From classical sculptures making out in bed to a group of people swimming inside a traditional Portuguese can of sardines, the works of Sammy Slabbinck transport you to surreal, absurd places. He explores nudity, outer space and human behaviour through cut-outs of vintage magazines from the ‘60s and ‘70s, which he finds inspiring and, somehow, a sort of mission. He calls himself a re-animator because he gives them a new life, “a second chance as to speak”, he explains. Re-Animator
is precisely the title of his third solo show at London’s Michael Hoppen Gallery
, on view until January 25. We speak with him about glossy and cold magazines, Belgian humour, and his new method of collage-making.