The exhibition No Waste is all about sustainable art, recycled materials and ecofriendly production. We present the artists: Simone Post, Stefan Gross, Diederik Schneemann and Tomàš Libertíny.
The exhibition shows various ways in which artists and designers deal with waste. Diederik Schneemann, for example, gives used materials a valuable new life by turning smurfs into a Ming vase or into a glittering chandelier from perfume bottles. Simone Post reuses old Vlisco materials to make her flower shaped textile art and Tomáš Libertíny even collaborates with nature by creating Honeycomb Amphora vases from beeswax with bee colonies.
Textile and product designer Simone Post shows a variety of work on the gallery's top floor which has a common thread: whether it's a newly composed rug made of rejected cowhide, discarded Adidas sneakers or Vlisco residuals, she is always looking for the hidden beauty and value of the materials labeled as waste. Post gives these residual flows a new life in which the previous life has not been brushed away or destroyed, but processed into colourful, aesthetic and layered products with a new eternal value. For this, she researches into colors and self-invented techniques, in which she attaches great value to experiments, the process and a high degree of craftsmanship.
Central to the exhibition is a series of wall works with the title Wildflowers. The carefully selected strips of residual textiles with colorful wax prints from the Vlisco factory, are wrapped with a self-invented technique until new organic flower and plant shapes, starfish and other organisms are created.
In these small compositions you will also find the original life, as well as her fascination for nature. “We completely disrupt nature with our waste, but at the same time nature is more powerful than we are. Something that perishes or decays always produces something new. That's how I deal with waste by carefully and lovingly let grow something beautiful out of material that is usually called old, ugly or not perfect enough and is therefore burned or dumped," says the designer.
Flower Bonanzas are sumptuous floral still lifes that Stefan Gross neatly encases in a square frame, as if man squeezes nature into a straitjacket. The sci-fi-rococo-esque three-dimensional works with handmade plastic flowers in candy pink, poison green, dark blue or cream colors with specks like stracciatella ice are artificial interpretations of what nature could be in the future. A nature that is actually just as artificial as the Dutch polder landscape.
The artist developed this biodegradable oil plastic already in 2006. By melting it and adding pigments, a seductive, brightly colored material is created that you can knead, shape and fold and that transmits light just like glass does. In fact, the oily sheen of the work is so desirable that it makes you greedy. “It represents the consumer society: everything breaks, we want to buy that again and we will throw it away again,” says Gross.
Gross also shows small mixed media works with the ominous title: Dude, the worst is yet to come. Some kind of wild-haired dudes made of sheepskin and plastic with sunglasses resulted in a new work that the artist created together with textile designer Monique van Essen. The sheep wool left over from hobby sheep farmers after shearing is not thrown away but felted into a more than life-size coat in which colorful plastic sheep droppings dangle.
It refers to macho men such as boxers, rappers, but also powerful kings like Henry VIII of England with his imposing coats with huge (fur) collars. “The felting has something silly, just like droppings that get stuck in the sheepskin. In this way we simultaneously disprove that macho appearance”, says Gross about it.