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Chris Straetling BFA '83
After graduating I lingered until the summer whence I moved to Vienna, unsuccessfully attempting to enter the film school there and beginning a nomadic period, with a longer stint in southern Portugal… ending up in Antwerp, Belgium where I’ve lived ever since. Aside from occasional presentations of my own work (different identities, often installation) I began a gallery (“Inexistent”) in the southern area of the city that more or less became an alternative artist-run-space type venue which lasted from 1987 to 1993, after which I sort of ran a project space in the centre of town “AK-37” where I became more involved with sound and the free local station “Radio Centraal” until teaming up with fellow artist Harry Heirmans to start up a non-profit place called “Factor 44” and being busy with that from 1996 to 2007. Aside from exhibition space it was a loose grouping that was involved in exhibitions, performance, theatrics, web, film and video both locally and abroad.

After a split towards the end of 2006 I attempted to retain some programming under the heading “Bureau Gruzemayer”… but this has begun to lead a life of it’s own and since 2007 I am busy with archival investigations and an attempt to return to basics, painting and writing.

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Abode IIbis, Antwerp 2000, at "De Branderij"

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Another bode (Abode IX) Scheld'apen, Antwerp 2008

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Winter abode variation, MAMAC, LiËge 1997