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Materialism, pencil, 2018
Mixed media (polyvinylchloride, copper), 2.8 × 1.8 × 2.4 cm
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Materialism, Volkswagen Beetle, 2018
Mixed media (cotton, polyurethane, horse hair, steel, rubber, tar, aluminum, wood powder, tectyl, glass, polyoxymethylene, lacquer paint, polyvinylchloride, acid, aluminum magnesium alloy, paper, grease, motor oil, gear oil, polyamide, acrylonitrilebutadiene-styrene, brake fluid, lead, polymethyl methtacrylate, stainless steel, copper, bakelite, high-density polyethylene, cork, brass, glass wool, porcelain, plexiglass, polybutylen, terephthalate, magnet, kit, graphite, vitrite,  tin, chrome, wolfram), 316.7 × 123.8 × 105 cm
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Materialism, Cable, 2018
Mixed media (wood, graphite, paint), 6 × 4.5 × 2.5 cm
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Materialism, AK47, 2019
Mixed media (maple wood, steel, carbon steel, paint, bakelite, resin, chrome, smokeless powder, brass, lead, tracer compounds, lacquer, copper, lead styphate, paper), 30 × 27.4 × 130 cm
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Materialism, M16, 2019
Mixed media (aluminum, glass fiber, steel, carbon steel, stainless steel, hard anodized coating, phosphate coating, chrome, smokeless powder, brass, lead, tracer compounds, cupronickel, paper, lead styphate, nickel), 28.5 × 24.9 × 110 cm
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Materialism, 2018/ 2019
Video, 4’ 35”
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Although the name of the work consists of a single word, Materialism, the list of materials used to create it is unusually long and, at first sight, does not match the stylized, minimalist cubes displayed on the series of plinths. Amsterdam-based artist duo Studio Drift  describe the process used to arrive at this visual presentation as opposed to that of production. Fascinated by the idea of understanding (again) what the objects around us are made of, they deconstruct them, measure them, analyze their proportions, and finally present them as three-dimensional infographics. The objects selected for this iteration of Materialism range from everyday items such as a pencil, an iPhone (4S), and a plastic bag to those in more limited circulation: guns such as the AK-47 (also known as the Kalashnikov) and M16.

While slowly replacing nature’s ability to awe humans, technology and science are becoming equally complex fields, yet they often create more alienation from what they produce than identification with it. This installation may appear to alienate us further from the objects by presenting their anatomy in such standardized cubes, but this form and its various manifestations also help us see what the materials we are surrounded by actually have in common, their interconnectedness, which is disguised by different shapes or simply concealed from view.