"Under the Cabinet I & II"

by Lillian Tørlen

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Dimension LxWxH (cm): 25x14x25
Unique Pieces Material : Ceramics
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“Under the cabinet I & II” is part of Levels of Attachment and Belonging – a series of site-relational ceramic vases, where each object is hand-built and unique. The titles refer to the original site for which the pieces were created and may highlight any subsequent displacement.

The pieces are defined by the architecture and interior of the space for which they were initially created. They relate in different ways to their environment—some through a gently altered shape, while others seem forced into their new form. While some have retained their potential as functional vases, others are rendered as objects where the characteristics of the vase are nearly wiped out.

In this series of work the vase is appropriated to examine a theme of belonging and adaptation. The vase has established anthropomorphic qualities with shapes that are often described in terms of human anatomy; feet, belly, shoulder, neck and lip – and invites to a corporeal as well as a psychological reading. By preserving the unglazed clay’s organic expression this aspect is emphasized.

As these vases are moved from their initial place of exhibition, they take on a different relationship to their new surroundings. Some find similar spaces in which to dwell, easily adapting to new structures, whilst others are rendered as awkward shapes with no apparent sense of belonging.

Originally made for solo show at Galleri Format, Oslo.

Note: Though glazed on the inside, it is not intended to hold water.

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Weight 2 kg
Dimensions 31 × 22 × 30 cm
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Making site-specific works, I am interested in how people experience their immediate surroundings. Through sculptures and installations in various materials I invite the viewer to re-evaluate spaces, to pause and consider a chain of events, or to simply contemplate the dialogue happening between the piece, the space and the viewer him/herself.

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New Solid is a vision to feel and live with art. It is the first show of Casa Nueva, a livable gallery space and apartment hotel initiated by designers River Valadez and Sebastián Arroyo Hoebens, built on the idea that art can be inhabited. We invite visitors to participate in the dialogue among transdisciplinary works from the contemporary art and design scene. It concerns functional art designed and conceived by artists from two magnificent cities, Mexico City and New York, in a correlation founded in geometry, technology, and crafts. The artworks, bliss for the contemplative eye and a joy to use, will invite the beholder to examine the floating and multidimensional character of concepts such as mass, volume, or weight. The location, equipped as a functional living space, can be found in the historical center of Mexico City. The event will be part of the Design Week Mexico festivities in partnership with Adorno, acting as the international design and logistics platform, as well as Ángulo Cero, an Art Gallery with astonishing designs located in Mexico City, and with the support of Yunuen Sariego, promoter and curator of contemporary art based in Mexico City.