Above: Myungsu Seo/Marie de Bruyn
Graduates of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie wowed visitors during a five day long exhibition earlier this month. ARTS THREAD selects a few of the strongest projects from across the school’s many disciplines.
In the glass department, Myungsu Seo created a beautiful raindrop installation. Each glass raindrop was different from the next: some were a bit fat, others were elongated and some more crooked than others. Marie de Bruyn created fragile glass bubbles that appeared in unlikely spaces throughout the exhibition space.
Size definitely matters to Nathalie Sternbauer. The ceramics graduate designed a series of vessels and clay pieces inspired by a range of human body parts including a range of penises!
Fellow ceramicists Lorenzo Quintanilla, Kees Boeve and Pablo Ponce were equally experimental. Ponce’s collection of time capsuls really grabbed our attention. “I want to show different moments, which occur in our society, from a political, social or ethical point of view. In the capsules I made, memories have found their place,” Ponce explains.
Studesnts of the DesignLab created their own versions of the traditional tea set, with some unusual outcomes. To create their sets, the graduates spent three weeks at the porcelain capital of China, Jingdezhen.
Back in Amsterdam, Design Lab graduate Joost Lub got so annoyed with the sound of Dutch barrel organ music that he invented a percussive alternative. The drum covered barrel organ might not sound the same, but we imagine that the incessant drumming could be just as annoying!
The Fine Arts department presented a nice mixture of installations with Swiss designer Daniel Vom Keller making thick, black marble ‘float’ in the air, where as Ada Kruszynski used stone which looked like sparkling black granite for her crumbling pyramids.
Architecture graduate Lisa Timmers loves working with paper. For her Paper Dance project she reinvented the ancient trick kids use to make a paper garland – folding a string of paper into a rectangle, cutting out a figure from the bottom up, and spreading it like a harmonica- into a life size version. Her other project, Matters of Privacy was made entirely from shredded paper.