June 1, 2020 - September 1, 2020
Unleash the Beast
Guido van Amelsfoort
At the entrance of iso amsterdam, Unleash The Beast by artist Guido van Amelsfoort (NL, 1986) is on show at the invitation of Unlocked/Reconnected.
The exhibition Unlocked/Reconnected is an initiative that brings together almost 200 ‘houses for art’ throughout the Netherlands: museums, institutes for presentation, galleries, artists’ initiatives and corporate collections. The point of departure for Unlocked/Reconnected is the idea of solidarity, the will to reflect collectively on what home is. As an initiative Unlocked/Reconencted stems from a sense that opening up the home, in the aftermath of the lockdown, will force us to reconsider our outlook on this. Unlocked/Reconected underlines the importance of art and culture in this period of global crisis.
Unleash the Beast (2019) teases and invites us to break the chains of our tight world. This piece has the rawness and playfulness of street culture where the artist, Guido van Amelsfoort comes from. It is a pinch of audacity and poetry, translated through fine crafts. The fence is made of ceramic with fine glazing; the Dracula’s figure is constructed out of a metal plate with a self-produced, powder-coating colouring. Humorous and provoking, we are invited to consider fear in a more light-hearted way, disturbing the regimented tone that has characterized recent times.