Tim Enthoven - YveYANG Gallery - morals as materials installation view during morals as materials, YveYANG Gallery, New York, 2024




Thinking about what an ideology of allergy might look like, I reference my own experience with allergies, as I have always been very much aware of the extent to which they shape one's experience of the world; the foods one cann not eat, the seasons one avoids; the places and people that one therefore avoids or seeks out; the conversations one therefore has, and the way personal relations become very existential rapidly.

All of this stands in shrill contrast with the continued prevalence of the type of mind-body dualism that deems a connection between ones nutrition and ones (political, personal) ideology impossible. And when used only as a matter of disqualification of the other persons motives. One can say for example that these works are a type of oversharing, because this personal information has no apparent relevance for any visitor of an exhibition of my works. Or that they are merely disclaimers, the way stating ones identity functions as a disclaimer, pointing out my lack of responsibility for anything that might be a consequence of my allergies.

The cube diagrams I use are specifically well suited for showing what makes up a psyche (like in the rendition of the Freudian division of mind below) and I filled them with the type of images of food one finds on tea towels, to juxtapose ideology and nutrition.

Tim Enthoven - an allergen I need to inform you about

An Allergen I Need To Inform You About, 2023, watercolor, felt-tip and pencil on paper in an 80-page sketchbook, 25 x 21 cm. Tim Enthoven - 12 allergens I need to inform you about 12 Allergies I Need To Inform You About, 2022, watercolor, felt-tip and pencil on paper in an 80-page sketchbook, 25 x 21 cm. Tim Enthoven - untitled untitled, 2023, watercolor, felt-tip pen and pencil on paper in an 80-page sketch-book, 25,6 x 21 x 1 cm. Tim Enthoven - untitled 6 Allergies I Need To Inform You About (Your Sourness), 2023, watercolor, pen and pencil on paper, 24,9 x 29,7 cm. Tim Enthoven - untitled An Allergy I Need To Inform You About, 2023, watercolor, pen, pencil and arabic gum on paper, 24,9 x 29,7 cm.

Tim Enthoven - untitled