Environmental Installation | Kunsthuis de Permanente | Groningen, The Netherlands
Suck in Groningen consisted of a 8’ x 15’ freestanding painting on riveted aluminum plates. A copy of Ploeg member Jan Altink’s city scape, “Visserburg” was created on a floor of the gallery with pastel and pigment. In order to view the aluminum freestanding work, the gallery visitor had to walk across the city scape thereby displacing pastel and pigment on the floor piece in the process. There is an ambiguity in the work that is resolved depending on how the work is interpreted. Some viewers may see walking on the copy of Altink as the destruction of the work while others may view this as participants activating the installation in a process of transformation.
The installation was based on contemplation on how cultural heritage is treated and exploited for personal/organizational gain particularly as related to a technocratic perspective (Bell).