Component 1964

Food and Shelter

100 x 50 x 50cm
steel and spraypaint
 part of a series of components produced for the exhibition Good Conditions
shown at DWM Gallery

Food and Shelter is a remake of bird feeding shelter
maybe it is a metaphor for a world in flux where everybody is - increasingly desperately - seeking for food and shelter.
maybe it reflects the dilemma between putting money into the sheltering of birds that are becoming extinct and in sheltering people
maybe it questions the positive and negative effects of bird feeding, our ‘human mingling’ in nature and the domineering position we tend to take if it comes to nature
maybe its missing feeding platform echoes the disappearance of many bird species

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.