Peter Buggenhout: Erotism
Konrad Fischer Galerie
The Belgian sculptor Peter Buggenhout (b. 1963, lives and works in Ghent, Belgium) describes his hybrid creations as “abject things” that refuse to be categorized as anything, even as works of art. To make them, he uses materials that have rarely found their way into contemporary art: house dust meets garbage, tanned cow stomachs and remnants of bouncy castles appear together with acrylic glass and cast polyamide. Even when more traditional materials like Carrara marble turn up in his works, the objects he affixes to the stone surfaces seem oddly assembled and compressed and defy any figurative interpretation. Both with their peculiar choice of materials and with their enormous physical presence and archaic hermeticism, Buggenhout’s objects occupy a singular position in the field of contemporary sculpture.
The richly illustrated monograph with essays by the curator Selen Ansen, the art critic Nicolas Bourriaud, and the artist provides an overview of the works and series the internationally renowned sculptor has created since 2017.