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Gerard Kuijpers

 ATELIER

 OSCAR JESPERS

CURRICULUM VITALE

'Dancing Stones' , Galerie Yves Gastou, 25 april - 15 juni, Paris

Libreria Bocca, Milaan, Italie

Galerie Francis Van Hoof, Puurs, België

't Eksternest, Galerie voor unieke meubelobjecten, Rumbeke, België

Seasons Galeries, Den Haag, Nederland

'Design Heute', op tourné door Japan

Nagoya Meitetsu Department Store, Osaka

Tokyo Laforet Museum Harajuku & Laforet Museum Espace, Tokyo

Toyama Indusrial Exhibition Hall, Toyama

'Design Heute', Deutsches Architektuurmuseum, Frankfurt a M., Duitsland

Kapelhuis, Galerie voor unieke meubelobjecten, Amersfoort, Nederland,

'85 Years Later', Horta Museum, Brussel, België

'Decosit', textielbeurs, collectie zetelobjecten voor het ITCB, Brussel, België

Galerij Rooca 6, Turijn, Italie

'Ode aan Oud', Galerij Westersingel 8, Rotterdam, Nederland

Pur, Galerie voor unieke meubelobjecten, Keulen, Duitsland

Galerij S. en H. De Buck, Initiatief 86, Gent, België

Sint Lukas Galerij, Brussel, België

Museum van Sierkunst, Gent, België

Pyramide, Galerij voor unieke meubelobjecten, Brussel, België

Ligne, Designwinkel, Koninginnegalerij, Brussel, België

Dewind, Art Nouveau galerij, Grote Zavel, Brussel, België

'Doch Doch', Expositie van Hedendaagse Kunst, Leuven,België

Ligne, Designwinkel, Koninginnegallerij, Brussel, België

Surplus, Galerie voor unieke meubelobjecten, Gent, België

New Math Gallery, New York, VS, stoelen

 

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Self-taught, Gerard Kuijpers designed his first pieces of furniture for himself, out of necessity. One  of  his  first  pieces,  the zig-zag  chair,  was  first  made  of  metal;  he  then  tried  to  create  the volume  with  wood but  he  didn’t like it. So instead,  he  decided  to  work  with  heavy  materials, particularly  metal.  He  appreciated  its  robustness, the  subtlety  of  its  soldering,  its  bolting construction and the beauty of its threading. He designs tirelessly using tubes, plates and angle beams  of  solid  iron  and  the  forms  have  a  function. He  has  made  console  tables,  chairs,  side tables, vases and a throne and over time reached fulfilment as a designer, isolated in his studio.

 

Proximity to the art of sculpture inspired him to go beyond pure functionality and to develop his work  by  adding  some  soul.  He  began  to  introduce  natural  materials  into  his  pieces  such  as assembled unworked glass and black Mazy marble from Belgium, which he found in a quarry, the only one of its kind in the world, located near Namur. There he picked up discarded blocks, choosing them very carefully. Without changing their shapes, he combined the marble with the steel and transformed it. The juxtaposition provoked a poetic contrast between the masses and the  light  outlines  of  the  structure,  an  illusory  imbalance.  The  objects  became  famous  and surprised people, like the rocking vase which talks when its balance is upset. Subjected to the phenomenon  of  gravitation,  the  stone  begins  to  levitate.  The Dancing Stones  series  expresses this delicate alchemy wonderfully and with perfect mastery.

 

He designed a collection of furniture based on natural colours with this palette of materials. The objects with their subtle balance resemble the constructions of an architect with the details of a silversmith.  The  details  and  the  fastenings  of  assembled  elements  express  an  empirical  and experimental  approach.  Constantly  exploring  the  interstices,  Gerard  Kuijpers  gives  life  to  the objects he creates.

 

Anne Bony

WORKS

Film dancing Stone

elephants

dancing stone

Vase aux cristaux

Console 1

console 2

Console 3

Console 4

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