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For this collaboration with D&A Lab, Amaaral & Bostyn offer a bike! A syncretic concept, a daring combination of ready-made and purely plastic consideration, it is not a stool or a snow shovel or any other
random object promoted to the ranks of a work of art merely due to the artist’s whim.
It is intrinsically beautiful.
The beauty of an item which extends the body’s efforts, like an excrescence fashioned for performance, making the human body powerful enough to contract time and space with
the strength of its muscles. The beauty of mechanical perfection whose metallic lace optimises movement in the face of its environment, but also the beauty of the useful, ethereal and thoroughbred form, which underlines the challenges of dynamics with its delicate structure.
The bike, in itself, is above all a feat of human genius, which gives the body the means to follow the mind.
But let’s look at the illustrations on the frame for a moment. They were inspired by a piece by Marcel Duchamp called ‘Obligation pour la roulette de Monte-Carlo’ (Monte-Carlo Bond) created in 1924 to develop an infallible mathematical technique enabling the player to win ‘slowly but surely’ at roulette.
On the diagonal tube, set on a long white band, is the brand name in red and gold letters: ‘DEL CAMPO’
(which translates as DU CHAMP in French!).
All this is framed by gold borders on a green background, an allegory of a game mat where dramas and
fortunes take shape.
Amaral Born 1977 in Brussels
Lives and works in Berlin
Bostyn Born 1974 in Brussels
ives and works in Brussels
Jofroi Amaral’s artistic work can be compared to a laboratory in which the different creations are an array
of different tools for experimentation. In other words, he considers the pieces he produces more as tools
required for the experiment than an experiment as such. Each work or installation is a medium for reflection which must enable the viewer to project himself or herself into the experiment and gain something personal from it.
However, his research is closer to that of an alchemist than that of a scientist.
More than the content, it is the underlying structures, the systems inherent to the processes that attract his
attention. But it is above all in the interconnectivity of these structures, stemming from different topical series, that the real focus of his thoughts can be found. It is these fragments, these reciprocal influences,
these junctions and underground networks that hide behind the distinct appearances of the different
disciplines that appeal to his mind and feed his imagination.