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The Consumer
acrylic, concrete, fur, plastic, aluminium on canvas
40 cm X 60 cm
January 2002

Our modern urbanized landscapes are composed of concrete, many types of plastic and other man-made fibres, rivers of waste (aluminium cans, paper, cardboard and why not, pieces of fur).

One day, Von Kleist found a whole trail of flattened cans in front of the supermarket, thrown away on the move by a family following a shopping trip. Inside their car, the father, mother and two kids were eating chips from a super size family bag. Suddenly, Von Kleist saw them as archetypical believers in consumption. “It’s the most popular religion of our time. I decided to base a series of works on consumerism. Part II is called Matter of aggression.” 

The white fur was found at a nearby crossroads, amid lots of animal skins and bones that had perhaps dropped from a van on its way from a slaughterhouse. Originally, the work was entitled Geographical Sin as Von Kleist planned to create a “disposable landscape” with a stream of white paint suggesting a river meandering through concrete hills. But when he stepped back and looked at the pattern he suddenly recognized a cold and lifeless eye, a cruel and demanding mouth. It perfectly fitted the concept of mindless consumption and looked just like the father having dinner in his car.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      Photo by Suzana Zalokar   BACK