clay works - galerie de natris nijmegen - 2013
stand with my feet on the ground and pound in the clay", words to
summarize briefly how the "stamp drawings" by Bart Drost were made.Clay
works he made during his second stay as artist in residence in2007 in
the sundaymorning@ekwc, formerly known as the European Ceramic Work
Centrein Den Bosch. This particular clay works are now for the first
time shown in public in Galerie De Natris.
Bart Drost calls his stay at the EKWC jokingly
"a very long Playtime". Play always delivers something on, although at
first glance that seems to be not always "useful" or "functional". He
discovered that you can do all "nice" things with porcelain and recycled
clay like crushing by hand and stomping with bare feet. What the result
of that tramping was, is not as random as it seems, because strong
depending on where and in what quantity the clay is applied within the
designed area. The trial and error, even with color and glazes, yielded
on fascinating shapes and compositions, very vulnerable. To make the
"sculptures" resilient, it was necessary to strengthen the back of them.
That of course had not to not be at the expense of the original image. A
wooden plate sawn out in the form of the clay work turned out to be the
wooden back plate proved to be the characteristic element of the work:
in front of the image Drost places an identical protective plate, now
painted in abright color. An abomination to the true ceramist. Seizes
Drost here back on his artistic formation schooled as teacher at
TeHaTex, Nijmegen, and as avisual artist in the Department of Monumental
Textiles of the Rietveld Academy(Amsterdam)? However, the result is
amazing: a packed vulnerable plate ceramic, protected, concealed, making
curious, a decorated work of art.
The clayworks of Bart Drost ask for an active and curious spectator who wants to besurprised. He must - if he wants to see the art in all its vulnerability - very carefully undress the object. And what's more exciting than that!