Civilised Aspirations in Art, Monkeys and small-time Entrepreneurs

The electro-mechanical installation features a pair of baboons playing a classic gambling trick. The work alludes to Wolfgang von Kempelen's Chess Playing Turk, the infamous hoax automaton that gave the illusion of being an intelligent machine, and Hieronymus Bosch's The Conjurer, a moralizing depiction of a village conman.


Commune.1, Cape Town [SA]
Stan Wannet 2013

Collection Verbeke Foundation

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Civilised Aspirations in Art, Monkeys and small-time Entrepreneurs

The electro-mechanical installation features a pair of baboons playing a classic gambling trick. The work alludes to Wolfgang von Kempelen's Chess Playing Turk, the infamous hoax automaton that gave the illusion of being an intelligent machine, and Hieronymus Bosch's The Conjurer, a moralizing depiction of a village conman.



Stan Wannet 2013
Collection Verbeke Foundation

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Silicone rubber body casts oil on canvas wood glass wire metal leather electric fixture cable felt fat taxidermied hare string cotton summer dresses white primer plastic cup flesh coloured bra extenders medium size light table black and white photocopies paper steel 90 square meter wooden floor linear actuators chess pieces painter’s easels spray paint transparent lacquer springs eye lashes corrugated cardboard boxes Singer industrial sewing machine glass eyes teak garden table set copper cable capacitors pubic hair shavings linen canvas pins needles fabric scissors sink stuffed dog pencil printed text amplifier linseed oil assorted brushes screws and staples ink thread leather zippers acrylic fingernails Akai band recorder rabbit skins renminbi currency notes aluminium

Collection of the artist, 2011

Stan Wannet, Leila Anderson 2011

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