‘T.Y.F.F.S.H’ (2011)

Belgian artist Kris Martin’s exhibition at MOSTYN | Wales, brings a full-scale hot air balloon to MOSTYN’s gallery spaces, a work titled T.Y.F.F.S.H., (2011).

Although T.Y.F.F.S.H is monumental in scale, Martin’s ability to communicate meaning so poignantly throughout his work is as much effective as it is on the scale of the small and the minute, and at times the ephemeral verging on disappearance. As a hot air balloon, T.Y.F.F.S.H is spectacular, yet it does not fully embrace spectacle. And its gesture is modest and earnest, with its particular act of displacement that stands more in line with the history of the readymade, than it does with the history of Installation. Its wit and subtly, and sense of romanticism stand apart from the current and growing attitude of the use of large scale to fuel mass appeal, garnering mere entertainment as it seems.

As another layer of interpretation, T.Y.F.F.S.H traces the existing parameters of the gallery space, and can be entered by the public, offering an altered reading of its architectural quality, as well as its status and use as a place for presentation and engagement. It is also a rare autobiographical work by the artist. The countryside of Flanders is a region for hot air balloons and a regular landscape sighting for the artist during his earlier years, giving further context for the presentation at MOSTYN | Wales and its place in LLAWN.

This exhibition at MOSTYN | Wales is curated by Adam Carr (MOSTYN Visual Arts Programme Curator). A short talk and tour of the exhibition by Carr will take place Sat 24th Sep at 1.00pm. The exhibition opens Fri 23 Sep and runs until Sun 16 Oct.

With special thanks to Filiep & Mimi Libeert Collection, Belgium