Breaking porcelain in order to customize bits and pieces, such is the magical formula of Bouke de Vries, a Dutch artist who « explodes » his works.
Born in Utrecht, Dutch artist Bouke de Vries has dedicated several thematics to ceramics and its customisation. He uses his restorer competences so that his « exploded pieces » continue living after their accident. For him, a broken object can be converted into a work of art in its own right, just like the Venus of Milo is venerated despite the complete loss of her arms.
The broken porcelains of Bouke de Vries
In his hands, an object, a plate, a vase, a cup or a tea pot are broken according to a method named « the beauty of destruction ». Thus, Bouke de Vries attributes their status, virtues and values that change their story thanks to outside elements.
A second artistic life
As an echo to paintings of the 17th and 18th centuries from his Dutch heritage, especially those of the Golden Age, the spaces between the fragments become an essential part of the structure, and the object, initially with a household vocation, sometimes takes on a cubist shape. Each one is transformed into a still life to live a second time, and can be oriented towards a new artistic destination…