4. Juli 2008 / ab 19 h
Ausstellungsdauer 5.-31. Juli 2008
Laurent Impeduglia (Belgium, 1974) is a hyperactive builder. His artworks range from funny drawings on paper, through wild oil on canvas works, to tiny sculptures and huge installations: the thread that links them is the artist’s obsessive, compulsive relationship with the act of construction and arrangement. Bricks, working tools (overalls, stones, concrete mixers, wheelbarrows, and so forth) are used – either the real objects themselves, slightly transformed, or simply drawn on paper or painted – to build cheap castles, burning churches or collapsing igloos.
Impeduglia presents to us a world where a DIY philosophy is as important as the final production; a world where works “in progress” are as or more significant than finished objects. A world in which not only the object in question but the artist/builder’s life itself is being constructed. Humour is also very present in Impeduglia’s work. He stages himself as the happy worker, at times writing droll slogans that could almost function as proverbs (“Where are you jesus” – with no question mark!), at times presenting us with objects which invite us to travel but which appear so precarious, so treaxcherous, that we would never dare use them. Witness his unsettling wooden raft that simply proclaims “Quitter Liège” on its proudly floating black flag, wherever it stands. Everything here is about moving, traveling, drifting, finding a path. In the artist’s own words, as daubed on a number of canvases: “Make a wish, build your life”.