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"Kim Adams: Bruegel-Bosch Bus"
2001-05-05 until 2001-06-24
This incredible tour de force by Kim Adams is in the 4th
year of a proposed 10 year project. It presents a
unique opportunity for us to see a work in progress and
to engage in a fictional world that is both magnificent
Bruegel-Bosch Bus is created from a Volkswagon van
that has been cut to expose territories of leisure and
industry - each encroaching on the other. Embracing a
world of mischief and disorder, Adams uses model kits,
toys, and HO scale figures to create various areas like
those found in an amusement theme park.
In this colossal work we experience a kind of
grotesque realism where we witness grand museums
created from old industrial sites, a steel plant spewing
out (toxicNULL) waste, a strike of industrial workers ready
and armed with an ultimatum, a territory where John
Lennon teaches peace to frolicking superheroes and
a movie production complex ready for action. Like
the historical artists for which the piece is named,
Adams creates landscapes and scenes of daily life that
stress the absurd and vulgar but are also imbued with
zest and fine detail. Adams has created a mobile
hybrid creation that is exorbitant and continues to grow
(even the gallery's doors were rebuilt to accommodate
it!) Like Bruegel's Tower of Babel it is a parasite too big
for its host. Astute, playful, serious and enticing, this
marvellous work is an invitation to look at ourselves and
the values we entertain.
The receipent of the 2001 York Wilson Endowment Award, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, has purchased this sculpture/installation which will be permenantly installed in the Gallery's sculpture atrium after this exhibition.