Veneer Theory

index of sculptures 1988 to 2023

Veneer Theory

2014
Bas-relief in salvaged wood #100, 152 x 154 x 16cm.
Private collection, Osaka, Japan.

Veneer theory is a term coined by Dutch primatologist Frans de Waal to designate a certain view of human morality which he criticizes in his book ‘Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved’. De Waal rejects the idea that human morality is ‘a cultural overlay, a thin veneer hiding an otherwise selfish and brutish nature’. He instead sees our morality as a direct outgrowth of the social instincts that human beings share with other animals.
(source: wikipedia.org/wiki/Veneer_theory) 





Made for the The factory Set retrospective at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam 2014/15. A total of 37 bas reliefs were shown. Most of them on loan.