Peter Buggenhout at Konrad Fischer

June 3rd, 2010


Artist: Peter Buggenhout

Venue: Konrad Fischer, Berlin

Exhibition Title: The Broccoli Cycle 1

Date: April 30 – June 5, 2010

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Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.

Images:

Images courtesy of Konrad Fischer Galerie, Berlin

Press Release:

Peter Buggenhout (born 1963 in Dendermonde, Belgium) challenges the state of contemporary sculpture by introducing quite unusual materials: waste, household dust, animal hair, blood and intestines. The basic structure of his amorphous but very complex sculptures is created out of abject materials: trash, debris, rubbish. Oscillating between indescribable apocalyptic chaos and the quietness of a Chinese scholar stone, these works are referring to nothing else but themselves.

In his series “The Blind leading the Blind“ – named after the famous painting by Pieter Brueghel the Elder – Peter Buggenhout assembles pieces of waste and covers them with thick layers of affixed household dust. His series of wall-based sculptures entitled “Gorgo“ is made of waste textiles, horse hair and black animal blood. The title references the Medusa legend: art functions as a shield mirroring an almost unbearable reality. A third series in Peter Buggenhout’s oeuvre is named “Mount Ventoux“: it is formed out of bleached animal intestines stretched over polymorphous shapes out of polyurethane foam. The title goes back to the poet Petrarca who was trying to catalogue the whole world but overlooked the mountain just in front of him.

In the stacks of waste material used as a core for his installations the process of selecting abject materials is completely “independent of aesthetic considerations“, as the artist comments. There is no specific aim for a particular form. And there is no context. Oftentimes Peter Buggenhout works on several sculptures simultaneously. A sculpture is finished when it is completely abstract and devoid of all symbolic content. We will exhibit in Berlin two works from the series “The Blind leading the Blind“, both from 2010. Next to the large-scale sculpture The Blind Leading the Blind #35 we will show The Bilnd Leading the Blind #36 which is presented in a glass case.

Link: Peter Buggenhout at Konrad Fischer

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2 Responses to “Peter Buggenhout at Konrad Fischer”

  1. Katie Says:

    I love contemporary art, but have yet to see Peter’s work in person. My only concern is that the pieces might have a bad odor to them, considering what they are made of. Hopefully I can see it for myself and determine, but from the computer screen I am very impressed.

  2. Jeffrey Collins Says:

    Katie. I highly recommend people see this work in person. It’s an image that will stay with you. Lurking in the back of your mind like a filthy dream. They do have a smell, it’s the smell of dust and in some ways…mold. but it adds to the dimensionality of these works. I’ve yet to have another friend who enjoys these works like I do. Doesn’t bother me, because I know there are plenty out there who do dig these works.

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