Het middelpunt van de belangstelling
Painting, 164.5 x 122 cm.
Materials: oil on panel
Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp .
Vaast Colson & Dennis Tyfus, ever partners in art crime, have again joined forces for the project ‘Radikaal & Radikaler’. These artists, each in his own way, critically call into question the commercial circuit while remaining allergic to 'recuperation', in whatever guise. And they often express this in a way that runs from fresh-faced humor to dark irony. In ‘Radikaal & Radikaler’ they resolutely take on the total notion of the 'art scene' in all its many permutations: drawing, painting, the artist's copyright, price determination, the market, the image… Colson & Tyfus each made a series of drawings on paper, that they at once crumpled up and hid in a grab bag full of paper shreds. Next, they took turns removing one of these squashed papers and using it as the basis for a painting: so it could be that Colson painted a drawing of Tyfus, or vice versa. Or they would both work on a single piece. This painting is one of this series. The project kicked off in the Trampoline Gallery. Each work had a number, and each visitor to the gallery could (or can) designate one or more works that they might be interested in buying. For this, each candidate-buyer would then dip into a second grab bag and pick a piece of crumpled paper with the price - from 100 to 10,000 euro. If you're lucky, and you like the price, the purchase is yours...
The grab bag is in a way a reflection of current society: everybody grabs and rummages to their heart's content; you might pick a winner, if not, just throw it away. And the paper shredder plays its role too, as we read in the small, but splendid, gallery catalogue. For inspiration, Colson & Tyfus avidly mine the cliché-like and the freshness that so typifies 'new painting'.
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The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public