I am interested in how planes and boards can be used as frames, and particularly in ‘framing’ fragments of ordinary objects in the search for specific qualities of form and materiality. This way of framing has nothing to do with the traditional motivation for framing of pictures or paintings. It is a kind of framing that allows for the investigation of objects, colour and materiality, and even spatial and architectural qualities. I use the frame as a means to disguise and cover things. For example, when I box in a chair, a fragment of the back of the chair will stick through a customised hole in the box; it is subject to an investigation of its form. The fragment is perfectly framed by the hole and by the surface around it, allowing it to be read as an autonomous form, like a sculpture on a plinth: the frame is at the same time the plinth.
I use planes to frame and thus occupy space. Such as in the installation Extension of Gallery Table, in which a table is placed under a large table structure and is made visible through a perfectly cut-out hole. The surface of the table structure functions as a big frame and at the same time ‘articulates’ the gallery space; the black table appears graphical because it is surrounded by the extensive plane, and the installation twists the circulation in the gallery and reflects the incoming light.
The children’s pavilions Double Unit(s), which I designed for a specific place in a park, have a different kind of framing. The openings in the pavilions (little doors and windows) frame fragments of the colours on the inside of the pavilions. Seen from the inside, the openings frame fragments of the surrounding landscape.
I’m interested in the principle the American artist James Turrell (b. 1943) uses when framing the sky. In his Sky Spaces, he creates a graphic effect by framing a fragment of the sky with the ceiling. The hole in the ceiling (be it a square, an oval or a rectangle) is made so that one can’t see the thickness of the ceiling; our brain reads the sky on the level of the ceiling.
Extension of a gallery Table
photo credits Manfred Jade