Danny Bergeman

Year and place of birth: 1960, Izegem, België Date of death: 2020 , België
Danny Bergeman The Zandberg Drawing

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As an artist with Down's syndrome, Danny Bergeman worked in De Zandberg art workshop from 1994 to 2018. There, he patiently examined pictures from art books, catalogues and magazines. In an attempt to write his own commentary on his findings, he developed an abstract, geometric notation system.

Image after image was inventoried in this non-hierarchical system that was structured from left to right, and line by line, just like a text. Danny Bergeman spent seven years of intense drawing time on the book The Zandberg Drawing. Page after page, both on the front and the back, his sketchbook and life's work was filled with drawings as a chronological diary of his discoveries and fascinations. Initially, a recognisable shape, such as a bottle, a vase, a house or a real word would appear here and there among the abstract characters. Over the years, the characters became smaller and more abstract, and Danny tended to focus more on colour than on form. 

In 2018 The Zandberg Drawing / 2011-2018 was published as a facsimile of the original book.  In recent years, the drawings of Danny Bergeman have been exhibited at the S.M.A.K. (Ghent), Croxhapox (Ghent), Bozar (Brussels), Deweer gallery (Harelbeke) and in the exhibition 'The New Genius' at Cultuurcentrum Mechelen (2022). 

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