You and It
You and It accommodates tendencies for a useful function – the work seems to perform a structural function in the surrounding space – but even so, its status is ambiguous: It does not fulfil an actual function and is not easily read within any specific object category of well-known object forms, but at the same time it does not possess the normal characteristics of the work category as it is neither particularly classic, aesthetic nor sculptural – in short, it is an unreadable object placed in a corner. By so doing, it assumes a type of semi-autonomous position. The flowing levels of meaning give a relation to the cultural system, which is neither unambiguously bound to the anonymous design products of contemporary culture nor to the unique object's autonomous, aesthetic influence. The influence swings and by so doing opens an inlet to our physical surroundings, which penetrates the cracks between ’art’ and ’everyday life’ in order to reinstate everyday sense perceptions in the centre of events. By being neither subject to the logic of the consumer society nor a self-referring art sphere, You and It is therefore an example of an intermediate position where the human being is placed in relation to the world around him, which has not been mediated in the cultural system beforehand.
Anders Ruhwald (b. 1974 Denmark) is a ceramist and lives in several countries.
Anders Ruhwald, You and It, 2004, earthenware and chipboard, h. 14
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