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Excessories - Let's talk about FAT

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Excessories - Let's talk about FAT

Solo Exhibition, Galerie Louise Smit, Amsterdam, 8 July to 14 September 2012

Person wearing a latex glove holding fat molecule shaped pieces of glass

EXCESSORIES or ACCESSORIES? The title of this exhibition confronts the literate reader with a creative misunderstanding, 'EXCESS' or 'ACCESS' or both?

EXCESSORIES introduces the notion of excess, which best defines today’s social habits of consumption. 'Excess' lays at the etymological core of the word luxury. What exceeds, what overflows, is the most exuberant side of nature and this is often manifested in the form of FAT, BODILY FAT.

Zellweger identified the contemporary obsession with fat and produced a series of works in blown glass. These works made up of empty, translucent volumes, seem to overflow. Each artefact is marked with a weight reference coming from operation protocols (plastic surgery). The figures report on the diverse fates of fat to become metaphors for absence, gain and loss.

This work was exhibited at Galerie Louise Smit in Amsterdam from 8th July to 14th September 2012.

Surgeon holding up bodily tissue during surgery
Piece of art from excessories project
Piece of art from excessories project. Hand holding sliver material.
Piece of art from excessories project. Piece of blown glass
Piece of art from excessories project. Hand holding a piece of blown glass
Piece of art from excessories project. Woman sat on the floor holding blown glass on their leg in underwear
Piece of art from excessories project. Woman in her underwear holding pieces of blown glass
Piece of art from excessories project. A clothes rail with blown glass hanging from it.
Piece of art from excessories project. Needle injected into a person's body.
Piece of art from excessories project. Yellow liquid coming out of a vial
Piece of art from excessories project. A needle injection site with a stitch in it
Piece of art from excessories project. Pieces of blown glass
Piece of art from excessories project. Hand holding black blown glass in a gold ring
Piece of art from excessories project. Woman looking in a mirror holding blown glass pieces around her neck
Piece of art from excessories project. Hand with a latex glove holding blown glass pieces.
Piece of art from excessories project. Hand holding pieces of blown glass
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Professor Christoph Zellweger

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