Tom Volkaert at Catbox Contemporary / New York City

Tom Volkaert
Souveniers from Belgium


March 1st – April 30th


Catbox Contemporary
by appointment only
www.catboxcontemporary.com

Ridgewood, New York

“Souvenirs From Belgium”
90”x40”x32”, epoxy, resin, flowers on cat-tree

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All photos courtesy of the artist and space.


Souvenirs From Belgium 

It’s been harder to disguise the scars of past installations. Before you stands a carpeted dwelling at an interim stop after a three-year cycle of continuous transmogrification. This cat’s domicile is becoming less and less itself every day; shifting shape from a theatre to a sanctuary, to a display case.  Now it is a body, looming over the apartment from its corner like a golem; except it is caught mid mutation. The tree has grown ahead. Its eyes have sprouted stocks, which are used as crude tentacles to crawl to higher vantage points. From there they are watched while they observe, keeping close surveillance of the small offerings adorning the soft platforms below. These gifts are for the taking, familiar souvenirs from a strange visage. 

Tom Volkaert (Antwerp, 1989) had solo exhibitions at Nevven Gallery (Sweden), Good Enough @ Atlanta Contemporary (Atlanta, GA ), Debora Bowmann Gallery (Bruxelles), Rod Barton Gallery (London, UK) and was included in group shows at Plus One Gallery (Antwerp, 2018), Podium Enterprises (Oslo, 2018) and Pina Vienna (Wien, 2017) among others. Tom Volkaert lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium.