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Material Perceptions. Documents on Contemporary Crafts no. 5

Book  /  Arnoldsche   Collecting   Essays
Published: 15.03.2018
Material Perceptions. Documents on Contemporary Crafts no. 5.
Norwegian Crafts
Editor:
André Gali, Knut Astrup Bull, Norwegian Crafts
Edited by:
Arnoldsche Art Publishers
Edited at:
Stuttgart
Edited on:
2018
Technical data:
184 pp., 12,5 x 21 cm, 45 colour ills. Brochure with dust jacket. English
ISBN / ISSN:
978-3-89790-521-4
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from 15 €
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The fifth volume of the series Documents on Contemporary Crafts, published by Norwegian Crafts. The series serves as a platform for issues on contemporary applied art with the intention of stimulating critical discourse within the field.
What differentiates contemporary crafts from art and design? One answer to this could be that crafts – or the so called applied arts – mostly focus on a particular material, for example, glass, metal, ceramic or textile. The craftsperson specialises in their material, and their products are the result of thorough exploration.

Indeed, contemporary crafts have long cast off many historical dictates. And a new interest in handicrafts and materiality within the art scene has led to crafts increasingly finding a place in an extended field of the arts. The art discourse of today is nevertheless informed by a dualistic viewpoint: there is a strict distinction between artwork and object –‘high’ and ‘low’ – and the concept of the artwork’s autonomy is at the very core of this idealistic notion.

Material Perceptions raises the question of whether crafts, in its singularity, can be comprehended from this point of view. The significance of materiality, which plays such a central role in this context, is examined in diverse essays from various perspectives. The conclusion: because the artisanal objects neither depict nor reflect reality but rather appear in their material unity as ‘tangible’ and simultaneously ‘conceptual’, they afford unique experiences and perceptions of our material reality and our physical awareness of the world.

Thus the book does not rail against the integration of crafts in contemporary art discourse, rather it seeks to reveal how contemporary crafts enrich it with a new perspective. Instead of an idealistic aesthetic, it takes a material one as its point of departure – and in doing so provides an important and autonomous contribution within the burgeoning field of art.

An insightful book that approaches the key issue of the complex relationship of crafts and art on an aesthetic level.

With essays by: Søren Kjørup, Glenn Adamson, Hilde Methi, Anders Ljungberg, Sarah Gilbert, Martina Margetts, Knut Astrup Bull and André Gali.
 
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