Fine Arts continues Belgian artist duo Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys’s playful and dystopic approach to depicting the human condition. For this project, they became watercolorists, culling a range of quotidian and historical images from the Internet. The exhibition catalog includes over 90 watercolors from their recent traveling exhibition (CCA, SF; MoMA PS1, NY; and Raven Row, London) in a glossy format reminiscent of a picture book or auction catalog. Deadpan images of the banal, the fanciful, the tragic and the grievous are presented without comment. Nostalgia and innocence are dimly stirred and questioned. Although watercolor is associated with pastoral and colonialist scenes, the contemporary mode of sourcing the images implies that these pictures might not be matters of the past. De Gruyter & Thys have been working together since the late 1980s. Their photographs, drawings, objects and videos are steeped in black humor and critical (self)-reflection and often overlap reality, fiction and suppressed histories.
8 ½ x 10 ¾ inches / 100 pp / 95 color
Retail Price: $36.00
MOMA PS1, NEW YORK
CCA WATTIS INSTITUTE, SAN FRANCISCO