Dans un intérieur
If I flew to Paris tomorrow I would visit my friends, eat at Saturne, and leisurely sit at a café with a glass of wine watching the world stroll by. Then I would go see the show Dans Un Intérieur: Meubles, œuvres murals & textiles d’artistes.
The gallery show is poised at the edge of the traditional boundaries of art and craft, form and function. In the show, fine artists take up representational mediums traditionally reserved as craft. The results are beautifully detailed, original piece of furniture, sculpture, carpets and wall tapestries.
The show posses interesting questions about the relationship of the high art and craft, and the sublimation of craft as a secondary art. I find it refreshing to see these boundaries pushed, and that the art world is embracing “craft”, at least in one gallery show. What I love about this work is that the presence of the artists “hand” is not eliminated, or sublimated to the piece: the slight imperfections (or not so subtle) which result from when a person, not a machine, makes things.
The discussion of how interiors can rise from craft to art awaits. I know it’s possible…I’ve seen it and done it. In the mean time, let’s celebrate art and craft, and towards making great strides towards making artful, moving intérieurs!
David Bjørngaard, October 2014