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A painting of the artist, produced in 2010, was completely painted over with one type of specific metallic paint. The title of the artwork is based on the name of this particular paint. The artist photographed the result with his smartphone. This photo has been sent to an online print service for the production of the tablecloth. 

In Good Conditions, Kris Van Dessel and Tom Van Malderen build upon their previous collaboration 'Conditions and Opportunities' at DMW Art Space in 2017. Together with curator Tram Scawped, the artists continue their quest into the protocols of exhibiting and the mechanism of the contemporary art economy in general. Their previous collaboration at DMW investigated the conditions and opportunities of the ‘art space’ by means of a series of interventions, ranging from subtle modifications of lighting and heating elements to enquiries into the appropriate shade of white for the walls of a white cube. Following up on this expo, 'Good Conditions' explores the application and potential of autonomous artworks as components of a dense art-fair-look-alike constellation. As part of this enquiry, all prices of the works on display are fixed in accordance with the inscrutable laws of the art economy and arranged in an easy-reference component list with accompanying article numbers. In 2023, the component was reactivated as an autonomous artwork as part of the 'Best Conditions' project in Valletta, Malta.

Print on tablecloth, wrapped around all Tom Van Malderen's artworks (used for his BEST CONDITIONS exhibition) / variable dimensions (tablecloth: 150 x 260 cm) / unique / 2019 - 2023.

related work: COMPONENT 6197 - Galactic


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