Laurent Craste, porcelaine, ceramic, art contemporain, sculpture

The series of distorted vases actualizes the rage expressed in an earlier video depicting the artist in the process of digging. It also updates the strain inherent in any production requiring great skill: the portion of rejects brought to their ultimate point. A deliberately caused "accident" changes the appearance of the vases: soiled, covered with graffiti, trampled, cracked, nailed to the wall, subjected to the worst treatment, yet remaining recognizable. This violence is specifically that of the creator, since the absolute negation of the piece, smashing it to pieces, has not been "implemented".

 

Pascale Beaudet

Translation / adaptation: Peggy Niloff

Laurent Craste, porcelaine, ceramic, art contemporain, sculpture

Technical skill, if not accompanied by contemplation of the medium used, is a pointless accomplishment. The Sèvres vases that Craste copies are the perfect shape, but the content of their painted ornamentation radically departs from tradition: self-portraits, images of Auschwitz or Hiroshima in ruins, tragic subjects on classical forms. Traditionally the monochromatic grey designs represent idealized images, pleasant scenes drawn from mythology or inspired by still life. The ideological context that characterizes this period highlights the contrast between the base and its surface.

 

Pascale Beaudet

Translation / adaptation: Peggy Niloff

© 2013 Laurent Craste

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