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"Love & Cruelty" feat. Thom Puckey et al. at Gerhard Hofland, Amsterdam

by Suzanne on November 3rd, 2011


Installation view of Love & Cruelty at Gerhard Hofland, Amsterdam, showing Beretta M92 by Thom Puckey - click to enlarge

If you're in Amsterdam and you fancy some cruel lovin', you should head down/up to Gerhard Hofland where martial marble sculptor Thom Puckey has brought together three artists - including himself - for an impressive group show.

It's particularly beautiful to see how the smooth skin textures of Thom's marble Amazons compliment Michael Kirkham's hypersexualised yet nonchalant characters (... and aphrodisiac rooms with strangely erect non-phallic furniture and objects).


Beretta M92 by Thom Puckey - click to enlarge

Love & Cruelty opened last Saturday and will remain on view until December 10.

Details below.


Beretta M92 (detail) by Thom Puckey - click to enlarge

On show: Oct 29 - Dec 10, 2011

Address: Gerhard Hofland, Bilderdijkstraat 165-c, 1053 kp Amsterdam, The Netherlands, email: mail@gerhardhofland.com, tel: +31(0) 20 4121772

Hours: Wed - Sat: 1 - 6 PM

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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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