Veit Laurent Kurz, Herba Stammtisch (Herba Regulars’ Table), 2019, mixed media, dimensions variable.

Veit Laurent Kurz

Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie

“The principles of life are to be found in shit,” wrote Veit Laurent Kurz in the text that accompanied this recent exhibition “Nutrition and Drama.” Here, Kurz told of a freaky tribe of dwarfs called the Dilldapp, whose excrement was said to flow through the pipes we saw in the gallery. The pipes connecting various Styrofoam structures were filled with a grass-green liquid known as Herba-4, the cure for all sorts of ills. Present in various shapes and sizes, the Dilldapp themselves were of a crumbling plaster-white texture and opulently dressed in Biedermeier silks, though dripping sickly pus from their eyes and mouths and occasionally spotted with yellow boils. The surrounding furniture, murals, and fountains were similarly faded and overgrown with plastic moss and weeds. Kurz’s aesthetic is one that privileges not only shit, but everything shitty, with all its connotations of ugliness,

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