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Peter Buggenhout

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The sculptures and installations of Peter Buggenhout usually look rather strange and unattractive. Buggenhout turns the body inside out, analyses and dissects it and thus almost lays the soul bare. He removes the snail from its shell as it were and reveals it in all its vulnerability. Because Buggenhout moreover shows his sculptures in a strange and surprising environment, he magnifies the sense of alienation. The artist places more emphasis on the physical deterioration, the imperfect perfection of our internal workings and related phenomena such as entropy, erosion, incoherence, volatility and deficiency. Buggenhout elevates his installations to an art form thus making this confrontation more digestible. It is not a confrontation that you can walk away from. You are more inclined to view sculptures that exude an awesome power and resilience with awe. Not concealment, but a direct confrontation with the physical (im)perfection (genetic manipulations? Clones? Etc.) and at the same time - perhaps due to the surprising chaos in which they are exhibited - in looking at it, one becomes a voyeur.


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