Wim Delvoye: Drawings & Scale Models

This exhibition included 30 drawings, exhibited with several scale models of Delvoye’s signature gothic sculptures. The artist’s works on paper—part blueprint, part painterly exercise—reveal Delvoye’s intense process of creation, the skilled draftsmanship and meticulous attention paid to detail behind each of his contradictory and subversive works. The sculptures on view are crafted in laser-cut stainless steel, small-scale models for his full-size gothic renditions of industrial equipment. Delvoye’s work celebrates paradox, building on the Belgian surrealist tradition of combining two disparate elements or ideas in a single work of art—in this case heavy machinery and the exquisitely detailed and elegant style of gothic and baroque cathedral architecture. His hybrid models of cement mixers, caterpillars, and other large-scale functional equipment present an atypical combination of historic ornament and industrial design, questioning what is sacred and what utilitarian as they inhabit the worlds of the banal and the distinctly uncommon. Sperone Westwater, 2005 8.5 x 11 inches, 74 pp., color illustrations Softcover, ISBN B005NTEGMQ

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