Old and new gardenhoses (still working) turned into lights and furniture.
Sander Bokkinga - bok. hosepipe furniture collection (have a look at his other series with more nice designs)
Jonas Gallery (BE)
A few funny 'aliens' by ...
These two artists at the Affordable Art Fair remind me of remarks I get occasionally on my work; a work of art is not supposed to have a function (as here it is lighting and furniture and thus it is more design than art).
A few days ago I got a very interesting reaction of the second artist, Tanguy de Le Hoye, and I totally agree with his point of view:
This negative kind of definition seems to be a logical error such as: art does not have a utilitarian function (true) so that a utility function is not (or less) art.
The light that I put in some of my works is my way to add movement and therefore life into it. The use of it as a lamp is only one consequence. It is somehow like a chair, developed to sit on, can serve as a stepladder or its back as a coat rack.
If we followed the reasoning function the non-illuminated fish also present on the stand at the AAF would have a higher artistic value than the "lights", as if illuminating devalued the object. A chair is not less a chair because one hangs a coat on it...
That being written, I have trouble accepting being told that I am an artist (what is it? where do we the draw the line? Is it important? ...), I do not work like this. All this seems ambiguous, it could be summed up: "I do not like people to tell me what I am, as I do not like being told what I am not, what is important for me is what I do. "
I tried to explain my point of view on the subject in this previous post:
the remark about the chair reminded me of this one I made years ago
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