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Place Mark

2006
Solid wood (Oak)

The point of departure for this project is an engagement with a “defect“ that has to do mainly with a (willed) loss of the capacity of sight when it comes to what goes on around us, in the spaces in which we conduct our lives. This is the basis for the production of a series of objects that relate to the place where they are positioned, respond to it, and illuminate it (to the viewer’s eyes) in a new light. These objects expose occurrences that are hidden from our eyes, and reveal unfamiliar strata in our familiar everyday reality.>>>

Their function is to frame a transparent occurrence in space by opening a small window through the object, which exposes what was there before, too, although we were blind to it.
The empty space thus opened up in the object not infrequently impairs its functionality. The object ceases being functional; it now functions symbolically as a mediator between the user and the space around him, and as such reinterprets that space and provides tools for conceiving it, in order to provoke questions and conjectures, to challenge the viewer, and to encourage discussion and discourse.
The table was chosen as a representative case because it is a necessary participant in our life, an item of furniture that fulfils some of man’s urgent needs, one of the first essential tools that modern man forged for himself. The table is simultaneously a functional item of furniture and an object that carries a symbolic significance. In actuality we are speaking about a geometrical organization of forms, about materials processed in various industrial technologies to create a table, about an elementary object comprised of four legs with a plane on top of it – and at the same time this is an archetypal object, whose appearance is etched in human memory.
The table serves as a base for acts of subtraction of material aimed at opening up an empty space, wounding the object, impairing its wholeness and the wholeness of its functioning. The void, the “no table”, constitutes a silent testimony about the occurrence of the act of subtraction of material for the purpose of revealing hidden strata. The subtraction creates a discourse between the object’s architectural components: between volume and plane, between the built envelope and the empty space that has been opened up inside it, between light and shadow, between functionality and castration of proper functionality, and between the plane and the new reality that is exposed via the empty space within it.
Each table in the series is a touchstone, a means that seeks “to put the problem on the table” and to propose questions for discussion (table / subtraction, place / space,   light / shadow, functionality / man). At the discussion’s end it becomes clear that design, fundamentally, is ideological.