Through the lens of humour and a language of the absurd, Clara Hastrup’s practice touches on the profound dichotomies in our relationship with objects of consumption. The Perishable Sculptures are a new body of work which extend from the series of Instant Sculptures, whereby perishable goods are modified to resemble functional, household objects. The sculptures are presented alongside a photograph of the object, mimicking a product advertisement image. Set on a blue homogenous backdrop with highly saturated lighting, the object takes on a familiar, sanitised and mass manufactured quality when in fact that image is contrasted by the view of the slowly decaying sculpture. The playful narrative points to an endless cycle of consumption and most poignantly, to the illusions that are formed under a pristinely crafted veneer.
Sorry It's a Mess, We Just Moved In! Curated by Roya Sachsavaf | Christo & Jeanne-Claude | Martin Creed | Mona Hatoum | Peter Fischli & David Weiss | Haim Steinbach | Studio Zimoun | Patricia Camet | Isa Genzken | Erwin Wurm | Michael Landy | Rolf Sachs | Koos Buster | Clara Hastrup | Fernando Otero 29 Sep - 13 Nov 2021"In a time when technology has shrunk our physical identity and oversaturated our digital persona, are we becoming less and less attached to the physical objects that surround us, or do they have more meaning than ever before? SORRY IT’S A MESS, WE JUST MOVED IN!, unravels these themes of temporality, of detachment and attachment of our present-day selves.
We'd invite you in, but it's a mess!"