Johnston Foster’s near life-size safety-barrel tiger, discarded-wood moose, and a zebra head assembled from a stripped leather couch and a broom brush; Hong-Yo Ji’s twin-headed tire ram; a rhino head of gold-tipped matches by David Mach: the realism of today’s “trophy heads” resides in materiality. Rather than celebrate the power of humans over animals, these sculptures attest to the proliferation of commercial and industrial products, recycled and transformed. These artists appropriate both everyday and fine art materials to create simultaneously familiar and fantastical species, referencing a range of environmental and social issues. Art historical influences echo through Found@Counting House, from Dutch still life painting to Marcel Duchamp’s assisted readymades, to recent fabrications by Jeff Koons, demonstrating the adaptive reuse of material, myth, and metaphor in works addressing the current human condition.
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