new-york

Pieter Laurens Mol

Louver Gallery

Pieter Laurens Mol’s first solo show in New York is a miniretrospective of sorts, presenting a cross section of this Dutch sculptor’s rich, mixed-media constructions from the mid ’70s to the present. His sculptures partake of both a Beuysian alchemy in their unusual material transformations and a Duchampian ambiguity in the unresolved paradoxes they inevitably harbor. Yet Mol’s project may be seen as a countercurrent to that of the simulationist/commodity sculptors who claim Duchamp as their precursor. While the commodity fetishists reject the possibility of an ongoing art-historical dialogue, Mol is concerned with locating himself within that history. In contrast to the neo-Duchampian’s tendency of communicating a facile, ironic message through otherwise empty materials, Mol draws out and manipulates the inherent symbolic possibilities of a wide range of materials.

Mol places himself in

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