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Lars Joosten. PXL-MAD School of Arts. New Talent Award Nominee 2021

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Published: 09.07.2021
Lars Joosten Lars Joosten
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PXL-MAD School of Arts
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Klimt02
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2021
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Intro
Through his work, Lars encourages us to appreciate the beauty of the inevitable passing of time by honoring the transient and altering it into something to be cherished. 
/ Anneleen Swillen. 
Name of graduation student: Lars Joosten
Name of guiding teachers: Anneleen Swillen, Ellen Vrijsen, Audi Pauwels, Wim Debuck 


Nominated by PXL-MAD School of Arts, Hasselt, Belgium.

Lars Joosten’s work triggers friction. What at first glance appears to be clean, shiny jewellery pieces, that are well-made out of smooth porcelain, sleek plexiglass, and thick lacquer, are soon transformed into scratched surfaces, with the materials crumbling and peeling off. The gesture of wearing sets a reaction into motion, marking the piece inevitably. When it comes to jewellery, all of this might sound horrible, something to avoid. However, it’s precisely these traces, which run deeper the more the pieces are worn, that offer an exciting kind of ornament that the wearer in fact co-creates. Lars’ work is honest, yet surprising. Materials are shown for what they are, often in their raw state, and assembled through all kinds of systems. Mechanisms aren’t covered, on the contrary. As in his previous works, also for this latest series he was inspired by machine parts and apparatus, which he turns into poetic pieces that play with the superficial to dig deeper. The personality of the pieces enriches with them being worn. They challenge the wearer as well as the viewer to, once again, question the value of jewellery and its inherent link with beautification. Moreover, they encourage us to re-think our relation to the objects that surround us and to re-value signs of wear. By collecting and showing traces of use and aging, these pieces offer an urgent response to the overproduction and overconsumption of stuff in today’s throwaway cultures. Through his work, Lars encourages us to appreciate the beauty of the inevitable passing of time by honoring the transient and altering it into something to be cherished. 
Anneleen Swillen


Summary of the Bachelor Thesis:
Does wear take away or does it add something?
Wear is the damaging, gradual removal or deformation of material surfaces.
It is often considered as something negative. We try to keep everything new and if there is a trace of wear, we try to replace or repair it as soon as possible. However, wear can offer added value. It can create a graceful pattern, carry a sense of awareness and tell stories. Wear has to do with acceptance and letting go. Usually, we can't control how and where an object will wear off, it often happens without us wanting it. But what if the wearing-off is consciously integrated into the object and becomes an important part of it?

Starting from my profound amazement and the beauty that wear contains, I created jewellery that will wear out faster than usual. Jewellery is something that we take extra care of. Hence, the development of wear will be even more confronting than when it appears on other kinds of objects. Linking the occurrence of wear to actions that have to be performed to wear the piece makes it unavoidable. I bring these aspects to the fore in order to inspire the spectators to better deal with wear by showing its beauty. 

The different approaches to jewellery also include various forms of wear that I have researched. In some pieces, the scratches are made on the surface or in the material. Other times, the material is removed in larger quantities or even cut in half. The collection consists of a variety of pieces made from different shapes, materials and characteristics. Every piece will wear out differently and thus tells its own story. 

/ Lars Joosten


More work and contacts:
Instagram: lars.joosten.himself
Email: larsjoosten98@gmail.com
Phone: 0032 478 17 93 32
Adress: Bosstraat 114, 3620 Lanaken, Belgium

Find out more about the courses at PXL-MAD School of Arts.
Lars Joosten. Bracelet: Tired?, 2021. Steel, rubber, aluminum, silver, gold, copper.. 6 x 2 x 6 cm. From series: Wear. Lars Joosten
Bracelet: Tired?, 2021
Steel, rubber, aluminum, silver, gold, copper.
6 x 2 x 6 cm
From series: Wear
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Lars Joosten. Brooch: Plastic polish kit not included, 2021. Acrylic, silver, steel, brass.. 4.5 x 2 x 10 cm. From series: Wear. Lars Joosten
Brooch: Plastic polish kit not included, 2021
Acrylic, silver, steel, brass.
4.5 x 2 x 10 cm
From series: Wear
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Lars Joosten. Brooch: Warranty void if seal is broken, 2021. Copper, rubber.. 4.5 x 2 x 11 cm. From series: Wear. Lars Joosten
Brooch: Warranty void if seal is broken, 2021
Copper, rubber.
4.5 x 2 x 11 cm
From series: Wear
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Lars Joosten. Brooch: There is no escape… Don’t make me destroy you…, 2021. Silver, cardboard, aluminium, brass.. 6 x 3 x 9 cm. From series: Wear. Lars Joosten
Brooch: There is no escape… Don’t make me destroy you…, 2021
Silver, cardboard, aluminium, brass.
6 x 3 x 9 cm
From series: Wear
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Lars Joosten. Brooch: 10sec > 12hr, 2021. Steel, porcelain, brass.. 7 x 3 x 11 cm. From series: Wear. Lars Joosten
Brooch: 10sec > 12hr, 2021
Steel, porcelain, brass.
7 x 3 x 11 cm
From series: Wear
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Lars Joosten. Necklace: Self Portrait, 2021. Silver, tombac, glass.. 6 x 1 x 30 cm. From series: Wear. Lars Joosten
Necklace: Self Portrait, 2021
Silver, tombac, glass.
6 x 1 x 30 cm
From series: Wear
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Lars Joosten. Necklace: 150°, 135°, 160°, 145° and 150°, 2021. Steel, porcelain.. 23 x 2 x 35 cm. From series: Wear. Lars Joosten
Necklace: 150°, 135°, 160°, 145° and 150°, 2021
Steel, porcelain.
23 x 2 x 35 cm
From series: Wear
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