Simcha Even-Chen: Folding in Motion, 2019-2020
This series of artworks titled “Folding in Motion” focuses on investigating the relationship between “free” three-dimensional space and two-dimensional graphic designed surfaces, giving visual meaning without restricting the movements.
The artworks are challenging at material and visual levels. By utilizing the porcelain property to collapse, it enables achieving organic and amorphic forms that cannot be planned or foreseen.
There is no searching for thinness, fragility, transparency, and whiteness characteristics of the porcelain.
The artworks are dealing with the question of new inter-space (void image) created by the natural folding as a result of the porcelain collapse, color, patterns, motion, and fluidity.
There is a strong tension between the precise geometric patterns and the organic amorphic shapes. The grid-like pattern uses frequently in the artworks is borrowed from the graphic millimeter sheets that were used in the past for presenting scientific results, offering a precise pattern result that is in harmony with the movement and collapse. Vertical or horizontal lines that are part of the grid-like pattern are used as well.
The color combination used in these sculptures activates the subconscious and the viewer’s emotions individually.
On the visual level – since the abstract sculptures are autonomous objects that stand independent of narrative or objectification, they challenge the viewer to follow his imagination to understand or interpreted what he sees.
Description: Paper Porcelain, Slab-built, Electric Firing 1240°C
Photos by Ilan Amihai