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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photographs by Martin Gustavsson and Jadranka Hajduković.
Beautiful weekend at Glupsk food festival in Not Quite, Fengersfors, with first run of Smoker Barrel No.2.
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.
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.
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.