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Photo: Ben Kelmer

The artists Nienke Klunder and Jaime Hayon realized this joint work at the request of the Spring Projects Gallery in London. It is a light parody on the icons of American culture, such as hot dogs, plastic surgery and big cars. Klunder, who is also a US citizen due to her birth in America, has always been fascinated by ‘the American situation' which, seen from a European perspective, appears to be characterized by excess and indulgence. By playing with that same mechanism - scale enlargement, exaggeration - and by combining these with a portion of surrealism, humour and absurdity, the whole acquires a rather hilarious dimension.

A cupboard was inspired by the pastel coloured Art Deco architecture of Miami and the skyscrapers of New York, and a table has the shape of a stretched limousine, with space in the ‘boot' for cutlery. The high-quality materials, the perfect finishing and the true user value of these objects reinforce the aspect of absurdity. After all, who can sit calmly rocking on his or her ‘rocking hot dog' or who can eat at his or her limousine table without a trace of self-mockery?

 
 
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