In 1992 Esther Stasse graduates from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Her work seems firmly rooted in the Dutch geometrical tradition, based on a few elementary forms: the cylinder, the oval, the rectangular and rectangular beams. Moreover, there are no bold colours and no decoration to distract from the basic geometry.
Stasse’s work is essentially formal. Trained as a ceramicist, her teachers were Jan van der Vaart and Geert Lap, function is not her first goal. Most of her objects can be used as vases, but form and composition are her main interest. Stasse chooses to limit expression to a minimum. In 2010 she resolutely limited herself exclusively to the rectangular block, wondering how to make a rectangle interesting.
After pouring a block (mould casting) she starts to build transforming it into an interesting architectural vase, a piece of modernistic micro-architecture. Stasse plays with rhythm and movement by elongating tubes in pairs or by repeating the same form twice or more, searching for the perfect composition, this results in serene and monumental objects.
Shifting colour through movement.
Reflective, coloured, rippled glass panels reflect light in spaces. The piece disperses light through it’s rippled surface creating transitions of colour from various view points.
Inspired by the minimalistic principles including reuse, organisation and reduction, the work of Britte Koolen embraces our universal desire to create order out of chaos.
Precision is key. Precision can sometimes be arrived intuitively: imperfections that show up while working can be deleted. But likewise exaggerated to become formal elements in their own right.
The objects are best discovered not by analytical contemplation, but by walking around them, seeing them from all angles and experiencing them as they are and as you are in space.
Lightcomposer by Tijn van Orsouw. Inspired by the aesthetic properties and light transmission of Colback, a sheet material, Tijn created his Lightcomposer. His experiments with folding and laminating resulted in this beautiful, folded, and adjustable window screen.
Monthly we ask contemporary artists to curate a gallery wall at OODE.
This month we asked Tessa de Rijk to show her work next to works of other artist and/or orphaned art. Visit the gallery to see the result of this curated selection.
Now at OODE the photography of Maarten Copper, called Arctic Textures. About this series of photography:
The temperature in the Arctic region is rising at twice the speed as the global average. The decrease in snow and sea ice exposes a darker surface. Where the traditional white polar landscape reflects most of the solar energy, the exposed darker surface increases the amount of solar energy absorbed in these areas. This is called the albedo effect. The significant regional warming of the surface again leads to continued melting of glaciers and the ice cap and the loss of sea ice.
Climate effects are simultaneous with other influences such as pollution, fishing, changes in land use, population increases, and changes in culture and economy. All these influences combined can amplify the impact on the health and well-being of both humans and ecosystems. Frequently the overall effect is greater than the sum of the individual factors, as we see for example in the case of pollutants, increased ultraviolet radiation and warmer climate. Which effects are most important and how they interact will depend on local factors in each individual region of the Arctic.