The Matter Of It Being a Stone
Solo show at SWG3 Gallery in GlasgowJune 28 2014 - July 19 2014
Show curated by itsourplayground: Camille le Houezec & Joey Villemont
‘Life appears: a complex dampness, destined to an intricate future and charged with secret virtues, capable of challenge and creation. A kind of precarious slime, of surface mildew, in which a ferment is already working. A turbulent, spasmodic sap, a presage and expectation of a new way of being, breaking with mineral perpetuity and boldly exchanging it for the doubtful privilege of being able to tremble, decay, and multiply.” - Roger Caillois.’
‘The matter of it being a stone’ has initially been conceptualized during a residency at the Deutsche Börse Residency at the Frankfurter Kunstverein in 2013. During this period, de Joode conducted research at one of the largest mineral collections of Europe, the Mineralogic Collection of the Senckenberg institute. This research resulted in a series of small (hand-size) sculptures that debate the habits of minerals and their relation to the artist’s human body.
As usual, de Joode’s work can’t set in its initial state, it has to jell, freeze, liquefy or evaporate, take the form of another “thing”. These sculptures made of plaster casts of body parts, gooey and fleshy matters have been photographed, immortalized from one carefully chosen viewpoint, enlarged and printed onto a reflecting surface confirm the artist’s primitive fascination with materiality and imitating the grandness / weirdness of large crystal minerals’
— From the press release, more here and here.