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Gabi Veit: Creature

Book  /  Artists   Arnoldsche
Published: 10.07.2019
Gabi Veit: Creature.
Text by:
Karin Dalla Torre, Maria Rosa Franzin, Nichka Marobin, Pravu Mazumdar, Schnuppe von Gwinner, Gabi Veit
Edited by:
Arnoldsche Art Publishers
Edited at:
Stuttgart
Edited on:
2019
Technical data:
160 pages, 17 x 27 cm, 117 ills. Brochure with flaps, English / German / Italian
ISBN / ISSN:
978-3-89790-555-9
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Intro
In her series Creatura / Geschöpf, the Bozen-based artist Gabi Veit (b. 1968) engages with one of the most elementary cultural objects in the world: the spoon. From basic geometric simplicity, the handle as a line and the head as a circle, she develops an overwhelming variety of objects that explore such questions as Who gives and who receives, What can be taken and how, and What can be depleted or created? A multilayered play on design, appearance and perception as well as on the symbolism of abundance and emptiness.
The artist uses as her starting point motifs from nature. Leaves or thorns thus frequently grow from handles, spoon heads cleave to resemble pod shapes, and the smooth surfaces become rougher, revealing the veining of leaves or fruit skins.

Such deviations from the basic form, however, have no effect on its function; the boundaries of usability are often very consciously overstepped. The artefacts become artistic objects that well and truly toy with their original function on a formal and symbolic level without actually serving it, for example, in the Laster und Löffel (Vices and Spoons) group of works, which take up the Christian Seven Deadly Sins and match each of the vices with an individual eating utensil: wrath for a thorn spoon or gluttony for an especially bulky one, for instance.

Alongside Gabi Veit’s objects, this richly illustrated monograph presents drawings, photographs from nature and workshop images that showcase the inspiration and production behind the objects and which, like the widely diverse approaches of the texts, afford an open analysis of the Southern Tyrolean artist’s works.

An artist book of sophisticated design. And a poetic homage to an artefact whose apparent self-evidence is brought playfully into question via the sheer inexhaustible wealth of Gabi Veit’s objects.
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