A precise and utilitarian take on sculptural forms, Magali Reus' first solo museum exhibit at Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum adroitly navigates the space created by the interaction between the body and the extraneous, to intriguing results.
Playing on the cowboy slang that refers to the 'unsettling' of cattle on the ranch, Mustard presents the viewer with layered, textural references of a horse without its rider, much in keeping with her overarching process of an invasive, tactile exploration on the parts of a whole, and their individual or collective meaning within a larger framework.
In the sculptures - all original commissions by the Stedelijk for the exhibition - Reus pushes the viewer to think of what is missing in a direct manner that requires consideration of the spatially significant, and to a certain extent, the phantasmic. Is the making or use of a thing as important as the ideals associated with the thing itself, or even its ultimate purpose? The equestrian-like pieces bring us to this line of thought through each tactile surface, where leather tooling techniques are interwoven with a collage-like approach to crafting the forms.
Mustard is on show at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam until the 27th of November 2016. Learn more here.
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