Loger

14 Jun

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Together with my old friend, graphic designer Sanjin Kunić, I’m working on a design of a small exhibition aboard a 19th century merchant sailing ship, of a type called Loger. The vessel is currently undergoing restoration, and is the only known survivor of the once common kind of ships, typical of northern Adriatic. The interior of the hull is particularly beautiful: many layers of repairs, different paints and aged wood speak of ship’s long and eventful life. It is this material eloquence that we intend to preserve, and show through panelling made of cleft wood, as a reminiscence of firewood that the ship use to export to Venice and its Murano glass-blowers. As the history of this particular ship is largely unknown, the exhibition will play with the notion of intangible contents of sailors’ lives – their dreams, sorrows, aspirations and everything else belonging to vast depository of imaginary history.

 

…and a year goes by.

18 Apr

It’s been a while since the last post. I’ve been working on several projects during past year and I will publish a mixed-sallad sort of post about some of them.

Most of my time was occupied by Fairytales in Craft, a project I started with Ola Andersson, Annika Wahlström and several other colleagues. It is a project aimed at children; a hybrid between immersive theatre, adventure playground and craft workshop, installed in an ex-industrial building called Långeds Mekaniska in Dals Långed, Sweden. Last summer we did a pilot, and this year we’re continuing the summer program for local and tourist kids.

There’s a full story, more photos and a movie here.

We’re also working on a travelling version of the show, which will hopefully be taken on tour in this thing:

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The red bus is called Abellis Magiska teater and has been touring Europe for past 30 years as a travelling puppet theatre. Its original owners, Anders and Fatima, are looking for someone to continue the legacy of their bus, and Not Quite art collective (which I am a part of) is probably the new owner. The show that we’re working on will be based on a story by renowned Norwegian children writer Gro Dahle. The illustration below is from her book ‘Sinna Mann’, illustrated by Svein Nyhus.

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Every once in a while my daughter comes up with a new project idea. A while ago, with a few friends she built a streetfood-cart which she called ‘Lilla Drink’ and used to sell lemonade from. Now they’re building a treehouse. I help them bring the materials and try not to interfere more than that. The top 3 most popular activities are painting, painting and painting.

And as much as I love winter cycling, I’m happy to say the spring has finally came to Sweden. Goodbye, winter!

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Smoker Barrel No. 3

17 Apr

Lakeside photos of Smoker Barrel No.3. This one has an outside oven and is intended for cold smoking. Made in elm, with oxidised oak lid. Photos by Martin Gustavsson.

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Black serving boards

22 Feb

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Smoker Barrel No.3

12 Jan

Workshop photos of Smoker Barrel No.3. It’s the last in collection of three different barrels, which will together form a family of smoke-animated objects.

I’m exhibiting An Imaginary Heritage project at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2016. Come visit us in Greenhouse, VH03:19, from 9-13 February 2016.

The Next Big Things

12 Jan

Smoker Barrel No.1 is published in January issue of Wallpaper magazine, among the best graduation projects in 2015. Thank you Wallpaper! Online version is here.

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Smoker Barrel Movie

18 Sep

Around the Fire, Around the Water: An Imaginary Heritage

4 Sep

On September 16th 2015 I am opening an exhibition with ceramic artist and a dear friend of mine Mladen Ivančić, in gallery of Croatian Association of Applied Artists (ULUPUH) in Zagreb.

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The exhibition deals with the modern understanding of Mediterranean traditions related to food and crafts, and plays with the notion of invented tradition that is largely present within the concept of the Mediterranean diet today. Through dialogue between the two materials and techniques we created a narrative that combines factual, authentic tradition with the fictional tradition: an imaginary narrative of what tradition actually is and how fragile is its authenticity. We wanted to show an imaginary future scenario deriving from the Croatian crafts tradition in broadest sense – from the table culture, to agriculture, hunting, fishing, and games.game_179table_2

While each of us was working with his favourite raw material, at some point we have come to a conclusion that wood and ceramics have become inseparably connected through history. The antique wooden ships transported their cargo in clay jars, wooden tables in inns were set with ceramic plates and jugs, a medieval fortress were largely constructed of wood. And without fire the items presented in the exhibition could not been either developed or used. That is why the building blocks of this exhibition are wood, ceramics and fire. Some exhibited objects invoke the tradition of preparing food outdoors. Perhaps this is one of the last relict of customs that today belongs primarily to the memory.

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Photographs by Martin Gustavsson and Jadranka Hajduković.

Smoker Barrel No.2 at Glupsk

23 Aug

Beautiful weekend at Glupsk food festival in Not Quite, Fengersfors, with first run of Smoker Barrel No.2.

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Food Furniture: Smoker Barrel No.1

12 May

Barrel-making was for many centuries a strong tradition in a coastal area of Croatia where I grew up. However, within only few decades, barrel-making faded away completely, when plastic and stainless steel replaced wooden barrels as cheaper and more practical solutions. At the same time, awareness of local food traditions began to rise.

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I used barrel-making (also known as coopering) as starting point in search for both new forms of expression, as well as new functions and uses. Through evolution of centuries-old technique I was hoping to create new interest in tradition and sense of local identity it represents. And yes, I like Hayao Miyazaki.

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Wooden food smoker is both a storytelling piece, as well as usable piece of outdoor kitchen equipment. As a functional piece, it corresponds to contemporary trends of reviving food as social event, and desire to explore new tastes in ingredients. Lastly, the object contains a somewhat ironic character trait when it comes to invented tradition, and I can imagine scenario where it would be deliberately falsely presented as an actual historical piece of kitchenware.

Ceramic fire-pit (which you don’t see on photos but you will soon) was made by Croatian artist Mladen Ivančić.

Photos by Biba Šehović Jelušić and Martin Gustavsson.