small detail. 'In this book,' says the
artist, 'are notes that originate in the periphery of my drawings’ - literally:
short notes he scribbles during his hours of methodical and intensive drawing. Something
about his modus operandi for example: the grid is  blended in with the so-called representation. More
or less as with the craquelures on a panel. The lines of the grid point at
noise, disturbances. They influence memories, thoughts, the emergence of images.
Tech savvy humanity removes grains and lines from the images. The real
disturbance is in the forming of images as such. A clumsyness: the impossible
as a sum of possibilities.' (op. cit. p.62)


Crox 178, La Belle
au Bois Dormant, the second solo
project of JDW (May 2006), concurrent with projects by Lucia Penninckx (crox
179) and Alda Snopek (crox 180). Simultaneous with the project release of the second crox-book and two croxcards, 'Oslo' and 'Untill Death Do Us Part'. Apart from drawings and photos (the regular work) JDW presents also a series of approx 360 photos from > Oslo turned into a moviefilm. In two consecutive walks he travels the entire trajectory of the Akserselva, partly on the left bank, partly on the right, first from the city center in the direction of the source and then all the way back to the mouth. It probably wouldn't have been entirely similar if it were the Neckar in Trier: the river Akerselva, of very humble descent springs from a lake in the neighbourhood of Oslo and circles the proper city center southwards to discharge itself - after having flown beneath an industrial area for some time - in a
southern fjord. Vincent D'Hondt composed a 40 minute emphasising the filmic essence of the slide projection.


At the first edition of BRAINBOX (Autumn 2006) it is the third unit - Ward Denys, JDW and Peter Morrens - which unleashes the actual essence of the brainbox process. It is the first unit proposing a collective work. (see > brainbox)