1 Cubik Craft
Craft and art go hand in hand. This year, Konsthantverkscentrum (the Swedish Crafts Center) and Wanås Konst launch a collaboration where the genres meet on a level playing field. Our first project is the exhibition 1 cubic craft with Esmé Alexander, Sofia Björkman, Ellen Ehk, Karin Johansson, Jennie McMillen, Mårten Medbo, Masayoshi Oya and David Taylor. 1 cubic craft reflects the contemporary craft scene, from utilitarian objects with a clear function to those with more personal stories. In the Wanås Shop you will find craft objects that have been selected in dialogue with the Konsthantverkscentrum. Work in clay are highlighted this year, and the focus is on locally active ceramicists. The collaboration enables craft to work in an expansive and productive context where different art forms and expressions can collaborate or break away from each other in the unique environment of Wanås.
“Wanås Konst has a certain magnificence. It feels fantastic to be present here with craft. The encounter between art, the cultural heritage value, and the natural environment of the park is fascinating. I was very inspired and impressed when I came here for the first time,” says Mari-Louise Franzén, director of the Konsthantverkscentrum. The partnership was initiated by Wanås Konst and the plan is to create a longterm collaboration in which art and craft meet. “What’s interesting,” says Mattias Givell, “is what happens in the friction between visual art, craft, architecture, literature, science and politics. What’s new, innovative and pointing forward is happening in a field that doesn’t allow itself to be defined by traditional genre boundaries,” he continues. “The world is globalized, more open, larger and more interdisciplinary. In that spirit, the visual arts have to engage with craft, architecture, photography, and dance. Establishing a partnership with Konsthantverkscentrum feels completely right.”
Exhibition June 14 – September 20, 2015.
Opening June 14, 2015.