Arian de Vette
Arian contunued his studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, with a focus on ceramics in his final exam exhibition. His work was seen there by Anne Wenzel, who invited him to study further at IKKG, the Institute of Ceramic and Glass Arts in Hohr-Grenzhausen (Germany). He completed this study in two years with the SUBSTANCE exhibition at the Ludwig Museum & Mittelrhein Museum, Koblenz, in 2017.
Now, even before creating his installation at the Bredelar monastery, he has been invited to continue working on his career at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. A great honour, as few people are afforded this opportunity.
You should take the concept of 'substance', according to him, quite literally. In all his works to date, he has combined his own hand-made ceramic works with other materials. He has contrasted 'the warm ceramic' against 'the cold plastic' and investigated how ceramic maintains volume in contrast to photos and digital videos. One of the most important inspiration sources for the research is his questioning of the relationship between modern technology and the human body. How do we, with our bodies that have evolved over thousands of years, fit in with rapidly advancing technology: with digital mobile communication, fast traffic, crowded diaries and plans, engineered foods and new energy sources?
While Tim Breukers looks at the third theme in Bredelar - the current function of the monastery as a cultural centre - Arian can closely relate to the second theme: the former phases in which the monastery was developed into a smelting furnace and later into a conglomerate of industrial businesses.
Of course, Arian will also be inspired by the works of Sjoerd Buisman that are closest to the first theme: the monastery as an agricultural and research centre. Because the tension between technology and life also played a role in the Middle Ages, as humans worked out how they could use nature to their advantage. And later, when the artist Sjoerd Buisman himself reflects on our relationship with the growing processes that occur inside and outside our body.
The curator can be sure of the agreement of the interests of the artists, but he cannot force them to make a literal translation. But that's a good thing. Indeed, the fact that both Arian and Tim can be free in their interpretation of the specific location of the monastery and also in the installations of Sjoerd Buisman, makes the exhibition particularly exciting. We look forward to seeing the installations that are going to come to the monastery.
The works of Arian de Vette
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