Component 1212


30 x 15 x20 cm each
acrylic stand, paper, tassels, stone, pigeon spikes

 part of a series of components produced for the exhibition Good Conditions
shown at DWM Gallery

These small sculptures are personal portraits of my home surroundings, viewed from the balcony. For several years, I have been collecting the hand cut paper snowflakes that were produced by my neighbour for the annual parish feast. They are an inspiring collection of paper snippets, cutting up history books, yellow pages, medication leaflets and junk mail. The pigeon spikes progressively replaced the pigeons on the upper ledges of buildings around and the rubble stones are remnants of gentrification lingering around the streets.
All ingredients are presented to you on a menu-holder, be it slightly dispositioned,
similar to my view from the balcony.

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.