Folkert de Jong
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam, artificial gemstones. Overall installation.
190 x 400 x 300 cm
There is something inherently perverse about making such carefully crafted figures out of a material so trashy, fragile and ephemeral. The desolate figures in The Shooting Lesson (2007) recreate characters taken from Picasso's Les Saltimbanques, melancholy harlequins reminiscent of the cycle of life and of human powerlessness. “We humans have to face the fact that we are part of a natural process, no matter who or where you are on planet earth. It is embedded in our system, but there is hope! Morality, intelligence and compassion can save us.”