Alltägliches wird von Objekten begleitet, die ihren Zweck zu erfüllen haben. Danach treten sie in den Zustand der Interessenlosigkeit. So lang, bis Kartoffelschäler, Schere, Taschenlampe und so weiter nach situations- oder aktionsbezogener Suche wieder zur Zweckerfüllung herangezogen werden. IKEA stellt die Frage in den Raum, ob denn ein Alltags-Funktions-Objekt nicht auch ein Piece of Art sein kann. Seit 2015 gibt es die IKEA Art Event Collection als Plattform für Künstler unterschiedlicher Genres. Intention ist unverändert seit Beginn, Kunst zu demokratisieren und sie für jeden erschwinglich zu machen. Die diesjährige Art Collection hat im Fokus, die Linie zwischen Kunst und Design zu entschärfen. Teilnehmer der diesjährigen Reise ins gestalterische ‚Grenzgebiet‘ sind Künstler mit unterschiedlichen Arbeitsgebieten aus unterschiedlichen Regionen des Globus: Daniel Arsham (New York), Gelchop (Tokyo), Humans since 1982 (Stockholm), Sabine Marcelis (Rotterdam) and Stefan Marx (Berlin). Und weil es ohnehin international zugeht, folgen nun Statements und Hinweise zu den Künstlern in Englisch. “We choose to work with different artists from around the world to reflect the diversity of art and design coming together,” says Henrik Most, Creative Leader for IKEA Art Event. “We want to show that being an artist or being a designer does not mean that you have to stay in one box, you can work within different fields, and that this new movement has had a profound impact both on the design and art scenes today”. The collection consists of 10 home furnishing objects challenging the perspective on everyday objects whilst paying tribute to everyday creativity; wall decoration lighting pieces by Sabine Marcelis, a wall clock by Daniel Arsham, a table lamp and a torch by Gelchop, a vase and a throw by Stefan Marx and wall decorations by Humans since 1982. “Each item in this collection has a practical function, and at the same time it is an art object. The traditional idea of art being high-end and design being part of mass culture simply is not relevant anymore. The two go fantastic together – that is where the magic happens”, says Henrik Most. To further celebrate the democratization of art and the creativity in the home – especially in times like this when access to art may be limited for the many due to the pandemic – the collection can be experienced and played around with from home through customised AR effects available via IKEA Instagram. People are welcome to join #IKEAARTEVENT2021 to create their own home galleries.
New Zealand-born and Netherlands-based designer Sabine Marcelis is fascinated with the unique properties of materials and the effects specific materials can create – for example, resin or glass interacting with light. Her practice is process-driven: her designs emerge through extensive experimentation with ideas and materials in the studio. Working across product, installation and spatial design, she strives to create magical experiences through her engaging designs.
Daniel Arsham is a multidisciplinary American artist, whose work combines art, architecture, and performance. He has extensive experience collaborating with other creative leaders in stage production, fashion, interior design, and architecture. His latest art explores ideas related to future civilisations and archaeological decay. Arsham is the co-founder of Snarkitecture, the New-York based design studio.
Humans since 1982
Humans since 1982 were established in 2009 by Bastian Bischoff and Per Emanuelsson while they were students at HDK Göteborg. Humans since 1982 fuse art and design to create subversive everyday objects that raise questions about accelerating technology and its dualistic nature as the source of progression and destruction.
Stefan Marx is a German artist who uses his distinct style to capture and portray the mundane of everyday. He draws inspiration from different subcultures to create art in various media, including skateboard designs, large-scale oil paintings, fashion, porcelain vases and more.
The Japanese collective Gelchop deconstruct everyday objects by combining them with different elements to change their function in a fun and compelling manner. Gelchop’s artworks and products encourage to look at things in a different way, prompting a reflection upon an object’s ‘true’ purpose in the world.
Visuals supplied by IKEA / COVER: Stefan Marx