Designer Jesse Visser presents imposing monumental limited edition triptychs – of which the largest is 1.65 meters high and 2.30 meters wide – that resemble autonomous art piecesm but turn out to be functional lighting designs.
These huge narrative works resemble their namesake wood-painted panels from medieval churches, but are contemporary and daring statements of solid high-polished brass and stainless-steel plates. Triptychs are used in the traditional sense to tell a story. This work, with the Latin title ‘Cogitatio inanis’ (best translated as ‘thoughtless mind’), is only about emptiness, reflection, and material.
Behind the folding shutters lie reflective panels with a round circular light which reflects an atmospheric light. In his search for new production techniques and innovative materials, Visser has developed a preference for tactile materials in which the processing of the surface plays a role. In addition to this intensive finishing technique, detailing in Visser’s work is just as important, for example, in the development of the solid stainless steel hinges.
According to the designer, the functional lighting artwork is not finished until a user performs the required action: the opening and closing of the shutters.