Power Hammer is part of New Tribal Labyrinth series, for which AVL sculpted ‘monuments to machines’. AVL created these sculptures in reaction to globalization and the transfer of industrial production to low-wage countries, resulting in the dramatic decline of manufacturing know how in the West. The fleshy skin on this mechanical hammer has been opened here and there to expose its ‘guts’, as if it’s a living organism.
Power Hammer (2014) was part of the following exhibition(s):
‘Let’s Get Physical’, Atelier Van Lieshout, Rotterdam (NL), 2020
‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, Ruhrtriennale, Bochum (DE), 2015
‘Power Hammer’, GRIMM Gallery, Amsterdam (NL), 2015