- Art or Design?
From Product Design to Sculpture. A line not defined. An object or Art?
- My studies in Art and Design have allowed me to explore several different areas and fields which
interest me in equal terms. I started with Product Design and I am now interested in Sculpture. This fusion between art and design, between mere aesthetic enjoyment and functionality, is very
important in order to understand my work. I move in the frontier of the two realms looking into any object from the two perspectives: aesthetic and functional.
I have always worked in what may be considered as an internal conflict, since I feel the gap and
dissociation between art and function: the admired object and its function. To my view a work
of art may have a direct functionality, and that may be at an emotional level but also for some
use; I aim at objects which integrate the two functions: artistic and useful.
I live my art from a close perspective, and I believe a work of art should trigger an emotion for the user/spectator. Art for me has to be an open communication mode which creates any response from the public. Art should also encompass the common usability traits of any object to its aesthetic values. This tandem is where resides my vision of art and design.
- This view has been gradually taking shape in my art projects and product designs. At present I give everyday street found objects (objet trouvée) a second life, which rescues the mundanity of the chain production and metamorphoses - through a poetic dialogue- into a unique piece which falls out of Art and design and is closer to Craft. This conception favours the artistic concept since it works towards the creation of unique and singular pieces, while going against Design, since it is impossible to mass reproduce each created object. Functionality is sacrificed to artistic and aesthetic enjoyment, which places my production in the limits of Art and the boundaries of Design. Though my designs may be considered as Crafts, this is is also put into question, since the raw materials -and departing constitutive material- belong to a previous industrial life which
The portfolio presents the object in three different stages of functionality: departing from the basic function, which is Industrial Design. A journey from function to aesthetic appreciation enjoyment is the route taken, where stops have been at certain moments where art and function blend giving rise to a creation which analyzes and heightens the poetic slant within the object and its most apparent function. The metaphor which can be reached from the function has also been an inspiration in some cases, mostly when the art takes over apparent formal use.
- At present the focus of my creations is to prolong functional life of everyday objects from a bottom up perspective. I analyse its basic function, and the common agreed use, for which it was created and has been produced. The scalability into further meanings, and even functions, is also a tour de force until I finally arrive at the idea which will characterise each work – always respecting previous interpretations. The departure from the original focus to the new transformation is where creativity lies.
A further issue which influences greatly my work is the sheer number of useless and unnecessary objects which surround us which have a short life. There is where I concentrate at present, extending useful life, giving a new bout of fresh air and a new life to discharged objects.
Ecology and sustainability: recycling is the latent philosophy, which is of great importance in my
work. I face each new project with a new and renewed light, in a process of intimate communication between the object and myself, in a poetic and personal dialogue never forgetting the potential user.
My aim is that objects flow between usability and artistic artefact, that be for use of for museums.
The aim is to create open meaning objects, both in function and the perception.