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Frank Bruggeman’s work evinces a great fascination with nature, and especially with plant materials. These materials, of which he has assembled a large and growing archive, is the basis for research and experiments which result in installations, so-called ‘flowerpieces’ and ‘plantscapes’ and designs for interiors and the public realm. In Bruggeman’s eyes, the garden is the ultimate work of art: ‘Everything comes together there, even more so than in an installation’. In his plantscapes and flowerpieces, he draws a parallel with the creation of a garden. The way things are arranged and the determination to govern nature are the same; only the scale and the experience of nature are different. Bruggeman sees the landscape, the garden and the bouquet more or less as synonyms, but in different scales: the garden is a condensed landscape, and a bouquet is a concentration of a garden.Flos Wildschut, 2011
In the landscape, garden and bouquet, there is a dialogue between nature and culture. A level of organisation is at the basis of design, in which Bruggeman seeks a precarious balance. He wants to – must – govern nature, but at the same time he wants the plants and flowers to achieve their optimal, perfect form. He wishes the control to be as invisible as possible and therefore prefers to work with wild variants, which for him are a metaphor for freedom.
Check out more of Bruggeman’s work here.
We spotted these uniformly shaped pipes by Dutch sculptor Guido Geelen., Though perfectly identifcal in form (each in the set of 8 is one meter high and one meter in diameter), each has a singular surface expression.
The pipes were first stripped of their standard glaze and then the artist covered them with layers of glaze in every color of the rainbow, although the pipes have different main colors. Thick colored streams flow down every pipe, both on the inside and outside. On the wide upper edges are rounded areas of color in magnificent patterns, a result of the attractive or repulsive effect of the various glazes.Fundament Foundation
Explore more of Geelen’s work here.
Check out contemporary Indian artist Sudarshan Shetty’s hybrid vases, plates and more.
His hybrid constructions question the fusion of Indian and Western traditions as well as exploring domestic concerns and the notion of movement. His installations are developed around a rigorous grammar of materials, mechanical exposure and unlikely juxtapositions of things that may belong to culturally distinct spheres. Moreover, Shetty’s object language eschews narrative as well as established symbolism.Leila Heller Gallery
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Many ceramists enjoy playing with their clay. That’s especially true with sculptor and jewelry designer, Cydney Ross, ArchDaily writes.
“[She] explores the architectural passage of time through unconventional ceramics and mixed media. By over-firing, freezing, and thawing her materials, she simulates the swaying, slumping, and even collapsing of structure.”ArchDaily
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