NEWS FROM THE REFUGIUM :: MARIA VOLOKHOVA: STILL LIFE STORIES
Drawing upon 17th century Dutch Still Life Painting, Still Life Stories presents a series of multipurpose food containers that echo those of these classical Vanitas paintings but interpret them in a contemporary manner: the porcelain pieces render visible what is normally difficult to see. The inner becomes the outer skin. That which is normally consumed becomes the vessel for other temporary objects. While the abundance of consumer and material culture is both parodied and rendered as food for thought in the most literal manner, Still Life Stories straddles the border between art and design, pure aesthetics and functionality. While being everyday life objects such as serving dishes and plates, bowls, and cups, the objects in Still Life Stories are designed to promote a new experience of the everyday. They take the shape of living and lively animals while simultaneously playing cadavers. They encourage and invite playful handling as well as challenge the user to discover the ideas behind their design, and are intended to facilitate an experimental dinner party, by opening new ways of experiencing the meal. Limited edition, 2013.www.volokhova.com. (mb) Image: Rainer Funke.
REFUGIUM (BERLIN AS A DESIGN PRINCIPLE) – JUNE 5-9 / BERLIN TEMPELHOF. http://dmy-berlin.com/