Component 0006

(hang on) Truss

90 x 60 x 20cm
timber, steel, paint
 part of a series of components produced for the exhibition Good Conditions
shown at DWM Gallery

(hang on) Truss is one of a number of ‘nostalgia provoking props’ had on my mind for a while. It could add instant cosiness, meaning and layering to the many dull and inspiration less interiors we find on offer on ‘the market’. It also keeps the battle between the lingering modernist anthem to remove all detail and the post-modernist visions of revisiting all historic shapes alive and kicking.

This component forms part of Good Conditions

In Good Conditions, Kris Van Dessel and Tom Van Malderen build upon their previous collaboration Conditions and Opportunities at DMW Art Space in 2017. Together with curator Tram Scawped, the artists continue their quest into the protocols of exhibiting and the mechanism of the contemporary art economy in general. Their previous collaboration at DMW investigated the conditions and opportunities of the ‘art space’ by means of a series of minimal in situ interventions, ranging from subtle modifications of lighting and heating elements to enquiries into the appropriate shade of white for the walls of a white cube. Following up on this expo, 'Good Conditions' explores the application and potential of autonomous artworks as components of a dense art-fair-look-alike constellation. As part of this enquiry, all prices of the works on display are fixed in accordance with the inscrutable laws of the art economy and arranged in an easy-reference component list with accompanying article numbers.