Artist: Andreas Slominski
Venue: Metro Pictures, New York
Date: April 26 – May 25, 2018
Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.
Images courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York. Photos by Genevieve Hanson.
Andreas Slominski presents an installation comprising new wall reliefs and portable plastic toilets in his fourth exhibition at Metro Pictures. Well known for his subversive approach to art and exhibition making, Slominski creates works that evoke a compelling reticence at once charming and provocative.
On view for the first time in the United States, Slominski’s wall reliefs are constructed from the colorful side paneling of a specific model of German portable plastic toilet. Taking over the factory’s production line, the artist vacuum-formed maternal-themed found sculptures and symbolic natural and utilitarian objects, like rope and wood, into the high-density polyethylene panels. In one work the profile of a veiled young woman emerges from a single red panel surrounded by wood and pinecones in an asymmetrical composition. This group of symbols, with their religious and naturalist overtones, alludes to themes of purity, conception, and fertility. The works not only obscure the line between mass-produced and art objects, but also conflate canonical art historical imagery with fetish motifs.
The complete, assembled toilets, the same model whose paneling is used for the artist’s wall reliefs, are unconventionally installed throughout the gallery. With their contrasting white pitched roofs and black bases, the toilets, especially in the bright primary colors chosen by Slominski, transform from ordinary utilitarian objects into playful sites of refuge. In their pristine state, shipped directly to the gallery from the manufacturer, they are imbued with a seductive materiality that belies their intended function.