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Thom Puckey's "Armed & Relatively Dangerous" at Stichting Kunstfort, Vijfhuizen

by Suzanne on September 11th, 2011

A.V. with Knife and RPG-7 by Thom Puckey, statuario marble, 65 x 72 x 160 cm, 2009, photo by Linda Jansen, courtesy Aschenbach & Hofland Galleries - click to enlarge

My Dutch has clearly seen better days, so I'll keep this post short before I start making stuff up.

What I think I gathered from here is that the great Thom Puckey is presenting five of his recent life-sized sculptural works made between 2009 and 2011 at Stichting Kunstfort in Vijfhuizen in a solo show that's opened today. That's in the Netherlands, in case you're geographically challenged. I wouldn't blame you as it's indeed the first time this institution has been mentioned on the WurzelBlog®. It so happens that the Kunstfort is part of Amsterdam's old defence line and listed as a UNESCO monument.

Thom's selected works for Armed & Relatively Dangerous remind me of a classicistically mellow and more psychologically intimate and innocent version of AES+F's (literally) bombastic Last Riot series - it has to be noted, however, that Thom works with beautifully veined statuary marble whereas AES+F's sculptures are made of porcelain, so their approaches couldn't be more different.

Isabelle Schiltz as Crawling Figure by Thom Puckey, statuario marble, 186 x 67 x 75 cm, 2010, photo Francesco Ozzola - click to enlarge

On show: Sep 11 - Nov 27, 2011

Address: Stichting Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen, Fortwachter 1, 2141 EE Vijfhuizen, The Netherlands, tel: +31 (0)23 5589013

Admission: € 2

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“Russian art collective AES+F looks set to hit the headlines (again) in its home country with the launch of the “Defilé” series (2000-07) of lightbox works at the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture (Moscow Biennale, 25 September-25 October). These images, seen at Miami’s Bass Museum last year, show a selection of unidentified, wizened corpses digitally clad in haute couture clothing. […]”

(via The Art Newspaper)