Standards of Living / Levensstandaarden

- A standard here is an integral part of the sculpture. There is no hierarchy between the support and the image. They are one. These standards show the construction of display and the vulnerability of it. They break down the idea that the content that is shown should be practical. Instead I present small seemingly unimportant moments from everyday life, as a part of something that looks like it is almost falling (apart). Denouncing the illusion of stability and permanence and the idea of practicality, and instead showing the intimacy of memories as a part of daily life.

Standards of living: instead of holding you I’m holding this, 2023
183 x 21. 6 x 18 cm
wood, cable ties, print on forex, screw

Standards of living: white wood with cut-out, 2023
wood, photo, magnet
157.8 x 24.5 x 9 cm

Standards of living: Paul middlefinger, 2023
print on forex, wood, aluminium, tube clip
164.3 x 21.5 x 11 cm

Standards of living: Dad taught me (…), 2021, 
122.3 x 9.3 x 5.3 cm
various pieces of wood, pen on forex and white thumbtack

Standards of living: Card on standard (Paul XXXXXX), 2020, 127 x 14.6 x 32 cm
paper postcard on triplex, screws and various pieces of wood

These standards play with the tension between a functional support holding something upright for display or being an actual sculptural element and equal part of the whole. They also balance between being able to stand on their own or that they are vulnerable and nearly falling. 

Credits: Tommy Smits