Exhibiting one of Bijl’s composition trouvées (in this case an employee time clock) is more than just a whimsical joke. It is primarily because of the references to mechanics, quantification and the economisation of time that this work resonates so exceptionally as part of an exhibition full of time-based art.
The building on the Nieuwe Binnenweg in Rotterdam that previously housed the CBK art centre was originally a garage. The first project exhibited there after it became an art centre in around 1982 was Guillaume Bijl’s installation Autorijschool Z (Driving School Z, 1979-1989). Bijl’s work systematically simulates parts of our everyday, trivial surroundings at 1:1 scale, using realistic materials. Besides such immersive installations, Bijl also creates work in two categories that are more modest: the “sorry’s” (small ensembles of objects) and the “composition trouvées”, in which larger parts are lifted from interiors or pseudo-public settings. He considers them contemporary, archaeological still lifes. Courtesy of the artist.
part of the exhibition Nuts & Bolts, Thu 26 Jan to Sat 4 Feb, 11:00-20:30, Het Atelier, free admission
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