HANDLES are an invitation to use:
grasp – touch – experience – comprehend – acquire.
28.03.2021 – 25.04.2021
Kerstin Abraham – Hans Fischer – Karl Fulle – Laura Garbers – Birgit Hasse – Karin Kruck-Hörter – Sebastian Pertl – Milan Peters – Norbert Prangenberg – Hervé Rousseau – Elke Sada – Iris Schöne – Karl-Heinz Till – Jean-François Thiérion – Clémence van Lunen – Chikako Yoshikawa – Medi Zimmermann
Supply and Demand
Installation, performance, c. 70 x 100 cm
The cups are carried on the back with the frame of a rucksack. Through the sale of the cups, the words dissolve, become unreadable and spread through various households. The modes of transport and of production are no longer in tune with the times but the principle of supply and demand is part of our everyday lives and is a defining factor for our world.
In Wöchnerinnenschalen (“Childbed Bowls”), women were served the first bowl of soup after childbirth.
It was often a gift from the child’s godparent and was thus an important memento. This custom existed almost all over Europe from the Middle Ages and continued into the late 19th century.
The vessel of the childbed bowl is charged with meaning through the life situation in which it was used and through the rituals that accompanied it.
The mother lies in childbed with the newborn child after the exertions of giving birth.
After this momentous event, she takes nourishment again for the first time. Food that supports the process of healing, that gives the mother strength and nourishes the child through the mother’s milk.
What a meaningful repast in a vessel created especially for this occasion.
The term handled ware immediately conjures up the image of a cup or a jug in me. The handle has an unambiguous task and in the final result of the form it is heavily influential. With the invitation to freely interpret “handled ware”, I immediately had the desire to devote myself to the subject pictorially. This led to collages and small paintings showing handles in quite different contexts.
A handle is usually a part of the vessel to the side of or over the opening and bent to form a loop, which serves to hang it up or to grasp it comfortably. According to Wiktionary, the German word “Henkel” originated in the 15th century and was derived from the verb “henken”, to hang something up. In German, a handle is thus also a “hanger”.
But what handle goes with the form?
It is good if you can form it. Then everything is possible: you can attach a coil, shape a strip, etc.
It doesn’t matter, the important thing is that you have to be able to grasp it easily, to grip it, and it is best if you can then hold on to the lid with your thumb if necessary.
And it should suit the pot.
Yes, there is a little bit of Bauhaus in there, the form follows the function, but not only that.