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Ugly Objects

Exhibition  /  12 Dec 2009  -  17 Jan 2010
Published: 19.11.2009
Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam
Management:
Natalya Pinchuk and Dana Sperry
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Intro
(...) The Ugly Objects project asks people to reflect on what influences their value judgments of beautiful and ugly. How do we arrive at thinking an object ugly? Perhaps, by looking back and deciphering the history of one’s aesthetic judgment about an ugly thing...(...)
The Ugly Objects project asks people to reflect on what influences their value judgments of beautiful and ugly. How do we arrive at thinking an object ugly? Perhaps, by looking back and deciphering the history of one’s aesthetic judgment about an ugly thing, we can gain understanding of larger value systems that permeate our lives. This kind of questioning is meaningful especially in a location undergoing change—the Red Light district, where artists are asked to take on the role of “beautifiers.”

Sixteen artists volunteered their time and talents to join the project. Through advertisement and personal interactions, people living or working in de Wallen were invited to give an ugly object to the artists for alterations. The artists had conversations with the owners of ugly things about what they find beautiful and ugly, and how much these decisions are affected by personal histories and beliefs. These conversations in 2008 acted as a jumpstart for the creative process, so that the altered objects can return to the original owners within one year. 

Remarks

Schedule:

2008
December 10 owners of ugly things apply through e-mail
December 12 Natalya and Dana relocate to Amsterdam
December 14, 15 owners of ugly things apply in person (10:00-20:00)
December 15-18 begin conversations, documentation and brainstorming

2009
January 11 Natalya and Dana go back to USA
January-December artists brainstorm, make and complete their object
April 15 update #1 about the objects
July 15 update #2 about the objects
November 15 update #3 about the objects
December 15-16 exhibition installation of altered objects at Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam
December 17 exhibition opens
December 18 special gathering of the objects owners and artists

2010
January 17 exhibition closes

Contact

Natalya Pinchuk and Dana Sperry
2034 Park Ave., #9
Richmond, VA  23220
USA
+1 (812)-219-9450
+1 (804)-319-7377
SKYPE NAME: pinsper
we@uglyobjects.com 

Els is the secretary for the congregation at the Olde Kerk.  A friend from the church gave her this angel as a gift couple years back. Because of her fond feelings towards her friend, she kept the angel despite finding it ugly. Recently, her friend passed away; it is time for the object to gain a new form and new layers of meaning..
Els is the secretary for the congregation at the Olde Kerk.  A friend from the church gave her this angel as a gift couple years back. Because of her fond feelings towards her friend, she kept the angel despite finding it ugly. Recently, her friend passed away; it is time for the object to gain a new form and new layers of meaning.

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Gésine Hackenberg Ugly Thing.
Gésine Hackenberg Ugly Thing

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When Lucas was younger, he made a ceremonial cup to be shared between nine friends. Each time one of the friends got married, the newlywed couple mixed beer from each hometown and drank from the vessel at the wedding, retelling the story of the cup, the friendships and of course the newly formed relationships. The married couple’s responsibility is to proudly display the ceremonial cup in a prominent location in the house until the next friend marries. 
. When Lucas married Coromandel, they were couple number eight. The last friend is in a relationship with three children but no plans of getting married anytime soon. Lucas and Coromandel could be displaying this cup for many years to come...  Lucas is an external consultant to the city of Amsterdam who spearheaded the Red Light Design project and has his office in the Olde Kerk in the heart of the red light district..
When Lucas was younger, he made a ceremonial cup to be shared between nine friends. Each time one of the friends got married, the newlywed couple mixed beer from each hometown and drank from the vessel at the wedding, retelling the story of the cup, the friendships and of course the newly formed relationships. The married couple’s responsibility is to proudly display the ceremonial cup in a prominent location in the house until the next friend marries.
When Lucas married Coromandel, they were couple number eight. The last friend is in a relationship with three children but no plans of getting married anytime soon. Lucas and Coromandel could be displaying this cup for many years to come...  Lucas is an external consultant to the city of Amsterdam who spearheaded the Red Light Design project and has his office in the Olde Kerk in the heart of the red light district.

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Ela Bauer Ugly Thing.
Ela Bauer Ugly Thing

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Laura, writer for Amsterdam Weekly and former tour guide in the red light district, gave Bas the challenge of “beautifying” this coffee pad holder. Admitting the object was more “boring” than truly “ugly,” Laura confessed that its inclusion in the project sparked conversations between herself and the object’s actual owner, her flat-mate, eventually leading to a realization that both had feelings for each other..
Laura, writer for Amsterdam Weekly and former tour guide in the red light district, gave Bas the challenge of “beautifying” this coffee pad holder. Admitting the object was more “boring” than truly “ugly,” Laura confessed that its inclusion in the project sparked conversations between herself and the object’s actual owner, her flat-mate, eventually leading to a realization that both had feelings for each other.

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Bas Bouman Ugly Thing.
Bas Bouman Ugly Thing

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Wiet, owner of WonderWood, a design furniture store near the red light district, gave Andrea this small wicker chair for “beautification.” Originally purchased as part of a three-piece set for a window display, it was quickly banished to the basement for its “ugly” fabric..
Wiet, owner of WonderWood, a design furniture store near the red light district, gave Andrea this small wicker chair for “beautification.” Originally purchased as part of a three-piece set for a window display, it was quickly banished to the basement for its “ugly” fabric.

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Andrea Wagner Ugly Thing.
Andrea Wagner Ugly Thing

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Maarten bought this on a vacation in Greece many years ago--a vacation he does not remember. It is for coffee and cigarettes and Maarten does not smoke. Over the many years, he has neither used the set nor had the motivation to throw it away. Now Claudio has the challenge of giving this cup and saucer a fresh start. Maarten works for the Bureau Weesperzijde, the corporate owner of many buildings currently used in the Red Light Design project..
Maarten bought this on a vacation in Greece many years ago--a vacation he does not remember. It is for coffee and cigarettes and Maarten does not smoke. Over the many years, he has neither used the set nor had the motivation to throw it away. Now Claudio has the challenge of giving this cup and saucer a fresh start. Maarten works for the Bureau Weesperzijde, the corporate owner of many buildings currently used in the Red Light Design project.

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Claudio Bracco Ugly Thing.
Claudio Bracco Ugly Thing

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