Wim Delvoye (Gstaad)

Wim Delvoye (Gstaad)

melpomene by wim delvoye

Wim Delvoye

Melpomene, 2001–2002

dump truck by wim delvoye

Wim Delvoye

Dump Truck, 2011

twisted dump truck (counterclockwise – scale model 1:5) by wim delvoye

Wim Delvoye

Twisted Dump Truck (Counterclockwise – scale model 1:5), 2011

bidjar by wim delvoye

Wim Delvoye

Bidjar, 2011

Friday, December 28, 2012Sunday, February 10, 2013

Gstaad, Switzerland

Opening: Thursday, December 27th, 2012, 6-8pm
Exhibition dates: 28.12.2012 – 10.02.2013

We are proud to have on view a selection of exceptional works by Wim Delvoye direct from his exhibition at the Louvre this summer.

The mysterious Wim Delvoye is a wizard of sculptural anomalies that bend Gothic forms into snide homage’s to the ornamental relics of the past. With cantankerous irony, Delvoye appropriates, twists, and ultimately bastardizes the highly sophisticated medieval forms. Dusting off the cobwebs of 12th to 16th century history, he confounds us with deviant variations of lowbrow associations, baroque opulence, and a decisive Rabelaisian coup de grace.

A perverse beauty cobbled from myth and folklore informs the pedestal-sized array of objets d’art. They elaborate on Delvoye’s obsessions with excess, precision, and decadence; a careening dump truck extending forth like an open accordion and an equally elaborate cement mixer implies the laborious hauling of materials to and fro in the pursuit of immortal Gothic architectural design. Delvoye irreverently claims this iconography his own and does as he wishes with contemporary means of production. Likewise the ornately carved rubber tires reclaimed from the scrapheap are now indulgently transformed from utilitarian object into the purely decorative.

We are delighted to announce that the artist has joined Patricia Low Contemporary's artist roster.