5/10 Leon de Bruijne x Aldo Bakker
Iconic Dutch Design is recontexualized by a younger generation in the jubilee exhibition of contemporary design publisher Thomas Eyck. In collaboration with Zuiderzee Museum and curator Jules van den Langenberg this section is first to publish a series of new projects.
To mark his jubilee ten product series were selected from Thomas Eyck’s collection, which are exemplary for the collaborations the publisher & distributor has developed with designers and producers since 2007. Accordingly, ten young designers, artists and architects were invited to create a project in which the iconic t.e. objects are studied and recontextualised. The retrospective exhibition reviews the past decade and forecasts a potential future for the t.e. collection. Installation 6/10 by artist Leon de Bruine is a reflection on the ‘Porcelain Tableware’ series developed by Designer Aldo Bakker and producer Studio Zand for the t.e. collection in 2009.
Painfully slowly, a tractor tyre drives a path over cracking porcelain. The remains of a series of porcelain items form a circle in space. A power struggle between a shelf and a rope plays out an unavoidably dramatic end. Two other situations threaten the fragile ceramics.
Artist Leon de Bruijne (born 1992) creates work that moves. His machines often have a destructive character. During his research into the production of porcelain for this reflection, he became fascinated by the quantity of ceramics that is smashed after firing – and not only the seconds: destruction also awaits the porcelain support moulds that are fired along with the dishes.
This led De Bruijne to create a destructive installation. One that, fuelled by the fragile nature of porcelain, plays with the tension of the ‘near miss’.
This installation is a reflection on the ‘Porcelain Tableware’ series, developed for Thomas Eyck in 2009 by Aldo Bakker Studio in collaboration with StudioZAND.
Designs by Aldo Bakker Studio have such seamless surfaces with such a regular finish that they don’t look like they were made by hand. Nonetheless, this designer uses intensive artisanal manufacturing processes to create his designs. In 2009 Aldo Bakker designed a series of five porcelain ornaments, ‘Porcelain Tableware’, for Thomas Eyck. The water carafe, oil can and vinegar flask, salt cellar and oil platter are made and fired by Frans Ottink of StudioZAND in Amersfoort. Exceptionally high quality standards are common to the designer and artisan, for whom an apparently perfectly finished piece can still turn out to be a ‘second’. Pieces rejected by Ottink feature in this installation by Leon de Bruijne.
The exhibition 10 Years of Thomas Eyck is open until 14 May 2017 at Zuiderzee Museum Enkhuizen