Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys


Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys © 2015 MoMA PS1

Exhibition, MoMA PS, New York, USA, until 31 August
Shown are 15 steel sculptures, 85 watercolours, and a few videos. The duo makes tragic, comic, and silent portraits of the human condition. They are drawn to all domesticate, and they create a perverse caricature populated by amateur actors, faces, dolls, animals, and other speechless objects. Their work is deadpan, in all senses of the word: funny and blank at the same time. It tastes like cardboard. Standing nine-feet tall but only eight-millimetres thick, the sculptures resemble cut out figures or pixelated bodies. Watercolour faces, traced from anonymous images found online, are pinned to each. Appearing throughout a series of eight carpeted gallery spaces, the sculptures are visitors to an exhibition of portraits.