Students and young Designers from the Superior School of Fine arts and design in Brest are exhibiting ‘Tricky things’. ‘Tricky things’ appeals to a crazy universe where people need a fine analysis and not to take the objects literally in order to understand them.
Exhibiting work are:
Hugues Le Guen
Jewelry: For this work I immeresed myself in my childhood memories. After a stroll in the countryside, we would always end up with plant residue clinging to our clothes, especially burdock, the ancestor of self-grasping. So I created beads, jewelry components of a flexible, clinging to each other and our clothes.
Naughty Lamp: This object looks like a simple lamp in white silicone. However,if you take off the lampshade, you will find, hidden beyond suspicion, a sex toy. It is composed of two phallic pieces : a long and a short one. Only the user knows the secret of this lamp, So they can place it (and use it spontaneously) in each room of their place, without giving any idea about its schizophrenic function to the viewers.
My Folding Screen: My folding screen allows generally to isolate and to mask something in a room. My folding screen possesses two-way mirrors. It depends of the light and the position, the person behind the folding screen can see what it happened at the other side of the mirror, as a pane. On the contrary, at the opposite side the other person suspects nothing, he is seeing his reflection in the mirror.
Lucky Charms: I was very inspired during the time of Epiphany by our fear of breaking a tooth by crunching on a charm hidden in twelfth night cake. This motivated me to create a series of 32 teeth, representing our set of teeth, including, for humor, one gold one.
“just a finger”
In french, “just a finger means “just a drop”. Inspired by this French expression, I propose a tricky object which, when it is on the cup, it looks like a simple spoon,and, after you mixed sugar in the coffee, when you have to lick it, you realise that it is a finger that you have to put in your mouth.
Bluff: Bluff queries and illustrates the power of association and dissociation of the object and its background, purpose and support creating optical illusion, trompe l’oeil, visual games.
“Fruits Défendus”: A fruit cupel which is composed of five similar elements, in different sizes. You can used each piece separately or all together, as they fit into each other as matriochka. With toothless edges, this object refers to animal traps such as wolf traps.
A door for a cubicle shower made of terry cloth. In the same manner as the baby who leaves the belly of their mother, when leaving the shower, you will be automatically dried by the terry. Caught by the cabin door, you are entirely trapped but feel comfortable and secure. This piece does not replace the first door of the cabin, it is assembled on a second rail, so you can quietly wash yourself without flooding the whole place.
Jennifer Palacin Medina
Table Lamp: This project represents sensuality as taboo, the things we hide. I’ve used the original function of objects. The lamp as an object of exposure, and the black light signifies revelation (mystery, secret), highlighting the hidden graphics, that people cannot see. I want to make a contrast between the geometric and rigid table, and organic forms of the graphics to explain the dichotomy of “society”.
This piece of furniture is the meeting of origami (the paper folding and the poetry of the culture connected to this art) with nature (the friction, the deformation of the plate tectonics). The furniture makes a natural phenomenon artificial by structuring in the style of a thoughtful, programmed ancestral art.
These cutlery series are about function diversion. Here is the tricky idea: modifying forms is modifying functions. I never wanted to make an anti-object, I just wanted to insert a tiny alteration on a common object in order to modify the function, at the point people might think this is not a useful object anymore. Then people will have to imagine a new way to use it, such as a new kitchenware created from existent objects. There are 4 sets, all different : knives, forks and spoons, all unique.