Galerie Frank Taal, Van Speykstraat 127, Rotterdam
Opening: 2018/05/19 17:00
Opening times: From Wednesday to Friday 12:00 - 18:00 / Saturday 13:00 - 17:00
Living on a steady diet of online updates, network news shows, weeklies and dailies, you could easily think we live in apocalyptic times. The world is on fire and chaos reigns. Fact of the matter is that most of us live pretty pedestrian lives. We pay the mortgage, raise our 1.3 children, get drunk occasionally and get back to work. When in a rut we go paintballing or skydiving. If these thrill seeking activities don’t satisfy our need for adrenalin or quench our anxiety, we would never become more than hooligans or weekend warriors, part-time revolutionaries at best. Our urge to act out is tolerated, even accommodated to a certain extent, but eventually curbed by civil society and the rule of law. We are always gently, yet inexorably nudged back into our roles of happy consumers.
In his new series of works, Tom Woestenborghs depicts this tension between social control and our subdued need to revolt. Like the Michel Houellebecq of the fine arts he dissects contemporary life as he encounters it in the form of magazine pictures, internet memes, videos and random photography. An observer rather than an activist he exposes the power structures underlying our highly regulated society. Unlike Houellebecq he’s not cynical, incorporating subtle nods – his own form of rebellion.