While materially embedded in industrial actuality, Buggenhout's works tend towards a shapeless abstraction that evokes a mix of fascination and dread. Like post-apocalyptic hulks, these icons of instability speak to us of humanity's complex relationships.
To round off its first cycle of monographic exhibitions – devoted to current issues in sculpture and revisiting the ''stone island'' venture in terms of materials ranging from the most tangible to the infrathin – the International Centre for Art and Landscape has invited Flemish artist Peter Buggenhout for a solo show.
While materially embedded in industrial actuality, Peter Buggenhout’s works tend towards a shapeless abstraction that evokes a mix of fascination and dread. Like post-apocalyptic hulks, these icons of instability speak to us of humanity’s complex relationships with its environment in the Anthropocene. As meticulous in their use of references – including mythologies, non-Western cultures and science fiction – as in their assemblage, they are nonetheless unfailingly disturbing in their refusal to let us pin down what we are actually looking at.
In parallel with the exhibition the artist’s ''Gorgo #13'' (2007, FRAC Limousin Collection) will be on show from 6 April to 8 June at Espace Paul Rebeyrolle in Eymoutiers.
Peter Buggenhout was born in Dendermond, Belgium, in 1963. He lives and works in Ghent.
His many solo exhibitions in Europe include the Ludwig Forum in Aachen, Germany (2012), De Pont in Tilburg in the Netherlands (2011), the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens in Deurle, Belgium (2009) and the Herzliya Museum in Israel (2008). He has been part of group shows in Europe –Saatchi Gallery (2011), Palazzo Fortuny in Venice (2007, 2009, 2011), Nouveau Musée National in Monaco (2010), SMAK in Ghent (2008, 2010, 2012) – as well as the United States (MOMA PS1, New York, 2013) and Australia (MONA, Hobart, 2011),...
He has also had solo exhibitions in Paris: at the Maison Rouge and the Palais de Tokyo (both 2012) and at Galerie Laurent Godin (2011 and 2013).
He is currently exhibiting at MAM in Rio de Janeiro, the Barbara Gladstone Gallery in New York and the Frankfurter Kunstverein.
Peter Buggenhout is represented by:
Laurent Godin: www.laurentgodin.com
Konrad Fischer: www.konradfischergalerie.de
Barbara Gladstone: www.gladstonegallery.c
Image: The Blind Leading the Blind, 2014. Plaster, rubber, aluminium, plasterboard, wood, iron, dust, plexiglas, polyurethane, polystérène, textile. Production Centre international d’art et du paysage. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Laurent Godin, Konrad Fischer Galerie © Aurélien Mole
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