Artwork details

Tsetsefliegenfalle (Tsetse Fly Trap)
Fabric, wood, net
125 x 63 cm
Andreas Slominski

The German artist Andreas Slominski explores the visual value of everyday objects. The objects become subject of a sculptural exploration, where the artist makes humorous interventions, such as the green water jug that is deconstructed into two parts – described by Slominski as a male and a female.

In Slominski’s characteristic polystyrene-pictures, the artist uses large chunks of snow-white polystyrene as a canvas. By cutting, carving and spray-painting these chunks, the artist creates naturalistic patterns and geometrical structures.

Slominski’s best-known works are his sculpture-traps. Although these objects are fully functioning, they take form as sculptural traps for various animals. Hanging from the ceiling, we see one of Slominski’s flytraps and on the floor, a fox-trap. The traps address our absurd relationship with unwanted insects and reptiles, and more ironically address the hierarchic relationship between different species. At the same time they possess sculptural- and alluring qualities that seduces the target – weather it’s the animal or the viewer.

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