My angle of research is to explore the similar kind of “distorted’/’Collapsed’ art objects that exist in the market.
I found there are potentially two categories of such objects that may inspire and may be viewed as “art”.
- Intentional Deconstruction: One of the 10 Cool Trends in Contemporary Ceramic art
Research Method: Secondary research – desk top online search
Flattened, crumpled, and collapsed, these ceramic works squeeze out something new by crushing traditional forms. Chunky, un-useable, yet funky, Robert Chamberlain’s vases are created with cake-making equipment in an inventive marriage of domestic instruments. Work by Ulrika Strömbäck and Kathy Butterly toes the line between creation and destruction to thrilling effect.
2. Artistic manifestation through reinvention
Research Method: Through first hand research in M+ curator. Patricia from our group kindly shared a document curating a Fragments series from one of the M+ exhibition.
The Fragments series of vases continues McLin and Progin’s exploration of porcelain at Jingdezhen. During their frequent visits there, they took notice of the many heaps of broken and discarded plaster moulds that can be seen among the city’s workshops, waiting to be ground down to powder and recast as new moulds. The designers reassembled several of these found moulds, all bearing standard vase typologies, and created new vessels from them; by applying thin layers of coloured clay or gold glaze to individual fragments, they’ve “embedded” contrasting shards within the vases’ otherwise unglazed, white bodies. The final result expresses the cracks and broken pieces—or memory—of the moulds, thus placing the designer’s hand not in the form of the work, but in the process of its creation.
3. Wabi Sabi: Art of Imperfection
Research Method: Wikipedia
Wabi Sabi (侘寂?) represents Japanese aesthetics and a Japanese world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence (三法印 sanbōin?), specifically impermanence (無常 mujō?), suffering (苦 ku?) and emptiness or absence of self-nature (空 kū?).
Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.
4. Unique collectibles: Antiquey Defective
Research methodology: first hand research
From my wechat group, I’ve research how people think of the Vase object, and one of the friends mentioned she would be interested because she has a piece of antique bowl with cracks she took from her ancestral house in NanHai, Guangdong Province. And she likes it because it’s almost one of a kind. Hence even though the shape of the vase is deformed, she would also be interested to buy.
Further research needed on book << Valuing the Unique: Economics of Singularities>> by Kalpik Lucien