Jonathan Muecke’s particular interest in scale and typology translates into ‘open objects’. Their apparent simplicity conceals a complex theoretical and experimental process informed by architectural and artistic references. Blurring the boundary between architecture, art and design, Muecke critically explores the very defenitions of functional archetypes, like a chair, a table or a lamp. Each object is meticulously reduced to its most minimal appearance, leaving aside all unessential details in favour of lightness and continuous surfaces. The designer’s determined process of reduction, rather than merely reinforcing the object’s functional performance, aims to test the limits of the object’s legibility. The unconventional treatment of materiality and proportion challenges the preconceptions regarding gravity, spatial presence and aesthetics, and attempts to maximize the object’s relational potential with its environment.
In February 2016 Jonathan Muecke spent a week at Juliaan Lampens’ Van Wassenhove House at the invitation of MANIERA. The iconic house is a unique example of the brutalist architecture of Lampens and one of the most important modernist buildings in Belgium. It was designed for one person and built in 1973. It is currently an artists’ residence, run by the Dhondt-Dhaenens contemporary art museum. The result of this short residency is a series of 5 new open objects that enter into dialogue with Juliaan Lampens’ architecture and furniture.
In collaboration with Museum Dhondt Dhaenens — www.museumdd.be