Commission 2013 collection Vitrified Variables, on permanent display at Design gallery Karena Schuessler in Berlin, Germany.
“ The porcelain exhibition pieces weave uniquely varied layers of BoomWehmeyer’s art practice into a family of functional variables juxtaposed with its delicate porcelain foldings. A collection of hands- on artistic processes with chinese porcelain, a making journey which created experiences and stories for the user to take the material beyond a fragile experience. “
This collection of objects is about bringing porcelain into a new experience through old techniques and unfolding the material quality by working with a hands-on evolution of material character and implementations. Through the use of folding a group of porcelain variables were created that unite in processes, strength and function.
The collection Vitrified Variables shows a collection bringing out new relations with the porcelain material. The objects showing different folding techniques that allows the porcelain to vitrify its strength. Before the fold, the porcelain slab is malleable and almost without dimension but by folding bridge-connections are created giving strength to the material. The objects are build up through traditional local techniques were the artist presses porcelain slabs into moulds creating an infrastructure of walls during which the firing creates its vitrified structure. By the use of classic chinese glazes and porcelain color experiments the variables of shapes emphasize the play with its hollow inside and solid outside world.
The fold allows a combination of accidental and natural processes coming together by the artists hand. Working with porcelain is about this relation between the artists idea of the manual and the behavior of the processes of the material. Clay is known to behave as a local material with its own qualities, only a part of the process can be directed by the artist. Through its forming and drying process the makers hands takes lead but during firing the material always takes its own direction. This accidental and pragmatic combination is also something that inspires BoomWehmeyer studio work in China when looking at local interventions of how people live with materials. The fold can lay out a new perspective on how we perceive not merely porcelain but interpret the narrative around us.
The founders have been actively working in China since 2004 and host their studio from Shanghai and Jingdezhen. The element of time is core when working with porcelain, the importance of time starting at the formation of the raw clas to the artist plan. Working with porcelain is the continuation of processes measuring strength, imagination and acceptance. With porcelain clay the processes are based on time, people working with this material all say ‘ You can’t rush it, don’t push it and know you have not the final word.’ These comments makes it even more intriguing in how far time can measure the abilities of porcelain. Learning to understand the cultural and craftsmanship context is what connects our dedication in returning to Jingdezhen every time and again. To pursue a deeper local connection. is a means of mapping new interpersonal and intercultural landscapes, this is what creates the real narratives.
Being present as a hands-on artist is crucial in the process, it keeps a firm relation to the world and objects around us. Touching material is like touching life, its about senses, relations and unspoken words. The experience of feeling, touching and connecting can not be interpreted by a technical explanation. By working with material we stay in the experiment of giving shape by exploring processes. We create narratives that bring a quality and playfulness with a maker/user shaped orientation. The objects are about this experience, inviting the user to be hands-on and experience fragility, the change of temperature and tactility, a place to encounter unexpected things.
Gallery Karena Schuessler is proud to announce the presentation of BoomWehmeyer porcelain collection, Vitrified Variables, created by BoomWehmeyer in their work period in Jingdezhen, China and finalized in their Arnhem studio. BoomWehmeyer has come to international attention with their art practice defying boundaries among narrative material functions, working with localities and craftsmanship. Their latest work, Porcelain Topographies, 2010 became a body that even more encouraged their engaging narrative between material and local landscapes.
The collection Vitrified Variables brings together a selection of works that creates a new step in understanding BoomWehmeyer’s practice, beginning with the porcelain stools, ‘Multilayer’ 2011 and ‘ Blanket bench ’ 2011. The collection showcases folding as core element to create its vitrified strength. The porcelain exhibition pieces weave uniquely varied layers of BoomWehmeyer’s art practice into a family of functional variables juxtaposed with its delicate porcelain foldings. A collection of hands-on artistic processes with chinese porcelain, a making journey which created experiences and stories for the user to take the material beyond a fragile experience. To receive information on BoomWehmeyer or Vitrified Variables please visit Karena Schuessler Gallery in Uhlandstrasse 49 in Berlin.
BoomWehmeyer work for a broad range of clients, create products and programs, tutor at the Academy of Art&Design, Arnhem (NL) and collaborate with international studios. Their work has been featured in books and exhibitions, for example their solo show in New York, the DesignMiami/Basel fair and the London Design Festival.