Selected works by Peter Buggenhout

Peter Buggenhout
The Blind Leading The Blind #26


Mixed media and disposable material covered with household dust

134.5 x 166 x 150 cm
At first glance, Peter Buggenhout’s large fuzzy masses, seemingly covered in thick layers of dust, look like readymade objects, rubble found in the aftermath of a building site, an archaeological dig, or at the scene of a cataclysm – an earthquake, explosion or other force of violent destruction (natural disasters or terrorist attacks?).
Consider his series entitled The Blind Leading the Blind (2008) and Gorgo (2005), charred rotting hulks bearing traces of what looks like steel building beams jutting from concrete fragments. Or Eskimo Blue (1999), which recalls the sun-bleached remains of a prehistoric creature of unknown dimensions, preserved as if for classification in a museum cabinet. Uncomfortably ‘real’, but dissected and presented for study by future generations.
Peter Buggenhout
The Blind Leading The Blind #21


Household dust, hair, wood, polyurethane, foam, aluminium, polyester, polystyrene

117 x 105 x 184 cm
In fact, this and Buggenhout’s other works are incredibly realistic renderings, carefully made in the artist’s studio but suggesting unidentifiable ruins. In confusing viewers, Buggenhout’s sculpture raises questions around the subjects artists choose as their models and the strong influence of projection on the way art is perceived.
The objects here intimate the theme of the ‘ruin’ that surfaces through art history, but in its more direct and subversive mood. These works convey an organic, blurred relationship between representation and abstraction that breaks down perceived assumptions about the way objects are classified and understood.
Peter Buggenhout
Eskimo Blues II (and 2 details)


Treated cow stomach

100 x 145 x 75
But what appears to be there upon first looking remains a lingering presence that the viewer cannot entirely ignore. “I consider my works as analogies. All these analogies bear the consoling thought that they were created by human hands, that they are viable and bring viability that is hardly, if at all, bearable into a chilled, inhumanly large world. These analogies do not operate within the standard artistic norm because they do not intend to pass judgment, preach or pass on emotions. They simply are, there is more than meets the eye, after all.”
Peter Buggenhout
Gorgo #4 (and 4 details)


Blood, pigment, iron, wood, paper, glass

83 x 148 x 92 cm
Peter Buggenhout
Gorgo #14


Horse hair, blood, polyester, epoxy, polyurethane, iron, aluminium

126.5 x 162 x 88 cm

Other Resources
Additional information and images - Peter Buggenhout
Various and images – Peter Buggenhout
Peter Buggenhout’s show at Gallery Maskara, Mumbai. Images, links to reviews and biographical information
The recent three-dimensional dust-landscapes of Peter Buggenhout witness a radical ambiguity and, in doing so, is the realization of an in-between-space. They surpass the position of being the opposite compared to a culture.
Various information on Peter Buggenhout, including images, past event details and links
Peter Buggenhout’s work at the Verbeke Foundation, Belgium