The Temporality Of Life With Isabelle Andriessen And Pieter Dobbelsteen At Cinnnamon Gallery Booth
It’s alive! You know that old saying that art is imitating life? And all those discussions on how life is dynamic, ever-changing, full of movement, while art is complete object, fixed, not dynamic, it can’t follow the life, always remains the same, and that could make it more redundant after some time, and yadda yadda yadda… Remember those? Well, WRONG! Isabelle Andriessen’s sculpture, named THE MESH – strange strangers between life and non-life, IS life, it grows, it changes, it is unpredictable (to some extent), and it is something that you would have never expected to see at an art fair.
Between Life and Non-Life
Isabelle Andriessen’s work has been presented at Cinnnamon Gallery Booth at Artissima 2015, as a part of New Entries section. Our senior editor Bojan was on the spot, and he spoke both with the artist, and with Cinnnamon’s gallerist Pieter Dobbelsteen. Pieter told him that visitors just love Isabelle’s installation (and what’s not to love – we love it, too), because it is something quite different from anything that Artissima is offering this year: “It’s alive, and that really drive people to the booth”, Pieter Dobbelsteen said, adding that there were even some inquiries for the price of this piece – “That was surprising to me, because this is a work that would be extremely hard to sell, since this is a high maintenance work”, said Pieter.
As far for Isabelle Andriessen’s THE MESH – strange strangers between life and non-life, it is a series of three structures, and one of them is presented at Artissima. It contains a metal structures with two tubes, that are connected with a Do-It-Yourself humidifier. Mushrooms grow from the stainless steel, helped by that humidifier, which brings them necessary water.
Plastic and Metal as Life-Givers
Metal and plastic are created by humans, and it appears that these kinds of materials will outlive the entire human race. This is going to happen because of the devastating effects humans have on the planet Earth, and plastic has the big role in this pollution. However, Isabelle Andriessen wondered: is it possible that life could originate from something that is responsible for the pollution of the planet? Is it possible that life could grow from metal and plastic? And, as you are guessing, the answer is yes – Isabelle Andriessen’s mushrooms are growing out of those great polluters.
So, you should definitely hear the rest of this great interview with Isabelle and Pieter, and be sure to check all the photographs, as well as other articles WideWalls is bringing to you live from Artissima 2015 art fair – for free!
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All photos by Angie Kordic