deluge of aluminum cans

Too Too-Much Much

Thomas Hirschhorn, 2010, dimensions variable, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium, © 2010, courtesy of Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris and the artist, photo: Romain Lopez

Thomas Hirschhorn

Thomas Hirschhorn is a Swiss multi-media artist who currently lives and works in Paris, France. He creates immersive environments, challenging the viewer to navigate spaces that have been inundated by the artifacts of consumption. Hirschhorn is a master at molding an avalanche of the mundane into surreal landscapes that overwhelm our senses and defy our expectations. These deliberately-crude, handcrafted works spill over the frames of their physical confines, a powerful symbol of our society’s big appetite. In our daily lives, we have the luxury of organizing, stashing, hiding and discarding our things, but in Hirschhorn’s world, we are forced to confront them. We are forced to wade through them and dig out from under them. And we are forced to heed the artist’s warning about our collective demands on nature: “‘Too Big to Fail’ no longer makes any sense. On the contrary, when something is Too Big, it must Fail.”

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deluge of aluminum cans

Too Too-Much Much

Thomas Hirschhorn, 2010, dimensions variable, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium, © 2010, courtesy of Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris and the artist, photo: Romain Lopez

deluge of aluminum cans

Too Too-Much Much

Thomas Hirschhorn, 2010, dimensions variable, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium, © 2010, courtesy of Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris and the artist, photo: Romain Lopez

cruise ship debris

Concordia Concordia

Thomas Hirschhorn, 2012, dimensions variable, installation view, Gladstone Gallery, New York, © 2012, courtesy of Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels and the artist, photo: Anna Kowalska

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