SANDER WASSINK – CONTRABANDE
27.04.2017 – 27.05.2017
To mark the Gispen exhibition at Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam, Dutch designer Sander Wassink was asked to make a design based on one of the Gispen chairs. He selected the diagonal chair, which in 1927 was the first tubular steel chair the company made. Gispen has always prized the unique quality of production on a small scale, and Sander Wassink incorporates these qualities as an essential element in his work.
These days, industrial manufacturing is scattered all over the world and everything looks the same, so there is less and less scope for maintaining the characteristics of local skills and working practices. Yet these qualities are precisely what Wassink is looking for. He integrates them into his designs as a tribute to local tradition and culture. He took the Gispen chair with him to Sefrou, a small city in Morocco – once an important trading hub and now a centre producing handmade products.
He spent nine days in Sefrou working with local artisans who had been asked to modify the chair using materials found on the street. Attitudes towards property and authorship in Morocco are completely different. A design is never finished and it can be adapted as the user sees fit. Photographs of the chair’s incarnations demonstrate the fluidity of Moroccan design while separating the resultant pieces from the chair itself. After working on the project for nine days he packed the chair in the cheap plastic found in the street and took it back to the Netherlands on a budget flight.
The result of the project was shown at Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam from Sept 2016 till Feb 2017 and will now be on show at DAD Gallery in Berlin from 27th April till 27th May 2017. Also on show will be a brand new set of glass lights by Sander Wassink.
About the artist:
Sander Wassink (Harlingen, NL, 1984) graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven (NL) in 2012 with the project State of Transience. His work was immediately picked up by leading galleries around the world.
Sander Wassink is an artist and designer who encourages us to reconsider our ideas of beauty, aesthetic value and status. How can we reconsider what is important and what is desirable to include notions of history, memory and the preservation of a past which is slipping away. Amid new construction, new production, and constant proliferation of new forms and facades, Wassink turns his attention to the discarded, the abandoned, the left over and attempts to reimagine what can be done with the already partially formed. What new possibilities exist in the surfaces and materials that are half-built or half-destroyed. Whether his object is the partly demolished facade of an abandoned building, or the everyday detritus from our over productive culture, Wassink asks what new forms and new visions of beauty already exist to be discovered and appreciated.
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