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Twisted Dump Truck Clockwise, 2011

6th International Digital Art Biennial 

Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal 

12.01.2022 - 02.05.2023


Defying convention, Wim Delvoye makes extensive use of everyday, decorative and hand-crafted items that he revisits associating them with symbols, customs, practices and techniques stemming from cultural spheres that are often conflicting. Doing so, he addresses often sharply-not only their status, but also our conventions with regard to taste. Wim Delvoye has developed a rich production combined to great knowledge in diverse discipline such as sculpture, drawing, photography, installation and video. He has taken part in number of individual and group exhibitions all over the world, in addition to appearing in a few editions of Documenta and Venice Biennale. His work can be found in many public and private collections throughout the world.


Twisted Dump Truck Clockwise, 2011 -

Nickeled laser-cut stainless steel

Twisted Dump Truck is an aptly titled sculpture by Belgian artist Wim Delvoye that depicts exactly what you’d think with a Gothic aesthetic. The nickeled, laser-cut stainless steel structure is an intricately detailed piece that is as much a representation of a truck as it is a cathedral. The architectural influence is undeniable, making for an intriguing amalgamation.

The scaled model (1:5) presents an almost cartoonish display of a sophisticated design gone awry. Like a derailed train, mid-derailment, the animated composition features an exaggeration of twisting and turning. This visual of a giant vehicle, typically found on construction sites, complements the delicate intricacies involved in Gothic architecture. There’s something entirely eye-catching and bewildering about the piece that allows the viewer to appreciate the details and question its intention.


Text by Pinar Noorata, Managing Editor at My Modern Met

Lune Rouge Collection

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