Mon, Jul 3, 2017 10:00AM EDT - Fri, Jul 21, 2017 12:30PM EDT
London | Utrecht, Netherlands
Bouke de Vries
Memory Vessel 14, 2014. 18th century Chinese 'Ming dynasty' (ca 1640) porcelain bowl, glass and wood. 210 x 170mm Diam. Value $4,500. Gift of the artist.
Passport Item: Studio Visit, including tea or coffee with Bouke de Vries at his studio in London or a catalog of Bouke de Vries's work.
Bouke de Vries, b. Utrecht, Netherlands, studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven, and Central St Martin's, London. After working with John Galliano, Stephen Jones and Zandra Rhodes, he switched careers and studied ceramics conservation and restoration at West Dean College. Every day in his practice as a private conservator he was faced with issues and contradictions around perfection and worth. Using his skills as a restorer (c.f. Ron Mueck's model-maker skills), his 'exploded' artworks reclaim broken pots after their accidental trauma. He has called it 'the beauty of destruction'. Instead of reconstructing them, he deconstructs them. Instead of hiding the evidence of this most dramatic episode in the life of a ceramic object, he emphasizes their new status, instilling new virtues, new values and moving their stories forward. To learn more about this artist please visit cfileonline.org.