COULD NOT BE SOLD REGULARLY
Vincent Knopper, Amsterdam (NL), 1988
Artiste sélectionné dans le cadre de l’appel à projet
Boulevard de la Sauvenière 56a

 

La pratique de Vincent Knopper examine le potentiel artistique de matériaux fonctionnels non-artistiques utilisés dans le mobilier, le design d’exposition et l’architecture. Ses œuvres, essentiellement des sculptures, sont le fruit d’un travail minutieux axé sur la transformation de matériaux de série tels que des panneaux agglomérés ou des feuilles acryliques en éléments sculpturaux.

Il porte un intérêt particulier à l’idée d’irrégularité dans le contexte de la production de masse. Les irrégularités, aussi bien sous une forme contextuelle que sous une manipulation matérielle, sont généralement à l’origine d’une série d’œuvres. Pour Could not be sold regularly, Vincent Knopper a fouillé des dépôts-ventes, des enchères et d’autres marchés en quête de petits meubles de rangement. Il a commencé à rassembler des modèles retirés du catalogue, utilisés comme modèle d’exposition ou invendus pour quelque raison que ce soit et donc passés du rang d’article banal à pièce rare. L’ensemble des objets récoltés telles que des portes, des étagères et d’autres meubles ont été assemblés sur un même grand support pour ensuite être découpés et collés pour former les sculptures exposées ici.


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The practice of Vincent Knopper investigates the artistic potential of non-artistic, functional materials used in furniture, exhibition-design and architecture. His works, mainly sculptures, are the result of a thorough process of making that is focused on the transformation of mass produced materials such as chipboard panels and acrylic sheets into sculptural components.

One of his interests is the idea of irregularity within the context of mass production. Irregularities, either in the form of context or material manipulation is often the starting point for a series of works. For the occasion for could not be sold regularly Knopper searched in depot-sales, stock auctions and other markets for discarded, misfit cabinets. He started to collect models that got removed from the catalog, that where used as show model or that for any other reason could not be sold regularly and therefore shifted from commodity to rare item. Harvestings from the collected furniture, such as doors, shelves and sides, were joined into one large sheet, to then be cut and glued to the sculptures here on display.

In the space that is used for the presentation of his sculptural works, Knopper also performed a small set of renovations such as painting and wood repairs. He states that the renovations are not a performance and the result will not be presented as an artwork. Bringing together his artistic practice and non-artistic work forms part of a larger ongoing research. He questions how those practices inform each other and how they create a context, especially when unfolding in the same space. In the context of Art au Centre the renovations are also a direct reference to the exhibition-format, which is to revitalize the city-center of Liège by showing art.