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Exhibition 1
Chapelle Saint-Quirin à Sélestat

15 May > 14 June 2015

Participating artists and designers : Maxime Ansiau, Olivia Benveniste, Mendel Heit, Aliki van der Kruijs, Yung-Jung Song, Sonia Verguet

Rhénanie has chosen as their starting point a region where art and design go hand-in-hand: the Netherlands, and more specifically, Delft. The blue ceramics of Delft, or Delftware, are the basis for our explorations, and find their echo in the Alsatian ceramics of Betschdorf, for example.
The project is entitled Blue Mood, and intends to allow the artists and designers who participate to express themselves, using the colour blue as their basis for expression.
Rhénanie wishes to offer a look at how contemporary artists and designers manipulate their materials, motifs, and meanings, and what the colour blue evokes for them, all the while asking themselves the question: What can we do today with the traditions and folklore of yesterday's pottery, be it Dutch or Alsatian?

The decorations and the blue used in the ceramics of Delft were purely ornamental, and based upon the ceramics imported from China. How do contemporary artists view this colour? How can they untangle themselves from the decorative aspects of yesterday's works, and bring a personal touch to the works of today? How can they reach above and beyond today's throw-away productions, and give the clays of days gone by a place in modern life? There is a lot of talk, these days, concerning the use of durable and alternative materials. Ceramics are a beautiful—and durable—alternative!
This project is supported by the Cities of Strasbourg and Sélestat, the Aquatique-Show Foundation, and DRAC Alsace Ministry of Culture and Communication.

Multidish

Maxime Ansiau

Multidish

Maxime Ansiau

2007 - a series of ceramic, screen-printed plates
triple 22 X 51 cm, quadruple 30 X 86 cm

"The traditional paintings that came out of Delft are a great source of inspiration to me. But they are so small! I created this series of plates with the aim of allowing the landscapes to be contemplated with greater ease."

www.bossa-talents.com

Decorations

Olivia Benveniste

Decorations

Olivia Benveniste

2015 - A series of 6 ceramic tiles, painted by hand
15cm x 15cm each tile

"With these works, I am making a reference to the Delft tiles. The decorative arts are often perceived of as simply aesthetic and consensual. The idea was to play with these codes, in order to create a more captivating presence. I am fascinated by the ways in which a plant expresses itself, not with words, but with infinitesimal movements.

www.olivia-benveniste.com

Tombola

Mendel Heit

Tombola

Mendel Heit

2015 - fire clay vases
18cm in diameter, various heights

"The challenge was to create a series in which the object produced never has precisely the same form. Tombola is the result of a combination of chance, modularity and multiplication, and the use of both modern digital techniques and traditional manual methods of this region." Produced with the help of the Ergastule-Gès 3D printer (Rambervillers); metallic blue enamelling by a local artisan.

www.mendelheit.com

Tup de luxe

Sonia Verguet

Tup de luxe

Sonia Verguet

2015 - clay and ceramic containers with ash lid
15, 20 or 25cm in diameter.

A lot of questions are being asked these days, concerning the levels of toxins that we are exposed to by the plastics used to make Tupperware products. Thanks to the use of clay, you can now stock your food, heat it up in the oven, serve it and eat it... all within the same container! These containers were formed on Catherine Remmy's wheel. Her family has created ceramics and resided in Betschdorf since the 16th century."

www.soniaverguet.com

The Colour of Wind

Yun­Jung Song

The Colour of Wind

Yun­Jung Song

2015 - 100 handmade ceramic bells.
Each bell is 9cm in diameter.

"When you walk beneath this installation, the movement of the cords causes the bells to ring with varying tones. This project came about because of a childhood memory: the wind was blue as it swirled around the bells that hung, close to the sky, from the roof of the temple near my home."

www.yunjungsong.com

Made by rain

Aliki van deer Kruijs

Made by rain

Aliki van deer Kruijs

2014 - Printed silks, fabrics and scarves

"I wanted to capture the experience of rain falling on fabric, in order to be able to 'wear the weather'. To this end, I developed a technique I call 'pluviographie' (rainograhy): using film that reacts with water, I print a photo of water on fabric, and create scarves, clothing, bedsheets... The project is explained at more length in my book, Made by rain."

www.alikivanderkruijs.com

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