- Caroline Kurze
The artwork of IDIOTS, a group consisting of three artists, is terrifying and disturbingly beautiful at once. Afke Golsteijn, Ruben Taneja and Floris Bakker create art made of a mixture of sculpture, handicraft, jewellery, and taxidermy. Exotic Birds become precious windup toys sitting on glass branches embroidered with pearls and jewels. Despite the fact that some viewers would categorize this art form as cruel and appalling it can also be seen as a ‚statement about the gap between nature and capital’, a kind of social criticism. Afke Goldsteijn says: ‘My ambition is to daydream. Where are the thresholds of fantasy? Each truth is being coloured through fantasy. I try to tell stories with my sculptures. And there is always a dualistic emotion present’.
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