[May 24 2011]
For his first solo show at the Gallery Laurent Godin, Belgian artist Peter Buggenhout presents a series of amorphous installations springing from the gallery space as monuments caught between art and archaeology. The seemingly fossilised sculptures are constructed from the organic and industrial: blood, horse hair, dust, cow stomachs, intestines and detritus come layered to create autononmous enigmas. Continuing on from his practice of abject and waste materials explored since the Nineties, the ground floor of the gallery is host to these damaged wrecks – not only the result of his use of material but of his violent composition and treatment. Gorgo #24, one of his most recent works, is a hung and stretched installation created from plastic, metal, blood and wood. Appearing as the victim of a surgical disaster, the Gorgo series continues around the space, with an apparently discarded missile rocket in suspension on the wall. The lower level continues his practice, in works that go beyond categorisation and definition. Ancient and disturbing, their ambiguity surpasses time and space in formless works that are history and prophecy to the post-apocalyptic.
Contes invertébrés by Peter Buggenhout is on view through 25 June at Gallery Laurent Godin, 5 rue du Grenier Saint-Lazare, Paris.
Photo and text Sophie Pinchetti