In his work, Arkadiusz Szwed tries to look for his way, to break existing patterns and schemes, introducing an element of fun and surprise into the whole design process, which results in very lively, irregular structures. A ceramic vessel, which is intended to be functional, becomes an unobvious object, an interior complement, intrigues with its shape, stimulates the imagination of the recipient.
BUMPS 2.0 is a set of ceramic objects created as a result of an experiment with a new, original technique of casting porcelain. It consists in placing a layer of elastic material on a simple plaster model made beforehand; underneath, plastic balls are inserted, giving freedom to form the shape of the vessel. The model thus prepared is subjected to successive casting processes, and the effects of the work are completely random. This technique allows modelling with a method similar to that of 3D machining tools, but in this case, it is 100% analogue.
GUTS VASE A porcelain object that continues the experimentation with form and structure.
As with BUMPS 2.0, the artist used non-obvious everyday objects to create the plaster model. This time the object of interest was the children’s favourite tube balloons, used for modelling animal figures. The result is an object that is organic in form and evokes associations with the entrails of an unspecified living organism. Vases available in male and female versions.
Arkadiusz Szwed – artist, designer, technologist and educator. He represents a generation of ceramicists who assume that the technological process should be deliberately and consciously disturbed by the designer to achieve a form that shows the relationship between the process and the work. He is involved in both applied design, conceptual creation and industrial design education. His work is a collage of technical knowledge, sensitivity and creativity. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Painting at Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce and of Design Management at Collegium Da Vinci in Poznań. For many years, he was a close assistant to Marek Cecuła, learning under his watchful eye and gaining knowledge by observing the work of Modus Design, as well as accompanying him in the creation of Design Centrum Kielce and Ćmielów Design Studio. At the School of Form of the SWPS University in Warsaw, he runs his own ceramics studio and teaches domestic design; he is the Art Director of the Glitch Lab collective. His works appear at the most important design festivals in Poland and abroad.
curator: Karolina Rybka
Beginning 08.04.2022, 6 p.m.
3 Gdańska St.