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From death to life


Monday, February 19, 2018

I found « Clay furniture » by Maarten Baas really interesting as a design object.

Clay furniture by Maarten Baas

First of all, I noticed the colors. Afterwards, the shapes. My first impression of the piece was that it was more similar to a three dimensional drawing than to an object in space. It has very clear lines and really simple shapes. I like this work because, more than just being a practical, usable furniture, its unusualnature made it seem more like a work of art. Maarten Baas tried to build objects that remind a part of the human body, I saw that when a man sits on a chair he becomes one with this chair. He was inspired by the human body to give a unique shape to his furniture. In this way they become like molds of the human body.

Clay furniture by Maarten Baas

By using clay as his material of choice to create his furniture, it seemed to me that the artist was expressing fragility. The shapes that the clay creates (not straight or parallel lines), adds to this idea of being fragile. Again, I think this refers back to the human body and its own fragility (bones can brake).

The shape of the furniture is very fluid. I got the impression that the legs were almost moving. It isn’t a very solid shape, not fixed to the floor. It’s a very fluid shape.

The chairs have a very different form than that of the classic ones (which we would expect from a chair), although his purpose was not to recreate the classic chair.

The colors used aimed to give life to these objects. Maarten Baas changed the nature of a stool and a chair. It’s not even just a chair or a table, but something we are going to live with.

This design work takes place on « Jump in to the futur » ’s exhibition which gives us an idea of what was and is the 90’s and 2000’s design and how it grew up during the years. I gave my attention to the neons ’s work which, for me, made a guiding principle during the whole exhibition, the works of Cerith Wyn Evans, Bruce Nauman and so on. When arrived in front of the Clay furniture of Baas I directly thought about these neons which linked the art works between each other, with these clear lines, easy to break like the glass of neon; they all looked like uncertain props. I also saw a real freedom of color during these 90’s and 2000’s designs which pursued in Baas’ work.

I finally found smart to put the « Clay Furniture » close to the paintings of Maria Lassing and in front of a big installation where we have to look above the wall to see what’s happening, because « Clay furniture » also looks like ladders.

 

Quite ironically, Baas has tried to bring life by torturing.

Going from decomposing a ready made to creating an artwork in its whole, metamorphosis remains the link to his works.

He firstly buys ready made furniture, which he destroys to create his own. From life, he uses death to give birth. Cutting, mutilating, burning, he ends with the suffocation of the object by applying varnish, letting the object remainwhat it has become.

Smoke by Maarten Baas

Uncertain, colorful shapes, simple and childish, Baas tenderises us with his Clay furnitures. The proximity with the human body surely does give us a sympathetic effect.

Torned feet, broken back, Bass plays with this uneven symmetry to destabilise us. Will they dare to?

Although seemingly nurturing with this simplistic and joyful harmony, I wonder if these works really are as sympathetic as they may let you believe. With these harsh, cold materials, what would our bum think when sitting on a chair made of clay? Wouldn’t the fragility of our bones be going through hard times?

Fragility of the human body, fragility of clay. Have we ever wondered if a chair would be fighting our weight? Alike human legs, the chair’s feet seem uncertain. Homemade, these furnitures take a more artistic dimension than that of a classic one. With these fine drawn lines, as I said above, the air runs through and gives to this chair, this table or this cupboard a lightness that reminds that of a three dimensional poetry. The softness of the paint recovered of varnish gives more comfort to the mind than to the body; however aren’t they both as important?

These furnitures become a real nice company. A touching fragility, friendly presence, comforting colors, amusing shapes, childish naivety.

Baas works in harmony with space, and finds a way to link his works.

Starting with very gloomy, dusty works, darkness reigns over his graduation work.

Baas has produced a real contrast between his two works « Smoke » and « Clay Furniture ».

A real meltdown of materials, processing and concepts, Baas presents us two projects which have similar use but are visually opposite.

Smoke by Maarten BaasClay furniture by Maarten Baas

“The space for nude feet and the space for a stone”


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A boring childish future?
A futuristic boring childhood?
A childish futuristic boredom?
the book “7th Biennale Internationale de La Tapisserie somehow came closest to fulfilling these not easy criteria. Or maybe not. It mostly fits the childish criteria, the cover has a knitted foot on it, very naive and silly. but still quite pretty or intriguing. boring I would say as well, because i find nitting really really boring. Im sure it can be used as a good medium and bring out exiting results, and it sure does in the book, so delicate and structaral a material, photographed in black and white, but however, the procces of knitting is to me quite boring. so kntting is definitley not gonna be my future. A picture that captures me is a picture of th ework by a polish artist named Hanna Jung. the work is called “Two spaces -

The space for the nude and the space for a stone”. In a room you have a delicate fur like cloud of fuzzyness as a gigantic bed overflowing the room on the floor, and above a lamp like shape of the same fuzzyness. almost touching eachother, but not quite. he work comes out so fragile but still so space consuming and i want to touch it. but its not even possible to find a picture on the internet. And im sure, because im really good at internetting. Its really as shame with work like this i think, that they only are documened in a dusty black and white book hidden between to much bigger books in the design section of knitting and fabric where you would never imagine to be drawn in to a magical white cloud of dominating light fur.

Rietveld Library cat.nr:779.2

A boring future?


Thursday, April 11, 2013

This book came to my mind, first of all because it was small, and i already had a really heavy bag with me.
Further more, it kind of looked like an old schoolbook, all yellow and nothing fancy about it. The title is “basic typography”. It was probably trying its best to be very fancy at its time, who knows.
the text on it reminded me of the schoolbooks where you would have to follow the lines with your pencil in order to learn how to write the letters. a b c d e f g, and so on and so forth.
There was something quite calming about this childish first impression, and the faded yellow cover. Besides that, it also has strips of tape, preventing it from falling apart, which doesn’t help me thinking it could once have been very dear to someone, and made me feel kind of sorry for it. I don’t like the font much or the general design of the book but still it is appealing to me some how because its just seems so uselessly boring. the content of the book is served on a plate for the ready to eat, nothing hidden in there, and I am saying this without even opening it. Type fonts. its just the feeling I have. The subject is very geeky in my opinion, and indeed also the title “basic typography” But that is deliberately why i choose it. I would like to study graphic design myself which is also why i picked it. Will I ever find a subject like this interesting? Well maybe in a year or two, but now, it seems like a very distant and flat subject to me. Perhaps not typography in general, but definitely in this case. It just happened to appeal to the doubtful side of me that is about to choose a direction were covers can be so planned out and yet so horribly boring and non exiting.

Rietveld Library cat.nr:7.57.3


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