the alchemy of our day-to-day lives.
glass has the appearance of being fragile and sparkling, instead of glamorous
and equipment-like and on account of this fits unexpectedly exactly within these
times. a time where we have no regrets of our recent past and our wild dance
around the golden calf, but where we are forced out of sheer necessity to think
about reform as a consequence of the collapse of the world’s existing financial
systems. due to this, an unusual new year’s awaits, where traditionally people
still want to have a great deal of pleasure but within a new mentality that requires
authenticity and creativity.
this is glass, the saving angel.
glass is a noble and essential material, created from the four elementary ingredients;
air, earth, fire and water. invented by man as an alchemist. man, who desires
to change materials and even create them; who can blow glass or form glass,
through his innovation and craftsmanship for industrial usage.
glass is essential and is still used as a container of everyday items, such as
drinks and perfume, a glass for beer and wine, and as a wine decanter for alcohol.
however, glass is also avant-garde and precocious as it takes on the
fragile rounded wave forms like that of a weak virus; it possesses
a piece of furniture, like mushrooms which profit from bark on the
side of a tree, as it occupies space in antiquated forms or writes on
walls in abstract idioms. glass is mischievous as it portrays an erotic
alphabet, as if letters designed from semen or like frivolous sex toys,
wearily looking down toward us from high glass supercilious feet.
glass is back as a material to be studied, and expressed. in the hands
of a generation of young designers and artists it appears to become
alive. gothic glass, biological forms, curiosa and religious objects
cross the design sabers or foils with tight and voluminous styling
in the tradition of copier. however, glass can also be applied as an
optical alienation or as an illusion of the icon. the awe-inspiring versatility
of this curious material gives this exposition its enchanting
atmosphere and transports the spectator ‘through the looking glass’
into a world where imagination and creativity shine through and our hope for a
better future is guaranteed.
in short, the exhibition explores the creative record of the material glass in all its
appearances, from purely industrial and serial design to autonomous design
and art, with work from among others maria roosen, pieke bergmans, anna
carlgren, tanja saeter, giorgio vigna, bernard heesen, jens pfeifer, dick van ’t hof,
various designers from design academy eindhoven and companies as baccarat and
royal leerdam crystal.