Friday, September 19, 2014

Studio Maarten Kolk and Guus Kusters

The Netherland-based designers and committed naturalists exhibited ‘Avifauna’, meaning ‘the birds of a particular region, habitat, or geological period’; a collection of 13 stuffed bird species. The breeds of birds displayed range from a swan and a stork to a woodcock and a quail, and this is shown through a variety of shapes and sizes. Less controversial than Damien Hirst, the duo’s  birds ‘wear’ knitted and black textile fabrics instead of plumage. Whereas viewers usually have a reaction of distaste for dead animals on display, the designer duo have presented and incorporated these birds into a more romantic narrative of life.  Several thoughts can strike one when looking at them. Onlookers responded to these birds with sensitivity despite the absurdity of the bird’s situation. And this doesn’t really require any more explanation. After all, it is life imitating art.

Image and text source from Yatzer. Link here.

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