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Peter Bonde

Galerie Sophia Ungers

Most people feel some slight anxiety when viewing the works of Danish artist Peter Bonde. Who wants to look at work that seems a desperate attempt to maintain a “critical” art by all sorts of antiquated means such as sculpture and painting? Bonde stubbornly (and sometimes perhaps too directly) insists that such an art must exist, and, he goes about inventing the space for it, so that the art action constitutes the core of his project.

At the same time he continues to wage a struggle for self-respect as an artist, entangling himself in his own scenarios. Puttering about in an attempt to transform the symbolic conditions in which art takes place, he fails to transform completely the ideological status quo that sustains the activity of artmaking. A sticker that says “Be Aggressive,” mounted on a painting is not so much an expansive artistic gesture with far-reaching transformative effects, as

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