‘Second Run Romance’ is a solo exhibition featuring seven super-sized buttons made by poetic anarchist Andy Wauman. ‘A button or a pin is a badge serving a decorative or communicative function. Buttons play an important role in youth culture whose members identify closely with the printed slogan or image, as they strive to develop their own self-identity. Whereas this means of self-expression usually incorporates a political message, Wauman’s super-sized buttons, in contrast, constitute a form of artistic identity.’ (Lieven Van Den Abeele) The slogans and visuals on the buttons are direct bearers of messages that often originate in Wauman’s work as a poet.
Andy Wauman has had solo exhibitions at Deweer Gallery in 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2016. He has also presented solo shows at Art Statements Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (‘Calligraphs and Body Traps’, 2011) and Hong Kong (‘The Same for A While’, 2010 & ‘What do you permit to remain?’, 2013) and at Bourouina Gallery, Berlin (‘The Qutao Copies’, 2009). Also in 2009, he presented his solo show 'Empathy Leak' in the Open Art Space, Stuttgart, Germany. Andy Wauman presented solo exhibitions ‘A Single Match Below A Fire’ in Deus Ex Machina Temple of Enthusiasm, Canggu, Bali, Indonesia (2014), ‘Tasted In The Mouth Of Rain’ in the National Museum of Glass in Leerdam, The Netherlands (2014), ‘Tropicalization’ in Deus Ex Machina Temple of Enthusiasm, Canggu, Bali, Indonesia (2015), ‘Dead Line Where Dream Expries’ in Art Statements, Hong Kong (2016), ‘The Rite of the Black Sun’ in Deus Ex Machina Temple of Enthusiasm, Canggu, Bali, Indonesia (2017) and ‘Soul Killers Don't Quit, A duo show by James Ly and Andy Wauman’ in Minut Init, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Andy’s work was also presented in the group exhibitions ‘Error #10: Error One’ in Extra City, Antwerp (2008), ‘Mind the Bullocks’ in Expodium, Utrecht, The Netherlands (2010), ‘Down on Mainstream’ (curated by Koen Leemans) in De Garage Mechelen (September 2012), ‘Emoties’ in Gemeentemuseum Helmond, The Netherlands (2014), ‘Mixed Emotions’ in Cultural centre Mechelen (2015), ‘Billboard Project’ in Antwerp (2016), ‘The Underground School of Contemporary Art’ in Antwerp (2016), ‘Winter Harvest’ in Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium (2017), ‘Tag Kunstcollectie 2016’ in TAG foundation, Antwerp (2016), ‘Billboard Project 2007-2017’ in Antwerp (2017), ‘The Artist / Knight’ in Gaasbeek Castle, Lennik, Belgium (2017), ‘The Raft. Art is (not) lonely’ at Mu.ZEE, Ostend (2017), ‘Club Conscious’ at Observatorium, MEATPACK, Antwerp (2018), ‘In Defence Of Poetry’ in Malaysia (2018), ‘The Sensation of the Sea. In honour of Bas Jan Ader’ at The Mesdag Collection, The Hague, The Netherlands (2018).