STTNG IS PLEASURE (2022)
Control City issues directives: Enjoy? Not here! Keep moving! Over there. To the retail zone. Exclusively there. Sunny Pudert won't g along with that. She insists: Citypleasure is a basic right of citylovers. Citylife motorizes their joys, so they got more horsepower than an SUV.
In her art Pudert expresses citylove through writing, images and objects. Her texts describe cities intimately. They inject urban intensities into the blood circulation of her language. The motives of her pictures could as well be engraved into coins of a currency for moneyless pleasure: The Brandenburg gate is on the 10 cent piece in my pocket. A rising horse, her heraldic animal, is on the photo Pudert shows in a lozenge shaped steel frame. Both are powersigns, for domination on the coin, for freedom in the lozenge. Under which sign will we act? Pudert's sculptures makes acting freely feel like a real option. Inpublic space she encountered defensive architecture: concrete blocks with spiky metal tops designed to stop people from sitting. Now Pudert builds her own blocks, albeit with silicon tops. Intercourse with inner city infrastructure made possible. Enhancing the pleasure of sitting? Included in the offer! For all. For nada. For free!
Text: Jan Verwoert