May 082014

A Living Room

Installation of ceramic, concrete, metal, glass, granite, plastics, paper, textile, and wood, 2014

The installation A Living Room (2014) in the Teijin Auditorium forms the surrounding for a new performance by artist duo Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen, entitled A Family Portrait (2014), which is part of the ongoing performance program Stage It! (Part 3): SCRIPTED. The various objects represent the weight and different types of materials in the living room of a Dutch model family: the stainless steel pans, white ceramic tableware, clear wine and drinking glass, wooden furniture structures and the black gray casing of the television.

Artist duo Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen photographed and weighed every object in the house of an existing Dutch model family, from paperclip to dining table. Subsequently, the total volume of these objects has been redesigned as abstract geometric shapes and in this way, have become disconnected from their original functionality and familiarity. The installation of these objects is a distorted reflection of the diversity of material in an average living room, as well as the way in which economic, social and cultural conditions dictate the circumstances we live in.

-Hendrik Folkerts, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam