Gareth Moore: A Burning Bag as a Smoke-Grey Lotus, Stroom, The Hague

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There is a tendency these days of artists showing collections of objects, in different ways and different combinations.

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These shows usually aim at confronting the viewer with sometimes common objects in a different context.

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It often refers to the instability of the meanings of objects.

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This way of showing things can be productive and interesting, but in a way one gets used to it and then just a bit more is needed to trigger the imagination.

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When i visited Gareth Moore’s show A Burning Bag as a Smoke-Grey Lotus at Stroom, I definitely missed the sound.

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Objects are shown with different backgrounds in a kind of henhouses.

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The different hen houses represent different stages of the day.

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Irregularly sound performances are given, but when i visited Stroom it was dead quiet and the whole place looked like an unpopular museum on a late afternoon with strange and sometimes funny diorama’s.

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Which was charming in a way; but i left with the feeling of having missed most of it.

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And what about that burning bag?

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And that smoke-grey lotus? .

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(Click on the pictures to enlarge)

Bertus Pieters

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