Friday Finds 09.07.12
In this chapter of Friday Finds, studio visits with Belgian designers, a controversial statement against architects, wearable art, and more.
We love any opportunity to peek into designers, architects, and artists' studios—to see their workspace, personal artifacts, and delightful clutter—and so were delighted to discover this online series, called The Visit, dedicated to Belgian creatives. Recent columns track visits to the studios (and sometimes homes) of Antwerp-based painter Tom Liekens; Ghent painter Matthieu Ronsse; and Helsinki-born artist Sara Bjarland, pictured here.
Mayor: The town hall? Oh, that thing. Well, it’s gotten prizes, president. Architecture prizes.
Esperanza Aguirre: That’s the only positive thing that’s come from the Crisis, that that’s all over. [...] I have never seen anything uglier.
Mayor: You don’t like it?
Esperanza Aguirre: How could I like it, hidden at the end of a plaza like this!
Mayor: Well, because they’re the architects of the Community.
Esperanza Aguirre: Well, they should be killed.
Mayor: They’ve gotten awards.
Esperanza Aguirre: Mario, it’s so stupid (addressing a person next to her). Do you know why we should have the death penalty? I dislike architects because their crimes last longer than their own own lives. They die and leave us with this.
Granted, her line about how architects' "crimes last longer than their own lives" is totally on the mark. But the death penalty? Not the kind of esperanza we can believe in.
She believes that the function of art is in its ability to uncover the potential for beauty in ourselves as well as in others. Wearable art is special to her because it can be seen worn on individuals while strolling through the city streets, restaurants, offices, or even while traveling to destinations unknown. It becomes an art object in a social context that empowers people to ask questions and discover the beauty hidden in everyday life through art.
Have a gander at some of her pieces on her site, you'll enjoy the curvaceous movement found in the beauty of her wearable art.