THE REVIRGIN HOTSPOTS
Installation and exhibition, 2006
Mixed media: artworks, objects,
coffeebar, clay chinaware, drawings,
a photograph; Two lectures and
a debate on the preservation and
sale of contemporary art
Gallery De Praktijk, Amsterdam
THE REVIRGIN HOT SPOTS was the first big exhibition at a gallery space, where Kaleb de Groot used the whole backspace of the gallery to create a collated innershell into a sculpture.
The starting point of this installation was the art trade itself - touching the invisible borders of commercial and autonome art and image.
The word ‘revirgin’ suggests the revitalizing of discarded material as well as the in the jetset used matter of speech for a new step in your (sexual) life. A contradiction in terminus when loosing ones’ virginity only happens once. The ‘hot spots’ in the title are referring to the saleable art works within the installation.
During the show De Groot organized two lectures by Ronald Duong (fair trade vs. art) and Ton Cremers (terrorism vs. art), and a debate about selling and preserving contemporary installation art, lead by Kai van Hasselt.