de Watertoren, Vlissingen, The Netherlands, 1997
110 x 26 x 26 cm
other exhibition venues:
Kunstverein Hürth, Cologne, 1998
Pedestal I & II
1996 / 1998
By showcasing a traditional pedestal for an object or sculpture as the sculpture itself, the notion of the prestige of the artwork is highlighted as the backdrop to the work’s seeming content, as such, questioning the value and the role of artworks in today’s society. By covering the entire surface with printed circuits, this dubious aura of prestige is infused with its primary theme; the significance and predominance of technological development. Cast in bronze with a bas relief surface, Pedestal I is the first of the large scale techno-bronzes to be realized.
Two years later, given the opportunity to explore these ideas and forms at an acclaimed centre for ceramics research in Holland, the European Ceramics Work Centre, I produced a sister work - Pedestal II - similar in size, exploiting the flatness of the material with coded messages on the glazed surfaces.
113 x 27 x 27 cm
European Ceramic Work Centre 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, 1998