Pasajes Diseño

El universo congelado de Wieki Somers

Posted in DISEÑO by Pasajes Diseño on marzo 8, 2010

Los que vayan a estar en París hasta el 20 de marzo tendrán la suerte de poder asistir a la exposición de Wieki Somers organizada en la Galería Kreo. Frozen in Time es el título y el resultado una serie de objetos cotidianos cubiertos por una capa transparente de hielo de la que brotan plantas y flores. Una vez más la diseñadora vuelve a demostrar la importancia que tiene en su trabajo el liberar a través de la escultura el significado intrínseco que todo material y técnica posee, tal y como hacían los Clásicos.
La imagen superior es de la pieza Big Frozen Vase.

Imagen de Frozen Reed.

Frozen Carafe.

Lámpara Frozen Lantern.

Vista de Frozen Spring.

A la izquierda, Frozen Leaf Vase, y a la derecha, Frozen Hogweed Vase.

Imagen de Frozen Cabinet.

Mesa Frozen Round Hogweed.

Fotos: Fabrice Gousset por cortesía de la Galería Kreo.
Exposición: Frozen in Time hasta el 20 de marzo en la Galería Kreo de París.

Más info de Studio Wieki Somers / Here’s some text from Studio Wieki Somers:
Studio Wieki Somers – Galerie Kreo Paris

Flowering sprigs seem to merge with a lamp, the construction of stools is hiding within a transparant skin and branches bow under the weight of icy layers, seemingly for a few moments only. The objects look like frozen moments in time. They are wellknown in their functionality – lamps, stools, vases – but mysterious in their connections of contrasting elements and their silent appearance.

The inspiration for the project was taken from the photographs of a natural phenomenon that struck the North East of the Netherlands on March 2nd 1987, when twenty to thirty millimetres of icy rain poured down from the sky. The glazed frost brought public life to a complete standstill and produced a layer of ice on everything it landed on, branches of trees, lampposts, clotheslines from which drops of ice were drooping. The half-transparant ice connected things in a matter-of-fact and extremely poetic way. For one day the sidewalk, bicycles and trees merged into one, while cars seemed to stick to the streets for ever. Only one day. When the ice started to melt down trees could continue to grow their blossoms and cars could persue their tours.
What struck us at first was the formal, visual beauty. Wellknown forms, hiding beneath a transparant skin, had gained a melancholy glow. But there was more. On a deeper level the items seemed to have turned into tales from another, yet familiar world. Through the metamorphosis, caused by nature, the strangely familiar items seemed to communicate something which had always been there and was only waiting to be unravelled. Paradoxically the cover of ice caused a dis-covering. This very tension between down to earth familiarity and meanings hiding underneath the skin of products is a theme which surfaces in almost all the designs of Studio Wieki Somers, for instance in High Tea Pot, Bathboat and the Merry-go-round Coat rack designed for Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam. Also the way to produce the subtle merging of functionality and poetry – for instance by freezing a process or by connecting things through an extra layer – can be seen in works like Blossoms, Mattrass Stone Bottle and Departed Glory. Somers: “I have always been interested in the character and possibilities of materials, in which I believe stories are hiding that can be liberated, much in the tradition of what the classical sculptors claimed to do. Wasn’t it Michelangelo who said the figures were waiting in the marble to be released by the artist? Comparable to that idea I was always convinced that materials and techniques have an inner meaning.”

The process:
“Ice preserves, conserves, protects, eternalizes. After the ice has melted life continues. A frozen item is still, white, encircled by silence, while within one suspect a vibrant life, waiting for the ice to melt down. A moment in time. A moment within a proces. For ‘Frozen in Time’ we searched for a material which would have the appeal and the workings of ice. UV Topcoat, a liquid resin, is a fluid material in which items can be dipped while kept in the dark. After exposing it to the sunlight the material will ‘freeze’ into a solid hard layer. Besides its esthetic qualities the UV Topcoat can bind several elements and strengthen constructions of many kinds. The result is a covered world which uncovers the mysteries that hide within everyday objects.”

Text (short version): Louise Schouwenberg.
Studio Wieki Somers is a collaboration between Wieki Somers and Dylan van den Berg.



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