An artist uses U.S. Currency in a reinterpretation of kintsugi, the Japanese art of mending broken pottery with precious metal. Another pursues his process through the banana peel…It’s Monday. This is Spotted. Let’s dive in.
Featured image: Andrey Zignnatto, Fissure #6, 2018, Ceramic, epoxy mass and dollar, 15 7/10 × 15 7/10 × 1 inches
Andrey Zignnatto Mixes Mud + Money
Brazilian artist Andrey Zignnatto is known for his innovative use of brick, from his trippy façades to his ability to capture the volume of negative space. In Zignnatto’s latest Reforma – Fissuras range at Janaina Torres Galeria, the artist employs a new approach to the Japanese pottery repair tradition of kintsugi. Perhaps serving as commentary on the power of U.S. money abroad, or America’s single-use, throwaway lifestyle, Zignnatto “repairs” the fissures in his square brick slabs with $1 USD.
The key to finding balance in this coexistence lies in mindfulness. Being fully aware of every step in the creation process, Zignnatto takes into account the brick and ceramics factories, how the manual and industrial labor affects the workers, what bricks can be used for and how our constructions fabricate the reality. The brick a symbol of possibility and the artist insists that it should not be reduced to just one property.Widewalls.
Explore more of Zignatto’s brick works on Cfile.
This isn’t Brain Food
Japanese artist and sculptor Koji Kasatani––inspired by the objects of everyday life––has, well, elevated the banana peel to new heights, shapes and configurations throughout his ongoing work. Check them out in the gallery below.
Following the tradition of creatives whose practice relies on incredible craftsmanship he pushes ceramics to its limits, focusing on the most minute details to create true-to-life depictions of everyday objects.DesignBoom
Explore more of Kasatani’s banana-inspired works.
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