Stefaan Dheedene
Belgian, born 1975

The installations and videos of Stefaan Dheedene center on the reproduction, repetition, and reorganization of recognizable signs and objects, like baseball bats or wooden furniture. In Billy (2006), he commented on the anonymous nature of industrial production by hiring a carpenter to reproduce an IKEA bookcase in slightly better quality wood; a video of the bookcase’s construction accompanied the installation. Ironically, though, Dheedene exhibited the original IKEA piece, having returned the one fabricated by the carpenter to IKEA without anyone being the wiser. The work, as with his practice in general, speaks to ideas of authenticity, orginality, ownership, and art as a commodity.

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