Why are things the way they are? This is the question which the twelve participating creatives tackled when producing their new work for ‘Objects Rescoped’ at the Galerie van de Water during this year’s Dutch Design Week. The meanings behind ordinary objects were challenged by the designers, making us re-think and re-appreciate things around us.
Exhibition goers were invited to walk around the space and observe the work through conical ‘viewers’, directing your gaze towards specific details.
‘Syzsygy’ by Oskar Peet and Sophie Mensen is a continuous light source which draws inspiration from the moon, sun and planets of our solar system. The light features three disks, two of which can be turned to produce solar eclipse effects.
Monique Habraken’s tapestry made entirely from duck feathers was one of the highlights of the show. The rich colours and textures from the feathers, which Monique sourced from a slaughterhouse, are absolutely stunning. Nearby, Eefiene Bolhuis’ ‘Barley’ swayed carelessly in the breeze provided by a small fan. The beautiful moving jewellery looked surprisingly realistic.
Florian de Visser showcased ‘Animatorium’, a low-tech Florian developed to make scale models and videos which were combined together to create a surreal visual experience. We really liked Eva Gevaert’s wooden ‘Babushka’ vessels. Each vessel is made from several completely different parts which fit perfectly together even though they look as if they wont fit.
Dutch Design Week 2011 website.
Photography by Ruud Peijenburg