Opening Thursday April 24th 2014
The new project by Delphine Courtillot, Atelier Familial is the utopic project of a creative space where a symbolic family invites kindred spirits to unite forces to re-investigate the field of applied arts. In an era where almost everything is manufactured in China, "Atelier Familial" is there to inspire people to take the creation of everyday life's objects into their own hands.
Born out of a fascination for the art movements of the beginning of the 20th century from Art Nouveau, to Bauhaus and Omega Workshops and their dedication to blur the division between decorative and fine arts, the "Atelier Familial" project is about the idealism of collaborating against the loneliness of the individual work in the studio, about experimenting with techniques often associated with crafts in order to create artworks/objects that are both playful and inventive solutions to the problems of technical restrains associated with designing things that have to be useable.
The first exhibition of objects created in Atelier Familial concentrates on garments and necklaces inspired by the Omega Workshops and avant-garde clothing created by the artists Sonia Delaunay and Sophie Taueber-Arp, (as well as lamps made in collaboration with Folkert de Jong.) Using an elementary shape borrowed from traditional Guatemalan and Mexican clothing, a square or rectangle with openings for the head and the arms, and motifs directly painted onto textile (fabric/canvas), the confection of the tunics and dresses is the most uncomplicated imaginable way of creating a piece of garment.
In the same basic way most of the beads necessary to put together the necklaces are made out of painted air-drying clay.
Clothing and jewellery are exhibited in the gallery as to challenge their functional status and regain in that way the status of paintings, tapestries and miniature sculptures.
Delphine Courtillot, born in Paris in 1972, currently lives and works in Amsterdam. Her work has been shown individually and collectively in France, Germany, Holland, Spain, China, Norway, Canada, USA and Switzerland. In 2010 she was in the prestigious artists' residence Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin Scholarship FKVB and between 2006 and 1999: Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, in Norway, Art Center Xiamen in China, Kunst en Complex in Rotterdam and in New York. Her work is in major collections in the United States, France, Germany and the Netherlands as well as in Amsterdam as in the Chadha Collection and Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, among others.
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